Rothstein: This NBA Draft One Of Weakest I've Covered

The 2019 NBA Draft has a lot of star power at the top – and a lot of question marks thereafter

Taz and the Moose
June 18, 2019 - 10:34 am
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With Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett, the NBA Draft isn’t exactly shy on star power. After that, though, it gets a little dicey – not just in terms of name recognition, but in terms of overall skill.

“You never want to say never, but I think you’ve got three guys at the top and then you’re looking to fill roles and starters after that,” CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein said on Taz & The Moose. “I don’t think you’re going into this draft expecting to pick potential All-Stars. There’s potential with a lot of these guys, but this is one of the weaker drafts that I’ve covered in all my years covering the sport.”

Williamson, of course, will be the No. 1 pick – and the Pelicans’ franchise cornerstone.

“He has an infectious personality,” Rothstein said. “He obviously is the type of person who can go by one name when he’s mentioned – like a LeBron, like a Kobe. That’s something you just can’t make up. He has the type of personality and the type of game not just to captivate a city, but to captivate most of the league.”

Morant is expected to go No. 2 to Memphis, while means Barrett would go No. 3 to the Knicks.

“This is not a consolation prize if you’re the Knicks,” Rothstein said. “You’re picking third in a three-player draft, so for once it looks like the Knicks got a little luck.”

After the top three, Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter might be the safest prospect.

“De’Andre Hunter is the fourth known commodity in this NBA Draft because of his ability to defend at multiple spots on the floor,” Rothstein said. “He is an evolving offensive player: 21 made threes as a redshirt freshman at Virginia; he went to 46 as a redshirt sophomore. He is somebody who can go into an NBA game right now and make an impact on the defensive end of the floor.”

Other top prospects include Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, Duke’s Cam Reddish and Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland.

“I think you’ve got an NBA Draft that’s got three guys and then you got a potpourri in the middle,” Rothstein said. “It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens Thursday night from top to bottom.”

Click below to listen to Rothstein’s interview in its entirety.