Redrafting the 2019 NBA Draft

A lot has changed since the 2019 NBA Draft took place two and a half years ago. Considering Zion’s health issues and the lack of any true stars outside of Ja Morant, it’s a fairly weak class that has disappointed for the most part to this point.

There have been some bright spots such as Cleveland guard Darius Garland, and useful role players that have outplayed their draft position in Daniel Gafford, Nic Claxton, Keldon Johnson, Jordan Poole, and others. Cam Johnson has also played up to his draft status and then some after being labeled as the “reach of the draft” when Phoenix selected him 11th overall.

How this re-draft will work:

  • ~50% based on long-term potential/projection
  • ~50% based on track record/production

We’re at a point where we have a decent amount of data to have a general feel of who these guys are and who they *might be* long-term, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s still extremely early in this draft process. After the top three, there’s quite the dropoff. If you like role players, this is the draft for you!


1st Round – 2019 Re-Draft

#1) Ja Morant- PG 

Original Pick: #2

#2) Zion Williamson- F

Original Pick: #1

#3) Darius Garland- PG

Original Pick: #5

#4) RJ Barrett- F

Original Pick: #3

#5) DeAndre Hunter- F

Original Pick: #4

#6) Tyler Herro- SG

Original Pick: #13

#7) Cameron Johnson- F

Original Pick: #11

#8) Jordan Poole- SG

Original Pick: #28

#9) Keldon Johnson- F

Original Pick: #29

#10) PJ Washington- F/C

Original Pick: #12

#11) Daniel Gafford- C

Original Pick: #38

#12) Cam Reddish- W

Original Pick: #10

#13) Matisse Thybulle- W

Original Pick: #20

#14) Terance Mann- G/W

Original Pick: #48

#15) Luguentz Dort- G/W

Original Pick: Undrafted

#16) Nic Claxton- C

Original Pick: #31

#17) Cody Martin- G/W

Original Pick: #36

#18) Nassir Little- F

Original Pick: #25

#19) Brandon Clarke- F/C

Original Pick: #21

#20) Grant Williams- F

Original Pick: #22

#21) Chuma Okeke- F/C

Original Pick: #16

#22) Coby White- G

Original Pick: #7

#23) Rui Hachimura- F

Original Pick: #9

#24) Talen Horton-Tucker- G/W

Original Pick: #46

#25) Kevin Porter Jr.- G

Original Pick: #30

#26) Nickeil Alexander-Walker- G

Original Pick: #17

#27) Naz Reid- C

Original Pick: Undrafted 

#28) Garrison Matthews- F

Original Pick: Undrafted

#29) Max Strus- W

Original Pick: Undrafted 

#30) Jaxson Hayes- C

Original Pick: #8


Honorable Mentions 

  • Terence Davis- W
  • Darius Bazley- W
  • Eric Paschall- F
  • Ty Jerome- PG
  • Bol Bol- F/C
  • Romeo Langford- W

As you can see, it’s not the greatest draft in terms of stars or high-impact players. There are plenty of starter-level or top 7/8 rotation players scattered throughout this class. RJ Barrett reluctantly going 4th despite me not being all that high on him just goes to show how little “star upside” is in this class.

A lot of the players past the top 6 guys can be sorted into two separate gigantic tiers with very little separation between multiple spots. Selections 7-10 and 11-16 come to mind.

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