2020 NBA Draft Rumors: Teams 'All over the Place' on Prospects at Top of ClassMay 31, 2020
Last year, Zion Williamson was the consensus No. 1 overall pick before the New Orleans Pelicans made him the top overall selection in the 2019 NBA draft.
No one player has been projected across the board as the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft.
Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor touched on that in his Sunday mailbag while assessing where 19-year-old Israeli lottery prospect Deni Avdija falls on the Cavaliers' board:
"Avdija ranks somewhere behind [Anthony] Edwards, [James] Wiseman and [LaMelo] Ball, mixed in with Obi Toppin, Isaac Okoro, Killian Hayes, Tyrese Haliburton and possibly Onyeka Okongwu. Still, according to a source, this draft is 'all over the place' and teams are using this extra time to dig even more into one of the most uncertain classes since 2013."
The NBA announced that this year's draft lottery and combine were postponed May 1 due to ongoing public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported May 28 that several sources throughout the NBA expect the draft "to be pushed back from June 25 to September. However, one high-ranking league source, said it will be impossible to conduct the draft in September. The official noted that, if all goes well, the league will still be playing late into September."
The NBA is still working toward a finalized return-to-play plan after the 2019-20 season was suspended on March 11:
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story with @ramonashelburne on the NBA's Board of Governors planning to approve Adam Silver's eventual recommendation on a return-to-play plan in a vote on Thursday -- and growing support among ownership for 22 teams resuming season in Orlando. https://t.co/fsi5LArjJx
As for the 2020 class, Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Ball as the No. 1 prospect but projected Edwards as the No. 1 overall pick in his latest big board and mock draft, respectively.