We are just an hour away from the start of the 2019 NBA Draft, where we are set to find out where former Wildcats PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, and Keldon Johnson will fall in the first round.
This afternoon, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony released one final mock draft with updated intel to prepare us for this evening.
As expected, Washington and Herro landed in the tail end of the lottery, while Johnson unfortunately fell all the way down to the end of the first round.
Here are the picks, followed by an excerpt of Givony’s analysis for each player:
13. PJ Washington – Miami Heat
With Bam Adebayo likely being suited to seeing significant minutes at the center position, it’s difficult to point to another long-term option at the power forward spot that the team can build around, which could make a player in Washington’s mold make sense.
Washington has the length to defend multiple positions on the interior, he can stretch the floor from the perimeter and he brings plenty of long-term upside. His toughness and versatility will fit well on any team.
14. Tyler Herro – Boston Celtics
The Celtics could lose quite a bit of firepower in the backcourt with Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier off to free agency and neither player being a lock to return. That makes drafting a combo guard such as Herro — who can play pick-and-roll, make shots while set or on the move and bring competitiveness and feel — appealing here.
Herro has slowly moved up draft boards with strong workouts and interviews, given the dearth of shooting in a league that desperately covets dynamic players in his mold.
27. Keldon Johnson – Brooklyn Nets
The Nets are always looking for tough-minded players who can make outside shots and defend multiple positions.
Although his struggles creating offense off the dribble caused his stock to fall somewhat, Johnson won’t need to be much of a ball handler with a plethora of guards running the show in Brooklyn.
ESPN’s latest mock draft closely resembles Sports Illustrated’s most recent update, as they have Miami taking Washington at No. 13, Boston taking Herro at No. 14, and Memphis taking Johnson at No. 23.
Elsewhere, CBS Sports has Herro being the first Wildcat off the board at No. 14 to Boston, followed by Washington at No. 16 to Orlando, and Johnson joining Hamidou Diallo, Nerlens Noel, and Patrick Patterson in Oklahoma City at No. 21.
And finally, NBA.com’s final update has Herro falling to Orlando at 16, San Antonio snagging Washington at No. 19, and Johnson going to OKC at No. 21.