4 Bold Predictions for the 2019 NBA Draft

David Kaestle
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The 2019 NBA Draft takes place tonight, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. EST. While many things are seemingly certain about this draft, like Zion Williamson going No. 1 overall, there always seems to be a handful of surprises on draft night. Here are four bold predictions for the NBA Draft.

1. Cam Reddish Falls Out of the Top 10

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Cam Reddish was a projected top-5 pick for much of the college basketball season. However, his one season at Duke was a disappointment to many, with him averaging just 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Yes, Reddish was playing third fiddle on Duke to arguably the two best players in college basketball, but at the end of the day, that might not be enough to validate a top-10 selection. Despite that, many still have him going in the No. 7-9 range. Depending on how the top half of the lottery unfolds, Reddish could fall out of the top 10 on Thursday night.

2. Bol Bol Gets Drafted in the Top 10

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Bol Bol suffered a foot injury early in the 2018-19 college basketball season, and he missed the rest of the year as a result. But in just nine games played at Oregon, Bol averaged 21 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, all while shooting an impressive 52 percent from 3-point range. For a 7-foot-2, 19-year-old prospect, those numbers are about as impressive as it gets. Without the injury, many believe Bol would have been a consensus top-5 pick, but some mock drafts have him going as late as the early 20s. With the potential he's shown and at that size, a team could go after him in the latter half of the top 10 just based on potential.

3. Ja Morant Falls to the No. 3 Pick

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While Ja Morant has seemed like a lock to be drafted No. 2 by the Memphis Grizzlies for some time now, we could see a last-day change. Late Wednesday night, rumors started swirling that the New Orleans Pelicans were in pursuit of the No. 2 overall pick to pair Zion Williamson with his former Duke teammate, RJ Barrett. If that deal goes down, which seems unlikely, Morant could fall into the laps of the New York Knicks at No. 3 overall. Morant is currently +2800 to be drafted No. 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

4. De'Andre Hunter Gets Selected No. 4 Overall

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The Pelicans currently own the No. 4 pick as well as the No. 1 pick. There's speculation they might try and trade the pick for a more established veteran like Bradley Beal, but if they keep it, De'Andre Hunter also could be in play. The odds on FanDuel Sportsbook say that Darius Garland (-145) is the favorite to be the No. 4 pick, but the Pelicans already have two established point guards on the roster between Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball. New Orleans could also consider Jarrett Culver (+350), but Hunter is a similar player and even outplayed Culver in the 2019 NCAAM National Championship game. Hunter would provide the Pelicans with another athletic two-way player on a roster that is slowly turning into one of the more impressive defensive teams in the NBA on paper.

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