2019 NBA Draft: Pre-NCAA Tournament Mock Draft 2.0

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) and Duke Blue Devils guard Tre Jones (3) at the end of the of the ACC Tournament championship game with the Duke Blue Devils versus the Florida State Seminoles on March 16, 2019, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16: Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) and Duke Blue Devils guard Tre Jones (3) at the end of the of the ACC Tournament championship game with the Duke Blue Devils versus the Florida State Seminoles on March 16, 2019, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: Kevin Porter Jr. #4 of the USC Trojans shooting free throws against the Arizona Wildcats during a first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: Kevin Porter Jr. #4 of the USC Trojans shooting free throws against the Arizona Wildcats during a first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images) /

17: Detroit Pistons- Kevin Porter Jr., G, Southern California

Porter was yet another massive disappointment this season. Early projections had him going as high as top-five in this years draft, but an awful season in a Trojan uniform dropped him way down on draft boards.

However, the Pistons can take a bit of a gamble here, while simultaneously filling the hole in the shooting guard spot. Averaging only 9.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game, he has done so at decent efficiency rates, going 47.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three.

His defense is nothing to boast, but his 6-foot-6 frame and athleticism provide a glimpse of hope in that realm. His free throw shooting was so bad that his effective field goal percentage was actually higher (52.2-to-56.1), which is very strange for someone known as a shooter. Nonetheless, Detroit comes away with lottery talent outside of the lottery in hopes that he pans out.

18: Los Angeles Clippers- K.Z. Okpala, F, Stanford

You heard it here first- Okpala is the steal of this draft. Standing at 6-foot-9, Okpala has phenomenal size at the wing, and has guard-like abilities. He can shoot, dribble, pass, score, and plays decent defense as well.

Okpala averages 16.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal on 46 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from deep. His weaknesses are his rebounding and his free-throw shooting, which is at 67 percent on the season. Nonetheless, the Clippers come away with a long-term solution at the three spot and a tremendous talent.

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