NBA Draft: 2019 Mock 2.0: If the Dallas Mavericks land in top 4
By Kohl Rast
The North Carolina guard spent this whole season rising up the draft board, going from a fringe first round selection to a likely lottery pick. UNC may have over-performed their expectations this season and a lot of that was because of the play of freshman, Coby White. Many of North Carolina’s players usually stay past their freshman year, but White will now be moving forward.
The Pelicans don’t actually need a point guard right now as they have Jrue Holiday, but the team is aware that a rebuild is on its way and White would be a good way to start that rebuild with his prolific scoring. This would also allow the team to put Holiday on the trade block, hoping to get a few more assets going forward.
White is a natural playmaker that can score in bunches and in a variety of ways. He is very athletic and could be an elite scorer with his ability to score at all three levels. He has been a good passer and a good defender as well in his lone season under head coach, Roy Williams. He also has potentially the best hair in the draft.
White’s downside is a lot like any player that has made the jump from role player to star recruit. He makes some questionable shot selections when he feels like the team needs a boost and it can definitely hurt the team at times. Although he is a good passer, he did get caught up trying to make a play several times last year which resulted in him dribbling through the clock and hoisting up a bad shot.
Player Comparison: Jamal Murray
Murray is one of those point guards in the league who is a good, capable passer, but the strength of his game is definitely in his scoring efforts. White appears to be a similar style player who will thrive in attacking the basket and creating shots for himself while pulling defenses in, leaving guys open frequently.
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