Top 10 NBA Prospects Entering 2019 Draft

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As the NBA Draft Lottery comes to a close, and teams prepare for the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20, here is our list of the top ten prospects entering the big day. Note, this is not a mock draft, instead, a ranking of the prospects. 

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1. Zion Williamson: Possibly the most hyped prospect to ever come out of the college scene, Zion Williamson is an absolute physical freak of nature. Standing at 6’7, 285lb, Williamson brings a mix of athleticism and size that we may have never seen before him. In his solo year at Duke, Zion lit up the court every night, making highlight-reel plays game after game, and ending the year averaging 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Zion is leaving college with 24 total awards, including Player of the Year, and is unanimously the projected number one overall pick and possesses potentially franchise-altering talent. 

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2. Ja Morant: The first player to average 20 and 10 since the NCAA started recording assists, Ja Morant carried Murray State to the NCAA tournament and in any other year, would and should, be in the conversation for the first overall pick. At 6’3, 175lb, Morant plays a solid overall game as a point guard, the type of game and IQ that a coach should feel comfortable turning the team over too. Ja also possesses elite athleticism, garnering comparisons to Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, but he doesn’t rely on it, making him a great player to build a team around for years to come. 

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3. RJ Barret: Arguably the most NBA ready prospect in the draft, RJ Barret was the number one high school prospect in the 2018 class, and as he chose Duke as his college of choice, he, at times, wasn’t able to showcase his potential as he played on the same team as two other players on this list. Barret is 6’7, 202lb, and an elite scorer, averaging 23 points on 45 percent shooting. Barret has the mentality every coach wants their players to have and he is not afraid of showing it. With the talent and size to play three positions in today’s NBA, Barret is projected to go top five in this year’s draft. 

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4. De’Andre Hunter: Coming off a national championship, elite two-way player De’Andre Hunter stands 6’8, 225lb, and has the physical tools to be that same player in the NBA. Often tasked with guarding the best player on opposing teams, Hunter still managed to average 15 points and 5 rebounds. Age is a concern but with the experience, he gained winning the national championship, along with a skill set that will allow him to succeed on at least one side of the floor, De’Andre Hunter is a no-doubt top ten pick.

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5. Jaxson Hayes: In an NBA where the big man is often overlooked, Jaxson Hayes has the physical and athletic tools to be a major force on both ends of the floor. At 7’0, 220lb, Hayes is an elite shot-blocker and rim protector who can also dunk anything you throw his way on the offensive end. He will need to put on some weight to bang down low with NBA big men, but Hayes has the potential to become a franchise cornerstone.

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6. Bol Bol: Maybe the most intriguing prospect on this list, at 7’3, 220lb, Bol Bol is extremely skilled for his size and length. Barely needing to jump to dunk, his fluidity and wingspan can allow him to be elite in multiple areas in today’s NBA from rim-protecting, defending, shooting, and working the post too much more. There are questions regarding his strength and balance, but with the right work ethic, Bol Bol has a chance to be something the NBA has never seen before. 

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7. Darius Garland: You may have never heard of Darius Garland, but the 6’3 guard out of Vanderbilt can ball. The projected fourth overall pick in many mock drafts can shoot it with the best of them and possesses speed and quickness to get his shot off on anyone from anywhere, a skill that will allow him to excel in the NBA today. He’s not the biggest or strongest player and there are questions about his ability to finish in traffic, but if he can continue to shoot the way he can, opposing defenses will have to account for him on the perimeter, opening the floor for his team. 

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8. Cam Reddish: With the sweetest stroke in college basketball, Cam Reddish is a hooper. At 6’8, 210lb, Reddish has the potential to become one of the best shooters in the NBA. Often deferring to Barret and Zion at Duke this year, we were robbed of what Cam Reddish can do on the basketball court, but with his size and versatility, expect to see Reddish make an impact the moment he steps on the floor with his new team. 

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9. Jarrett Culver: At 6’7, 210lb, Culver is a prototypical NBA wing who can play his game in more ways than one. A strong and elite finisher at the rim, Culver has the potential to make an impact on both ends of the floor in the NBA, just as he did leading Texas Tech to the national championship game. A potential top-five pick, look for Culver to take his talent to the next level. 

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10. Coby White: Coby White is all hustle, all game, all talent. He is the type of player a coach would want leading his team. At 6’5, 190lb, White is above average size for a point guard and has the heart of a champion. He does become reckless at times but it’s all in the name of winning and is something he can work on very easily. Look for White to go in the lottery and be, at the minimum, a solid spark plug off the bench for his new team. 

Next Five

These players have the talent to be top ten prospects, but either shortened or disappointing seasons, along with competition questions, have them just outside the list. Nonetheless, they all can ball. 

1. Sekou Doumbouya 

2. Romeo Langford 

3. Kevin Porter Jr. 

4. Nassir Little

5. PJ Washington 

 

Lakers work out Jarrett Culver

The Lakers hosted their first prospect Jarrett Culver on June 1st for an individual workout with the team. The 6’6 195-pound shooting guard showed off his skill set at the Lakers training facility where they hold all their pre-draft workouts. Culver led Texas Tech to their first-ever National Championship but ended up losing to Virginia. Culver averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists last year at Texas Tech.

Jarrett Culver’s full interview after the workout

Culver said in the interview that both Rob Pelinka and Frank Vogel were there. Also there was Lebron James which came as a big surprise to him. He said “I know LeBron plays here, but I didn’t expect him to be here,” Culver said “You’re kinda shocked at first, like that’s Lebron James.” The biggest question mark in Culver game is his 3pt shot which dropped 7.8 percent from freshman to sophomore season. The strengths of his game are His defense and his mid range. They say that Culver is a Two-Way defender which means he can guard most positions.

Lakers Preseason Schedule Announced!

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Laker fans, this is our first taste of the 2019-2020 season! The NBA announced on May 30th that the Lakers will be playing the Warriors 4 times (2 in LA and 2 in San Fransisco). They also play the Nets 2 times in China. This is the first time since the 2013-2014 season the Lakers will travel to China for the preseason.

These 2 games against the Nets are gonna be really interesting. First of all, it’s being played in China. Second its against D’Angelo Russell former Laker. Lastly, both the Lakers and the Nets are top destinations for free agent Kyrie Irving. It was reported that Kyrie is deciding between the Lakers and the Nets as of now.

Lakers beat the odds, Land the 4th Pick!

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Crazy night for Lakers fans as we land the 4TH pick for the 2019 draft. The Lakers were projected the number 11 pick with only an 9.4 percent chance at a top 4 pick. To follow up the top 4 the Knicks got 3rd, Grizzlies 2nd, and Pelicans 1st. This is a weird situation for the Lakers because people are wondering “are they gonna use the pick?” “Will they trade it?” Some initial thoughts from me are they are going to trade for Anthony Davis. Then after I thought about it I was like “AD is gonna stay in New Orleans with Zion Williamson most likely going there.” BUT then a report came out by Shams saying that Anthony Davis stance on being traded hasn’t changed!

Another trade possibility that the Lakers could do is for Bradley Beal. We have been thin at the SG position lately. With Kentavious Caldwell Pope expiring contract and only Josh Hart in that position right now, he would be a good piece to have along Lebron James. Beal averaged 25.6 points with 5.5 assist as he was the main player for the Wizards with John Wall out most of the season.

Lakers Hire Vogel and Kidd as New Coaches

Reported on May 11th, 2019, the Lakers have hired former Pacers and Magic head coach Frank Vogel. Out of the 6 seasons, he coached the Pacers he went to the playoffs 5 times including back to back Eastern Conference Finals. With the Orlando Magic, he went a disappointing 54-110 and got fired after his second season. To be fair though he was not given the best team. Vogel’s contract is 3 only 3 years but the amount of money is unknown right now.

Next which came as a bit of a surprise to me is Jason Kidd former NBA player and former Nets and Bucks Head coach agreed to become the Lakers, new assistant coach. He was one of the backup options for the Lakers if also Frank Vogel decided not to coach the Lakers, but obviously, Vogel signed so he became the assistant coach which I’m happy with. He will help build the young guys talent up as he did with Kris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Malcolm Brogdon. Reports came out right after he signed saying he did help Lonzo Ball the previous summer with his game. As the Bucks and Nets head coach, he went a total 183-190 which isn’t that bad. How do you feel about the new coaching staff?

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Ty Lue out as Lakers Possible Head Coach, Frank Vogel new Frontrunner.

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Reported by Woj on May 8th is that Ty Lue and the Lakers have reached an impasse without a deal to male him the next head coach. Now reported by LA Times on May 9th the very next day is that Frank Vogel former Magic coach that he lead to an all time record of 54-110. Before that though he was the head coach for the Pacers which he lead to 5 playoff trips in 6 years including back to back Eastern Conference Finals.

The reported reason that Ty Lue didn’t agree to the Lakers proposed contract is because he wanted a 5 year contract and said he wanted it because of his championship resumé. The Lakers at most offered him 3 years 18 million dollars but obviously he declined. They reportedly don’t want to keep a coach for long term. The final thing reported about this head coaching situation is by Shams. He said after Ty Lue backed out that the 3 coaches on the Lakers list are Lionel Hollins, Frank Vogel, and Mike Woodson, but to me it looks like they want Frank Vogel.

Each First Round Draft Pick From The 2019 NFL Draft

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That’s it! The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is over and some of the biggest names are officially off the board. Here are every draft pick from the first round:

Selection No. 1 – Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray

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Selection No. 2 – San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa

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Selection No. 3 – New York Jets: DT Quinnen Williams

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Selection No. 4 – Oakland Raiders: DE Clelin Ferrell

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Selection No. 5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White

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Selection No. 6 – New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones

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Selection No. 7 – Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Josh Allen

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Selection No. 8 – Detroit Lions: TE TJ Hockenson

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Selection No. 9 – Buffalo Bills: DT Ed Oliver

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Selection No. 10 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Via Broncos): LB Devin Bush

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Selection No. 11 – Cincinnati Bengals: OT Jonah Williams

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Selection No. 12 – Green Bay Packers: DE Rashan Gary

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Selection No. 13 – Miami Dolphins: DT Christian Wilkins

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Selection No. 14 – Atlanta Falcons: G/T Chris Lindstrom

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Selection No. 15 – Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins

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Selection No. 16 – Carolina Panthers: OLB Brian Burns

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Selection No. 17 – New York Giants (Via Browns): DT Dexter Lawrence

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Selection No. 18 – Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury

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Selection No. 19 – Tennessee Titans: DT Jeffery Simmons

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Selection No. 20 – Denver Broncos (Via Steelers): TE Noah Fant

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Selection No. 21 – Green Bay Packers (Via Seahawks): S Darnell Savage

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Selection No. 22 – Philadelphia Eagles (Via Ravens): T Andre Dillard

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Selection No. 23 – Houston Texans: T Tytus Howard

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Selection No. 24 – Oakland Raiders (Via Bears): RB Josh Jacobs

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Selection No. 25 – Baltimore Ravens (Via Eagles): WR Marquise Brown

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Selection No. 26 – Washington Redskins (Via Colts): DE Montez Sweat

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Selection No. 27 – Oakland Raiders (Via Cowboys): S Johnathan Abram

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Selection No. 28 – Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tillery

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Selection No. 29 – Seattle Seahawks (Via Chiefs): DE L.J. Collier

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Selection No. 30 – New York Giants (Via Seahawks/Packers/Saints): CB Deandre Baker

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Selection No. 31 – Atlanta Falcons (Via Rams): T Kaleb McGary

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Selection No. 32 – New England Patriots: WR N’Keal Harry

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Top 10 Greatest Saints To Ever Play

Johnathon Vilma, Pat Swilling, Mark Ingram. All dominate Saints players yet they didn’t make the cut for my personal top 10 Saints players. Here is my top 10 Saints players.

Number 10: DE Will Smith

Super Bowl winning DE Will Smith was murdered tragically April 9th, 2016. Will Smith’s greatest play, in my opinion, was Tracy Porter’s game-sealing interception as he laid a key block on Peyton Manning.

Number 9: QB Archie Manning

Although it was another era when Saints fans typically wore paper bags over their heads, there was a shining star at QB by the name of Archie Manning. He gave the Saints hope yet we were typically considered the “laughing stock of the league.”

Number 8: WR Joe Horn

WR Joe Horn was not only a great receiver, he was a hilarious personality to have around New Orleans. He’s iconically know for his cell phone celebration after a touchdown.

Number 7: LB Sam Mills

LB Sam Mills passed away August 3rd, 2005 after a battle with colon cancer. Mills was inducted into the Saints and Panthers Hall of Fame. Mills is the inspiration behind the Panthers’ slogan “Keep Pounding.” He was in “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” was a nickname for the Saints linebacking corp.

Number 6: OL Willie Roaf

OT Willie Roaf, aka “Nasty,” played for the Saints and Chiefs for thirteen seasons. He was such an exceptional tackle, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Number 5: RB Deuce McAllister

DEUCEEEEE!!! Deuce McAllister is the greatest running back in Saints history. He was drafted out of Ole Miss in the first round and spent eight seasons with the Saints.

Number 4: WR Marques Colston

WR Marques Colston, the greatest WR to never make a Pro Bowl. After drafted in the seventh round out of Hofstra, he was never looked at tremendously. He has just under 10,000 career yards (9,759) and 72 touchdowns.

Number 3: K Morten Anderson

K Morten Andersen is one of the greatest kickers ever after just being passed by ageless K Adam Vinatieri. Andersen ended his career with 2,544 points. He was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Number 2: LB Rickey Jackson

HOF LB Rickey Jackson was inducted into the 2010 class. Jackson was the leader of the “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson and Pat Swilling.

Number 1: QB Drew Brees

Although this may be obvious, I placed Brees as the greatest Saint ever because after Hurricane Katrina, the Saints, and quite frankly, the whole city of New Orleans was in desperate need of a hero. The Saints were rumored to be relocated to San Antonio if NOLA couldn’t recover. Within a few years of being signed, Brees brought a Lombardi to NOLA.


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