2020 NBA Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 1-15
My second 2020 NBA Mock Draft is now up. This one will be two rounds. Enjoy!
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: August 24, 2020.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
- Minnesota won the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery for the second time in franchise history and the first time since 2015 when they drafted center Karl Anthony-Towns first overall. Point guard D'Angelo Russell represented Minnesota at the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery.
- Minnesota has center Karl Anthony-Towns and point guard D'Angelo Russell to build around as their building blocks for the future as both players averaged 23.1 points per game or more before the NBA suspended play. Shooting guard Malik Beasley who is an RFA is the only other player on this roster that averaged over 10 points per game, but this team can get an upgrade over Beasley at 1 here when they get Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards who led freshman NCAA players with 19.1 points per game in 2019-2020.
- The 6-5 225 lb Anthony Edwards is a pure 2 at shooting guard. Adding him next to D'Angelo Russell and Karl Anthony-Towns gives Minnesota three star players to build around as well as their own version of the Splash Brothers with Russell and Edwards.
- Anthony Edwards shot short range, mid range, and long range shots effectively on film. Great passer with terrific court vision. Has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and basketball IQ you want an NBA shooting guard to have. Defends well against 1 and 2s. He can shutdown a guard opposing him.
- Anthony Edwards had 19.1 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game, 1.3 blocks per game, a 40.2% field goal percentage, 77.2% free throw percentage and a 29.4% three point percentage in 32 games. He gives Minnesota a shooting guard and perhaps even the best player in this draft, which will change the fortunes of their franchise.
- Anthony Edwards can easily score between 21-25 points per game at the NBA level depending on how many three point shots he hits in the NBA. He has the offensive awareness, passing, short range, mid range, long range, He has the ceiling to develop into a player that averages 35 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals per game. Minnesota may finally get to the playoffs with Edwards, but they will not win a playoff series in 2021 until they improve their forward play.
Previous Pick: Deni Avdija, SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv
Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman, C, Memphis
- Golden State will have a healthy Steph Curry at point guard and a healthy Klay Thompson at shooting guard. You also got Andrew Wiggins the former first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft as your small forward thanks to the Timberwolves trade with D'Angelo Russell which sent Russell from Golden State to Minnesota and complimenting Wiggins at small forward is power forward Draymond Green. Now you add the top player in the 2020 NBA Draft Memphis center James Wiseman to this team and Golden State can rebound with one of the most stacked starting fives as early as next season with this second overall pick.
- There are reports that Golden State was looking at guards like Anthony Edwards and Lamelo Ball, that's just dumb when the best player on the board is a center and your only remaining need lies at center.
- The 7-1 240 lb James Wiseman is a big who shot short range, mid range, and long range shots effectively on film. Great passer with terrific court vision. Has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and basketball IQ you want an NBA center to have. He is also an excellent defender who can defend 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5's much like DeAndre Ayton could two years ago coming out of Arizona.
- James Wiseman had 19.7 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, 3 blocks per game, a 76.9% field goal percentage, and a 70.4% free throw percentage in 3 games in 2019 before being dismissed from Memphis for NCAA recruiting violations. Wiseman hit three point shots constantly in High School which led to him being the to being the top overall recruit in 2019. I am not blaming Wiseman, but rather the coaching staff at Memphis for restricting that part of his game on film as well as the NCAA for suspending Wiseman since everyone who watched High School Basketball last year knew Wiseman was the top player in the 2020 NBA Draft.
- James Wiseman can easily score between 21-25 points per game at the NBA level depending on how many three point shots he hits in the NBA. He has the ceiling to develop into a player that averages 35 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals per game.
- With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green he gives Golden State another big perimeter defender to aid Green as well as a fifth passer and shooter who can sling it anywhere from short range, medium range, or long range. He will not need to average 35 points per game as long as the "Splash Brothers" remain in Golden State. At the same time he has the skill set and ability to step up to the plate and carry a team if the Warriors continue to deal with injuries like they did this past season.
Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra
- The Charlotte Hornets have Devonte Graham at point guard, Malik Monk at shooting guard, Miles Bridges at small forward, P.J. Washington at power forward, and Cody Zeller at center. All of these guys are coming back so Charlotte can ignore need and take the best player on their board at 3.
- Charlotte gets a point guard who can push Devonte Graham for the starting point guard job. They lost Kemba Walker, and while Graham did well at point guard, he doesn't have that starpower that Walker has. Also, Ball could end up developing into a player that has that star power and presence that Walker had.
- The 6-8 180 lb LaMelo Ball had 17 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, and 7 assists per game. Lonzo Ball's younger brother also won the 2019-2020 NBL Rookie Of The Year Award without enrolling in College so he's going to get picked in the top 5. He is a better passer than Lonzo and has the ability to hit short range, medium range, and long range shots. Exceptional offensive awareness like his older brother had. He's talented, but he did not have the shot selection or defense that Lonzo displayed coming out of UCLA since Lonzo showed the ability to defend against 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5's in College. LaMelo mainly defends against pro guards in Australia, but he can defend 1's or 2's.
Previous Pick: Onyeka Okongwu, PF, USC
Chicago Bulls: Deni Avdija, SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Chicago has a starting five with Coby White at point guard, Zach LeVine at shooting guard, Otto Porter Jr. at small forward, Lauri Markanen at power forward, and Wendell Carter Jr. at center. They still have Kris Dunn for depth, but he's officially a bust after losing his starting job to White.
- Otto Porter Jr. only played 14 games and the former Georgetown Hoya has never played a full 82 game season in his entire NBA career. Also Otto Porter Jr. has a player option so even if he stays with the Bulls for another season getting someone for depth to push him or someone who can step in if Otto Porter Jr. gets injured would help this Chicago Bulls squad immensely.
- Chicago gets small forward Deni Avdija here. Deni Avdija shot short range, mid range, and long range shots effectively on film. Great passer with terrific court vision. Has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and basketball IQ you want an NBA small forward to have. He is also an excellent defender who can defend 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5's.
- The 6-9 215 lb small forward had 12.3 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists per game. Not only did Deni Avdija interview well, he has a tremendous work ethic. Avdija is the one small forward in this draft who could step up and do an admirable job replacing Otto Porter Jr when he's injured. Everyone else at small forward in this draft is a clear downgrade over Otto Porter Jr.
Previous Pick: Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn
Cleveland Cavaliers: Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn
- Cleveland has a good starting five with Darius Garland at point guard, Collin Sexton moved to shooting guard, Cedi Osman is the small forward, Kevin Love is the power forward, and Andre Drummond is expected to exercise his player option to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2020-2021 meaning all five of Cleveland's starters that averaged over 10 points per game with the Cavaliers would be back for one more season in Cleveland.
- Now that Cleveland dropped to 5, the only position they may be able to upgrade with this starting five is small forward. Osman only averaged 11 points per game which is solid, but not spectacular.
- Cleveland gets Auburn small forward Isaac Okoro here. The 6-6 225 lb Isaac Okoro can pass the ball. He hits shots from short range, medium range, and long range. He does not hit these shots on a consistent basis and he's an awful defender. Samir Doughty led Auburn in scoring despite being a senior and second round prospect so Okoro feels like a boom or bust pick which has to make you feel a little bit skeptical about how his skill set will translate to the NBA if you are a Cavs fan.
- The 19-year-old Isaac Okoro had 12.9 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, 2 assists per game, a 51.4% field goal percentage, a 67.2% free throw percentage, and a 29% three point percentage. Okoro scored a minimum of 7 points in every game he played this season so his consistency as a scorer is one of the biggest reasons he is projected to go in the top 10. Okoro needs to improve his three point shooting at the next level if he has any shot of taking the small forward job from Cedi Osman, but I'd still argue that Okoro has a far greater ceiling than someone like Osman despite how raw he is on tape entering the NBA.
Previous Pick: Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
Atlanta Hawks: Killian Hayes, PG, Ratiopharm Ulm
- Atlanta has Trae Young at point guard, Kevin Huerter at shooting guard, De'Andre Hunter at small forward, John Collins at power forward, and Clint Capella at center. Atlanta drafted four of those players in the first round of the past three NBA drafts and hit on all three while trading for Houston Rockets center Clint Capella who averaged 13.9 points per game and 13.8 rebounds per game in 2019-2020 before getting injured.
- Atlanta also has Cam Reddish for depth at small forward, who they got at ten in the 2019 NBA Draft after selecting Hunter at 4. Reddish is also versatile enough to play shooting guard, but he's a better fit at small forward in my opinion.
- Backup point guard Jeff Teague is a Free Agent. Treveon Graham is a backup shooting guard and he's a Free Agent with the other shooting guard on this roster Vince Carter set to retire. Atlanta will either need to trade this pick or probably get a guard for depth here at 6.
- The 6-5 187 lb Killian Hayes is versatile enough to play both point guard and shooting guard with his versatility. The 18-year-old guard is an effective two guard for depth and is capable of being a serviceable backup in Atlanta. His father Deron Hayes has been a small forward in France dating back to 1993 and still plays pro ball overseas in France even at age 49 so Killian has the versatility to defend against 1, 2, and 3's. Killian also has superb offensive awareness, the elite court vision to read a play, passing, ability to shoot short range, mid range, and long range shots.
- Killian Hayes had 11.6 points per game, 5.3 assists per game, a 50% field goal percentage, a 85% free throw percentage, and a 22% three point percentage when playing with Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany. Hayes is a young man that will benefit greatly from learning under Trae Young in Atlanta.
Previous Pick: LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra
Detroit Pistons: Tyrese Halliburton, PG, Iowa State
- The Pistons have Derrick Rose who is a good point guard when healthy with the keywords being when healthy. Shooting guard Luka Donic is the best long-term player on this franchise. Power forward Blake Griffin is the other star player on this team. The Detroit Pistons ignored small forward in the 2019 NBA Draft and now need a replacement for Andre Drummond at center.
- Detroit could draft for need at 7. The two best players on the board at 7 are Tyrese Halliburton and Obi Toppin. Instead they draft for value since the best player on the board is a point guard who could start out as a depth player and then come in to replace Derrick Rose the moment Rose gets injured again.
- The 6-5 175 lb Tyrese Halliburton has the best passing of any point guard in College Basketball. The only player in the top 6 that may be a better assist man than Halliburton is LaMelo Ball. Haliburton can shoot from short range, mid range, or long range. Displays the offensive awareness you want. He defends well against 1's and 2's, but will struggle against 3's, 4's and 5's defensively due to inconsistent play with off ball and does not execute off of ISO defense.
- Tyrese Halliburton had 15.2 points per game, 6.5 assists per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, and 2.5 steals per game in his sophomore season with Iowa State.
- Tyrese Halliburton can score and be an impact player. He is very consistent from a game log standpoint. However, he seems more like a consistent floor general than a perrenial All Star. Halliburton could be an All Star if he fixes his shooting form and improves his defense so drafting him to develop rather than drafting him and hoping for an immediate starter is the route to go.
Previous Pick: Killian Hayes, PG, Ratiopharm Ulm
New York Knicks: Devin Vassell, SG, Florida State
- New York has four players that averaged over 10 points per game this season with rookie small forward/shooting guard R.J. Barrett who appears to be New York's best draft pick since Kristaps Porzingis. Two of the other three players are power forwards including power forward Julius Randle, power forward Bobby Portis, and point guard Elfrid Peyton. Center Mitchell Robinson only played 7 games due to injury which forced the Knicks to move Randle to center and Portis from a bench player to a starting power forward which has worked out better for the Knicks.
- Elfrid Peyton is a solid short-term starter. He's not someone who has the upside of a star player. I'm giving the Knicks Florida State shooting guard Devin Vassell here.
- The 6-6 180 lb Devin Vassell is a player that the Knicks front office has taken a liking too. Also, I rewatched his tape in depth recently and can see why New York feels that way as Vassell was my biggest riser in this mock going from 26 to 8 in my second 2020 NBA Mock Draft.
- Devin Vassell can shoot from short range, mid range, or long range. Great passer with terrific court vision. Has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and basketball IQ you want an NBA shooting guard to have. He is also an excellent defender who can defend 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5's. Devin Vassell is the best defender in this draft not named James Wiseman.
Previous Pick: Tyrese Halliburton, PG, Iowa State
Washington Wizards: Onyeka Okongwu, PF, USC
- The Washington Wizards have John Wall at point guard, Bradley Beal at shooting guard, Davis Bertans at small forward, Rui Hachimura at power forward, and Thomas Bryant at center. They need someone to push Troy Brown for the starting small forward job after Brown only averaged 4.8 points per game. Backup point guards like Ish Smith and Shabazz Napier have scored in relief of John Wall. Jerome Robinson, Troy Brown Jr., and Moritz Wagner provide solid depth behind the current starters. John Wall is the face of this team though and his absence is why the Wizards are where they are at.
- The 6-9 245 lb Onyeka Okongwu is a good passer on tape. He can shoot short and mid range shots. Defends well against 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5's. He is the best defender not named James Wiseman or Devin Vassell in the 2020 NBA Draft.
- Onyeka Okongwu only took 4 three point shots all season at USC. Only one of those went in. Washington grabs Onyeka Okongwu since he's a great rim protector, shot blocker, and rebounder. Washington can use him as a depth player behind Rui Hachimura at power forward here if the Wizards believe he's the best overall player on the board at 9.
Previous Pick: R.J. Hampton, PG, NZ Breakers
Phoenix Suns: Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton
- The Phoenix Suns have a good starting five with Ricky Rubio at point guard, Devin Booker at shooting guard, Kelly Oubre Jr. at small forward with two first round picks Mikal Bridges plus Cameron Johnson for depth at the 3, Frank Kaminsky at power forward, and DeAndre Ayton at center. Ayton's 25 game suspension for a failed drug test cost the Suns a playoff spot, but the talent is there for this team to be competitive next season.
- The only position the Suns may be able to upgrade in the starting five lies at power forward. Frank Kaminsky has a club option clause in his contract. If the Suns choose not to pay him they can try to find a viable replacement for Kaminsky at ten. This is where Dayton big Obi Toppin comes into play, besides he's the best available player on the board and would probably be the Suns pick even if Kaminsky remained with the team.
- The 6-9 220 lb Obi Toppin played center at Dayton, but he passes with such precision. Toppin even has these trick shot passes that you would see from the Harlem Globe Trotters. Offensively, he plays like a point guard and shoots like a point guard with exceptional short range, mid range, and long range on tape. He struggles against 4's and 5's defensively and can only defend effectively against 1's, 2's, and 3's. Toppin is also inconstent defensively as a player which is another reason scouts are concerned about Toppin at the next level.
- Obi Toppin had 14.4 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game, a 52.4% three point percentage, a 66.6% field goal percentage, and a 71.3% free throw percentage as a true freshman in 2019-2020. Toppin returned to Dayton and had 20 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, 1.2 blocks per game, 1 steal per game, a 39% three point percentage, a 63.3% field goal percenttage, and a 70.4% free throw percentage.
- Obi Toppin was the leader of this 29-2 Dayton squad despite being a 22-year-old sophomore. He needs two years to develop as a defender if he expects to be an All Star caliber player offensively and defensively on both ends of the floor. At the same time, Obi Toppin could be the steal of the top 10 and may end up being picked as early as third overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
San Antonio Spurs: Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina
- The San Antonio Spurs have a lot of quality players with Dejounte Murray as the starting point guard with Patrick Mills as the backup point guard. Both point guards averaged 10 points per game with Mills stepping up while Murray is injured. San Antonio also has Bryn Forbes playing well at shooting guard with 2017 first round pick out of Colorado Derrick White stepping up averaging over 10 points per game while 2018 first round pick Lonnie Walker IV is injured. San Antonio also has two of the NBA's best forwards in small forward DeMar DeRozan and power forward Lamarcus Aldridge. Backup small forward Rudy Gay has steped up as well.
- San Antonio took Luke Samanic and Keldon Johnson in the first round in 2019, so getting depth at small forward and power forward is not an issue. Jakob Poetl showed promise at Utah, but Toronto traded him to San Antonio and he hasn't gotten the job done during his last two years in San Antonio.
- San Antonio could get Vernon Carey Jr. here at center, but that's a reach because this draft doesn't have a center of Bol Bol's talent outside of the top 10 and the only center that may have a higher ceiling than Bol Bol is Wiseman so I will refrain from giving the Spurs a center until 41. With this pick at 11, I am giving the Spurs a player who may be an upgrade over both of their current point guards.
- The 6-3 190 lb Cole Anthony took over for Coby White at point guard for North Carolina. White was a five star recruit coming out of High School. Anthony displays the passing, short range, mid range, long range, and happens to be a better defender than White coming out of North Carolina.
- Cole Anthony had 18.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, 4 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, 38% field goal percentage, 34.8% three point percentage, and a 75% free throw percentage. Cole Anthony is someone who can push Dejounte Murray and Patrick Mills for minutes right away.
Previous Pick: Vernon Carey Jr., C, Duke
Sacramento Kings: Percious Achiuwa, PF, Memphis
- Point guard De'Aaron Fox, shooting guard Buddy Hield, small forward Harrison Barnes, and power forward Marvin Bagley III, and center Richaun Holmes make a good starting five when healthy. You also have backups like Jabari Parker and Nemanja Bjelica who are doing well in relief roles, yet Sacramento still cannot put themselves in a position to push for a playoff spot due to injuries with Marvin Bagley III and Richaun Holmes.
- I'm giving Sacramento one last big for depth which will help them get to the playoffs next season if their players cannot stay healthy next season. Let's face it, this team only has 2 players that played 64 games with Hield and Barnes. There isn't a center worth taking at 12, so I'll give the Kings a power forward for depth here.
- Marvin Bagley III broke his thumb, while spraining both his left foot and right foot. If the second pick in the 2018 NBA Draft only sprained one foot, this would not be a concern. He sprained both feet and Sacramento looks foolish for taking Marvin Bagley III over Luka Doncic even though, I still think Marvin Bagley III has time to turn it around.
- The 6-9 225 lb Percious Achiuwa can play small forward or power forward with his versatility. He passes shoots short range, mid range, long range, gets offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, blocks, and steals. After James Wiseman did not return to Memphis, Percious Achiuwa took over as the leader of the Memphis Tigers.
- Percious Achiuwa had 15.8 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per game, 1.9 blocks per game, 1.1 steals per game, 1 assist per game, a 49.3% field goal percentage, a 36.4% three point percentage, and a 58.2% free throw percentage as a freshman. Percious Achiuwa looks like someone who could either be a great depth player behind Marvin Bagley III, or someone who could come in as a lottery pick and potentially take the starting power forward job from Marvin Bagley III if he does not stay healthy.
Previous Pick: Daniel Oturo, C, Minnesota
New Orleans Pelicans: Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt
- New Orleans has Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holliday at point guard with J.J. Reddick and Josh Hart at shooting guard with all four guards averaging over 10 points per game. Small forward Brandon Ingram and rookie power forward Zion Williamson are their two leading scorers. This team still lacks a starting center, but last years other first round pick Jaxson Hayes could still develop into a starting center down the road with a good offseason.
- The Pelicans can ignore need and take the best player on the board here. Aaron Nesmith is a player that is generating buzz as a lottery pick despite suffering a season ending injury in 2019.
- The 6-6 213 lb Aaron Nesmith is an ideal wing at small forward who has the versatility to move to shooting guard if you need him to. Aaron Nesmith had 11 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, a 39.2% field goal percentage, a 33.7% three point percentage, and a 82.5% free throw percentage in 2018-2019 as a true freshman in 32 games when Darius Garland got injured.
- Nesmith improved by leaps and bounds in 2019-2020. Aaron Nesmith had 23 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 0.9 assists per game, a 51.2% field goal percentage, a 52.2% three point percentage, and matched his 82.5% free throw percentage from his freshman season.
- The downside is his right foot injury caused him to miss the season. Even if Nesmith is good in the NBA there is no guarantee he can play a full 82 game season with only 46 career starts in two seasons at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt head coach Jerry Stackhouse coach deserves a lot of credit for coaching up Nesmith in his first season as Vanderbilt's head coach.
Previous Pick: Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina
Boston Celtics: Jaden McDaniels, SF, Washington
- Boston finally got this first round pick from Memphis after trading Jeff Green to Memphis. Boston has point guard Kemba Walker, shooting guard Jaylen Brown, small forward Gordon Hayward, and power forward Jayson Tatum. This team still needs a center. However, I am going to give them a small forward here for depth with Gordon Hayward injured.
- The 6-9 200 lb Jaden McDaniels had 13 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game, 1.4 blocks per game, a 40.5% field goal percentage, a 33.9% three point percentage, and a 76.3% free throw percentage. Getting someone like as a backup to Gordon Hayward that you can develop for the future is absolutely paramount.
Previous Pick: Zeke Nnaji, C, Arizona
Orlando Magic: Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky
- Orlando has Markelle Fultz at point guard, shooting guard Evan Fournier, small forward Aaron Gordon, power forward Jonathan Isaac, and center Nikola Vucevic. They have a good starting five and can take the best player on the board at 15 by selecting Tyrese Maxey out of Kentucky.
- The 6-3 198 lb Tyrese Maxey is a shooting guard with the body of a point guard. He plays like a shooting guard though. He has the short range, mid range, and long range shots that you want an NBA shooting guard to have.
- The 19-year-old Tyrese Maxey was one of the top recruits in College Basketball. Tyrese Maxey had 14 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 3.2 assists per game, a 42.7% field goal percentage, 29.2% three point percentage, and a 83.3% free throw percentage.
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