2020 NBA Mock Draft: James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball are top three selections


Memphis

• Fr

• 7’1″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Golden St.

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

19.7

RPG

10.7

BPG

3.0

FG%

76.9%

Adding a 7-foot-1 center in James Wiseman who can be a defensive anchor on the back end of the Warriors defense is too tantalizing to pass up when you have Curry, Klay and Draymond in place. And while Wiseman’s shooting range may limit his upside in the short-term, what he can bring in the here and now as a rim-protector and lob threat is exactly what the Warriors need. There’s still plenty of untapped potential here, too.

Georgia

• Fr

• 6’5″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

19.8

RPG

5.4

APG

2.9

3P%

31.4%

Anthony Edwards has a special combination of athleticism and shot-creation. And with it, he’ll be hugely productive at the NBA level much like he’s been at the college level. Even with the Cavs taking guards in the lottery the last two years, Edwards could slide in the mix off the ball and be productive as a scorer and defender with his meaty 6-5 frame.


LaMelo Ball


PG

Australia

• 6’6″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

New York

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

17.0

APG

7.0

RPG

7.5

3p%

24%

The Knicks finally — finally! — get their lead guard. LaMelo Ball is a dynamic offensive weapon whose playmaking and passing is preternatural. New York should be targeting him. Even with his efficiency struggles in the NBL as a scorer, I’m buying his shot long-term and feel the deficiencies he has on defense will be made up for tenfold on offense. He’s my No. 1 prospect in this class.

Iowa State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

15.2

RPG

5.9

APG

6.5

3P%

41.9%

A broken wrist cut short Tyrese Haliburton’s season just 20 games in, but that was enough of a sample size for me to buy into him as one of the best lead guards in this class. He’s a terrific 3-point shooter with a tight handle, he makes great decisions with the ball in his hands, and he’s a pesky defender who uses his long frame to his advantage. All of that to me is worthy of a selection in this range, where we know the Pistons will likely be looking for a lead guard.

Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

14.2

RPG

4.3

APG

3.0

3P%

29.1%

Put the ball in Tyrese Maxey’s hands and let him cook in Minnesota. He’s a dangerous straight-line driver who can get to the rim at will and has good touch when he arrives. Additionally, he’s a really good perimeter defender who plays with relentlessness — the type of prospect who’d fit well alongside D’Angelo Russell. The only glaring wart in his game is the 29.1% 3-point shooting this season, which feels anomalous given his fluidity and smooth stroke but cannot be ignored.

North Carolina

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Charlotte

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

20.2

RPG

5.8

APG

4.1

3P%

36.2%

It took him a few weeks, but Cole Anthony has returned to form after a knee surgery sent him to the sidelines for nearly two months earlier this season. He’s now averaging 24.0 points, 6.3 assists and shooting 60% from 3-point range during UNC’s three-game winning streak. Given Charlotte’s current state, Anthony would be a homerun from this position to give the Hornets a guard with instinctive scoring ability who can distribute at a high level with the right supporting cast.


Deni Avdija


SF

Israel

• 6’9″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Israeli forward Deni Avdija has a unique combination of shot making, ball-handling and passing that should earn him a selection well before the end of the lottery passes. He’s earning believers with the way he’s played for Maccabi Tel Aviv of late as well as he continues to show off his 6-9 frame with more consistency and more opportunities. He’s a safe pick for the Bulls at No. 7 here, someone who can give them a reliable starter at the forward spot and develop into a secondary creator. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him running out in transition and making quick reads with the ball in his hands.

Auburn

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

12.8

RPG

4.5

APG

2.1

3P%

25.0%

Okoro falls to the Hawks and all of Atlanta rejoices. He gives them another valuable defender with great smarts and feel who can impact winning without adding much value offensively. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has long referred to him as a senior despite his freshman status — a nod to how advanced he is physically and mentally at this stage of his basketball career.

Southern California

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 245 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

16.2

RPG

8.7

APG

1.0

BPG

2.7

It’s hard to find value these days in big men, particularly those who don’t stretch the floor. And yet Okongwu is one of the few exceptions given the way he defends the rim so well. Thrice this season he’s had games with four or more blocks, and he’s always impacting shots with his go-go gadget arms and ability to read plays. He’s also shown off some impressive post moves and can really score it in the paint. I think all of that combined with his mobility makes him a great bet for Washington to solve its center spot long-term.


Killian Hayes


PG

France

• 6’5″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

Phoenix

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Hayes could wind up being the biggest steal in the lottery this year. He’s improved tremendously as a scorer and facilitator with Ulm, and he’s added a killer stepback reminiscent of James Harden. I’m buying stock and think I probably have him too low at No. 10 — a tremendous value for a Suns franchise that should be looking PG in a PG-heavy draft class.

Dayton

• Soph

• 6’9″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Sacramento

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

15.2

RPG

10.3

APG

0.9

3P%

36.8%

As president of the Obi Toppin Fan Club, I’ll be shocked if he drops this far. He’s an athletic marvel who scores it efficiently and stretches the floor for a top-five Dayton team that can’t stop winning. But it’s impossible to ignore the fact that his defense is far from a strength of his. And at 22 years old, it’s fair to wonder if it will be anything other than average in the NBA.


R.J. Hampton


SG

New Zealand

• 6’5″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

8.8

RPG

3.9

APG

2.4

3P%

29.5%

A hip injury ultimately ended RJ Hampton’s season overseas with the NBL just 15 games in. And during those 15 games, he was often inefficient offensively. Still, he’s a guy to bet on given his big frame, defensive motor and scoring upside.

Vanderbilt

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 213 lbs

Projected Team

Portland

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

23.0

RPG

4.9

3p%

52.2%

A foot injury in January likely ended Aaron Nesmith’s sophomore season just 14 games in, but he acquitted himself extremely well before then, making 52.2% of his shots from 3-point range — the third-best rate among all players in Division I this season. He’s a plug and play wing who would give the Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard another weapon on the perimeter.

Villanova

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 216 lbs

Projected Team

Boston

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

15.9

RPG

4.9

APG

2.5

3P%

45.1%

Danny Ainge has placed a premium value on long wings who can switch everything and knock down shoots. That’s essentially the prospect definition of Saddiq Bey. He’s a 45.1% 3-point shooter this season who, with his 6-8 frame, is capable of guarding 1-4.

Washington

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

12.7

RPG

5.8

APG

2.1

3P%

33.9%

Washington has lost 10 of its last 11 and Jaden McDaniels has done nothing to help his stock during that stint as inconsistencies have continued to mar his freshman season. But with a 6-9 frame and positional versatility, he’s a guy outside the lottery Minnesota would be smart to gamble on as a project.


Theo Maledon


PG

France

• 6’4″

/ 174 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

7.2

RPG

1.8

APG

3.2

3P%

39.1%

Theo Maledon’s improved substantially overall as a shooter in EuroLeague play, averaging 39.1% from 3-point range and 45.6% from the floor while boosting his assist numbers a good bit in the process. Given his size and speed he should be able to meld into New Orleans seamlessly with his ability to play either guard spot.

Arizona

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Orlando

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

13.8

RPG

2.6

APG

5.3

3p%

31.7%

The way Nico Mannion initiates offense and reads and manipulates defenses is the main reason he’ll be a lock for the first round. His basketball smarts are off the charts. He’s gone through a slump throughout most of February but is still in contention to be a lottery pick. In Orlando where point guard depth is scarce, he could provide stability behind Markelle Fultz.

Arkansas

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 180 lbs

PPG

16.9

RPG

4.1

APG

1.9

3P%

34.6%

A knee injury and subsequent aggravation of that injury has dinged Isaiah Joe’s stock a bit overall, but he remains one of the best sharpshooters in this draft class. If he opts to declare and is able to stay healthy, he should start getting looks late in the first round for teams like Oklahoma City in search of bench shooters.

Washington

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

16.7

RPG

8.6

BPG

2.1

FG%

55.6%

Throwback-style bigs like Isaiah Stewart — who makes much of his bones in post-up situations — have largely been weeded out from the NBA. But his energy, production and flashes of shooting are all reasons he should be able to find a role at the next level. Dallas could invest here and groom him into a better shooter while using his talents early as a rebounder and post presence.

Arizona

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Milwaukee

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

11.9

RPG

4.6

APG

2.6

3p%

32.0%

The sheer production of Josh Green this season won’t jump out at you. But his athleticism certainly does. And when you factor in the fact that he’s playing alongside two other likely first-round talents, it’s easy to see why he could — and I believe will — pop when cast in a different role. He does all the little things quite well and affects winning — something the Bucks are currently very much doing already at quite a high level.

Michigan State

• Jr

• 6’8″

/ 245 lbs

Projected Team

Brooklyn

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

13.7

RPG

10.4

APG

3.0

3P%

26.5%

From rebounding to screening to blocking shots, Tillman does all the non-flashy things that make him an exciting prospect. And for a team looking to add a solid rotation player, Tillman could be a huge boon — especially when the 3-point stroke picks up and becomes more reliable.

Duke

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

16.1

RPG

4.3

APG

6.2

3P%

35.6%

The defensive impact and instinctive leadership Tre Jones brings to the table is appealing. The jump shot and his offense on the whole is not. That’s the predicament with Jones. He may be closer to a backup than an NBA starter. But for Miami looking to add depth, this could be an enticing late-first round addition to keep it in Eastern Conference contention.

Arizona

• Fr

• 6’11”

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Utah

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

16.2

RPG

8.6

APG

0.8

3P%

29.4%

A long and wiry prospect, Zeke Nnaji’s value is in his scoring ability around the rim and capability to bring down just about any offensive rebound within his vicinity. His energy is limitless and his motor runs hot. If the 3-point shot was a bit better he’d be ten or so spots higher.

Texas Tech

• Fr

• 6’4″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

7th

PPG

15.4

RPG

4.1

APG

2.2

3P%

42.3%

Jahmi’us Ramsey is second among all Big 12 freshmen in 3-point percentage — his bankable NBA skill being his shooting impact. Still, there are questions about his handles and decision-making with the ball in his hands. But for a Denver franchise looking to stack shooters to surround Nikola Jokic, he could be a good pickup given his quick release and consistency with which he knocks down shots.

Memphis

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Boston

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

15.5

RPG

10.4

APG

.9

3P%

31.4%

Precious Achiuwa’s been efficient for Memphis as its go-to big man without James Wiseman. He rebounds well, impacts the game as a shot-blocker and has an athletic, energizing style that’s made him a force. That production is mostly limited to within the arc, though, as his handles are loose and his perimeter skills are raw. Nonetheless, on a Boston team with plenty of chefs he could cook as a backup big with room to grow into something more in time.

Duke

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 270 lbs

PPG

17.6

RPG

8.7

APG

1.0

3P%

40.0%

Vernon Carey’s a hybrid of the old and new-school style big with some added pizzazz. I’m concerned about how he’ll hold up if he’s tasked to guard on the perimeter, but his scoring, rebounding instincts and nimble feet are worth a late-first for an OKC team that may need depth at the position.

Florida State

• Fr

• 6’8″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Toronto

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

9.4

RPG

3.8

BPG

1.0

3P%

34.0

Toronto’s scouting and development is tops in the league: it found Pascal Siakam, Terence Davis and Chris Boucher, among others. One could reasonably believe Patrick Williams could be next on that list. Because despite his overall raw skill set, he’s teeming with talent and athleticism. If developed and channeled correctly he can become a dynamo two-way weapon.

Florida State

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

New York

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

8th

PPG

12.9

RPG

5.2

APG

1.6

3P%

42.6%

After grabbing a lead ball-handler at No. 3 in LaMelo Ball, the Knicks come back here and smartly snag him a weapon at No. 28. Devin Vassell is a lethal 3-point shooter with a good frame who projects as a 3-and-D wing with a high ceiling. He’s second in the ACC among all freshmen, sophomores and juniors in 3-point percentage this season.

Michigan State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Lakers

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

8th

PPG

18.3

RPG

2.4

APG

5.9

3P%

42.6%

Cassius Winston isn’t a flashy athlete who projects as an NBA All-Star, but he’s a winner — a point guard who can competently run an offense, execute in the pick and roll, and knock down shots at a high rate. He ranks in the 96th percentile this season as a spot-up shooter, too, and the amalgamation of all of that would seemingly make him an ideal fit alongside LeBron James.

Kentucky

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Boston

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

10th

PPG

11.5

RPG

3.9

APG

6.4

3P%

25.8%

The way Ashton Hagans defends the perimeter at such a high level, he should be able to contribute in the NBA — at least in some capacity — fairly early. And while the jumper is inconsistent and the 3-point accuracy is a huge question mark, the Celtics could find value in adding him as a defensive specialist with upside to bring in and groom for the future.





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