Let’s redraft the top 5 of the 2019 NBA Draft.

December 25, 2018

The order of the players picked would lead to a different balance in the league. Would Luka be our number one?

  • 5) Trae Young
  • 4) Kevin Knox
  • 3) DeAndre Ayton
  • 2) Luka Doncic
  • 1) Jaren Jackson Jr

5) Trae Young

He was compared to Stephen Curry during his last year at NCAA Division 1 level, but he is really like Steve Nash. He just had no weapons of any use at that level. Now he is in the NBA where the standard is higher his upside is being sprinkled all over the league and the NBA draft would be different.

It was close between Trae and Marvin Bagley who has shown great potential. The coach does not have the necessary faith in Marvin which could cost his development.

Although Trae is now my 5th best player on the NBA draft board, Dallas would not have been comfortable playing Dennis Smith Jr and Trae Young together. It is the same pick they took, but now they would have to trade for Kevin Knox or Jaren Jackson Jr which the Phoenix Suns would probably do. Trae Young and a draft pick should still expect to be a great trade. I project him to be a better pure point guard than Dennis Smith Jr and he is averaging 15.4points and 7.2 assists. This year’s rookies are better than last years right now!

4) Kevin Knox on the new NBA draft board

Booed during the NBA draft Kevin Knox has shown he can play and that he might be a future all-star. Sorry to New York Knicks fans, but the boing of your last two draft choices shows the basketball world your understanding is merely surface deep.

Kevin Knox would not give the Memphis Grizzlies the boost Jaren Jackson has, but the Grizzlies did not pick Jaren Jackson for the contribution he is making. The Grizzlies picked for the future and Knox is averaging 11.6points 4.1 rebounds and appears to have a willingness to be a two-way player.

3) DeAndre Ayton

DeAndre Ayton has averages of 20 points and 10 rebounds in his future. He is currently averaging 16.6 points and 10.9 rebounds, and although he would not be NO1 on redrafting, it was still a good pick for the Pheonix Suns. A safe pick, but a quality pick. The problem with Ayton is that the modern-day centre is a defensive anchor and he needs to score close to 30 points a game at 60% field goals to force to teams change the way they play. If he can achieve that, it would kill opponents running game as a player would have to be sacrificed from their perimeter defensive duties. The sacrifice means fewer players running, and a lower chance of long rebounds from the Pheonix Suns. It would be a small change but that 10-15 point difference in scoring by both teams would change the balance of the point production. It slightly slow the game down in favour of the team which was more accustom to play that way. Ultimately if Ayton fulfils his potential, the coach will probably be fired for an NCAA college coach.

2) Luka Doncic

Luka is threatening to be an all-star in his rookie year. He is the leader, by example, of the Dallas Mavericks. The trade they made for him is turning out to be a great choice. Dallas Mavericks first round pick is likely to be useless.

He is averaging 19pts, 4.9rebs and 6.6asts. Now hold your horses the last rookie to put up numbers like that was Tyreke Evans. Evans was incredible his rookie year. Tyreke Evans vs Derrick Rose at high school level was mouth watering as well.

Boy wonder Luka Doncic
Boy wonder Luka Doncic

The Kings would have a backcourt line up of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Luka. They might have had a problem defensively but that would have been an entertaining team and a real problem for the league next year.

1) Jaren Jackson JR.

Jaren Jackson has an awkward look to his game, but his fundamentals are strong. His footwork is subconscious, and he goes left very well. He plays the left side of the basket like his is left handed. At first, his ability to be a 2-way player was not noticed, imagine Booker and Jackson together. He is averaging 13.2pts, 4.8rebs and 1.8blks, but for the Pheonix Suns, his averages would be higher.

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