The NBA Draft Lottery took place a couple of days ago and with the order set, it's time for me to do my Mock Draft (of the lottery) for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Anthony Edwards College Stats: 19.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 40 FG%, 29 3-pt%
Edwards is the clear choice for Minnesota. They don't need other top prospects such as Lamelo Ball and James Wiseman, because they already have those positions filled with De'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. Edwards played elite basketball in Georgia and he can help form a big 3 in Minnesota, because he can score from anywhere on offense, and can provide solid defense for a team that struggles on that end. Edwards only shot 29% from 3 in college and that might be his biggest problem, but he might not have to take all the shots in Minnesota.
Ceiling: Bradley Beal, Victor Oladipo
Floor: Alec Burks
James Wiseman college stats: 20.3 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 76.7 FG%, 3.0 Blocks
If I were the Warriors, I'd look to trade this pick as next year, they'll be in championship position once again with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson back from injury. However, if they decide to make the pick, I believe they should take Wiseman since they could use a center on the roster. Wiseman only played a few games in college, but he showed star potential averaged 20 points and 3 blocks a game. He can be a elite rim protector and finisher at the rim, but we'll see what team he ends up playing for.
Ceiling: Anthony Davis (but with less shooting)
Floor: De'Andre Jordan (based on 2020 performance)
Lamelo Ball NBL stats: 17.0 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 6.8 APG, 1.6 Steals, 25% 3-pt
Lamelo might be the most offensive and gifted draft prospect, being a 6'8 point guard. Being very athletic, he has the potential to be an elite and crafty play maker like Jason Williams. Even though his efficiency from 3-point isn't great, he still can shoot deep 3's occasionally. Minnesota and Golden State wouldn't really need Lamelo and you can say the same thing about Charlotte since they have two guards and a glaring hole at center, which is why I think they should take Wiseman if he falls to them. They can also take Onyeka Okungwu, but I think they should take the best player available, which is Lamelo Ball.
Ceiling: Trae Young (just taller)
Floor: Shaun Livingston (with a bit more shooting)
Obi Toppin college stats: 22.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.2 APG, 39% 3-pt, 1.2 Blocks
Dayton's Obi Toppin has showed a lot of potential in his 2 years in college, being a stretch big, a leader on a good Dayton team, and is without a doubt, the best dunker in the class. For teams that need young talent, Toppin, who is 22 years old, might not be the guy. However, he has to be on teams' radar despite his below average defense. The Bulls already have a load of young talent with Coby White, Zach Lavine, and Wendell Carter, but adding Toppin to the mix to be their starting PF or SF would help them even more. Toppin isn't a great defender, but for a power forward than can shoot the ball and be a highlight reel on the fast break with his crazy dunks, he is who I think the Bulls should take at the 4th pick over some other wings like Isaac Okoro or Deni Avdija.
Ceiling: Blake Griffin (in his prime, with more shooting)
Floor: Aaron Gordon
Isaac Okoro college stats: 12.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2 APG, 0.9 Steals, 31.5 Minutes
This was a debate between two small forwards in Isaac Okoro and Deni Avdija, but I went with Okoro because I think he has the higher floor and he is the best perimeter defender in this class. Okoro can play either the SG or the SF, but with two offensive-minded guards in Cleveland, and a team that is one of the worst defensive teams in the league, Okoro will help them on that end tremendously. They could use a small forward and I originally thought that Okoro should've been picked near 7 or 8, but he'd fit in perfectly at 5 with Cleveland.
Ceiling: Jimmy Butler
Floor: Solid 3&D wing like Jae Crowder or Robert Covington
Tyrese Haliburton college stats: 15.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 6.3 APG, 50 FG%, 41 3-pt%, 2.5 Steals
The definiton of a great all-around PG, Haliburton should be on a lot of teams' radar if they are looking for a guard. Haliburton is an efficient scorer, one of the best passers in the class, and he led his conference in steals per game with 2.5. Haliburton doesn't have many flaws to his game, but he isn't necessarily elite at anything like Okoro on defense or Lamelo on offense. Haliburton should be the 2nd best point guard in the class behind Lamelo, but he is 6'6 and has the capabilities of playing the SG, and that's probably what he will be doing complementing Trae Young in the backcourt.
Ceiling: Shai Gilgeous Alexander
Floor: Lonzo Ball
Deni Avdija's International stats: 9.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.8 Steals, 0.2 Blocks
Avdija has a very good chance of going higher in the draft because of his ability to be a two-way wing like Isaac Okoro, but it might take him a couple years to develop. We've seen international players not do too well such as Mario Hezonja, but also guys like Luka Doncic is already a superstar in his 2nd year in the league. Avdija is 6'9 and can play either the shooting guard or small forward position. If Lamelo Ball or Tyrese Haliburton fall to Detroit, the Pistons should definitely take one of them, since they have an aging Derrick Rose so they can have a new PG to develop. I don't think that will happen, so they should go with Avdija over other PG's. Chicago and Cleveland at 4 and 5 could also go Avdija, but Detroit could also use him since they don't have a great SF.
Ceiling: (Prime) Gordon Hayward
Floor: Cedi Osman
Cole Anthony college stats: 18.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 4.0 APG, 38 FG%, 3.5 Turnovers
Similar to the Pistons, I think if Lamelo Ball or Tyrese Haliburton falls to 8, they should definitely take them over any other player still on the board. However, since that doesn't happen in this mock draft, I'm going to have the Knicks take another great offensive-minded PG in Cole Anthony. Probably the best player still on the board is Onyeka Okungwu, but the Knicks already have a center and they need more offense since they were the worst offensive team in the league. Anthony isn't very efficient and isn't a great passer, but for a team that needs a player with star potential, Anthony seems like the way to go for New York.
Ceiling: Kemba Walker, Spencer Dinwiddie
Floor: Trey Burke
Onyeka Okungwu college stats: 16.2 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 61.6 FG%, 2.7 Blocks, 1.2 Steals
If Onyeka falls to 9, this should be a no-brainer for the Wizards. I feel like Onyeka won't fall past 9 because teams like Charlotte, Cleveland, or Washington would take him because all those teams aren't really good on defense and Onyeka might be the most physical interior defender in the class. He is 6'9, and has versatility to play the PF or Center, but I think he should placed at Center for Washington since he isn't the best of shooters. He should be on many team's radar, but for a team that needs defense and could use a better big men, Washington seems like a great destination for Onyeka.
Ceiling: Bam Adebayo/Montrezl Harrell
Floor: Jerami Grant
Tyrese Maxey college stats: 14.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.7 FG%, 0.9 Steals
There is a chance that Maxey doesn't even go in the lottery, but I think the Suns take him here at 10. Maxey showed in his freshman year at Kentucky, that he was a great two-way combo guard. He is a great athlete, a crafty finisher around the rim, and can play either the PG or the SG position in the NBA. Phoenix could use a PG and I have them taking Maxey over other PG's, especially Killian Hayes. Maxey isn't a great passer, but he can learn from their current starting PG in Ricky Rubio since he is one of the best passers in the league. He could also complement Phoenix's star, Devin Booker really nicely since he is a good defender and Booker isn't. Maxey could up his efficiency, but it's hard to pass up a two-way guard that's a hyper athlete.
Ceiling: John Wall
Floor: Emmanuel Mudiay
Devin Vassell college stats: 12.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.4 Steals, 1.0 Block, 41% 3-pt
Vassell's perimeter defense is what you're looking for a good wing in this league being one of the best perimeter defenders in the class. Vassell played 2 years at college and now since he's ready for the NBA draft, he has the talent to go in the lottery and get picked by a team in need of more defense and wing depth. San Antonio is a team with solid defense and offense and two prospects they can take instead of Vassell are Aaron Nesmith and Killian Hayes, but I think they should go with Vassell so they can upgrade their defense, and he can fit nicely under Gregg Popovich's coaching.
Ceiling: Kelly Oubre/Robert Covington
Floor: Andre Roberson with more shooting
Aaron Nesmith College Stats: 23.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.4 Steals, 52 3-pt%, 14 Games Played
Nesmith has all the talent to be even a top 6-7 pick in the draft, but his lack of play and not being a good ball handler are two reasons why teams may not want to take him so early. However, he is still extremely underrated being arguably the best shooter in the class and has potential to be a great defensive player in Sacramento. The Kings already have 3 young guys they can depend on: De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Marvin Bagley, but they can put Nesmith at the small forward and that gives them more shooting and some much needed defense on the wing. If Nesmith falls to Sacramento, this should be an easy choice as he'd fit right in with the young team.
Ceiling: Khris Middleton
Floor: Danny Green
Killian Hayes International Stats: 12.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 6.2 APG, 3.3 Turnovers
The Pelicans don't have a glaring weakness in their lineup, but I think they should go with Killian if he falls here because he is another player that's young and can be developed. I think Killian has an equal chance of going 11 or 13 because San Antonio could use more offense at the PG position, which is why if Vassell or Nesmith falls to New Orleans, they should take them. However, Killian is one of the best passers in the class and he can play alongside Lonzo Ball who is also a great passer. He also shot 39% from 3 and can play off the ball if he wants to. Killian might not come in and be a starter for the Pelicans, but he sure can be part of the young core.
Ceiling: De'Angelo Russell
Floor: Elie Okobo
Theo Maledon International Stats: 7.4 PPG, 5.1 APG, 0.6 Steals, 17 Minutes
Boston is one of the best teams in the league with a veteran star PG in Kemba Walker, and a young superstar Jayson Tatum, their only hole you can find is their Center, but I don't have them taking a center here. I have them taking Theo Maledon here in the lottery because he brings more defense at the PG position and Kemba Walker and Brad Wanamaker don't possess that. He also can learn from Kemba Walker to be more of an offensive weapon. The Celtics can also take the Serbian center, Alexsej Pokusevski here if he doesn't fall to their next pick at 26, but to bring more defense and to have a better backup PG, Maledon would be the best PG to take over guys like Kira Lewis or Nico Mannion.
Ceiling: Eric Bledsoe
Floor: Patrick Beverley
The NBA draft will be on October 10th and these are my picks for who I think will be drafted in the top 14 picks, aka the lottery.
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