After wowing the country with his dunking in high school, Zion Williamson was destined to be picked first. He will more than likely go first in the 2019 NBA Draft unless something crazy happens during the draft’s lottery.
The draft projections are pretty much final, but they are not always based on talent. Sometimes potential and hype come into play.
With Zion being a virtual lock at one, here is a look at which players could be chosen to round out the top five:
This scenario is based on the current draft order by record.
2. Phoenix Suns
With the second pick in the 2019 draft the Suns should select, Ja Morant out of Murray State. He is a point guard and Phoenix is in desperate for need of one. He is a dual-threat guard as he averaged 24 points and 10 assists per game. That passing ability could go a long way in setting up Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Booker and Morant in the same back court could be a deadly combo for the next decade.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
With the third pick the Cavaliers should select, RJ Barrett out of Duke. The one place where the Cavs need help is on the wing. The team is in shambles like they were the first time LeBron James left.
The premier position in the NBA these days is the small forward position. After all, three of the top five players in the league in LeBron, Kevin Durant, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are small forwards.
Barrett would bring much needed scoring and versatility to the roster alongside Kevin Love presuming that he is healthy and playing next season. Barrett is built to last as well playing 35 minutes a game while participating in all Duke contests.
4. Chicago Bulls
With the fourth pick the Bulls should select, Rui Hachimura. He would become the highest Gonzaga pick since Adam Morrison went 3rd overall to the Charlotte Hornets in 2006. Hachimura was the WCC Player or the Year averaging 19.7 points 6.5 rebounds per contest and shooting around 60% from the field.
Gonzaga junior Rui Hachimura has declared for the NBA Draft.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 15, 2019
The All-American would be the first Japanese-born player to be drafted in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/L4Mlz1Z1HG
The Bulls need the help at the forward position to compliment Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen. The question is: Is he a three or four?
5. Atlanta Hawks
With the fifth pick the Hawks should select, DeAndre Hunter from the University of Virginia. Hunter stands at 6’7″, plays like a forward, and shoots like a guard. In light of that notion, he shot 52% from the field including 44% from 3.
Hunter was a good defender and guarded multiple positions throughout the season. That versatility as a two way player would be a valuable asset to the Hawks. By the end of the tournament the country knew who Kyle Guy was. However, Hunter, who led the team all season and in the championship game, had 27 points and 9 rebounds. He proved his value to a team in the top five.
Nobody knows how the NBA Draft will go or who the teams will be in which order. However, if the GMs with the top 5 picks want to help their franchise these are the players they should consider for their team.