2020 NBA Mock Draft: Way Too Early Edition
2020 NBA Mock Draft
It's time to turn our attention to the 2020 NBA Draft.
Yes, we know that the 2019 edition just recently ended, but the quest for future success never stops. Who are the top prospects for the 2020 NBA draft and what teams do we expect to see making the picks? Here is everything you need to know before we really know anything at all.
1. New York Knicks: Anthony Edwards
Height/Weight: 6'4, 205 lbs
Draft Profile: At 6-4, he's the perfect attacking combo guard for the modern NBA. He's as athletically gifted as he is skilled in the halfcourt game. While the Knicks already drafted a guard similar to Edwards (R.J. Barrett), you cannot have too much of a good thing when you don't have anything to begin with.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers: James Wiseman
Height/Weight: 7'0, 230 lbs
Draft Profile: The biggest recruit for Penny Hardaway's brief tenure so far at Memphis, Wiseman has a chance to be the No. 1 pick if he can prove to be more than a rim-running dunker at the next level. He has some perimeter skills that suggest he could develop into a unicorn of the Deandre Ayton variety.
3. Phoenix Suns: RJ Hampton
School: Int./New Zealand Breakers (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'5, 185 lbs
Draft Profile: Hampton became a household name when he opted to forgo his college eligiblity and announce his intention to play overseas on an epsidoe of ESPN's "The Jump." The Texas native has starred on the international circuit, picking up gold medals with the USA Basketball U-16 and U-17 teams. He's also the first non-senior to win the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year award since former Duke star and lottery pick Justise Winslow.
4. Chicago Bulls: Theo Maledon
School: Int./ASVEL Basket (France)
Height/Weight: 6'4, 174 lbs
Draft Profile: Maledon is a 6-foot-5 combo guard who is considered the best international prospect in this draft. He may carry some mystery, though, without proving himself at the Euroleague level. That seemed to hurt Sekou Doumbouya's stock in the 2019 draft.
5. Atlanta Hawks: Isaiah Stewart
Height/Weight: 6'9, 245 lbs
Draft Profile: He's gotten excellent exposure on the AAU circuit and by playing for La Lumiere School in Indiana, and was a member for the 2018-19 McDonald's All-American Game. While listed as a center, he projects as a below-the-basket PF who can also create off the dribble due to his athleticism.
6. Washington Wizards: Cole Anthony
School: North Carolina
Height/Weight: 6'3, 185 lbs
Draft Profile: The son of longtime NBA veteran and TV analyst Greg Anthony, the younger Anthony has a big signing for the Tar Heels. He has a lot of hype due to his name and the fact he was the MVP of the McDonald's All-American game. He's a guard who has a tight handle and can score.
7. New Orleans Pelicans: LaMelo Ball
School: Int./Illawarra Hawks (New Zealand)
Height/Weight: 6'6, 165 lbs
Draft Profile: The youngest of LaVar Ball's three sons is arguably the mopst talented of the trio, but undoubtedly the biggest risk. LaMelo Ball is a fluid shooter with deep range. His form needs a ton of work, and while he's strong on one-on-one defense, he has a questionable motor, and if you draft him, you draft all his baggage. The only place that might work is in New Orleans, where older brother Lonzo is currently relocating to.
8. Memphis Grizzlies: Charles Bassley
School: Western Kentucky
Height/Weight: 6'11, 245 lbs
Draft Profile: Bassey returned to school after testing the 2019 NBA Draft waters. He is a walking double-double who is considered raw without a ton of organized basketball experience.
9. Dallas Mavericks: Vernon Carey
Height/Weight: 6'10, 275 lbs
Draft Profile: Carey is rated as a top 5 recruit in the Class of 2019, and is closer to a positionless center than a traditional one. He's the son of a former Miami Dolphins player and has an educated face-up game to go with his excellent athleticism inside the paint.
10. Minnesota Timberwolves: Ayo Dosunmu
Height/Weight: 6'5, 185 lbs
Draft Profile: Dosunmu was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team this past season. He is a 6-foot-5 scorer who stayed home after growing up in Chicago.
11. Sacramento Kings: Jaden McDaniels
Height/Weight: 6'10, 185 lbs
Draft Profile: A Top 10 recruit in the class of 2019 who is big, can shoot and can handle the ball. As one of two highly touted Washington freshman, McDaniels will have a chance to shine in the spotlight.
12. Miami Heat: Scottie Lewis
Height/Weight: 6'5, 185 lbs
Draft Profile: Lewis is known for his defense and his dunking. If he can show some skill offensively at Florida, he could rise up draft boards.
13. Charlotte Hornets: Nico Mannion
Height/Weight: 6'3, 180
Draft Profile: Mannion is a human highlight reel who has exceptional athleticism to go along with high-level talent. Although he plays bigger than his 6-2 frame suggests, he' is still in "wait and see" mode for the college level. If his body can handle the daily grind, he has all the tools to be a lottery pick. But that's a big "If." Luckily, it's still early.
14. Boston Celtics: Killian Hayes
School: Int./Cholet (France)
Height/Weight: 6'5, 176 lbs.
Draft Profile: Hayes is part of a deep class of combo guards. He's also one of two players named 'Killian' expected to go in the first round. In case you're wondering; no, there has never been an NBA player named Killian before.
15. Detroit Pistons: Tyrese Maxey
Height/Weight: 6'2, 190 lbs
Draft Profile: Maxey has an excellent motor and is a menace on the court. He's from a similar mold as De'Aron Fox, although not as quick, and Collin Sexton, although not as skilled in traffic. Nonetheless, it's good company to keep.
16. Orlando Magic: Deni Avdija
School: Int./Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Height/Weight: 6'9, 215 lbs
Draft Profile: Avdija is a 6-foot-9 swingman playing in the Euroleague. It will be interesting to see how he fares in the world's second-best basketball league.
17. Brooklyn Nets: Precious Achiuwa
Height/Weight: 6'8, 210 lbs
Draft Profile: The Memphis Tigers are going to be under the microscope all season long, which could go a long way toward improving or hurting the draft stock of elite freshman Precious Achiuwa and James Wiseman. Achiuwa is big, strong and has a good sense of positional rebounding. He's very raw offensively, but does have good mechanics and has shown a strong game I.Q.
18. Indiana Pacers: Killian Tillie
Height/Weight: 6'10, 220 lbs
Draft Profile: Tillie could have been a first round pick in the 2019 draft if it weren't for a stress fracture in his ankle during the preseason. It derailed his junior year, but he should be able to follow in the footsteps of Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke in the Gonzaga-to-the-NBA pipeline.
19. San Antonio Spurs: Tre Jones
Height/Weight: 6'2, 183 lbs
Draft Profile: Tre Jones was arguably the best defender in the country a season ago, all whil ebeing the floor general for a Duke team that included three first round draft picks. Although undersized, Jones' on-ball pressure is magnificent, and has shown capable prowess from beyond the arc.
20. Los Angeles Clippers: Matthew Hurt
Height/Weight: 6'8, 214 lbs
Draft Profile: The second-best recruit in this year's class for Duke, Hurt is a versatile forward at 6-foot-8. Hurt is expected to be an elite shooter at the college level.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jalen Smith
Height/Weight: 6'10, 216 lbs
Draft Profile: "Sticks" Smith is still raw, but has the athleticism and developing 3-point shot to turn into a capable 3-and-D big at the next level. He still needs to bulk up and work on playing consistantly.
22. Los Angeles Lakers: Paul Eboua
School: Int./Victoria Libertas (Italy)
Height/Weight: 6'8, 214 lbs
Draft Profile: Eboua worked out with NBA teams this spring before pulling out of the draft. He is an athletic 6-foot-8 swingman with raw offensive skills.
23. Utah Jazz: A.J. Lawson
School: South Carolina
Height/Weight: 6'6, 172 lbs
Draft Profile: The rangy Gamescock guard had as many games of 15 points or more, as he did ten points or less. He's an excellent shooter who doesn't have a problem letting it fly, but struggles to make the right decisions. He'll have a chance to improve this summer as a member of Team Canada in the U19 FIBA World Cup.
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Bryan Antoine
Height/Weight: 6'5, 170 lbs
Draft Profile: Antoine has a chance to develop into a lottery pick with a big freshman year. He is a 6-foot-5 guard who can throw down wild dunks. He picked Florida over all the top schools like Duke and Kentucky.
25. Portland Trail Blazers: Markus Howard
Height/Weight: 5'11, 175 lbs
Draft Profile: The Golden Eagles senior is just 45 points away from eclipsing the 2,000-point plateau and should be able to do it in the first three games of the season. Howard, simply put, is the nation's best, and most proven scorer. But at just 5-11, he's got getting a lot bigger. What he can do, is improve his defense and stay healthy for a full season.
26. Houston Rockets: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Height/Weight: 6'9, 235 lbs
Draft Profile: Robinson-Earl is a 6-foot-9 power forward who signed at Villanova as a five-star recruit. He is considered a smart, fundamentally sound player which should fit in well with Jay Wright.
27. Denver Nuggets: Josh Green
Height/Weight: 6'6, 206 lbs
Draft Profile: Another highly touted Wildcat prospect, Green can guard multiple positions and is a true two-way player. But he won't be able to out-athlete everyone at the high-major level.
28. Golden State Warriors: Wendell Moore
Height/Weight: 6'6, 210 lbs
Draft Profile: Moore is ranked as Duke's third-best recruit in the 2019 class. He is a smart player who may end up spending a few years under Coach K's tutelage.
29. Toronto Raptors: Mamadi Diakite
Height/Weight: 6'9, 227 lbs
Draft Profile: Diakite is a bit undersized for the role he plays. But despite being just 6-9, he has good length and even better timing as a rim protector. He's not a big-time scorer, but with Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De'Andre Hunter off to the NBA, he should get more opportunity on the offensive end.
30. Milwaukee Bucks: Ty-Shon Alexander
Height/Weight: 6'4, 195
Draft Profile: Alexander made a huge leap as a sophomore at Creighton, improving his scoring average by over 10 points. He can shoot threes at a high rate and with volume. Another big step in his development and he will be safely in the first round.