NBA Mock Draft 2020 2.0 (Without Trades)
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Each NBA team is allowed two visits per player with no more than 10 total visits leading up to the NBA draft on November 18th.
The NBA has officially announced organizations are finally able to watch and evaluate NBA draft prospects in person.
This will be every teams first real-life look at a player they hope will bring them championships and more.
LaMelo Ball has been the highlight of the draft so far, being the number one overall projected pick, but with trade talks still being negotiated and teams still undecided, the NBA world has several question marks just 12 days away from the draft.
Fans and NBA executives got a small glimpse of Anthony Edwards during the Klutch Sports Pro Day, a projected top five draft pick. He showcased his already known athletic ability and scoring.
Tyrese Maxey was at the pro day as well, visibly stronger, showing off an improved jump shot on top of his improved size and strength.
James Wiseman is also a another big name to watch come draft night with several teams looking to acquire the 7’1” forward.
Here is an updated 2020 NBA Mock Draft
1.) Minnesota Timberwolves: G LaMelo Ball
LaMelo Ball has reportedly only met with three NBA teams being the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets, and Chicago Bulls for predraft interviews. There are no red flags emerging from his workouts, but executives within the league believe he could fall in the draft due to his ‘poor communication skills’. Ball is still considered by most the best prospect in the draft. Guard, D’Angelo Russell, is a young combo guard and would be better suited next to a true point guard such as Ball. Lamelo is everything brother, Lonzo Ball, is suppose to be. Ball is 6’7” with the ability to pass, score, rebound and hit spot up jump shots. The Timberwolves would also ass a player who has pro experience at the age of soon to be 19. In recent memory, players such as Luka Doncic have excelled in the NBA coming from overseas. The Timberwolves have three picks in this draft and could potentially trade down in a swap with the Knicks or Pistons before draft day, only time will tell.
2.) Golden State Warriors: F James Wiseman
The Warriors could swing several different directions with the No. 2 pick, but Wiseman is still the most ideal choice if they keep the pick. Wiseman is one of the best rim protectors in the draft and moves well defensively. With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson back next season, Wiseman can be a defensive presence along with Draymond Green. If the Warriors choose Wiseman, he will be able make an impact defensively as a shot blocker and rim protector. Wiseman’s passing ability opens up the floor as well as helping find either Steph or Klay for three’s. The Warriors could be well on the path back to championships adding Wiseman to their already stacked roster. We shall see what they do with the pick, but a young big man is exactly what the Warriors need to help compete in the stacked Western Conference.
3.) Charlotte Hornets: G Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards could very well be the first or second pick in the draft, but for the time being he sits at three to Charlotte. At just 18, Edwards has proved that he’s ready to enter the league with his elite ability to score and shoot from deep.Edwards is known for his confidence coming out of Georgia averaging 19 points and several other mock drafts project him at one. Charlotte had flashes of positivity last season with Devonte Graham, Terry Rozier, and Malik Monk. Adding Edwards to an already young and talent roster to the Hornets could help the organization compete in the Eastern Conference.
4.) Chicago Bulls: F Obi Toppin
Obi Toppin made a name for himself last season averaging 20 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Toppin was named the Naismith Player of the Year and one of the most exciting players in college basketball last season. Chicago has an interesting roster as of now, sitting with Zach Lavine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, and more. The talent is there for the Bulls, but the only notable consistent scorer is Lavine who was extremely frustrated last season. Adding Edwards would immediately boost the offensive side of the court for the Bulls for seasons to come.
5.) Cleveland Cavaliers: F Deni Avdija
Deni Avdija has emerged as a top prospect and a new fan-favorite after a video surfaced of an impressive workout. Avdija will make NBA history on draft night, becoming the highest draft pick to ever come out of Israel. A remarkable step for the young forward entering the NBA. Avdija’s trainer said that his potential is unmeasurable, especially with how much he can improve after making the jump to the NBA. The Cavaliers have not been a competitive team since LeBron James and his departure. Guard Collin Sexton is the teams bright spot for now as they continue the rebuild process. Avdija is a lethal shooter with size that will improve the Cavs offensively and throw a large body in the paint if needed. The Cavaliers listed Kevin Love officially available is trade, and he could be shipped off in a package include this pick to either move up, or acquire a talented player.
6.) Atlanta Hawks: F Onyeka Okongwu
7.) Detroit Pistons: G Tyrese Haliburton
8.) New York Knicks: G Killian Hayes
9.) Washington Wizards: G Tyrese Maxey
10.) Phoenix Suns: F Isaac Okoro
11.) San Antonio Spurs: G Devin Vassell
12.) Sacramento Kings: F Patrick Williams
13.) New Orleans Pelicans: G Aaron Nesmith
14.) Boston Celtics: G Cole Anthony
15.) Orlando Magic: G R.J. Hampton
16. Portland Trail Blazers: F Precious Achiuwa
17.) Minnesota Timberwolves (via Nets): F Jaden McDaniels
18.) Dallas Mavericks: C Aleksej Pokusevski
19.) Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): G Malachi Flynn
20.) Miami Heat: G Josh Green
21.) Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder): G Kira Lewis Jr.
22.) Denver Nuggets (via Rockets): G Desmond Bane
23.) Utah Jazz: G Nico Mannion
24.) Milwaukee Bucks (via Pacers): G Jahmi’us Ramsey
25.) OKC Thunder (via Nuggets): G Theo Maledon
26.) Boston Celtics: F Saddiq Bey
27.) New York Knicks (Clippers): F Jalen Smith
28.) Oklahoma City Thunder (via Lakers): G Tyler Bey
29.) Toronto Raptors: G Tyrell Terry
30.) Boston Celtics (via Bucks): F Vernon Carey
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