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Nickeil Alexander-Walker NBA Draft: Latest Mocks & Projections

Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker has impressed throughout the 2018-19 college basketball season. He’s played a huge role in the team’s success and helping the Hokie land a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. The sophomore guard’s play has also resulted in his 2019 NBA Draft stock increasing quite a bit as well, and he’s currently a first-round pick in the eyes of many analysts.After a freshman season in which Alexander-Walker averaged 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists, he’s improved across the board. The 6-foot-5 guard has posted marks of 16.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. He’s also showcased his ability to step out and knock down shots beyond the arc, shooting 38.6 percent over his first 66 collegiate games.We’re going to breakdown the latest mock drafts and projections for the Virginia Tech guard as the draft draws closer.Nickeil Alexander-Walker NBA Draft Projections & MocksThere are a number of interesting current mock drafts, but one specifically gives a decent amount of love to Alexander-Walker. The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie has him off the board at No. 16 to thee Detroit Pistons, ahead of a few big names in UNC’s Nassir Little (No. 17), Kentucky’s PJ Washington (19) and fellow guard in Duke’s Tre Jones (24).Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo has Walker-Alexander coming off the board at No. 20 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He details the belief that the Virginia Tech guard would play well alongside Thunders tar Russell Westbrook.Most have come to realize that Alexander-Walker profiles best as a two who can play off of a downhill-oriented playmaking ballhandler. With that in mind, he’d be a nice fit playing off of Russell Westbrook, which would create opportunities for him to attack defenses off ball rotation and remove the pressure to anchor possessions.A first-round outlook is realistic, and make a lot of sense based on his ability to do a bit of everything. Beyond that, Alexander-Walker’s size should transition well to the NBA level.Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s NBA Draft Big Board OutlookWith Alexander-Walker flirting with the potential to become a lottery pick, ESPN’s “best available” pegs him slightly lower than the above mock drafts. While they have the Hokies standout as one of the top-25 prospects, he comes in at No. 22. ESPN has him pegged behind Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura (No. 18), Kentucky’s Tyler Herro (20) and UNC’s Cameron Johnson (21), among other interesting names.On the opposite end of the spectrum, offers one of the most up-to-date big boards and has given Alexander-Walker an impressive outlook. They currently have the guard pushing for a spot in the top-10 and currently sitting at No. 12 while trending upwards.READ NEXT: Tacko Fall NBA Draft: Latest Mocks & Projections for UCF Center

Corey Davis Jr. NBA Draft Profile: Mocks & Projections for Houston Guard

The Houston Cougars have rolled through the 2019 college basketball season and it’s been thanks to a mixture of exceptional guard play and great defense. One name who’s stood out is senior guard Corey Davis Jr., who’s been red-hot through the latter part of the season. In turn, he’s put his name in the mix as someone to watch in the build-up to the 2019 NBA Draft.While Davis averaged 17.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, each of those numbers are an increase from last season. The 6-foot-1 guard is a tough player to gauge, as he’s actually attempted far more 3-pointers (8.0 per game) than shots inside the paint (4.9). In turn, this drives his overall shooting percentage down, but when looking at the two numbers on their own, neither is bad.From inside the arc this season, Davis has shot 49.4 percent while he’s knocked down 38.1 percent from deep. He’s showcased his ability to work inside the 3-point line as of late, which could be big for his draft outlook.Corey Davis Jr. NBA Draft Projections & MocksDavis comes in as the always fun/confusing player who simply wasn’t getting much attention on the NBA front prior to the 2019 NCAA Tournament. In turn, most big boards and mock drafts have left the Houston star off their list currently. Obviously, there’s a good chance that could change after the tournament wraps up, especially considering he’s been elite.Through the first two tournament games, Davis scored 47 combined points with 13 rebounds, eight assists and four steals. He’s knocked down 10-of-26 shots from beyond the arc while making seven in the opener against Georgia State.Davis is the type of player who could use the pre-draft process as a way to bolster his stock even more. Beyond that, there are a few areas of his game which need improvement, but many of them aren’t things that can’t be tweaked at the NBA level.Corey Davis Jr. NBA Draft ProfileThere’s no denying that when the Cougars guard gets hot, he can change games quickly. He’s an excellent shooter from outside, has shown the ability to finish around the room with decent consistency. Davis has the “it” factor teams look for, and only averages 1.4 turnovers per game through the first 36 games of the 2018-19 season.Davis has also improved as a free throw shooter and began getting to the line more in the current season. After making 80.8 percent from the charity stripe in the 2017-18 season, that number jumped to 87.3 percent this year.The concerns about Davis’ game may stem from the fact that he’s not necessarily a prototypical NBA point guard. He’s averaged 2.4 and 2.8 assists per game in the two years at Houston so his ability as a passer could become a question. As far as how his defensive skills will transition to the next level, that’s going to be a talking point. He weighs 190 pounds and plays strong, but would likely face guards who have a size advantage on him in the NBA.Overall, Davis has a realistic chance to push into the second round, especially for a guard-needy team or someone who wants to let him grow on their G League roster. He possesses plenty of upside and should be a “riser” throughout the pre-draft process.READ NEXT: Tacko Fall NBA Draft: Latest Mocks & Projections for UCF Center

Zion Williamson NBA Draft Projections: Chances Knicks Land Duke Star

There’s little argument about the fact that Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson is the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The big question becomes who he’ll play for at the next level, and that will, of course, be decided by the NBA draft lottery. In turn, the door is open for a number of teams to have a chance at him, but the New York Knicks remain a top option to monitor.Although nothing has been openly stated about the Knicks’ draft plans, the chatter will begin to pick up in a big way after the lottery. But as things stand, there’s a silver lining in the team’s tough 2018-19 season, which is that they’re among the favorites to wind up with the first overall selection.We’re going to take a dive into the current NBA draft outlook and the latest chances for the Knicks to wind up with Zion on their roster heading into the 2019-20 season.Knicks’ Chances at No. 1 NBA Draft Pick, Zion WilliamsonThe lottery features a structure which will give the teams with the three worst records equal chances to land the No. 1 pick and also to wind up with a top-four selection. At the time this is being written, the Knicks hold the worst record in the NBA at 14-61, a mark which is 2.5 games worse than the next-closest team.As Tankathon shows in their latest NBA draft lottery breakdown, New York is incredibly close to being a lock for the bottom three. This means they would hold a 14.0 percent chance at the No. 1 pick and a 52.1 percent chance to wind up with a pick between one-to-four.Here’s a look at the standings for the 10 teams who have the best chance at a top choice, how many games back they are and their chances at the No. 1 pick.
No. 1 New York Knicks, 0.0 games back: 14.0 percent chance
No. 2 Phoenix Suns, 2.5 games back: 14.0 percent chance
No. 3 Cleveland Cavaliers, 4.5 games back: 14.0 percent chance
No. 4 Chicago Bulls, 6.5 games back: 12.5 percent chance
No. 5 Atlanta Hawks, 13 games back: 10.5 percent chance
No. 6 Atlanta Hawks from DAL, 15 games back: 9.0 percent chance
No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies, 16 games back: 7.5 percent chance
No. 8 Washington Wizards, 16.5 games back: 6.0 percent chance
No. 9 New Orleans Pelicans, 17 games back: 4.5 percent chance
No. 10 Los Angeles Lakers, 19 games back: 3.0 percent chance
Knicks’ Current Outlook for NBA DraftThe positive news following this NBA season is that the Knicks are primed with their best possible chance to land Williamson. Unfortunately, two other teams, likely the Suns and Cavaliers, are going to have the exact same chances, even though Cleveland has won five more games than the Knicks.Beyond that, the Bulls and Hawks holding chances justs lightly lower at 12.5 and 10.5 percent will make things even more interesting. Obviously, it’s just a matter of New York getting a bit lucky and having the ping pong balls fall the right way. Of every team listed above, it’s hard to envision any except a major point guard-needy team like the Phoenix Suns taking Ja Morant over Zion.If by some chance the Suns are sold on drafting the Murray State star and wind up with the top pick, the Knicks could make a play by attempting to trade into that No. 1 spot.READ NEXT: Ja Morant Over Zion Williamson NBA Draft Argument Goes Beyond Stats