2020 NBA Mock Draft 8.0: Early Entry Edition
2020 NBA Mock Draft
The deadline for college and international prospects to declare for the NBA has come and gone. There were no big surprises among the first-round projections but in that time, several new reports have shuffled the draft board.
Draft order and prospects updated on April 29.
1. Golden State Warriors: Anthony Edwards
Height/Weight: 6'4, 205 lbs
At first blush, Edwards may not seem like a perfect fit for Golden State with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson already holding down the backcourt. But Edwards is uniquely gifted at penetrating off the dribble with his size, speed and handle; and it's easy to imagine how that could complement a lineup of shooters. Curry and Thompson spread the floor and hapless defenders are left to stay in front of Edwards, who is a handful once he's going downhill.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Warriors aren't too high on James Wiseman or LaMelo Ball as options with their pick.
2. Cleveand Cavaliers: 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. His skillset, background and upside scream Luka Doncic, but he's little rawer than Doncic was in 2018. He still projects to be a long-term project.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves: James Wiseman
Height/Weight: 7'0, 230 lbs
The Timberwolves have a nice one-two punch in Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, giving them some inside-outside balance. By drafting Wiseman, they could allow Towns to roam more freely on offense. Minnesota also desperately needs to improve on defense and Wiseman could also help their average rebounding numbers. Building around big men isn't en vogue, but Towns and Wiseman would be tough to deal with from a size and athleticism standpoint.
4. Atlanta Hawks: LaMelo Ball
School: Int./Illawarra Hawks (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'6, 165 lbs
For understandable reasons, LaMelo is one of the most polarizing prospects in this year's draft. However, he's one of the few franchise guys near the top of the draft class. While Atlanta does have Trae Young, there is a need for getting another guard to help showcase Young's abilities. Ball's style does not conflict with Young's and will give another ballhandler on the floor, which the Hawks desperately lack. Besides, there's no other option for the Hawks here than Ball or to trade back.
5. Detroit Pistons: 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.
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. There are several ties to the Knicks organization, including him being a New Yorker and his draft being drafted by the team. 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: Obi Toppin
Height/Weight: 6'9, 220 lbs
The Bulls are a difficult team to evaluate based on need because technically they have varying degrees of talent at every position. They have gone through a rebuild that still hasn't gotten off the ground. In Toppin, though, they would get more athletic and add another high-ceiling lottery ticket to the mix. At some point, they have to hit it big on one of these guys, right?
8. Charlotte Hornets: Tyrese Haliburton
School: Iowa State
Height/Weight: 6'5, 172 lbs
Haliburton is a player many teams should be excited about. He's a very unique player who can do just about everything well. He's 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan, 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.
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: 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 a 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 Suns have long been looking for a permanent point guard, but Hayes can develop behind Ricky Rubio for the future.
11. San Antonio Spurs: 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.
12. Sacramento Kings: 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.
13. New Orleans Pelicans: 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 an 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 pressence.
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. In college, Washington ran a fairly similar system to the Timberwolves and can fill a lesser Jimmy Butler-type role.
17. Boston Celtics (via Grizzlies): 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 star in the league.
18. Dallas Mavericks: 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. The Mavericks have always had a good development staff
19. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): 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.
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. With Giannis Antetokounmpo taking a lot of the attention, Ramsey could thrive as a dynamic scorer off the bench.
21. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets): 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.
22. Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder): Devin Vassell
School: Florida State
Height/Weight: 6'7, 194 lbs
Vassell made a big leap during his sophomore season for the 'Noles. He's one of the best outside shooters in this class (41% last year) 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.
23. Miami Heat: Tre Jones
Height/Weight: 6'2, 183 lbs
The Miami Heat have developed a knack for finding diamonds in the rough during their recent rise between Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson. The ACC defensive player of the year, Jones could fit that mold as someone who is tough and well-suited for their system despite being overlooked by other teams. Plus, he took a big leap with his shooting this past season in Durham.
24. Utah Jazz: Josh Green
Height/Weight: 6'6, 206 lbs
On a loaded Arizona squad, Green did not get to fully showcase his full arsenal. Still, scouts have fond memories of him back to when he was a high school All-American and a member of the Australian national team system. Green has NBA athleticism but did not shoot consistently enough while with the Wildcats. He could either be a valuable deep first-round find or a player that never steps on an NBA court.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nuggets): 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.
26. Boston Celtics: Leandro Bolmaro
Team: FC Barcelona (Liga Endesa - Spain)
Height/Weight: 6'6", 180 lbs
As 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.
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. He a power forward that plays like a guard, but also has the build of one. Whichever team drafts him will need to be able to fine-tune his abilities. His experience is limited, Pokusevski played two games in the Euroleague two years ago and did not play this past season.
29. Los Angeles Lakers: Kira Lewis Jr.
Height/Weight: 6'3, 165 lbs
Many evaluators have raved about Kira Lewis despite his limited scoring ability. In transition is one of the most crafty, play generating stars that are at the same level as the top picks of the draft. However, he struggles to hit contested stand-still shots and relies on his driving ability a little too much to score and get other players open. He is rather quick though.
30. Boston Celtics (via Bucks): Jalen Smith
Height/Weight: 6'10, 225 lbs
Late into his sophomore season, Jalen Smith began playing like the dynamic stretch-four that NBA teams could utilize. Once he made the switch he took off and developed into a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. He is a bit lanky for other comparable stars at the position but has the offensive game to attract several NBA teams.