2020 NBA Mock Draft 7.0: NBA Season in Hiatus Edition
2020 NBA Mock Draft
There are no more basketball games in the near future, in the NBA or in the college ranks. So here is where all teams and prospects stand for the 2020 NBA draft at the end of the college season.
Draft order and prospects updated on March 19.
1. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman
Height/Weight: 7'0, 230 lbs
Wiseman to the Warriors could be an excellent fit for both sides. He is one of the few players at the top of the board that would give Golden State something they don't have positionally, plus on such a talented team Wiseman could start out in a simplified role of blocking shots and grabbing rebounds. He could also take lessons from Draymond Green on how to defend NBA bigs.
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. Many consider him to be the best prospect in this year's draft, and if anybody the Warriors are No. 1, expect him first off the board.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves: LaMelo Ball
School: Int./Illawarra Hawks (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'6, 165 lbs
Despite having an All-Star guard in D'Angelo Russell, the T'Wolves should pick the best player available, even if that means a playmaking point guard like Ball. Combining his passing ability and size with Karl-Anthony Towns could be too enticing to pass up.
4. Atlanta Hawks: Isaac Okoro
Height/Weight: 6'6, 225 lbs
Okoro is an agile and explosive athlete but is also undersized for his playing style. He relies heavily on his post-game and a lot of midrange jumpers. He's not the most efficient wing in this year's class, nor is a major 3-point threat. Teams will be attracted to him just based on his imposing ability against taller players.
5. Detroit Pistons: Tyrese Haliburton
School: Iowa State
Height/Weight: 6'5, 172 lbs
Haliburton 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.
6. New York Knicks: Cole Anthony
School: North Carolina
Height/Weight: 6'3, 185 lbs
Drafting a point guard in a class that is filled with them will be a priority for New York. At No. 6 Anthony won't be the best player available but has the ability to become a franchise point guard. Given their options, the Knicks will likely reach for Anthony, but his shooting numbers and shot selection are causes for concern for the UNC PG.
7. Chicago Bulls: 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 was putting up better numbers in the Euroleague. At this point, he looks like a bit of a long-term project.
8. Charlotte Hornets: Tyrese Maxey
Height/Weight: 6'2, 190 lbs
Scouts have had an eye on Maxey since he was in high school and was the No. 13 recruit in the country. He has tremendous versatility for his size at 6-foot-3 but is a streaky and volume shooter. A player that will put his head down and go to work despite being smaller and less athletic than the opponent. The natural scoring ability will be hard for teams to resist.
9. Washington Wizards: Onyeka Okongwu
Height/Weight: 6'9, 245 lbs
Okongwu is athletic but plays a bit of a traditional game for a big man. He's not a big threat from the outside and makes most of his impact around the rim by scoring in the post, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots. If the Wizards want to go with small-ball lineups, he could fit long-term as their center next to Rui Hachimura, as long as Hachimura continues to improve his outside game.
10. Phoenix Suns: Nico Mannion
Height/Weight: 6'3, 180 lbs
Mannion is a pass-first point guard that showed phenomenal vision and court awareness while at Arizona. At one point he was on the verge of being a top-5 pick but then struggled to develop space for himself and consistently score against Pac-12 opponents. 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.
11. San Antonio Spurs: Obi Toppin
Height/Weight: 6'9, 220 lbs
The NCAA Tournament being canceled was particularly disappointing for Toppin and Dayton, who were enjoying the best season in school history and were likely to get a very high seed. Toppin was gearing up to be a star of March and could have raised his draft stock even further. He's a versatile forward who scores, rebounds and defends, and has an emerging 3-point shot.
12. New Orleans Pelicans: Killian Hayes
School: Int./ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
Height/Weight: 6'5", 176 lbs
Hayes will be 18 on draft night, one of the youngest players available in this year's class. As such he will be a project with tremendous upside for whichever team has the flexibility. However, at 18 he's already played three seasons of professional ball and is a crafty point guard that can score at multiple levels. The Blazers took a similar leap of faith with Anfernee Simons, so perhaps they do the same with Hayes.
13. Sacramento Kings: RJ Hampton
School: Int./New Zealand Breakers (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'5, 185 lbs
Hampton is going to be a boom-or-bust prospect with a high ceiling, but concerns over a hip injury and lack of production in the NBL. He seems like a good fit for a playoff-caliber team that can take a risk, not unlike when the Nuggets drafted Michael Porter Jr.
14. Portland Trailblazers: Precious Achiuwa
Height/Weight: 6'8, 210 lbs
Achiuwa has an NBA-ready frame and will be an effective rebounder from Day 1 with a 9-foot-1 reach. Offensively, his range hasn't developed much outside of the post. But size alone will have Achiuwa ready to compete on both ends of the floor for any team that needs an interior presence.
15. Orlando Magic: Theo Maledon
School: Int./ASVEL Basket (France)
Height/Weight: 6'4, 174 lbs
Maledon is only 18 and turns 19 in June, yet he acquitted himself nicely in the Euroleague this season, against the second-best competition in the world. That's an excellent indicator that he will be able to contribute relatively early in the NBA despite his age.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Nets): 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. His ball-handling and decision-making though are what will get him drafted in the lottery.
17. Boston Celtics: Devin Vassell
School: Florida State
Height/Weight: 6'7, 194 lbs
Vassell 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.
18. Dallas Mavericks: 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 rose quickly as an astounding 52% 3-point shooter at a Power 5 program. A stress fracture to his right foot ended his year though with the Commodores. While there is some skepticism given his injury, if he is just a small portion of what he was at Vanderbilt, he has the potential to be a start in the league.
19. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Patrick Williams
School: Florida State
Height/Weight: 6'8, 225 lbs
Williams has a raw offensive skillset but has prototypical size and athleticism for the wing position. Whether he reaches his potential could depend heavily on the team he joins and their player development program. Sometimes players like him turn into Jimmy Butler, but more often they end up like a Moe Harkless who is good but has yet to round out his game.
20. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pacers): 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. Great offensive numbers from the field and behind the arc and a solid defender at the position.
21. Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder): Josh Green
Height/Weight: 6'6, 206 lbs
On a loaded Arizona squad, Green developed 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.
22. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets): Saddiq Bey
Height/Weight: 6'8, 216 lbs
A power forward turned wing that really found his confidence from behind the arc during his sophomore season at Villanova. Not a guy that is going to reside in the post often but has post moves in his arsenal that can help him generate space.
23. Miami Heat: Tre Jones
Height/Weight: 6'2, 183 lbs
Tre Jones took over the offensive load at Duke allowed him to develop into a top-tier NBA prospect. He has increased his scoring by a six-point average and is developed a strong shot 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.
24. Utah Jazz: Robert Woodard II
School: Mississippi State
Height/Weight: 6'7", 235 lbs
Woodard is a strong athlete and versatile player. He expanded his game as a sophomore to be more effective on the perimeter and this year shoot 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.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nuggets): 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.
26. Boston Celtics: Cassius Winston
School: Michigan State
Height/Weight: 6'1, 185 lbs
Teams will be hesitant to take one of the best college players in the last four years. Winston turns 22 on draft night and is also undersized at 6-1. Yet, at Michigan State Winston seemed to never have a bad game and had a great ability to set himself and his teammates up. There's no doubt he'll succeed at the next level. He might just be regulated to the bench for the majority of his career.
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 quietly put 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: 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 did not play this year.
29. Los Angeles Lakers: Leandro Bolmaro
Team: FC Barcelona (Liga Endesa - Spain)
Height/Weight: 6'6", 180 lbs
A shooting guard from Argentina with a high motor, solid three-point shot and a relentless drive to attack the rim, the comparisons to Manu Ginobli come naturally. He has also been called the 'Messi of basketball' in his home country, which is very high praise. Though Bolmaro seems like a late first-round or even second-round pick, he seems like a relatively safe option for a team looking to add a scorer off the bench.
30. Boston Celtics (via Bucks): Udoka Azubuike
Height/Weight: 7'0, 270 lbs
A traditional big by every definition. He would likely be a top-five pick in the 1990s but does not do much outside of the paint. Azubuike has great body control on the court and in the air on both ends of the floor with phenomenal footwork. At 7-feet tall he naturally will grab a lot of rebounds but does not have the best hands.