2019 NBA Draft: Full Mock Draft 4.0, Atlanta Hawks Trade Down to Pick at 8, 14 & 22, Lakers Trade #4

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211. . Guard. Memphis Grizzlies. Ja Morant. 2. player

The next-best prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft is surely Ja Morant out of Murray State. This mid-major master produced some of the most scintillating highlights in the country last year, and he led the country in total assists (331) and assists per game (10.0) while also logging 24.5 point per contest, which ranked 7th in the country.

While drafting likely means that longtime Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is on the way out to another team, the future in Memphis is bright. With a young core of Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., simply think of the scrumptious pick-and-roll game that those two will play.

Jackson has tremendous upside, and the hulking big man out of Michigan State was named to the All-Rookie first team in May. Beyond those two cornerstones, the Grizz also have Jevon Carter, Dillon Brooks and SDS favorite Ivan Rabb to round out the team’s young core – perhaps ushering in a replacement for the beloved “grit and grind” era in Memphis.

As with many massively athletic prospects, there are questions about Ja’s jumper, but Morant shot 81 percent from the free throw line in his college career on a 50.1 percent free throw attempt rate per Sports Reference, which is a pretty good indicator that his jumper will translate to the NBA level.