2019 NBA Mock Draft: Pre-Draft Lottery night mock

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125. C. Texas. Jaxson Hayes. 9. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. player

Remember when De’Andre Hunter was the right pick for the Hawks due to their need for a defensive anchor? Well, doubling down on that sentiment and drafting Jaxson Hayes could be the best move yet again for Atlanta.

At Texas, Hayes averaged a ridiculous 2.2 blocks per game while only seeing the court 23 minutes a night. With Dewayne Dedmon set to hit free agency, the Hawks may need to find a rim protector suited to covering for his teammates’ defensive lapses.

While Atlanta may be intrigued by the possibility of adding a top tier center like DeMarcus Cousins in free agency, Hayes offers a lot of upside without hampering the team’s financial flexibility.

SG/SF/PF. 86. Scouting Report. Gonzaga. Brandon Clarke. 10. player. Pick Analysis

Nobody did as much for their draft stock in the NCAA tournament as Brandon Clarke. During Gonzaga’s Elite 8 run, Clarke was seemingly everywhere doing everything.

In four tournament games, Clarke averaged a stunning 20.3 points, 10 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks per game. Although many were skeptical about taking a 22 year old this high, Clarke has proven the versatile skill set he brings to the table outweighs the risks.

Clarke’s long and wiry frame will allow him to play multiple positions in the league. This will be especially useful for Minnesota who is in the process of deciding between which young pieces at each position are worth keeping. Clarke will complement Karl-Anthony Towns nicely moving forward and the Timberwolves shouldn’t be too distraught if it means sacrificing playtime from more expendable players like Keita Bates-Diop.

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