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Will 2019 Players Match Those In This Year’s Draft?

For the most part things went exactly as expected in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night at least for ACC players. There were a few moves, specifically trades that changed the landscape overall.

The somewhat self-imposed delay exercised on social media and the snail’s pace of selection made for a boring view. The chatter between members of  ACC Nation lasted all of about three rounds.

The ACC supplied a total of ten players in rounds one and two. The bulk of which came from Duke. Miami contributed two players and then it was Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Louisville adding one apiece.

When it comes to accuracy, most of this year’s Mock Drafts came close to hitting it on the head. The only thing left is to put pen to paper and start looking for a new apartment.


The List


NBA Draft Picks

RANKPLAYERTEAM
RD 1-2MARVIN BAGLEYKINGS
RD 1-7WENDELL CARTERBULLS
RD1-13JEROME ROBINSONCLIPPERS
RD 1-18LONNIE WALKERSPURS
RD 1-20JOSH OKOGIETIMBERWOLVES
RD 2-37GARY TRENTKINGS TO TRAIL BLAZERS
RD 2-42BRUCE BROWNPISTONS
RD 2-53DEVON HALLTHUNDER
RD 2-56RAY SPALDING76ers TO MAVERICKS

Two players from the ACC, Gary Trent and Ray Spalding were traded after being drafted. Trent was selected by the Kings and would have made an interesting pairing with Duke teammate Marvin Bagley. The Kings opted to send Trent to the Trail Blazers. Spalding who was selected in the draft by the 76ers is now headed to Dallas to join the Mavericks.

What does the 2019 NBA Draft hold in store? According to Rob Dauster’s “2019 NBA Mock Draft” at NBC Sports, NBA scouts aren’t enthusiastic about the players at the top. Here’s where the ACC comes into the picture. The top 4 on his list are all players from the conference with an additional one in the top 15.

Of course this can all change on a dime what with the college basketball season yet to begin. The performance of these players and whether or not their team makes it into postseason play may change the scouting opinions for the better.


Looking Ahead To 2019


2019 NBA Mock Draft

RANKPLAYERTEAM
#1R.J. BARRETTDUKE
#2NASSIR LITTLE NORTH CAROLINA
#3CAM REDDISHDUKE
#4DE'ANDRE HUNTERVIRGINIA
#14ZION WILLIAMSONDUKE

If the younger players (one and done) put in an extra year or two there are two benefits. (1) the team they are playing on gains depth and experience and probably a better shot at a championship. (2) the player tunes up their playing skills and adds some man muscle that makes them more valuable in the draft.

The reality is quite simple. There are only so many spots available in the NBA. This is why the option of testing the waters and pulling out of the draft benefits the players so much. Sounds like we may see more players going this route in the future.

Read more of Dauster’s article by clicking here.


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