2020 NBA Mock Draft 4.0
1. James Wiseman, C, Memphis — Golden State Warriors
Wiseman hasn’t played since November because of an eligibility fight with the NCAA, but the 7-foot-1 shot blocker would be a good fit on a Warriors team that’s hoping to return to contending status next season. His skill set should work nicely alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green.
2. Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia — Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs would probably prefer a shot-creating small forward, but Edwards is the best talent available here, even though he’s only shooting 40.6% from the field and 30.5% from the 3-point line. The 6-foot-5 Edwards is a strongly built shooting guard who can get his shot off against anyone, and scouts believe he’ll be an elite scorer at the NBA level.
3. LaMelo Ball, PG-SG, international — Atlanta Hawks
Lonzo’s younger brother had his one season of professional basketball in Australia cut short because of injury, but overall NBA scouts were impressed by the improvement he showed as a passer and shot creator. At 6-foot-7, Ball is capable of playing shooting guard alongside Trae Young, and running the point when Young rests.
4. Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton — Minnesota Timberwolves
The 6-foot-9 Toppin has been climbing up draft boards throughout the season with his ability to finish strong at the rim and improved outside shooting. Toppin would be a nice fit alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, giving the T'wolves another inside-outside threat.
5. Tyrese Maxey, PG-SG, Kentucky — New York Knicks
The Knicks continue to search for consistent play at the point guard position, and Maxey is an intriguing prospect as a 6-foot-3 combo guard who’s willing to defend and also can score inside and out. After the failed Dennis Smith Jr. experiment, the Knicks will be looking for reliable backcourt help.
6. Deni Avdija, F, international — Charlotte Hornets
Scouts are very high on this 6-foot-8 Israeli forward, who is playing well for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Avdija is considered to be a versatile two-way player who has plenty of upside on the offensive end. The Hornets figure to be looking for frontcourt help with Devonte' Graham and Terry Rozier established as the starting guards.
7. Cole Anthony, PG-SG, North Carolina — Detroit Pistons
Anthony has struggled with his shot since returning from a lengthy absence following meniscus surgery, but his ability to create his own shot should come in handy on a Detroit team that needs help everywhere after dumping long-time starters Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond.
8. Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn — Chicago Bulls
Check out an Auburn game when you get a chance and keep an eye on No. 23. Okoro is a spectacular athlete with a defense-first mentality. It’s no secret the Bulls need some depth on the wing and Okoro reminds scouts of Jimmy Butler with his two-way skill set and relentless work ethic.
9. Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC — Washington Wizards
The 6-foot-9 Okongwu provides everything NBA teams are looking for in a modern center with the exception of deep shooting range. Okongwu has been flying up draft boards throughout the season because of his ability to rebound, block shots and switch on to smaller players in pick and roll coverage. His offense is still developing.
10. Precious Achiuwa, PF-C, Memphis — Sacramento Kings
The Kings could definitely use some help on the inside after trading Dewayne Dedmon, plus the continuing injury problems that have slowed the development of 2018 No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley. Scouts are high on Achiuwa as a strong inside player at 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-2 wing span.
11. Killian Hayes, PG, international — Phoenix Suns
Hayes is a 6-foot-5 shot creator currently playing in Germany. Scouts like his ability to get to the rim and creative passing ability. The Suns could use him as a change of pace guard behind Ricky Rubio who could eventually emerge as a starter.
12. Tyrese Haliburton, PG-SG, Iowa State — New Orleans Pelicans
Haliburton’s season came to an end early because of a wrist injury, but scouts saw enough to be convinced of his pro potential as a combo guard who can score despite a funky release on his shot. Haliburton has excellent positional size at 6-foot-5 and would give the Pels another long wing player as they continue to build around Zion Williamson.
13. Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington — San Antonio Spurs
Don’t know if Gregg Popovich will stick around to oversee a much-needed rebuild in San Antonio, but it’s no secret the Spurs could use some size up front as LaMarcus Aldridge approaches the end of his career. Stewart has a soft touch inside and good strength to hold his position in the paint.
14. R.J. Hampton, PG-SG, international — Orlando Magic
Hampton was originally projected as a top 10 pick, but his stock has dropped a bit after an unimpressive professional debut in Australia that was cut short by injury. Still, some NBA team could wind up with a steal if the 6-foot-5 Hampton reaches his potential, and the Magic can roll the dice after winning on their buy-low trade for Markelle Fultz.
15. Jaden McDaniels, F, Washington — Portland Trail Blazers
McDaniels has seen his draft stock drop as the result of inconsistent play during the PAC 12 schedule. Still, at 6-foot-10 with a ton of offensive potential, some scouts see the possibility of McDaniels developing into a Brandon Ingram type talent and that’s worth taking a shot at this point in the draft.
16. Theo Maledon, PG, international — Minnesota Timberwolves (from Brooklyn)
After getting Obi Toppin with their first pick, the Timberwolves can go for a speedy combo guard from France at this point. Maledon isn’t a pure shooter, but he can get to the rim and looks like a good prospect as a change of pace guard off the bench.
17. Zeke Nnaji, C, Arizona — Boston Celtics (from Memphis)
It’s no secret the Celtics continue to search for an upgrade at the center position. Nnaji is a 6-foot-11 athlete who’s quick off his feet, and able to get by slower centers by attacking off the dribble. He could be a good fit for a Boston team that’s set on the perimeter.
18. Jahmi'us Ramsey, SG, Texas Tech — Milwaukee Bucks (from Indiana)
The 6-foot-4 Ramsey fits the Bucks’ culture as a tough-minded two-way player who doesn’t need a ton of shot attempts to make an impact on the game. Ramsey could eventually replace Wesley Matthews as the starting shooting guard.
19. Devin Vassell, SG-SF, Florida State — Dallas Mavericks
Vassell is another draft riser after putting together a solid season at Florida State. Scouts like his inside-outside scoring potential at 6-foot-6. Vassell is shooting almost 42% from the college 3-point line for the eighth-ranked Seminoles.
20. Jalen Smith, PF-C, Maryland — Dallas Mavericks
OKC will be looking for some size up front with the likely departure of Danilo Gallinari in free agency. The 6-foot-10 Smith has quietly put up an outstanding season for the Big Ten-leading Terrapins. He’s averaging 15.4 points and 10.5 rebounds, while shooting 54% from the field.
21. Saddiq Bey, F, Villanova — Brooklyn Nets (from Philadelphia)
The 6-foot-8 Bey has been shooting lights out from 3-point range this season, and would give the Nets a developing young talent to play behind Kevin Durant. Bey also has the versatility to defend multiple positions which should earn him playing time on a team that hopes to contend in the East next season.
22. Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt — Houston Rockets
It will be interesting to see if the Rockets change their philosophy with an expected coaching change this offseason, but if they stick with their small-ball, 3-point heavy offense, Nesmith is a logical choice. The Vandy forward was shooting 52% from the 3-point line before a foot injury ended his season.
23. Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama — Miami Heat
Lewis’ speed in the open court could bring real value pushing the pace for Miami’s second unit. Lewis isn’t a great shooter, but his ability to get out in transition and disrupt defenses would be a nice addition for a Miami team on the rise.
24. Josh Green, SG-SF, Arizona — Utah Jazz
Scouts are high on the 6-foot-6 Green’s potential as a solid two-way player at the NBA level. Utah could use some athletes on the wing to complement shooters Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles, and Green’s defensive ability will earn him minutes right away.
25. Daniel Oturu, C, Minnesota — New York Knicks (from LA Clippers)
In case you haven’t noticed, the 6-foot-11 Oturu is putting up monster numbers for Minnesota, averaging 19.9 points and 11.3 rebounds on 57.6% shooting from the field. Oturu could compete with Mitchell Robinson for the starting center spot in New York.
26. Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona — Oklahoma City Thunder (from Denver)
Mannion’s lack of elite athleticism has him dropping after being projected as a likely lottery pick early in the season. Mannion is a pass-first point guard who could serve an apprenticeship behind future Hall of Famer Chris Paul in Oklahoma City.
27. Paul Reed, PF, DePaul — Boston Celtics
We haven’t been hearing as much about Reed as DePaul has struggled in Big East Conference play. Still, the athletic 6-foot-9 forward remains a first round prospect on NBA draft boards and would give the Celtics another option in their frontcourt.
28. Vernon Carey Jr., C, Duke — Toronto Raptors
The 6-foot-10 Carey is an old school, back to the basket center who might not appeal to a lot of teams in today’s pace and space NBA. But with Marc Gasol nearing the end of his NBA career, Nick Nurse could find a way to make use of a quality low post scorer like Carey.
29. Tre Jones, PG, Duke — Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers continue to look for a point guard who can take on some of the ballhandling responsibilities when LeBron James goes to the bench. Jones isn’t an elite shooter, but much like older brother Tyus, he’s a winning player who isn’t afraid of big game pressure.
30. Patrick Williams, F, Florida State — Boston Celtics (from Milwaukee)
Hard to imagine the Celtics will make all three picks they hold in the first round, but NBA draft analysts are starting to sing the praises of the 18-year-old Williams, who’s averaging a modest 9.2 points in 21.8 minutes per game. His athleticism continues to jump off the screen despite a limited role in the offense.