2020 NBA Draft prospects: Scouting reports, player comparisons for top 10 on updated Big Board


Who will be selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft may be dependent upon team need and fit more than overall talent in recent years.

As we gear up for the summer, there remains no clear separation among this year’s top prospects, with a handful still positioning for the top spot. And with no combine in the imminent future, there’s no opportunity for much movement unless, and until, the pandemic offers up a reprieve in the near future.

But even with the uncertainty surrounding the process and the top players, there’s analysis to be found and opinions to be formed. So we’ve done the leg work for you and have all the information you need to draw your own conclusions on who should go No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 … and on down.

Below we’ve broken down the top 10 players on our Big Board and laid out their strengths and weaknesses, as well as the player we feel they compare to at the next level. Put your GM hat on and dive in.

1. LaMelo Ball, Illawarra Hawks

PG | 6-6 | 180

STRENGTHS

  • Gifted playmaker with great court vision

  • Ambidextrous passer and finisher with good touch around the rim

  • High IQ and feel for the game — knows where teammates are, anticipates where they are going, and can make high-level reads in pick-and-roll situations

  • Tight handle allows him to thrive in leading transition, running offense

  • Good positional size and frame

WEAKNESSES

  • Inconsistent and sometimes puzzling shot selection and decision-making 

  • Sometimes tries to make the highlight-reel play, as opposed to smart play

  • Low set point on jump shot, and troubling results overseas as deep shooter; mechanically the shot may need tweaked to get shot off consistently at NBA level

  • Shaky defender but potential to turn into a net neutral with expanded physical maturation

PRO COMPARISON: Bigger Trae Young

2. Killian Hayes, Ratiopharm Ulm

PG | 6-5 | 192

STRENGTHS

  • Possesses great court vision and has passing skills to match it

  • Crafty with the ball in his hands and able to create off the dribble, both for himself and for teammates

  • Developing tool in his arsenal: a James Harden-like stepback move that’s near-impossible to defend

  • Smooth, fluid left-handed release with great touch from deep and in the lane, at the free throw line and on floaters

  • Good positional size

  • Can read the game at a high level in an instant, making him a threat to thrive in the modern, pick-and-roll heavy NBA

WEAKNESSES

  • Below average 3-point shooter; improved in EuroCup play, but larger sample suggests it could be a swing skill

  • Ambidexterity remains a work in progress; largely lefty dominant s a dribbler, passer and finisher

PRO COMPARISON: Goran Dragic

3. Onyeka Okongwu, USC

C | 6-9 | 245

STRENGTHS

  • Quick, nimble feet with the ability to defend from the post to the perimeter

  • Good scoring and finishing ability, particularly around the rim; advanced post moves with a knack for carving out just enough space to thrive, even against bigger defenders

  • Has good touch as a passer and soft hands, allowing him to succeed in tight spaces and excel in pick-and-roll situations

  • Incredible shot-blocker with good timing; knows how to leverage his body to affect shots

WEAKNESSES

  • Fouled out thrice in 28 games as a freshman; sometimes over-eager to use his shot-blocking ability, leading to too many fouls, biting on up-fakes and being undisciplined

  • Slightly undersized for a modern-day big at 6-foot-9 especially given he will likely be a true post and pigeon-holed into one position in the NBA, though his reported 7-1 wingspan helps. Adding weight to his frame and physically maturing (and his long, wiry arms) will help him overcome that physical disadvantage

PRO COMPARISON: Bam Adebayo

4. Deni Avdija, Israel

SF | 6-9 | 215

STRENGTHS

  • Strong playmaking ability for his position with good passing and initiating upside

  • Capable ball-handler who reads the court well and makes smart, precise passes; an asset especially when leading the break in transition opportunities

  • Crafty finisher around the basket with ability to finish with either hand and soft touch on floaters, reverses and point-blank looks

WEAKNESSES

  • Average athlete with no real burst, but able to overcome limitations with smarts

  • More a floor-spacer in theory than in practice: Shot just 33.6% from 3 last year, and troublesome 52% from free throw line — an indicator that improvement as a distance shooter may be difficult

  • Not a major threat to create havoc defensively either as a shot blocker or stealer, but overall a plus defender despite lateral limitations

PRO COMPARISON: Danilo Gallinari

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Anthony Edwards’ pro comparison is Chicago’s Zach Lavine.
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5. Anthony Edwards, Georgia

SG | 6-5 | 225

STRENGTHS

  • Explosive athlete and leaper

  • One of youngest prospects in this class, and got into basketball late

  • Incredible shot-creation ability off the dribble

  • Good frame and strength given his youth

  • Long-term potential to grow into reliable offensive initiator with scoring upside

WEAKNESSES

PRO COMPARISON: Zach LaVine  

6. Obi Toppin, Dayton

PF | 6-9 | 220

STRENGTHS

  • Dynamic athlete with incredible leaping ability; can impact the game playing above the rim (led college basketball in dunks last season)

  • Efficient shooter from inside the perimeter and effective from outside, too. He shot 41.7% from 3-point range during his time at Dayton.

  • Underrated passer and playmaker from his position who is quickly able to read defenses and make accurate passes when necessary

WEAKNESSES

  • Limited mobility moving laterally will hinder his ability to defend on the perimeter and switch onto more mobile wings and forwards

  • Explosive leaper, but physically he will have challenges matching up against bigger forwards in the post in the NBA

  • Average rebounder, especially for a player his size and at his position

PRO COMPARISON: Blake Griffin

7. Isaac Okoro, Auburn

SF | 6-6 | 225

STRENGTHS

  • Physically mature with a 6-6 base to complement his 225-pound frame

  • Versatile defender who can switch up and down the roster defensively

  • High basketball IQ who excels as team defender and makes winning plays

  • Underrated playmaker who has shown flashes of being able to put the ball on the floor and create offense

WEAKNESSES

  • 3-and-D type player — but the 3 needs work after shooting just 29% from 3 at Auburn

  • Limited offensively as a creator, and lack of shiftiness doesn’t bode well for initiating upside

PRO COMPARISON: More athletic Justin Anderson

8. James Wiseman, Memphis

C | 7-1 | 240

STRENGTHS

  • Great size and length, with reported 7-foot-6 wingspan

  • Good lob finisher, can effectively run pick-and-roll as screen man at high level

  • Uses length and awareness to protect rim at high level

WEAKNESSES

  • Shooting efficiency outside the paint a real question mark; only a floor-spacer in theory and needs to extend range and shoot outside consistently to meet ceiling

  • Touch-and-go motor dating back to high school days; only played three college games before leaving to train for NBA draft

  • Moves fluidly and can run the court, but struggles moving laterally and may struggle defending in space

PRO COMPARISON: Chris Bosh

9. Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

PG | 6-5 | 175

STRENGTHS

  • One of the most efficient guards as a scorer and facilitator

  • Deep shooting range that should translate to NBA 3-point line seamlessly

  • Savvy player on both ends of the court with high IQ/feel; very good passer who makes smart decisions and doesn’t beat himself

WEAKNESSES

  • Skinny frame that needs real physical development

  • Odd (but effective) shooting release; incredibly efficient in catch and shoot but a non-factor for now shooting off the dribble or moving

PRO COMPARISON: Lonzo Ball

10. Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt

SF | 6-6 | 213

STRENGTHS

  • Shooting, shooting, shooting; elite scorer from any distance and from any situation

  • Capable defender with the benefit of good positional size 

  • 3-and-D -type player with ability to develop into a more dynamic offensive player

WEAKNESSES

  • Coming off foot injury that cut his season short at Vanderbilt

  • Needs to improve as a shot creator; has potential but creating separation is not his strength

  • Could be a defensive liability — somewhat limited athletically and moves just OK laterally

PRO COMPARISON: Buddy Hield





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