Chicago Bulls: Redrafting the 2019 NBA Draft lottery

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 31: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies stand on the court during a NBA game at Smoothie King Center on January 31, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 31: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies stand on the court during a NBA game at Smoothie King Center on January 31, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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. Center. New Orleans Pelicans. Jaxson Hayes. 8. player. 69

The New Orleans Pelicans are in an interesting situation. They’re in win-now mode, but they’re doing it with a majority cast of young, rising stars. The current state of the team allows them to acquire some high-upside guys to stash on their bench as well as qualified veterans to help them win right away.

That’s why Jaxson Hayes was — and still is — the perfect pick for them.

The Pelicans’ starting center, Derrick Favors, is more than qualified to hold down the fort while Hayes develops in a reserve role.

Then, when Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball are all entering their primes, the hope is that Hayes will be a formidable starting center.

Hayes still has a lot of work to do in terms of his overall game, but he has incredibly high upside as a defensive-minded big man who can finish lobs on the offensive end of the court.

Original pick: 8

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