The 2020 draft is certainly unlike the last few drafts…. the majority of top prospects in other drafts were playing college right in front of fans. while many of the top prospects this season play overseas. Being able to see prospects in college typically gives many of you fans a better idea of what kind of player these top prospects are relative to not being exposed to others in foreign leagues. To make things fun… let’s take a look at how all the collegiate and foreign prospects stack up against each other in an NBA award type way:
MVP: Obi Toppin
Honorable mentions: Anthony Edwards, Lamelo Ball
Obi Toppin was tremendous this year. He was the best player on a great team that guys like Lamelo Ball and Anthony Edwards can’t brag about. Toppin was the main reason why Dayton went from a first round exit in the NIT to a legit March Madness contender in one season. Toppin provides as efficient of an offensive skillset a big can be asked for… just dunks and threes. His skillset was responsible for his impressive 63/39/70 splits. This efficiency from Dayton’s leading scorer was a huge reason why they were one of the best offensive teams in the nation.
DPOY: Isacc Okoro
Honorable mentions: Tyler Bey
Onyeka Okongwu was one of the biggest surprises in college basketball this season. Many expected him to spend more than one season in college but that narrative changed completely with his outstanding play… especially on defense. Onyeka’s ability to put a lid on the rim was responsible for him averaging nearly 3 blocks a night. He can also go out and guard a wing if necessary. His engagement and active hands also allowed him to get a steal a game which is quite impressive. His defensive versatility has given him quite a few Bam Adebayo comparisons; rightfully so.
6MOTY: Deni Avidja
Honorable Mention: Saddiq Bey
One of the best players in the entire draft coming off the bench? This was an easy one. Don’t put Deni’s role against him. It is really difficult to get legitimate minutes on a contending Euro league team so the fact that Avdija was playing nearly 20 minutes a game while getting better as the season goes on is really impressive. Deni’s versatility at his size makes him one of the premier prospects in this class.
MIP: Obi Toppin
Honorable mentions: Isacc Okoro, Killian Hayes
MVP and MIP? Toppin made an incredible jump this year. He went from averaging 14 and 6 in the NIT to averaging over 20 and 7 making him a National Player of the Year favorite on a legitimate championship contender. Toppin’s ability to put everything together quickly threw him into the top 5 pick conversation in the draft.