2020 NBA Mock Draft 6.0: Post-Trade Deadline Edition
2020 NBA Mock Draft
This year's trade deadline was an active one for several teams. While picks for this season rarely switched hands, the immediate future and needs for each team have changed.
Draft order based on Feb. 7 standings.
1. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman
Height/Weight: 7'0, 230 lbs
The upside and superstar nature of Wiseman is why he is atop of several draft boards. In a class where stars are limited, there are no big questions in Wiseman's ability. The athletic potential is too enticing to pass up even with an NBA-ready Anthony Edwards on the board. At Golden State, he also doesn't have to be the star right away.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Edwards
Height/Weight: 6'4, 205 lbs
Edwards certainly passes the eye test with his strength and ability to attack downhill. His body is NBA-ready, he has a versatile skill set and plays with aggression. One NBA talent evaluator raved about his type-A, alpha-dog demeanor on the floor. His main issue is a lack of efficient numbers, but he's not the only one in this class with those concerns.
3. Atlanta Hawks: LaMelo Ball
School: Int./Illawarra Hawks (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'6, 165 lbs
If the Hawks find themselves in a position where the best player available is a point guard, as they could here with LaMelo Ball, it seems highly possible they would trade back. Ball is very talented, but he couldn't really fit alongside Trae Young. And would they spend this high of a pick on a back-up?
4. Minnesota Timberwolves: Deni Avdija
School: Int./Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Height/Weight: 6'9, 215 lbs
Avdija is an impressive athlete; 6-foot-9 with blazing speed for his size. Watch him play and you will see him shoot from the outside, run the fastbreak and score in the post. Versatility is a big part of his game. It would be nice, however, if he could start producing better numbers in the Euroleague. At this point, he looks like a bit of a long-term project.
5. New York Knicks: Cole Anthony
School: North Carolina
Height/Weight: 6'3, 185 lbs
The knee surgery he had in Dec. has many questioning about whether he will return this season or play it safe with the draft in mind. But UNC's fall-off without him is a real eye-opener into his value. If he doesn't return though, the poor shooting numbers he posted through nine games at UNC are going to give teams pause. Just ask Cam Reddish how that can go.
6. Charlotte Hornets: Tyrese Maxey
Height/Weight: 6'2, 190 lbs
Another phenomenal performance against Louisville shot Maxey up up several big boards, re-affirming what everyone already knew about his scoring ability when he was the No. 13 recruit in the country. Still the consistency from the field is a concern, but the natural scoring ability will be hard for teams to resist.
7. Washington Wizards: Tyrese Haliburton
School: Iowa State
Height/Weight: 6'5, 172 lbs
Haliburton has zoomed up draft boards this season. He's a very unique player who can do just about everything well. He's 6-foot-5 with a quick first step and agility around the rim. He can shoot, pass, rebound and defend at a high level. One red flag, though, would be his shooting motion. He has a low release and it's strange, like Shawn Marion-strange. Also, his season ended prematurely due to a left wrist fracture.
8. Chicago Bulls: Isaac Okoro
Height/Weight: 6'6, 225 lbs
Okoro is an agile and explosive athlete but is also undersized for his playing style. His shooting percentages are a major red flag, including at the free-throw line. He is a very similar prospect to Zhaire Smith, whom the Sixers took in 2018 and has yet to make much noise at all at the NBA level.
9. Detroit Pistons: Nico Mannion
Height/Weight: 6'3, 180 lbs
Mannion's shooting numbers have dropped in recent weeks which is something he will have to correct if he wants to maintain his draft stock. One of his best selling points is his outside shot. If he's not making threes, then his offensive game could be seen as limited.
10. Sacramento Kings: RJ Hampton
School: Int./New Zealand Breakers (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'5, 185 lbs
Hampton did not put up impressive numbers in the NBL and with his hip injury will likely be out for the remainder of the season. Hip injuries do not exactly have a good history of recovery in the NBA with Isaiah Thomas and Kobe Bryant both having them on the downside of their careers.
11. Phoenix Suns: Obi Toppin
Height/Weight: 6'9, 220 lbs
Obi Toppin has quickly exploded, literally and figuratively, onto the NBA draft scene. He's averaging 22 points as a 6-9 forward and shooting 45%-plus from deep throughout his career. He's one of the most excited players in college basketball this season and also loves to have the ball in his hands as a facilitator.
12. New Orleans Pelicans: Precious Achiuwa
Height/Weight: 6'8, 210 lbs
Achiuwa has an NBA-ready frame and will probably be an effective rebounder from Day 1. Phoenix needs a little more depth at the forward spot and would be a great opportunity for him to play behind or alongside Hassan Whiteside.
13. Orlando Magic: Jaden McDaniels
Height/Weight: 6'10, 185 lbs
McDaniels has a lot of potential and a great handle for his size. He can play in multiple roles and is ideal for today's NBA. At 6-10, his reach is 8-11 and can finish at the rim and in the air, although teams will likely want him bringing the ball up the court.
14. 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, but will need to work on his speed and endurance.
15. Portland Trail Blazers: Killian Hayes
School: Int./ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
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.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Nets): Josh Green
Height/Weight: 6'6, 206 lbs
On a loaded Arizona squad, Green is developing other areas of his game. He hasn't shown the talent, or necessarily needed to, that will make him a coveted prize of the draft. 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.
17. Boston Celtics (via Grizzlies): Onyeka Okongwu
Height/Weight: 6'9, 245 lbs
A five-star recruit chose to go out to USC to start his career which put him under the radar for much of the early portion of the season. Since, Okongwu has found his footing in the post and has become an elite rebounder.
18. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Patrick Williams
School: Florida State
Height/Weight: 6'8, 225 lbs
Williams' court vision is incredible and could be a primary dsitributor if needed. What really makes him stand out though is his defensive athleticism. He can keep up with quick guards but also hold his own in the post.
19. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pacers): 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.
20. Oklahoma City Thunder: Aaron Nesmith
Height/Weight: 6'6, 213 lbs
No one had a bigger jump from last year to this year than Vanderbilt's Aaron Nesmith. As a lengthy wing, his draft stock could rise quickly the closer draft night gets.
21. Dallas Mavericks: Devin Vassell
School: Florida State
Height/Weight: 6'7, 194 lbs
Vassell has made a big leap as a sophomore this season for the 'Noles. He's one of the best outside shooters in this class and can also get to the rim. He's got a thin, rangy frame and may have to bulk up a bit to be effective finishing at the basket once he reaches the pros.
22. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets): Zeke Nnaji
Height/Weight: 6'11, 240 lbs
The 38th-ranked recruit coming into this season, Nnaji is looking like a really nice find for Arizona. If he can show some promise with his outside shot, he might move up the board even further before the year is out.
23. Utah Jazz: Ashton Hagans
Height/Weight: 6'3", 198 lbs
Defense is Hagans' biggest strength, as the was last season's SEC defensive player of the year. He has made a leap this year scoring the ball but doesn't do so efficiently. Maybe the fact he's a really good free throw shooter is a sign he can develop an outside shot someday. He's likely to go late first round with whatever team that picks him hoping he turns into a Matisse Thybulle-type early in his career.
24. Miami Heat: Tre Jones
Height/Weight: 6'2, 183 lbs
Tre Jones is starting to take over the offensive load at Duke that will allow him to develop into a top-tier NBA prospect. He has already increased his scoring by a six-point average and is starting to get more comfortable from 3-point range taking nearly two more attempts per game. Last year he was arguably the best defender in the country and now he is the leader of the Blue Devils.
25.Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nuggets): Aleksej Pokusevski
Team: Olympiacos (Euroleague)
Height/Weight: 6'11, (N/A)
An 18-year-old, 7-foot center will have anybody interested in Pokusevski. His experience is limited though, he played two games in the Euroleague last season and has not suited up yet this year.
26. Boston Celtics: Cassius Winston
School: Michigan State
Height/Weight: 6'1, 185 lbs
Winston seems like the classic guard who will be overlooked at the top of the draft because of his size (6-1) and age (22 on draft night), but who will ultimately carve out a nice and long career as a fringe starter. He's a winner and a textbook floor general. He has to prove he can make threes consistently at the next level.
27. New York Knicks (via Clippers): 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? The best elements of his game are no longer a huge threat in the NBA.
28. Toronto Raptors: Kaleb Wesson
School: Ohio State
Height/Weight: 6'9, 270 lbs
Kaleb Wesson took a step forward in his junior season with the Buckeyes. He's become a more reliable offensive options and matches up well physically with anyone.
29. Los Angeles Lakers: Robert Woodard II
School: Mississippi State
Height/Weight: 6'7", 235 lbs
Woodard is a strong athlete and versatile player. He has expanded his game as a sophomore to be more effective on the perimeter and this year is shooting a high percentage from three-point range. That will be important to solidify himself as a first-round pick given he could be otherwise seen as an undersized four.
30. Boston Celtics (via Bucks): Jahmi'us Ramsey
School: Texas Tech
Height/Weight: 6'4", 195 lbs
A natural scorer that finds a variety of different ways to score. His athleticism has him as one of the top guards in this year's draft but is more of a fit as an off-the-ball player since he has struggled to create space for his teammates.