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2020 NBA Mock Draft: James Wiseman makes a big jump to the No. 1 overall pick of the Warriors



Memphis

• Fr.

• 7’1 ”

/ 240 pounds

Projected team

Golden St.

PROSPECTUS RNK

Eighth

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

19.7

RPG

10.7

BPG

3.0

Warriors GM Bob Myers said last week he would consider trading the team’s first choice. But if they get No. 1 and keep it, it’s hard to imagine passing a 7-footer in James Wiseman who has massive upside and fits a need. The former Memphis standout has a reported wingspan of 7-6 and would fit perfectly into the Golden State system as a bug-running lob threat that can protect the rim. With the core pieces of a championship contender in place, Wiseman can be a line spinner to keep his title-winning window open.

Georgia

• Fr.

• 6’5 ”

/ 225 pounds

Projected team

Cleveland

PROSPECTUS RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

19.1

RPG

5.2

APG

2.8

3P%

29.4%

Cleveland needs a piece that can help complement first-round assets Darius Garland and Collin Sexton, and Anthony Edwards looks like a viable cog in that respect. He is a freakish athlete who can play off the ball but also create for himself in space when the shot goes off. His youth, athleticism and shooting ability combined make him one of the most exciting prospects in this class; Cleveland cannot afford not to take a huge turn from this position.

LaMelo Ball

PG

Australia

• 6’6 ”

/ 180 pounds

Projected team

Detroit

PROSPECTUS RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Detroit’s exhausted program list needs a major talent upgrade, and LaMelo Ball, the No. 1 prospect on the CBS Sports Big Board, is an ideal game. The younger brother of Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball is a jumbo player who has grown to 6-6 and has game-producing chops to develop into a franchise-caliber lead scorer on time. Despite some point efficiency from distance games in NBL, his high level and sense of game match where the NBA moves.

Southern California

• Fr.

• 6’9 ”

/ 245 pounds

Projected team

Minnesota

PROSPECTUS RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Okongwu plans to be a monstrous defensive presence and Minnesota needs exactly that to pair with KAT. The 6-9 forward / center is an elite defender who can step out on the perimeter and shoot his feet well and also interfere with shots in the paint. Although he does not have much scope yet, he provides good value as a goal scorer in the arc and can fit into what Minnesota needs to improve around its core.

Auburn

• Fr.

• 6’6 ”

/ 225 pounds

Projected team

Atlanta

PROSPECTUS RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

12.9

RPG

4.4

SPG

0.9

3P%

29.0%

Atlanta needs to add depth to the wing and upgrade defensively, and here they can do both with Isaac Okoro. The 6-6 Auburn One-and-done is a Swiss Army knife defender with a laser-sharp basketball brain that can affect winning without having to hit the ball. Keep in mind that an ideal move with the talented and ball-dominant Trae Young.

Killian Hayes

PG

France

• 6’5 ”

/ 192 pounds

Projected team

New York

PROSPECTUS RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

French granddaughter Killian Hayes, who was 18 years old, has already been a professional for two years and has risen steadily in the international rankings of the NBA community. He has a good position and great playing ability as the main guard who can give the Knicks a basic piece to build around long term. Hayes doesn’t have top athletes, but he is handy with the ball in his hands and has an even jumper that should make him a safe bet to help New York in a position it so desperately needs to address.

Deni Avdija

SF

israel

• 6’9 ”

/ 215 pounds

Projected team

Chicago

PROSPECTUS RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

To maximize Chicago’s young core, Deni Avdija is the smart bet if the board falls this way. The Israeli star is a point ahead with great game programs from his position that can help ease the offensive load in Chi City. He has also been a winner everywhere he has been. At just 19 years old, he is a two-time Israeli league champion and two-time European champion in FIBA.

Dayton

• Soph

• 6’9 ”

/ 220 pounds

Projected team

Washington

PROSPECTUS RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

20.0

RPG

7.5

APG

2.2

3P%

39.0%

Washington took a forward under the edge last year in Rui Hachimura, and here they take a leading edge over the edge in Obi Toppin that can have a winning effect with his athleticism and skill level, as evidenced last season when he led college basketball in the dips for a top- 10 Dayton teams.

Vanderbilt

• Soph

• 6’6 ”

/ 213 pounds

Projected team

Charlotte

PROSPECTUS RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

23.0

RPG

4.9

3P%

52.2%

Prior to a season-ending foot injury in January, Aaron Nesmith, who shot 52.2% from 3-point range through 14 games, was one of only three players in the last 20 years to shoot over 50% from the depth of 200 + trial, per college basketball reference. Simply put, he is the deadliest shooter in this draft. Charlotte needs wing depth and points, which makes Nesmith a perfect cure for both.

Iowa State

• Soph

• 6’5 ”

/ 175 pounds

Projected team

Bird Phoenix

PROSPECTUS RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

15.2

RPG

5.9

APG

6.5

3P%

41.9%

Scouts I have talked to have expressed pessimism that Tyrese Haliburton is the main initiator of an NBA offense because the lack of athleticism and the top-end burst into his game, so I can’t imagine a better draft marriage than Haliburton and Phoenix. There he could serve as the leader who shared the offensive burden with Devin Booker and eventually take over for Ricky Rubio when his contract comes up. The game-making, smarts and pure feeling will eventually win out as he thickens his frame and becomes a bonafide starting point guard in the NBA.

Theo Maledon

PG

France

• 6’4 ”

/ 174 pounds

Projected team

San Antonio

PROSPECTUS RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

4th

For a team like Spurs that values ​​versatility and has already had tremendous success looking at the international route before, Théo Maledon seems like a win-win proposition. The French guard can play on or off the ball with a much improved jumper that should translate early, and I think he can play point guard or shooting guard, where his playing and points can both shine through. If not for a shoulder injury earlier this season that puts him back, we can talk about Maledon as a top-five-or-so prospect.

Florida State

• Soph

• 6’7 ”

/ 194 pounds

Projected team

Sacramento

PROSPECTUS RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

12.7

RPG

5.1

APG

1.6

3P%

41.5%

The Kings are looking for wings in this draft, according to The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, and Devin Vassell fits the form of a high-power, low-use player who can connect to their system directly. He is a 3-and-D prospect who shot over 41% from 3-point intervals in each of his two college seasons, and he took a huge leap as a defensive player last season, averaging 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game – one of only four guards in the entire college last season to achieve such a productive defensive state line.

North Carolina

• Fr.

• 6’3 ”

/ 190 pounds

Projected team

Portland

PROSPECTUS RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

18.5

RPG

5.7

APG

4.0

3P%

34.8%

The inefficiency Cole Anthony had as a leading scorer for UNC last season can be partly attributed to a poor UNC team. But it is still a mark on his resume he must answer for. Still, the number of guards who can make pictures in a variety of ways he can get him in the back half of the lottery. The versatility of playing either guard should really open up his list of freemen.

Villanova

• Soph

• 6’8 ”

/ 216 pounds

Projected team

New Orleans

PROSPECTUS RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

16.1

RPG

4.7

APG

2.4

3P%

45.1%

The list of 6-8 wings that can defend 1-4 and shoot 3-pointers on an elite clip in this draft begins and ends with Saddiq Bey. It should be extremely valuable to a New Orleans franchise that wants to add weapons around Zion Williamson. He has been given a quick release and can thrive in a system where he is called upon to be a knockdown shooter defending the opponent’s best offensive weapon.

Kentucky

• Fr.

• 6’3 ”

/ 198 pounds

Projected team

Minnesota

PROSPECTUS RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

14.0

RPG

4.3

APG

3.2

3P%

29.2%

Shooting 29.2% from the 3-point range in his lone high season at Kentucky sparked Maxey’s stock, but he will add immediate value as an elite defender and driver even if the outside shot remains below average. It should be a complementary set of skills for a team with D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns in place.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’3 ”

/ 165 pounds

Projected team

Orlando

PROSPECTUS RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

18.5

RPG

4.8

APG

5.2

3P%

36.6%

Orlando’s aircraft with Markelle Fultz has a good start, but even though he performs as the former No. 1 pick he was, the depth in this position is bleak. Kira Lewis can be both an incredible depth (for now) and a hedge against Orlando’s recycling project with Fultz, should it fail. He is one of the youngest prospects in this class and is still growing, but speed and shooting should give him a good base to become a productive NBA player.

Memphis

• Fr.

• 6’9 ”

/ 225 pounds

Projected team

Boston

PROSPECTUS RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

15.8

RPG

10.8

BPG

1.9

Danny Ainge loves the outlook that adds to the versatility and in Precious Achiuwa he could find some. The Memphis product should be a productive force going forward, but can also be a devastating little ball-five in some situations with how his engine always runs hot. He is a persistent rebounder, rim-runner and shot-blocker.

R.J. Hampton

SG

New Zealand

• 6’5 ”

/ 185 pounds

Thunder tend to prioritize athletics and projection over production, making RJ Hampton the perfect OKC target in this range. He has plenty of bounce and upside as a pick-and-roll goal scorer who can create, although his production overseas in NBL last season was largely ineffective. The first steps to his success are to fill in his frame and become a more consistent goal scorer.

Arizona

• Fr.

• 6’6 ”

/ 210 pounds

Projected team

Dallas

PROSPECTUS RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

12.0

RPG

4.6

APG

2.6

3P%

36.1%

Josh Green’s 3-point shooting over the back half of the season solidified his position as a 3-D archetype that can add value as a role player. That should be what the Mavs look like to add to this draft as they surround Luka Doncic with more talent. He hit 69% of his 3-points over Ariason’s last five games before the season ended, which could potentially disrupt a March Madness increase that would have shown his skills on a broad stage.

Texas Tech

• Fr.

• 6’4 ”

/ 195 pounds

Projected team

Milwaukee

PROSPECTUS RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

15.0

RPG

4.0

APG

2.2

3P%

42.6%

Jahmi’us Ramsey is a very good shooter in almost every situation: off dribble handoffs, running off screens and spotting up. That is the value for a Milwaukee team ahead to distance the floor with shooters around Giannis. He ranked in the 91st percentile as a catch and shooter last season in the Texas Tech half court.

Washington

• Fr.

• 6’9 ”

/ 200 pounds

Projected team

Denver

PROSPECTUS RNK

33

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

13.0

RPG

5.8

APG

2.1

3P%

33.9%

Jaden McDaniels’ one-and-done season in Washington was a bust, but the combination of his size, versatility and shot-making should appeal to a Denver team that has been very famous in recent years for its internal development. And McDaniel’s prospects are still promising yet. Add some meat to his big frame and sharpen his skills and he can become a jumboving with great boom potential. A year ago, he was the No. 1 prospect when he came out of high school.

Duke

• Fr.

• 6’6 ”

/ 193 pounds

Projected team

Brooklyn

PROSPECTUS RNK

21

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

12.6

RPG

4.9

APG

1.0

3P%

36.0%

Do you remember Zion Williamson fella? Cassius Stanley came to Duke and donated his vertical jump record the following year. The man’s rabbits have rabbits. So his NBA athleticism combined with his 3-and-D upside can be a valuable addition to a team like Brooklyn, where two stars are already in place. He ranked in the 93rd percentile as a catch and shooter last season, per Synergy, which could really complement an already established core of a challenger.

Arizona

• Fr.

• 6’3 ”

/ 190 pounds

Projected team

Miami

PROSPECTUS RNK

32

POSITION RNK

Eighth

PPG

14.0

RPG

2.5

APG

5.3

3P%

32.7%

The lack of athletics in Nico Mannion’s games is a sore spot among the scouts, but few can read the word, react and make quick plays as the main guard as he can, making his smarts one of his most prized assets. The Heat tends to value basketball brain cookies similar to him and can use the depth of the scene with Goran Dragic on his way to free agency.

Duke

• Soph

• 6’3 ”

/ 185 pounds

Projected team

Utah

PROSPECTUS RNK

35

POSITION RNK

9th

PPG

16.2

RPG

4.2

APG

6.4

3P%

36.1%

When Mike Conley enters the mid-30s and Donovan Mitchell hits his prime, Jazz would do well to match their young star with a young point guard like Three Jones who can defend the perimeter, run a offense and make smart decisions that play for Mitchell’s strengths. Jones can do it. During two seasons at Duke, he led two top-10 offenses and managed to stand out with teammates such as Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Vernon Carey and Cam Reddish.

Aleksej Pokusevski

C

Greece

• 7’0 ”

/ 205 pounds

Thunder has more capital outlays over the next seven years than any other team, and therefore they are uniquely positioned to take more risks than others. So here I have them take a raw but talented big man in Aleksey Pokusevski who, at 7 meters high, has the mobility, shooting, dribbling and points of a wing. But he is also over 200 pounds and physically a year or two (or three or four) away from contributing meaningfully at the NBA level. He is an investment that can pay off but it will not be immediate.

Florida State

• Fr.

• 6’8 ”

/ 225 pounds

Projected team

Boston

PROSPECTUS RNK

23

POSITION RNK

Eighth

PPG

9.2

RPG

4.0

SPG

1.0

3P%

32.0%

Everything about Patrick Williams’s game right now is raw, but there is a real potential he produces as a lottery draw in a few years when he eventually puts things together. And even with that in mind, I think defensively that he can be an impact player sooner rather than later. He plays with good anticipation for that purpose, knows how to cut passing lanes, and – best of all – has a 6-11 wing bar which he exerts with force. Outstanding late-first flyer for Boston who can afford to bet on the upside.

Syracuse

• Jr

• 6’6 ”

/ 215 pounds

Projected team

Toronto

PROSPECTUS RNK

22

POSITION RNK

7th

PPG

19.0

RPG

4.9

APG

3.4

3P%

34.1%

The more teams learn about Elijah Hughes, the more they want. He drew plenty of defensive attention last season and still averaged 19 points on a pretty effective volume for Syracuse, averaging 34.1% from the 3-point line on 228 attempts. His points along with his 6-6 frame could give the Raptors a real threat to the game on the wing they lack.

DePaul

• Jr

• 6’9 ”

/ 220 pounds

Projected team

New York

PROSPECTUS RNK

34

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

15.1

RPG

10.7

BPG

2.6

3P%

30.8%

It didn’t get much attention on an overwhelming DePaul team, but Paul Reed was a bright spot. The big man ranked seventh nationally last season in defensive plus / minus and showed an ability to be in the right place at the right time as a player on defense, both in the zone and in man-to-man. He was the only power conference player to average at least 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this season.

Kansas

• Soph

• 6’2 ”

/ 185 pounds

Projected team

LA. Lakers

PROSPECTUS RNK

36

POSITION RNK

10th

PPG

18.1

RPG

4.1

APG

4.0

3P%

30.9%

Devon Dotson is not the most puny guard in a particular area, but he is good at everything and can make things happen with his speed and ability to come down. So for a Lakers team that wants to supplement their depth at the position, he would be a nice addition with a real upside if the 3-point shot comes around.

San Diego State

• Jr

• 6’1 ”

/ 185 pounds

Projected team

Boston

PROSPECTUS RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

13th

PPG

17.6

RPG

4.5

APG

5.1

3P%

37.3%

Malachi Flynn is a brilliant offensive weapon that can create for himself and make shots in different ways. Flynn led all of college basketball last season to win shares for 30-win San Diego State, acting as a catalyst on both ends for one of the best teams in the sport. For a Celtics team in need of point guard depth, he can give a spark with the success he has had as a goal scorer and facilitator.




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