2019 NBA Draft Jaret Andrews Memorial Big Board

The 2019 NBA draft is viewed mostly as a 3 player draft. I tend to disagree. In terms of star potential, it isn’t the strongest, but could be a solid draft looking back five years from now when evaluating the best role players in the league.

Players in the mid to late first round could turn out to be strong contributors at the next level. I took the liberty of listing out my top 40 prospects of this draft. A lot of players, later on, have a good amount to be excited about. With the Cavs holding a late first round pick, this list might give some clarity on the options on the table at 26.

#1 – Zion Williamson – PF Duke   Comp: Uber athletic Julius Randle

Pros

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Cons

  • Jumpshot a big question mark
  • Frame may be an issue (285 lbs)
  • Tweener (6’7)

#2 – Ja Morant – PG Murray State     Comp: John Wall / Russell Westbrook

Pros

  • Super Athlete
  • Dynamic Playmaker (10apg)
  • Improved Shooter (30%-37% Fr-Soph)
  • Good Finisher at the rim

Cons

  • Still needs to improve as a shooter
  • Competition Level

#3 – RJ Barrett – SG/SF Duke    Comp: Zach Lavine / Victor Oladipo

Pros

  • Good Size (6’7 202)
  • Solid Playmaker (4.3apg)
  • Can find his own shot
  • Great athlete
  • Defensive potential with athleticism and length

Cons

  • Inconsistent shooter (30.8% 3pt)
  • Needs to Improve decision making (Led NCAA in charges)

#4 – Jarrett Culver – SG/SF Texas Tech   Comp: Andrew Wiggins / Harrison Barnes

Pros

  • Good athlete
  • Strong finisher, doesn’t shy away from contact
  • Solid jumpshot
  • Can shoot off the dribble
  • Solid defender already, with potential to be elite due to frame and athleticism

Cons

  • Not an elite ball handler
  • Jump shot mechanics inconsistent
  • Struggled against elite collegiate competition.

#5 – Cam Reddish – SF Duke        Comp: Paul George

Pros

  • Silky, repeatable jumpshot
  • Smooth game, passes the eye test
  • Solid ball handler
  • Glides to the rim
  • Great Size (6’8 7foot wingspan) / dynamic athlete
  • Can pull up from anywhere
  • Can handle the ball on pick and roll
  • Good passer

Cons

  • Jumpshot inconsistent
  • Showed glimpses of brilliance, but also like he didn’t belong on court
  • Disappeared at times
  • Bad finishing at the rim when met with contact

#6 – Darius Garland – PG Vanderbilt     Comp: Damian Lillard

Pros

  • Jitterbug quickness
  • Elite Pull Up Shooter extended out to three point range(48%3pt)
  • Can create own shot or play off the ball, running off screens
  • Creative moves in the lane

Cons

  • Not an imposing presence, does not play above rim
  • Struggles at the rim against length/size
  • Not an elite passer (13 assists to 15 turnovers)
  • Small Sample Size

#7 DeAndre Hunter – SF Virginia    Comp: Bojan Bogdanovic / Robert Covington

Pros

  • Elite Defender
  • Can Defend up to 3 maybe even 4 positions
  • Can move to a stretch 4 when needed
  • Sweet Stroke
  • 3 and D ability makes him a contributor right away

Cons

  • Low Ceiling, what you see is what you get
  • Good Size but not the best athlete
  • Slow First step
  • Not a dependable isolation scorer

#8 Bol Bol – C Oregon      Comp: Unicorn

Pros

  • Ridiculous length (7’2 with 7’8 wingspan)
  • Knock down shooter (52%3pt)
  • Great handle for size
  • Weakside shot blocker (2.7bpg)
  • Quick first step
  • Finishes at the rim
  • Pick and Pop/roll guy

Cons

  • Measured in at 208 lbs!!!
  • Questions about consistent effort and commitment to the game
  • Won’t be strong enough to handle legit centers at next level
  • Foot injury not a good sign
  • Super talented, but too risky to be taken in the lottery

#9 Coby White – PG North Carolina     Comp: Collin Sexton / Eric Bledsoe

Pros

  • Bucket getter
  • Great finisher around the rim
  • Solid shooter, off catch and off dribble (35%3pt)
  • Broke Jordans freshman scoring record
  • Elite height, Great athlete
  • At his best in open space

Cons

  • Furthest thing from a reliable playmaker
  • Not consistent scorer (42% FG)
  • 19% turnover rate in fast break scenarios
  • Still learning how to contribute in half court
  • Lack of length and interest will limit his defensive ability
  • Negative Wingspan, small hands

#10 Sekou Doumbouya – PF France    Comp: Jerami Grant / Al Farouq-Aminu

Pros

  • Great Athlete / Size (6’9)
  • Great in transition, can handle the ball or run on wings
  • Glides around the court, can possibly defend 1-4
  • Can stretch the floor with 3 pt range
  • Solid Shotblocker, plays passing lanes very well

Cons

  • Youngest player in the draft (18 years old)
  • Wildly inconsistent with effort
  • Although jumpshot has improved, still needs work
  • Not a good passer. Finished with more turnovers than assists
  • Not the best feel for the game, should improve with time

#11 Jaxson Hayes – C Texas    Comp: Jarrett Allen / JaVale McGee

Pros

  • Long (nearly 7 foot with 7’3 wingspan)
  • Crazy athlete, easily beats other bigs down court
  • Bouncy, fast first jump and more importantly second jump
  • Super accurate down low, shot 73 % from the field, good hands+soft touch
  • Has size, length, and instinct to be a dominant defensive presence. Second best shot blocker among prospects(2.2 bpg)

Cons

  • Had issues with foul trouble (6 fouls per 40 minutes)
  • Needs to develop as a prolific rebounder
  • Needs to add Muscle, slender frame (around 225)

#12 Nassir Little – SF North Carolina      Comp: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist / OG Annunoby

Pros

  • Elite Athlete, physical specimen (6’6 220 7’1 wingspan)
  • Averaged 22 points per 40 minutes despite being behind others
  • Strong and agile making him able to play multiple positions
  • Never found stroke from 3 but has nice touch (77%FT)
  • Top high school recruit last season

Cons

  • Never really found his way at UNC and never really improved since the start of freshman year
  • Needs time to learn defensive schemes
  • Not reliable to create for himself or others
  • Defensive output didn’t match physical tools

#13 Romeo Langford – SG Indiana      Comp: Tyreke Evans

Pros

  • Prototypical size/length for modern 2 (6’6 ht 6’11 ws)
  • Good ball handler/shot creator
  • A solid athlete who can change paces quickly
  • Showed flashes of being a good defender
  • Can shoulder a heavy load offensively with scoring/playmaking

Cons

  • Sub 30% shooter from deep
  • Has length and quickness to be good defender, needs to improve quickness and toughness

#14 PJ Washington – PF Kentucky    Comp: Marvin Williams

Pros

  • Stretches floor well (42%3pt)
  • Lead UK in scoring, rebounding, and 3pt shooting (Tyler Herro)
  • Played through foot injury in Tournament to boost his team
  • Only 6’8 but has crazy length (7’2 ws)
  • Versatile scorer, pick and roll/pop, high/low post, face up
  • Tough, physical grinder who developed into a good leader

Cons

  • Couldn’t perform workouts for teams due to foot injury
  • Lacks height of a true 4
  • Negative assist to turnover ratio
  • Good length but underwhelming athlete, doesn’t play above rim

#15 Brandon Clarke – PF Gonzaga    Comp: Bouncy Tristan Thompson

Pros

  • Elite athlete
  • Best finisher around rim in college basketball (74%)
  • Quick first jump helps lack of height
  • High motor
  • Good offensive rebounder
  • Good instincts and timing leads to a lot of blocks (4.3 per 40)
  • Solid perimeter defender / active hands (1.2spg)

Cons

  • Not very long, short arms small hands
  • Won’t space the floor, only 25 career threes taken
  • Will need to improve defensively with fundamentals / gets by on instinct and athleticism

#16 Tyler Herro – SG Kentucky Comp: Austin Rivers w/ Better Jumpshot

Pros

  • Knockdown shooter
  • Good shooter off the dribble, catch and shoot, coming off screens
  • Good at reading screens
  • Strong in pick and roll situations
  • Underrated play maker
  • Good size (6’6) and scrappy defender

Cons

  • Short arms may limit him to defending only 1s. Little upside
  • Not a great athlete and not creative around the rim
  • Needs more moves around the basket
  • Shot high percentage from ft line, only 3.1 attempts per 40 minutes

#17 Kevin Porter – SG/SF USC   Comp: Ben McLemore

Pros

  • Specimen (6’6, 220, Strong, fast, quick, bouncy)
  • A load when he gets downhill
  • At his best in open space
  • Solid knockdown shooter (41%3pt)
  • Can create his own shot via pull up or step back
  • Uses threat of jump shot to take people off the bounce

Cons

  • Doesn’t do much off the ball. Seems uninterested a lot of the time
  • Good pull up shooter but not as much on catch and shoot
  • Sloppy shooting mechanics (52%FT)
  • Poor playmaker (30 assists compared to 39 turnovers)
  • Falls in love with pull up jumpers

#18 Rui Hachimura – PF Gonzaga   Comp: Longer Brandon Bass

Pros

  • Experienced player (3 years at Gonzaga)
  • Improved every season
  • Good size and length (6’8 235, long arms, big hands)
  • Strong finisher inside (Generated 8 free throws per 40)
  • Can take big forwards off dribble and small in the post
  • Shot career high from 3 his junior season (41.7%)

Cons

  • Prone to tunnel vision. More TO than assists all three seasons
  • Not a good athlete
  • Struggled shooting against better competition (shot 8/19 against Texas Tech, only two makes when being checked by Culver)
  • No clue how he shot so well. Poor mechanics. Low volume
  • Should be a better defender given physical gifts
  • Plays defense flat footed, can’t switch onto guards or fast wings limiting his versatility

#19 Cam Johnson – SG/SF North Carolina   Comp: Danny Granger

Pros

  • One of my favorite players in the draft
  • NBA ready due to Size,Shooting, and experience
  • Best shooter in this draft (40.3% career) (45.7% Sr season)
  • Always ready to shoot
  • Scores on post fades, pull ups, step backs, and contested shots
  • Strong leader, mature
  • Comfortable on offense with and without the ball

Cons

  • Super tall(6’8) but frame won’t hold up against bigger forwards
  • Performed well at combine(5th best lane agility test, 30.5in standing vert, 36.5 vert) but still not an above the rim finisher
  • Needs to work on his handling and playmaking ability
  • Old (23yo) 5 year Senior

#20 Keldon Johnson – SG/SF Kentucky   Comp: Stanley Johnson / Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Pros

  • Good size and strength for NBA wing (6’6 215)
  • Good motor, scrappy on both sides of the ball
  • Productive rebounder (5.9rpg)
  • Has catch and shoot ability
  • Has shown ability to be a pull up shooter

Cons

  • Slow Release on the jumpshot
  • Inconsistent this season shooting especially off the dribble
  • Strong athlete but not a quick athlete
  • Only an ok distributor

#21 Goga Bitadze – C Georgia (country) Comp: mix of Dwayne Dedmon and Brook Lopez

Pros

  • Skilled 7 footer
  • Tremendous size (7’0 250 7’3 wingspan, 9’2 standing)
  • Light on his feet for his size
  • Shows potential as a weakside rim protector
  • Good pick and roll/pop player / good hands
  • Has shown potential to be a stretch 5

Cons

  • Will never be a perimeter defender
  • Slow lateral movement
  • Could improve as a passer
  • Didn’t show a consistent post game against lack luster competition
  • Seems like a fake tough guy (Kentucky)

#22 Nikeil Alexander Walker – SG Virginia Tech   Comp: less athletic Gary Harris

Pros

  • Good size for a Two-Guard (6’6)
  • Plays passing lanes very well(2.2 steals per 40 min)
  • Has a reliable jump shot when given space (38%3pt)
  • Urky jerky driver, changes speed well
  • Good playmaker, can put in pick and roll scenarios (4apg)

Cons

  • Depends on his left a lot. Exclusively drives, passes, and finishes with his left
  • Has issues penetrating defenses, not ready to be a primary ball handler
  • Not a reliable pull up jump shooter

#23 Matisse Thybulle – SG Washington Comp: Andre Roberson/Tony Allen/Marcus Smart

Pros

  • PIT. BULL.
  • 2x Naismith Defensive Player of the Year (3.5spg 2.3bpg)
  • Great size for a wing(6’6ht 7’0 ws)
  • Elite in the passing lanes
  • Can easily defend 1-3 at the next level
  • Has shown glimpses of a jump shot

Cons

  • Inconsistent jump shot, shot over 36% first 3 years but only 30% this season
  • Will never be a scorer in the league
  • Not a good ball handler or passer
  • Not a great finisher around the rim
  • Will have to adjust from the zone played by Washington

#24 KZ Okpala – SF/PF Stanford

Pros

  • Great length for a wing (6’10ht 7’2ws)
  • Frame of a post player but was the main playmaker at Stanford
  • Can attack from Isos or pick and roll
  • Glides to the rim, looks like a gazelle on the court
  • Improved 3 point shooter (37%)
  • Potential to be a versatile defender

Cons

  • Not a good passer / decision maker
  • Doesn’t have a pull up game, primarily a spot up shooter at this point
  • Lacks physicality on both ends  

#25 Darius Bazely – SF/PF Princeton High School (Cincinnati)

Pros

  • Bulked up during his season off, started to fill out his frame
  • Great length for the wing (6’9ht 7’0ws)
  • Unknown potential
  • Shows potential as a ball handler
  • Shows soft touch with jump shot
  • Has potential to be a multi-purpose defender

Cons

  • Hasn’t played in a year
  • Has soft touch but weird mechanics on shot
  • MASSIVE risk based on sample size

#26 Mfioundu Kabengele – C Florida State  Comp: Serge Ibake / Dwayne Dedmon

Pros

  • Physical Specimen
  • Big as hell (6’10ht, 7’3ws, 9’1sr, 256lbs)
  • Great agility, ability to guard perimeter
  • Potential to be stretch 5 (37%3pt)
  • Can score from the post

Cons

  • Lack of experience playing the game
  • Not a passer in the slightest (11assists in 800 minutes)
  • Not a disciplined defender (over 4 fouls per 40 minutes)
  • Jumps at everything

#27 Nic Claxton – PF/C Georgia

Pros

  • Smooth moving athlete
  • Long (near 7 foot, 7’2ws)
  • Great handles for his size. Can start breaks off rebounds
  • Shows signs of being a spot up shooter
  • Blocks shots well from weakside
  • Shown signs of being a capable perimeter defender

Cons

  • Still skinny, has frame to fill out however
  • Got overpowered easily at Georgia, not dominant on the glass
  • Game moves fast at times, poor passing decisions
  • Fell in love with the shot to often

#28 Luka Samanic – PF Croatia

Pros

  • Good size (6’11)
  • Moves well for a man his size
  • Can be a spot up shooter
  • Fast feet can allow him to cover switches on perimeter

Cons

  • Averages one more TO than assist per 40 min
  • Swiss army knife, doesn’t do anything at a great level
  • Doesn’t respond well to physicality
  • Inconsistent 3pt shot

#29 Eric Paschall – PF Villanova  Comp: athletic Anthony Tolliver / Adrien Payne

Pros

  • Explosive athlete
  • Great finisher at the rim
  • Strength and length for post d, quick feet for perimeter d
  • Solid stand still 3pt shooter (35%)

Cons

  • Streaky 3pt shooter, awkward looking shot
  • Struggles creating his own offense, not a good playmaker
  • Undersized as a big in the NBA (6’7)

#30 Grant Williams – PF Tennessee  Comp: Patrick Patterson

Pros

  • Good inside outside scoring option
  • Can feed him in the post / triple threat player (4 assists per 40)
  • Improved shooter from distance (31.8%3pt) (82%FT)
  • High IQ player. Good instincts
  • Grit and grind player. Shown glimpses of perimeter defender

Cons

  • Not the tallest or longest, affects his ability as interior defender
  • Not a dynamic athlete / plays below the rim
  • Not laterally quick
  • Improved shooter but still far from being a reliable threat

#31 Luguentz Dort – SG Arizona State   Comp: Marcus Smart

Pros

  • Not tall but has good strength and length (6’4″ ht 222 6’8 wingspan)
  • High motor and defensive ability makes him NBA ready
  • At best offensively when in open space
  • Not afraid of contact on either side of the ball
  • Has the ability to defend either guard

Cons

  • Defense comes from effort and intensity, needs to improve technique
  • Not the best at creating his own shot
  • Inconsistent 3pt shooter (31%)
  • Tends to put his head down and tunnel vision on drives

#32 Carson Edwards – PG Purdue   Comp: Patty Mills

Pros

  • Very quick, gets to the rim easily
  • In the gym range
  • Can pull up off pick and roll
  • Big time players
  • Saved his best for the tournament

Cons

  • Inconsistent pull up jump shot (36% on pull ups)
  • Size concern (6’1)
  • Sub 40% from the field last season
  • Not a prolific distributor

#33 Ty Jerome – PG/SG Virginia  Comp: Matthew Dellavadova

Pros

  • Good size, can play 1 or 2 when needed
  • Scrappy defender (1.8 steals per 40 minutes)
  • Great feel for defenses. One of the best passers in draft
  • Good catch and shoot guy (39.5%3pt for career)

Cons

  • Negative Wingspan (6’4ws 6’6 ht)
  • Bad athlete, plays well beneath the rim
  • Skill set matches PG but size and lack of mobility force him at 2
  • Not an elite pull up game

#34 Admiral Schofield – SF Tennessee  Comp: PJ Tucker / Jae Crowder

Pros

  • Dangerous catch and shoot weapon (better than 39% since soph.)
  • Has shown ability to make pull up/moving shots
  • Huge frame, may be best suited as small ball 4
  • Can guard multiple positions due to length and strength

Cons

  • Plays power ball often but is only 6’5
  • Not a great rebounder
  • Doesn’t have great feel for game (.9spg .5bpg)

#35 Bruno Fernando – C Maryland  Comp: Bismack Biyombo

Pros

  • Bruh (6’10ht 237lbs 7’4″ Wingspan 9’1″ Standing Reach)
  • Can move too to go along with his size
  • Averaged double-double at Maryland
  • Strong finisher inside

Cons

  • Turnover machine (21% TO rate)
  • Non factor on the defensive end of the floor
  • Low basketball IQ / lack of discipline

#36 Chuma Okeke – PF Auburn    Comp: Kyle Kuzma

Pros

  • Good size, length and athleticism
  • Elite 3pt shooter (38.7% last season)
  • Versatile defender (1.2bpg 1.8spg)
  • Would be a lottery pick despite injury

Cons

  • Torn ACL makes him a big risk (Will miss entire next season)
  • Won’t create his own shot
  • Doesn’t finish above the rim despite athleticism  

#37 Daniel Gafford – C Arkansas   Comp: Larry Sanders

Pros

  • Big man with great athleticism / runs floor well
  • Solid offensive rebounder
  • Plays above the rim / super bouncy
  • Good touch inside
  • Blocks shots well (3.8 blocks per 40 min)

Cons

  • Not the most physical player / effects his rebounding
  • Doesn’t have the defensive prowess his tools suggest
  • Primarily a dump off tip in, and lob guy / no playmaking or shooting ability

#38 Dylan Windler – SF Belmont   Comp: Doug McDermott

Pros

  • Shooter (43%3pt)
  • Long (6’8″ht 6’10″ wingspan)
  • Can score from anywhere in any way (spot up, off dribble, off screens)

Cons

  • Sucked against high level competition
  • Slow lateral movement
  • Not known as a defender
  • Not a prolific playmaker  

#39 Shamorie Ponds – PG St. John’s   Comp: Mario Chalmers / Brandon Jennings

Pros

  • Elite scorer (nearly 20ppg)
  • Solid playmaker (5.1apg)
  • Can shoot off the dribble / catch and shoot
  • Strong finisher inside
  • Good rebounder (4.1apg)
  • Great defender fo his size / plays passing lanes (2.6spg)

Cons

  • Small guard (6’1) limits defensive versatility
  • Can fall in love with jump shot
  • Too confident? Might be a good thing

#40  Louis King – SF Oregon   Comp: Rodney Hood

Pros

  • Excellent size and athleticism for a wing (6’8)
  • Great 3 and D upside (38.6%3pt) moves well laterally
  • Can score off pull ups and and dribble drive / solid handle
  • Good mechanics on jump shot

Cons

  • Still needs to add muscle
  • Needs to improve fundamentally on defense
  • Injury at beginning of season a concern

The Christian Cretella 2019 NBA Draft Big Board

The 2019 NBA Draft is quickly approaching and all eyes will be glued to the screen to see who their favorite team selects. While no one truly knows who will select who we do know that there are some future stars in the making although not as many as previous drafts.

There are three guys in this draft that are separated from the pack Ja Morant, Zion Williamson, and RJ Barrett. All three are coming off of huge years and have big expectations at the pro level. Then there’s you second tier guys like Jarrett Culver, Cam Reddish, and De’Andre Hunter who can be key complementary pieces to a team.

Take a look below at where the top 60 rank on my big board.

1.Ja Morant PG-Murray State

Coming out of Murray State, Morant has all the makings of a star point guard in the NBA. At 6’3 and weighing a lean 175lbs he soars above the rim with endless highlight reel dunks and is able to finish strong at the rim while using his elite speed to get by defenders. His ball handling and excellent court vision allows him to make plays for not only himself but his teammates as well. Morant will likely be a top 3 pick and could eventually be one of the top guards in the league.

2.Zion Williamson PF-Duke

At 6’7 and 285lbs Zion is a force to be reckoned with at the rim and out on the break. His superhuman frame matched with his speed and strength allows him to terrorize rims all over the country. For his size Zion has unheard of agility and is able to get out on the break and make plays for him and his teammates as well as swat shots into the 10th row on the defensive end. His quickness allows him to recover if he is beat and he is able to use his agility to get to the hoop at will. If this former Duke star is able to tune up his jumper Watch Out!

3.RJ Barrett SG/SF-Duke

This former Blue Devil is ready to take over the league and is ready to lead whatever team he joins. Hailing from Ontario,Canada RJ Barrett in many eyes is the top wing in the draft. While at Duke alongside the likes of Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish Barrett was able to put together a solid freshman year averaging 22.6ppg 7.6rpg and just over four assists while shooting nearly 50% from the field. His playmaking ability and knowledge of the game show early signs of a long star studded career in the NBA who many would love to have on their team.  

4.Jarrett Culver SG/SF-Texas Tech

Culver who is listed at 6’5 looks more like 6’7 in person and uses his length to his advantage on both ends of the floor. Culver is in many minds the best defender in the draft and is able to use his length to block shots and poke balls away which is arguably his best asset. On offense Culvers bread and butter move was his hesitation dribble that often got him that first step to blow by defenders. Culver was able to show a ton of improvement from his first year to his second while at Texas Tech. He improved his points per game average by 7.5 points and lead the Red Raiders to their first ever final four and first national championship appearance. Culver’s talents will be coveted by many teams in the draft.

5.Cam Reddish SG/SF-Duke

Reddish is one of the most interesting pieces in this years draft and has a chance to have the best NBA career out of all the draft hopefuls. The former number three ranked prospect coming out of high school played his college ball at Duke where most of the time he saw himself playing in the shadows of Barrett and Williamson, and even though he didn’t get as many touches as he would have liked (averaging only 13.5ppg) that didn’t stop him from showing off his elite athleticism and NBA potential. His three point shooting is one of the things that sets him apart from the rest and mainly his ability to catch and shoot and being able to be a threat scoring off the ball. Reddish is the perfect player to pair with another young piece to build around or to add as depth off the bench to come in and be a scorer on a team that already has a nucleus, making him one of the most desired players this years draft.  

Below is the full list of the top 60 draft prospects on my big board.

6.Coby White PG-North Carolina

7.Darius Garland PG-Vanderbilt

8.De’Andre Hunter SF-Virginia

9.Bol Bol C-Oregon

10.Jaxon Hayes PF/C-Texas

11.Rui Hachimura SF/PF-Gonzaga

12.Sekou Doumbouya SF/PF-France

13.PJ Washington PF-Kentucky

14.Brandon Clarke PF/C-Gonzaga

15.Tyler Herro SG-Kentucky

16.Romeo Langford SG/SF-Indiana

17.Nassir Little SF-North Carolina

18.Nickeil Alexander-Walker SG-Virginia Tech

19.Kevin Porter Jr. SG-USC

20.Cameron Johnson SF-North Carolina

21.Keldon Johnson SF-Kentucky

22.Goga Bitadze C-Republic of Georgia

23.Mfiondu Kabengele C-Florida State

24.Grant Williams PF-Tennessee

25.KZ Okpala SF-Stanford

26.Nicolas Claxton PF-Georgia

27.Bruno Fernando PF-Maryland

28.Darius Bazley SF-Princeton HS (OH)

29.Eric Paschall PF-Villanova

30.Matisse Thybulle SF-Washington

31.Luka Samanic PF-Croatia

32.Ty Jerome PG/SG Virginia

33.Carsen Edwards PG-Purdue

34.Luguentz Dort SG-Arizona State

35.Admiral Schofield SF-Tennessee

36.Talen Horton-Tucker SF-Iowa State

37.Chuma Okeke PF-Auburn

38.Dylan Windler SF-Belmont

39.Terence Davis SG-Ole Miss

40.Isaiah Roby PF-Nebraska

41.Daniel Gafford C-Arkansas

42.Jontay Porter C-Missouri

43.Shamorie Ponds PG-St. Johns

44.DaQuan Jeffries SG-Tulsa

45.Jalen Lecque PG-Brewster Academy (NH)

46.Zylan Cheatham PF-Arizona State

47.Deividas Sirvydis SF-Lithuania

48.Tremont Waters PG-LSU

49.Louis King SF-Oregon

50.Miye Oni SG-Yale

51.Jaylen Hoard PF-Wake Forest

52.Jordan Bone PG-Tennessee

53.Jordan Poole SG-Michigan

54.Quinndary Weatherspoon SG-Mississippi State

55.Nazreon Reid C-LSU

56.Zach Norvell Jr. SG-Gonzaga

57.Jalen McDaniels PF-San Diego State

58.Dedric Lawson PF-Kansas

59.Jared Harper PG-Auburn

60.Jaylen Hands PG-UCLA

Preview: Browns vs Giants

Story written by Tim Whelan —

The Browns are coming off a 20-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints thanks to the heroics of rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. Although wins don’t count for anything in the preseason. It is still does have an impact on the Browns. Hue Jackson is trying to change the culture in Berea. Every little win matters to the Browns.

What to look for…

The obvious battle for the Browns is quarterback competition per usual. New year, same competition. The Browns will trot out Brock Osweiler to start the game. He will be looking to end the debate of who should start week 1 vs the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rookie DeShone Kizer, and second year quarterback Cody Kessler are also in the competition. Though Brock Osweiler, and DeShone Kizer have the upper hand in the competition.

DeShone Kizer is keeping the competition close. Kizer showed poised, good pocket presence, big arm strength, willing to take big chances. Kizer threw 2 bombs including a 45 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Payton that won them the game.

Final quarterback numbers from preseason week 1:

DeShone Kizer 11/18 completions, 184 yards, 1 touchdown, 114.1 rating

Cody Kessler 5/10 completions, 47 yards, 63.3 rating

Brock Osweiler 6/14 completions, 42 yards, 50.3

Another position battle to keep up on is the right tackle position. It seems as though second year lineman Shon Coleman has the upper hand. Former first round draft pick Cameron Erving has been struggling. The Browns have tried him at every position but nothing changed. Cameron Erving could be on his way out of Cleveland. Struggling in practice, getting beat off the snap right away, the false start penalties continuing to add up.

Whose Out

Danny Shelton NT, knee

Joel Bitonio Guard, knee

Cameron Erving OL, calf

The Browns will be taking on the New York Giants at First Energy Stadium on Monday Night Football, Kickoff is 8 pm, on ESPN.

 

The Most Critical Offseason for the Cavaliers

Story written by Tim Whelan –

The Cavs are coming off a disappointing NBA finals loss to the Golden State Warriors. It was a series that showed the true weaknesses of the Cavs. Cavs had major problems with the bench, rebounding, defense, and the reality of not having enough firepower on the floor to match with Golden State.

The Cavs offseason has been very entertaining. But took a turn for the worse just before the draft. The Cavs and General Manager David Griffin have decided to part ways due to different visions of the future with the team. Koby Altman, Assistant General Manager, has been fielding the calls and the draft for the time being.

What is next for the Cavs as we head into free agency? First order of business is the finding a new General Manager. The Cavs have been pursuing ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups aka “Mr. Bigshot”. You may have heard of him. Billups is regarded as one best all-around point guards the NBA has seen. Billups was a part of the Detroit Pistons when they were making big in the postseason year after year. Billups has met with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert for 2 days. It has been reported he is currently mulling an offer. His position would be President of Basketball Operations. He will then add a General Manager under him.

Now, let’s talk about the current state of the roster. Is it a championship caliber roster? Yes. Is a roster that can beat Golden State? No. Are there moves that the Cavs can make that would make them better, or at least feasible against the Warriors? Yes but not much.

The problem with the Cavaliers appear to be the lack of trade assets they have this offseason. No one is willing to take on the contract of Iman Shumpert. Kevin Love’s trade value is no where near what it was in 2014.

But that isn’t the only problems the Cavs face. They now face a roster that is depleted by age, lack of athleticism off the bench, the lack of defense. The Golden State Warriors were able to exploit that every time LeBron James left the court.

Rumors have been flying about the Cavaliers. Especially ones involving some guy by the name of Paul George. You may have heard of him. George has been linked to the Cavs since the end of the NBA Finals. Paul George recently told the Pacers that he will leave them in 2018. George has insist he prefers to play for the Lakers. But can a trade the Cavs change his mind? Paul George is currently sitting on a 1-year deal and is basically a one year rental for any team that trades for him.

With the NBA free agency upon us, here are some names I believe the Cavs should consider:

Small Forward, Rudy Gay (Sacramento)

Small Forward, Tyreke Evans (Sacramento)

Guard, Tony Allen (Memphis)

Forward, Michael Beasley (Milwaukee)

Small Forward, Vince Carter (Memphis)

Point Guard, Darren Collison (Sacramento)

Center, Dwayne Dedmon (San Antonio)

Forward, Taj Gibson (Oklahoma City)

Point Guard, George Hill (Utah)

Guard, Jrue Holiday (New Orleans)

Of course, there are several other players available to the Cavs. The problem is the Cavs don’t have money to spend. Any free agent they spend money on will put them in a deeper hole in the luxury tax. Making trades, moving contracts in order to add a free agent would most likely be the route for the Cavs. The Cavs will still be in a bad spot heading into next season. But every decision they make will be with the question does this free agent or trade improve our chances against Golden State? It will be a very interesting offseason for the Cavs. One that could change the look of the Cavs future for a very long time.

 

Fly the Parot! Edwin Carries the Indians to 5-2 victory over the Twins.

Story written by Tim Whelan –

The Indians came into father’s day looking for a 4-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. The Indians did exactly that. The Indians beat the Twins 5-2. The Indians have a 2 game lead in first place. The Indians move their record to 36-31. The Twins fall to 34-33 on the season.

STARTING PITCHING FINAL LINES:

Trevor Bauer (CLE) Win (Record 6-5). Bauer went 7 innings, 2 runs, 2 earned, 2 walks, 8 strikeout, ERA of 5.54.

Kyle Gibson (MINN) Lose (Record 4-5). Gibson went 6 innings, 8 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, 2 home runs, ERA 6.56.

SUMMARY: It took until the 4th inning for the Indians get on the board. With a second deck bomb from Edwin Encarnacion. Fast forward to the 6th inning. Edwin did it again. This time a 2-run bomb into left field. Edwin finished the day with 3 hits, 2 home runs (16), 5 RBIs (36) including a Sac fly in the 9th inning.

The Twins would battle. Getting 2 runs from the help of Eduardo Escobar, and Eddie Rosario. The Twins got a nice effort from Kyle Gibson, keeping the twins within 3 runs through the game. But the Indians bats would be too much for the twins to recover in this one.

Andrew Miller would get the save for the Tribe. It was his first on the season. Why was Indians manager Terry Francona using Miller in the 9th? As of now, it seems as though he is trying to balance the workload between Cody Allen, and Andrew Miller. How long will this switch last? Only time will tell.

PREVIEW: The Indians will travel to Baltimore to take on the struggling Orioles. Two aces will toe the rubber. Corey Kluber who is 5-2 on the season with an ERA 4.15, will take the mound for the tribe. Dylan Bundy who is 7-5 with an ERA 3.29, will be taking the mound for the Baltimore Orioles. First pitch will be at 7:05 pm ET. Watch live on Sports Time Ohio or tune on WTAM 1100.

Royals Play Long Ball to Help them Beat The Tribe 6-4

Story written by Tim Whelan –

The Cleveland Indians took on the Kansas City Royals to start a 3 game Memorial weekend series. The Royals beat the Indians by a final score of 6-4. Mike Minor gets his 3rd on the season as a reliever for the Royals. Reliever Bryan Shaw takes his first loss on the season for the tribe. Kevin Herrera notches his 10th save on the season. The Indians fall to 24-22 on the season. While the Royals move 20-27 on the season

HOW DID WE GET HERE? The Indians came out firing the first punches in the first three innings. With the help of a solo home run from third baseman Jose Ramirez in the 2nd inning. His 7th home run of the season. Left fielder Michael Brantley had a near 3-run home run that turned into an RBI single in the 3rd inning. That helped the Indians get off a 4-0 start over the Royals.

But the Royals wouldn’t go away that easily tonight. the Royals start their rally in the 4th with a 3-run blast from former Cleveland Indian DH Brandon Moss. It was his 9th on the season. Third baseman Mike Moustakus hit a solo home run to tie the ball game in the 5th inning at 4. It was his 12th home run on the season.

Late in the ballgame with one of the best relievers on the mound Andrew Miller had an off night. Giving up a 2-run double to left field from right fielder Jorge Bonifacio in the top of the 8th inning. Those 2 runs would give the Royals the lead and that’s all they would need after that.

STARTING PITCHING FINAL LINES:

Mike Clevinger (CLE) record: 2-1. 5 Innings pitched, 8 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 2 home runs, ERA 2.82. Mike Clevinger takes the no decision as he gave up his first 2 home runs of the season.

Ian Kennedy (KC) record 0-4. 5 Innings pitched, 3 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 home run, ERA of 4.43. Ian Kennedy took the no decision tonight.

PREVIEW:

Left handed pitcher Jason Vargas (5-3, 2.3 ERA) will look to take the series win against the Indians. The Indians will send right handed pitcher Danny Salazar (3-4, 5.55 ERA) on the hill tomorrow. First pitch is at 4:10 pm on FOX SPORTS 1 tomorrow.

 

The Trilogy is set! Cavs vs Warriors June 1st

Story written by Tim Whelan –

We are now under a week from the trilogy battle. Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors. The Cavs are coming off it’s first season in franchise history as the defending champions. While Golden State is coming off another fantastic regular/postseason campaign.

HOW DID WE GET HERE? Let’s begin with the Cavaliers journey. The Cavs went through a roller coaster of a season. Starting off red hot to start, only to leave questions heading the postseason. But the Cavs answered all of them. Finishing their postseason with a record of 11-1. Topping off the Eastern Conference with a 4-1 series win over the Boston Celtics.

The Golden State Warriors are coming into the finals with a 12-0 record. After Kevin Durant, the Warriors went 67-15. Once again the best record in the NBA. Golden State will be without Head Coach Steve Kerr as of now to start the finals.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT? We can expect this series to be offensively driven. Both teams are the top scoring teams in their respective conferences. I fully expect the Warriors to try to throw the first punch in this series. After blowing a 3-1 lead in last years NBA Finals. The Warriors led by KD, Steph Curry, are seeking revenge. How can the Cavs contain GSW? It’s pretty simple, if you slow down KD and Steph Curry, you will have a pretty good chance to steal a game on the road, and win the finals. For the Warriors, they’ll need to focus on LeBron James.

LeBron James has been phenomenal this postseason. If there was a MVP award for the just the playoffs alone, LeBron James would be that MVP by far. In Game 5, LeBron James passed Michael Jordan to become the All-Time leading scorer in NBA postseason history.

3 KEYS FOR THE CAVS: The Big 3. Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love. Last year, a healthy big 3 led the Cavs to their first franchise NBA title. Now they seek no. 2. My second key will be the bench. Both GSW and the Cavs have terrific benches. They play their roles really well. I think the Cavs have the better bench when they are going strong. It’s important for them to give as much production as possible. My final Key will be Tristian Thompson. Thompson has been a monster down low. If he is able to keep players like KD, Draymond Green, JaVale McGee, and Zaza Pachulia off the boards, the Cavs could really be at a big advantage down low.

Game 1 will be on Thursday, June 1st. Tip-off is at 9 pm eastern on ABC (ESPN).

Reds beat Indians 4-3

Story written by Tim Whelan –

After a 2 hour and 1 minute rain delay, the Cleveland Indians fall to the Cincinnati Reds 4-3. The Indians fall to 24-21 on the season, 2 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. The Cincinnati Reds move onto 22-24 on the season. They now sit 3 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.

How did we get here? First baseman Carlos Santana got the Indians offense going in the 3rd inning with a 2-run bomb to right field. For Carlos, tonight’s home run was number 5 on the season. tallying his RBI total to 26 on the season. Santana also went 3-4 tonight. Including the home run, and also an RBI double.

The Reds with  a 2-run home run from left fielder Adam Duvall. Tying the game up at 2 in the top of the 4th. Carlos Santana had an RBI double in the bottom of the 5th, giving the Tribe a 3-2 lead

Like last night, the Reds threaten in the 9th inning once again. The Reds took a lead on single in 9th inning. Zack Cozart single to left field with Arismendy Alcantara, and Billy Hamilton scoring on the hit. Billy Hamilton originally grounded into the game ending double play, but after review, the call was over-turn. Thus leading to the Reds grabbing the lead. Cody Allen Blows his first save on the season. He is now 13 of 14 in save opportunities.

Trevor Bauer receives a no decision for the Cleveland Indians tonight. Now 2-0 in his last 3 starts. Trevor remains 4-4 on the season with an ERA of 6.3. Trevor went 5 and 1/3 innings pitch. Gave up 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 1 home run. Michael Lorenzen takes the win for the Reds. His record is now 3-0.  Raisel Igleias gets the save for the reds. That’s save number 8 for Igleias.

Preview: Tim Adleman (2-2, 6.19 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Cincinnati Reds. Coming off his best start, Mike Clevinger (2-1, 1.56 ERA) will take the hill for the Cleveland Indians. First pitch is at 6:10 pm on Fox Sports Ohio. The Indians will look to split the season series at 2 games a piece. While the Reds look take home the battle of Ohio Cup with a win tomorrow. Remember the Cavaliers vs Celtics game 5 is 8:30 pm on TNT.

Edwin Goes Yard Twice, Tribe Beat Reds 8-7

Story written by — Tim Whelan

On a night where the baseball was carrying out of Great American Ballpark. The Cleveland Indians use the long ball top the Cincinnati Reds by final score of 8-7.

How did great here? Shortstop Francisco Lindor got  the game started with a 1-out Home Run to start the high scoring affair. That was followed by a Reds rally gaining a lead 2-1 by the end 2nd inning. The Reds got 1 run in the first off a Adam Duvall ground-rule double in the 1st inning. Followed by 2 runs in the 2nd with help of a pair of doubles from pitcher Amir Garrett, and centerfielder Billy Hamilton.

The Indians responded the 3rd inning in a big way. An RBI double from left fielder Michael Brantley. With a great at-bat from right fielder Carlos Santana to follow helping the Indians tied the game 3. Here’s something the Indians been missing, the 2 run long ball from first baseman Edwin Encarncion propelled the Indians 5-3 lead. Catcher Yan Gomes added onto lead that eventually got the Indians to a 7-3 lead.

The Reds would respond with a 4 run 7th inning capped off by right field Eduardo Suarez 3 run blast to help the Reds tie the game at 7. The Indians would answer right back with Edwin Encarncion scoring a pass ball from third base giving the Indians an 8-7 lead.

The Reds made things interesting in the 9th. Threating with runners on the base, closer Cody Allen slams the door on the red to split the series in Cincy. Cody Allen remains perfect save situations. Now 13 for 13 on the year. Andrew Miller was awarded his 3rd win on the season.  Bryan Shaw received a blown save. His first on the season. Reliever Drew Store relieves the loss. He is now 1-1 as a reliever.

Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco got off to a rough start, how rough? 3 runs in two innings work. Over 50 pitches throw. With 2 hit batters. But Carrasco finished strong. Ending his night going 6 and 1/3 innings pitch. Allowing 4 runs, 5 hits, and 6 strikeouts.

With this win, the Indians win 4 out 5 games on the road. The Indians now come home for a 9 game set that will include the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics.

The Indians play the Reds at home tomorrow at 6:10 pm. Trevor Bauer will toe the rubber for the tribe. Coming off 2 straight victories.

 

Whitecap Pounce on Captains early, Winning 5-1

Story Written by Tim Whelan:

EASTLAKE, OHIO — A beautiful, sunny day in Northeast Ohio where the Lake County Captains took on the West Michigan Whitecaps.

The Whitecaps started out of the gate red hot. Getting off to a quick 4-0 start. Jacob Robson, Right fielder, led off the Whitecaps start with an RBI double. The first inning ended with an RBI double from third basemen Anthon Pereira.

In the top of the 4th, Whitecaps manager Mike Rabelo was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Austin Athmann. The Lake County Captains got on the board with a 1 run inning the bottom of the 4th. With Conner Capel scoring on a wild pitch. Cutting into the lead with the Captains being down 4-1.

The Whitecaps continued to extend their lead by scoring on a bobbled play by Captains first basemen Emannuel Tapia. The Whitecaps extended to lead 5-1.

Whitecaps starting pitcher Greg Soto was impressive. Changing the batters eye level, moving in and out of strike zone, forcing groundouts, double plays. Greg Soto ended his day with 4 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts on 90 pitches in 5 innings. All unearned.

Captains pitcher Shane Bieber struggled out of the gate. Giving up for 4 runs in the first inning. Bieber settled in nicely to end his day. Giving up 8 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 3 strikeouts, 0 walks on 73 pitches in 7 innings.

The Captains lose the game 5-1 to the Whitecaps. Whitecaps take the series. Taking 3 out of 4 games winning 3 in a row against the captains.

The Lake County captains will head to Iowa to take on the Cedar Rapid Kernels to start a 6 game road trip. Game time will be at 7:35 PM ET. Captains Live will begin at 6:30 PM ET on Allsportscleveland.net.