2020 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: One month into the season
2020 NBA Mock Draft
Thanksgiving is here. Finally, there is a good sense of where teams are heading this NBA season for there to be at least some form of order to go off of for the 2020 NBA Draft.
And we also now have a sample size of the college prospects for the 2019-20 season.
Here. We. Go.
Draft order based on Nov. 20 standings.
1. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman
Height/Weight: 7'0, 230 lbs
A suspension through half the season won't hinder the 7-foot-1's potential. Wiseman lived up to the hype in his first three games at Memphis. He'll fill a big need in Golden State, in the post but also has the athleticism to keep up with their style of basketball. It's almost unfair.
2. New York Knicks: Cole Anthony
School: North Carolina
Height/Weight: 6'3, 185 lbs
There is an argument he should be the first overall pick with how he has started the season scoring the ball, and his ability to rebound a guard could be special. And if he goes to the Knicks, there will be some double-takes when he's listed as 'C. Anthony.'
3. Detroit Pistons: Anthony Edwards
Height/Weight: 6'4, 205 lbs
There may not be a better NBA-ready prospect in college basketball this season than Edwards. He has all the tools needed for a guard in today's NBA and can score in every manner. Put him at the point or off the ball and he will find a way to get involved.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jaden McDaniels
Height/Weight: 6'10, 185 lbs
McDaniels has a lot of potential and a great handle for his size, but players like him with big man size that are perimeter-oriented are often the toughest to project.
5. Atlanta Hawks: LaMelo Ball
School: Int./Illawarra Hawks (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'6, 165 lbs
Trae Young needs more help in Atlanta's offense. All the pressure is on him without other ballhandlers to help carry the load. LaMelo Ball can provide the creativity of a point guard but also attack the basket with his 6-7 frame.
6. Washington Wizards: Nico Mannion
Height/Weight: 6'3, 180 lbs
The Wizards are likely to have a top pick in 2020 with a draft class flush with point guards. With John Wall in store, that could present a very tough decision. They could make it work with a combo guard, though, like Mannion who has the outside shot to be effective off-the-ball.
7. San Antonio Spurs: Isaiah Stewart
Height/Weight: 6'9, 245 lbs
An imposing force on the court with a 6-9, 250-pound frame. Immediately teams will be drawn to his strength and power. Noted for focusing on all the little things and refined mechanics of a true center. He seems like an ideal match for Greg Popovich.
8. Portland Trailblazers: Scottie Lewis
Height/Weight: 6'5, 185 lbs
Lewis is quick and smooth, not unlike Jarrett Culver of the Timberwolves. But he needs to shoot more efficiently or else it will hurt his draft stock.
9. Chicago Bulls: Tyrese Maxey
Height/Weight: 6'2, 190 lbs
Maxey had a fantastic debut, drawing attention for his performance against Michigan State. He's a fantastic scorer, able to shoot from range, finish through contact and hit pull-up jumpers. Would be a great add to a backcourt that has Coby White and Zach LaVine.
10. New Orleans Pelicans: Charles Bassey
School: Western Kentucky
Height/Weight: 6'11, 245 lbs
Bassey is a solid rim-protector and rebounder in a draft that is lacking those skills at the top. But he will only be picked so high without a developed offensive game and an absent outside shot.
11. Boston Celtics (via Grizzlies): Deni Avdija
School: Int./Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Height/Weight: 6'9, 215 lbs
Boston needs size to play in the frontcourt aside from Jayson Tatum. However, the versatility and play-making ability may be too enticing for Brad Stevens to resist.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Killian Hayes
School: Int./Cholet (France)
Height/Weight: 6'5, 176 lbs.
Hayes will be 18 on draft night, as he was born in 2001. That will make a lot of people feel old, but also NBA front offices view him as a long-term project. Anfernee Simons of the Blazers, though, is showing how that type of patience can pay off.
13. Charlotte Hornets: N'Faly Dante
Height/Weight: 6'11, 230 lbs
Charlotte is a young team with several questions up and down the roster. Dante, who is ineligible for the fall semester at Oregon, has a ton of raw potential but could provide depth at the center spot and eventually evolve into a starter.
14. Orlando Magic: Theo Maledon
School: Int./ASVEL Basket (France)
Height/Weight: 6'4, 174 lbs
Maledon is a combo guard with good size, who turns 19 right before draft night. The good news is that he's now in the Euroleague, the second-best league in the world. Luka Doncic has shown how success there can translate to the NBA.
15. Brooklyn Nets: RJ Hampton
School: Int./New Zealand Breakers (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'5, 185 lbs
Dropping this far in the draft may be a product of his decision to play overseas, but Hampton could be an immediate factor on any NBA roster. A versatile offensive game will allow him to fit right into the Nets rotation
16. Sacramento Kings: Vernon Carey
Height/Weight: 6'10, 275 lbs
Carey is the latest top recruit by Coach K that is likely a one-and-done, and he's quietly putting up great numbers at Duke. He can score, rebound and block shots, but can he shoot?
17. Minnesota Timberwolves: Tyrese Haliburton
School: Iowa State
Height/Weight: 6'5, 172 lbs
One position the Timberwolves desperately need to go to the next level is a point guard. Insert Haliburton as a pass-first PG and just let Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns go to work.
18. Phoenix Suns: Tre Jones
Height/Weight: 6'2, 183 lbs
Developing an offensive game will be the biggest hurdle for Tre Jones to develop into a top-tier NBA prospect. It's still early but he has already increased his scoring by a six-point average and is starting to get more comfortable from 3-point range. Last year he was arguably the best defender in the country and now he is the leader of the Blue Devils. Still plenty of time for him to rise before the draft.
19. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pacers): Isaiah Joe
Height/Weight: 6'5, 165 lbs
Perhaps the top shooter in the NBA Draft, Joe has shot 41% from deep in his first two years in college. A solid wing that could contribute right out the gate.
20. Utah Jazz: Cassius Winston
School: Michigan State
Height/Weight: 6'1, 185 lbs
A four-year player, Winston is a perfect college basketball player, a winner that any team would want leading their offense. But those guys don't always find the same success at the NBA level, and he will be undersized in the pros.
21. Dallas Mavericks: A.J. Lawson
School: South Carolina
Height/Weight: 6'6, 172 lbs
Standing at 6-6 but with a 6-10 frame, Lawson is a driver that loves to get to the rim. Not having a deep shooting ability drops him further back than draft than the potential of his game.
22. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Precious Achiuwa
Height/Weight: 6'8, 210 lbs
Achiuwa isn't the most skilled offensive player and he doesn't have an outside shot, but he is big and has very quick feet for his size. That should bode well at the next level if he lands with a team good at player development.
23. Los Angeles Clippers: Matthew Hurt
Height/Weight: 6'8, 214 lbs
A lack of stretch-fours in this draft propels Hurt higher in than probably many would anticipate. Fundamentally he is ready for the league but has not shown that in his first handful of games at Duke.
24. Toronto Raptors: Jahmi'us Ramsey
School: Texas Tech
Height/Weight: 6'4, 195 lbs
It would not be surprising if Ramsey moved up draft boards this season. Texas Tech has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough and he's shooting the lights out from three so far this season.
25. Houston Rockets: Ochai Agbaji
Height/Weight: 6'5, 210 lbs
There is a lot of upside in Agbaji but the consistency is what prevents him from really rising up the draft order.
26. Miami Heat: Kahlil Whitney
Height/Weight: 6'6, 210 lbs
Whitney is the latest Kentucky wing with NBA athleticism, but so far he hasn't been aggressive enough looking for his own shot.
27. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nuggets): Trendon Watford
Height/Weight: 6'9, 235 lbs
Great size for a wing player that has had an immediate impact for LSU. Needs to improve his shooting as the year goes forward.
28. Boston Celtics: Fliip Petrusev
Height/Weight: 6'11, 235 lbs
Petrusev is looking like he's made a gigantic leap this year now that he's getting more minutes with Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke gone to the NBA. He can score, but will get docked for his inability to stretch the floor.
29. Boston Celtics: Myles Powell
School: Seton Hall
Height/Weight: 6'2, 195 lbs
Powell will be another four-year collegiate player drafted into the NBA for this year. An incredible talent that has only gotten better for his final season with the Pirates. Lacks the build and defensive skills that would really propel his value.
30. Los Angeles Lakers: Josh Green
Height/Weight: 6'6, 206 lbs
Green has NBA athleticism but will need to prove he can score more efficiently if he wants to solidify a spot in the first round.