Bleacher Report's Final 2020 NBA Mock Draft
Roughly eight months since the last college basketball game, 2020 NBA draft week has finally arrived.
The draft's unpredictability continues to be mentioned by scouts and executives. There still isn't a consensus opinion of who goes No. 1. Almost every team picking within the top 10 has also been involved in some degree of trade conversations.
Expect the unexpected Wednesday night for the first-ever virtual draft.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards (Georgia, SG, Freshman)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the league guessing. Sources say the Wolves are trying hard to trade No. 1, and they're sending signals that they could even draft James Wiseman, who the Charlotte Hornets and other teams covet more than LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards. The idea would be for Minnesota to take Wiseman and figure out a trade for him after the draft.
It's also possible this is just a smoke screen. If Minnesota plans to keep No. 1 and develop a player, Edwards seems to have an edge over Ball.
Edwards has been in the No. 1 overall conversation all season, with his 225-pound size, explosiveness, special creation and shot-making skills, and 19.1 points per game to back up the perceived potential.
While Ball and D'Angelo Russell could clash as ball-dominators, and a Wiseman and Karl-Anthony Towns pairing makes little sense in today's quicker, smaller NBA, Edwards could work as a third scoring option between the franchise's cornerstones. His shot selection would naturally tighten in Minnesota while playing alongside a pair of veteran stars.
2. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman (Memphis, C, Freshman)
Practically every projected top-eight pick has been tied to the Golden State Warriors. They have likely been sifting through offers to move down, where they could target Deni Avdija, Tyrese Haliburton or Devin Vassell.
But at No. 2, James Wiseman sounds like the favorite with the Warriors expected to value his athleticism and defensive potential for their frontcourt.
Though the upside kicks in for Wiseman once his shooting touch and post game come alive, he could take it slower early in Golden State, playing to his strengths as a finisher while protecting the Warriors' rim.
3. Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball (Hawks, PG, 2001)
The Charlotte Hornets may be hoping for James Wiseman, but they presumably wouldn’t be disappointed if LaMelo Ball fell to No. 3.
He’d give Charlotte’s limited offense a needed boost with his passing and creativity. And Ball would benefit from the shooting provided by Devonte’ Graham and PJ Washington.
The Hornets need star power, and Ball may possess the most in the draft. His pace and playmaking should help transform Charlotte's identity.
4. Chicago Bulls: Deni Avdija (Maccabi Tel Aviv, SF/PF, 2001)
With a best-player-available case and the ability to fit Chicago's lineup, Deni Avdija has been pegged to the Bulls since lottery night.
The new front office figures to value Avdija's competitiveness and low-maintenance approach in a rotation with shot-hunters like Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Coby White.
Teams view Avdija as one of the safest bets in the draft based on his success overseas, physical tools, skill versatility and reputation as a worker. He'd be Otto Porter Jr.'s long-term replacement, but he has the body and mentality to give Chicago tough minutes right away.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Obi Toppin (Dayton, PF/C, Sophomore)
Obi Toppin is as high as No. 2 on some scouts' boards. Teams are putting more stock into the certainty tied to his offense and scoring rather than his questionable defensive outlook.
The Cleveland Cavaliers can't be thinking about needs given the questions surrounding the roster, specifically Darius Garland's trajectory and the futures of Andre Drummond and Kevin Love. The front office would likely deem Toppin the best player available but also an attractive option for his potential to produce quick results.
General manager Koby Altman may be feeling some pressure after all the losses, the questionable Garland pick and the Drummond trade. Toppin comes off as one of the draft's surest bets based on his college dominance, explosiveness, shooting and passing skill.
6. Atlanta Hawks: Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State, PG/SG, Sophomore)
Teams are eyeing the Atlanta Hawks' pick at No. 6, so this selection could be made by someone else.
Otherwise, Tyrese Haliburton has been on the Hawks' radar throughout the process. They'd want him to take pressure off Trae Young and give the lineup a secondary playmaker. And after he graded in the 99th percentile as a spot-up player, per Synergy Sports, Haliburton has proved comfortable and effective off the ball, spacing the floor with his catch-and-shoot three-point stroke.
Onyeka Okongwu is another name to watch for the Hawks at No. 6 given his potential to improve the team's defensive identity.
7. Detroit Pistons: Patrick Williams (Florida State, SF/PF, 2001)
The Detroit Pistons are looking at point guards in Haliburton, Killian Hayes and Kira Lewis Jr. But multiple sources tell Bleacher Report that Patrick Williams has become a coveted target for the team, and it's easy to picture the Pistons talking themselves into his upside.
At 19 years old and 6'8", 225 pounds, Williams flashed a unique package of spot-up and pull-up shooting, live-dribble passing and powerful finishing. And there is plenty of defensive potential to unlock from his strength, mobility and athleticism.
Finding a ball-handler may seem like the priority, but positional needs shouldn't factor into Detroit's decision. The Pistons need talent, and Williams' combination of physical tools and versatility creates an enticing best-player-available case.
8. New York Knicks: Isaac Okoro (Auburn, SF/PF, Freshman)
The New York Knicks are looking at Devin Vassell and Kira Lewis Jr., but Isaac Okoro could have the edge here at No. 8. He figures to win over New York with defense and toughness, and though questions about his shooting remain, his athleticism, scoring efficiency (60.7 two-point percentage) and passing are persuasive selling points.
There is also hope that his jump shot can reach an acceptable level. Okoro did make 20 threes in 28 games, won't turn 20 until January and owns a reputation for being professional and hardworking.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks also acquired the No. 23 pick Wednesday, which they could try to package with No. 8 to move up for a player like Obi Toppin or LaMelo Ball.
9. Washington Wizards: Onyeka Okongwu (USC, C, Freshman)
The Atlanta Hawks' passing on Onyeka Okongwu could mean the Washington Wizards get a chance to draft him at No. 9.
Rival teams have mentioned they expect Washington's sights to be set on the athletic center.
He'd give the Wizards needed rim protection behind Rui Hachimura. But he also surprised this season with his skill level in the half court, creating shots off advanced footwork and converting them with both hands and soft touch.
If Okongwu is long gone, Devin Vassell and Precious Achiuwa would be names to watch for the Wizards.
10. Phoenix Suns: Saddiq Bey (Villanova, SF/PF, Sophomore)
Saddiq Bey has solidified a spot in the lottery, as the interest has become contagious.
With the Phoenix Suns acquiring Chris Paul, they could turn their attention to NBA-ready shooters, and Bey comes off as one who could play the 4 next to Deandre Ayton.
Devin Vassell also figures to earn heavy consideration here, but Bey's versatility could give him an edge.
11. San Antonio Spurs: Devin Vassell (Florida State, SF, Sophomore)
Vassell's shooting, defense and potential as a shot-creator are earning him looks as high as No. 7 from the New York Knicks. With Dejounte Murray and Derrick White, the Spurs may pass on Killian Hayes for the athletic, three-and-D wing who has room to improve as a scorer.
12. Sacramento Kings: Killian Hayes (Ratiopharm Ulm, PG, 2001)
Hayes is receiving top-10 looks with the Detroit Pistons serving as a possible suitor. He could fall to No. 12 if the Pistons and New York Knicks pass. Sources say the Kings are valuing analytics over needs. At 6'5", Hayes could give them a second playmaker and a more natural passer than De'Aaron Fox.
13. New Orleans Pelicans: Jalen Smith (Maryland, PF/C, Sophomore)
Smith moved up draft boards by improving his shooting and body. Only a handful of NBA bigs average at least a three-pointer and block, and Smith seems like a sure bet to join the club.
14. Boston Celtics (via Memphis Grizzlies): Precious Achiuwa (Memphis, PF/C, Freshman)
It wouldn't be surprising if another team ended up picking at No. 14, with sources suggesting the Celtics are up to something. Teams we've spoken to in the 20s don't expect Achiuwa to be there. His defensive versatility is an attractive selling point, while flashes of offensive skill create hope for some bonus scoring potential.
15. Orlando Magic: Kira Lewis Jr. (Alabama, PG, Sophomore)
No. 15 appears to be Lewis' floor, with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks both potential top-10 suitors. Scouts love his speed and ability to break down defenses, plus the fact that he's younger or near the same age as most one-and-done freshmen.
16. Houston Rockets (via Blazers): Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)
Opinions vary on Maxey, with believers buying his shot, touch, finishing and intangibles as skeptics question his shooting form, playmaking and athleticism. The Rockets acquired No. 16 and won't overthink it, particularly given the track record of Kentucky scoring guards, including Tyler Herro, Jamal Murray and Devin Booker.
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Brooklyn Nets): Tyrell Terry (Stanford, PG/SG, Freshman)
Terry's shooting touch and range are the draws for Minnesota. He improved his stock over the past two months, mostly by bulking up and impressing during interviews. Aside from an easy-to-buy jumper, he has sharp ball skills and an IQ that should translate to secondary playmaking.
18. Dallas Mavericks: Aleksej Pokusevski (Olympiacos II, PF, 2001)
Though not every team has jumped aboard Pokusevski's wagon, one team in the top 20 figures to find the potential reward worth the risk. The Mavericks may want to take a home-run swing on the 7-footer with a unique mix of three-point shooting, flashy passing and shot-blocking.
19. Brooklyn Nets (via Philadelphia 76ers): RJ Hampton (New Zealand Breakers, PG/SG, 2001)
Hampton's shooting has been a hot topic and key swing skill that he's been working on with trainer/coach Mike Miller. An improved shot to complement his explosiveness and secondary playmaking could significantly elevate Hampton's offense and ceiling.
20. Miami Heat: Zeke Nnaji (Arizona, PF/C, Freshman)
Using workouts to showcase a jump shot he didn't display much of at Arizona, Nnaji now has mid-first-round suitors. Teams see a role player, and one they should be able to bank on for efficient finishing, effective post play, second-chance points and, eventually, the ability to stretch the floor from three.
21. Philadelphia 76ers (via Oklahoma City Thunder): Isaiah Joe (Arkansas, SG, Sophomore)
There is heavy speculation that Joe has a promise from the 76ers. Though his percentage dipped this season, he still buried a ridiculous 207 threes in 60 career games at Arkansas.
22. Denver Nuggets (via Houston Rockets): Josh Green (Arizona, SF, Freshman)
Green would give the Nuggets an explosive wing for transition and slashing, as well as a promising spot-up shooter and one of the draft's quickest perimeter defenders.
23. New York Knicks (via Jazz): Aaron Nesmith (Vanderbilt, SF, Sophomore)
After moving up to No. 23 by packaging No. 27 and No. 28, the Knicks may be looking to create a new trade offer with No. 23 and No. 8. If they stick, sources say Isaiah Stewart is a target, but New York's plans could change if a shooter like Nesmith drops.
24. New Orleans Pelicans (via Bucks): Malachi Flynn (San Diego State, PG, Junior)
Skilled with obvious basketball IQ, a competitive defensive edge and a strong analytical profile, Flynn has emerged as a first-round point guard who'll make some teams think in the late teens.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Denver Nuggets): Jaden McDaniels (Washington, SF/PF, Freshman)
Despite an inconsistent freshman season, McDaniels remains enticing with 6'9” size and a guard's scoring skill set. Teams like the idea of a combo forward who can stretch the floor from three and make plays off the dribble.
26. Boston Celtics: Cole Anthony (North Carolina, PG, Freshman)
Anthony's self shot creation and tough shot-making point to scoring potential, but he could slip into the 20s with teams cooling on his decision-making. An ideal situation for Anthony pictures him headed to a playoff team, where he can play to his strengths and have less responsibility running an offense.
27. Utah Jazz (via Knicks): Isaiah Stewart (Washington, C, Freshman)
Despite Stewart's lack of modern-day skills and defensive switchability, teams are looking at him as an energizer capable of setting a tone with his physicality, toughness and motor around the basket.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Los Angeles Lakers): Desmond Bane (TCU, SG, Senior)
Teams have raved about Bane's interviews, but his first-round case is still built around an attractive mix of shooting, passing and defensive IQ.
29. Toronto Raptors: Jordan Nwora (Louisville, SF/PF, Junior)
As a 6'7" forward with consecutive years making at least 75 threes, Nwora could earn first-round looks for his shot-making.
30. Boston Celtics (via Milwaukee Bucks): Jahmi'us Ramsey (Texas Tech, SG, Freshman)
Scouts have questioned Ramsey's handle and playmaking, but he possesses a persuasive mix of strength, athleticism, shot-making and confidence for scoring.
31. Dallas Mavericks (via Golden State Warriors): Leandro Bolmaro (Barcelona, SG/SF, 2000)
Teams are looking at Bolmaro as a draft-and-stash play, particularly given his favorable situation with Barcelona. He could use another year to improve his shooting while continuing to build on his signature playmaking and defensive energy.
32. Charlotte Hornets (via Cleveland Cavaliers): Theo Maledon (ASVEL, PG, 2001)
A regular in France's top league at 17 years old and EuroLeague at 18, Maledon comes with unique experience, a mature approach running the offense and versatile shooting skills.
33. Minnesota Timberwolves: Daniel Oturu (Minnesota, C, Sophomore)
Some teams have first-round grades for Oturu, who improved his stock with improved shooting and driving to complement his post game and finishing.
34. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Atlanta 76ers): Tyler Bey (Colorado, PF, Junior)
Bey's defensive potential is earning him first-round looks, which he may wind up capitalizing on by showing in workouts he can shoot better than advertised.
35. Sacramento Kings (via Detroit Pistons): Immanuel Quickley (Kentucky, SG, Sophomore)
Off the NBA radar as a freshman, Quickley has developed into a fringe first-rounder by building a case as a shooting specialist.
36. Philadelphia 76ers (via New York Knicks): Payton Pritchard (Oregon, PG/SG, Senior)
During the predraft process, there has been more talk about teams willing to look past Pritchard's limited tools and athleticism for a skill level that led to 20.5 points and 5.5 assists per game on 41.5 percent shooting from three. A team could see a value pick and tough-minded role player whose perceived lower ceiling leads to too many teams passing.
37. Washington Wizards (via Chicago Bulls): Xavier Tillman Sr. (Michigan State, PF/C, Junior)
Despite lacking any scoring upside, Tillman has emerged as a potential first-round pick for his special defensive IQ, as well as his offensive efficiency, passing and cutting.
38. Utah Jazz (via Knicks): Elijah Hughes (Syracuse, SF, Junior)
Hughes gradually turned more heads this season as Syracuse's top option, wowing with advanced isolation and shot-making skills for an athletic 6'6" wing.
39. New Orleans Pelicans (via Washington Wizards): Tre Jones (Duke, PG, Sophomore)
Improvement as a scorer didn't move the needle on Jones' draft stock, but there is still interest in his passing IQ and defensive pressure. Just becoming an average shooter could go a long way for his chances of developing into a valuable role player.
40. Memphis Grizzlies (via Phoenix Suns): Grant Riller (Charleston, PG/SG, Senior)
Age, strength of schedule and questionable point guard skills could lead to teams passing on Riller, who comes with an outstanding statistical profile that includes 21.9 points per game, 60.9 percent true shooting and a 30.1 assist percentage. Advanced shot creation and finishing ability set him apart.
41. San Antonio Spurs: Robert Woodard II (Mississippi State, SF/PF, Sophomore)
Though not a creative scorer or passer, Woodard should earn top-40 looks for his coveted mix of shooting, defensive versatility and athleticism.
42. New Orleans Pelicans: Devon Dotson (Kansas, PG, Sophomore)
It wasn't surprising to see Dotson finish with the fastest three-quarter sprint at the combine. Though there are questions about his jump shot, he'll have a chance to carve out a change-of-pace role with his speed handling in the open floor and turning the corner on ball screens.
43. Sacramento Kings: Udoka Azubuike (Kansas, C, Senior)
With a 7'7.25" wingspan, Azubuike has finishing and shot-blocking potential that have become worth valuing even if he's useless outside the paint.
44. Chicago Bulls (via Memphis Grizzlies): Cassius Winston (Michigan State, PG, Senior)
Age and athletic limitations could keep Winston out of the first round, but his passing IQ and advanced shooting skills should give him a chance to overcome a lack of size and burst.
45. Milwaukee Bucks (via Magic): Nico Mannion (Arizona, PG, Freshman)
Viewed as a lottery pick in November, Mannion could slip after an inefficient season. However, his passing and shot-making skills still popped for a 6'3" freshman ball-handler.
46. Portland Trail Blazers: Jay Scrubb (John L. Logan, SG, 2000)
Teams have been monitoring Scrubb, the nation's top JUCO player who backed out on Louisville to declare for the draft. Despite playing against lower-level competition, Scrubb's 6'6" frame, three-level scoring skills and dominance have generated second-round interest.
47. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets): Cassius Stanley (Duke, SF, Freshman)
Special athletic ability buys Stanley time with his offensive development. Realistically, teams will just be hoping he becomes a threatening spot-up shooter.
48. Golden State Warriors (via Dallas Mavericks): Skylar Mays (LSU, SG, Senior)
Mays can answer questions about his position and bankable strengths with versatility, crafty creation, tough shot-making and IQ.
49. Philadelphia 76ers: Mason Jones (Arkansas, SG, Senior)
The SEC's leading scorer, Jones offers an aggressive mix of transition offense, isolation shot-making and three-point shooting.
50. Atlanta Hawks (via Miami Heat): Paul Reed (DePaul, PF/C, Junior)
Reed didn't make the offensive jump scouts were hoping for, but his combined 4.5 steals and blocks highlight unique defensive playmaking that could buy his jump-shot development time with certain teams.
51. Golden State Warriors (via Utah Jazz): Vernon Carey Jr. (Duke, C, Freshman)
Post-up-heavy bigs aren't in demand, but Carey's skill level around the basket, offensive rebounding and weight loss could still lead to second-round interest.
52. Sacramento Kings (via Houston Rockets): Jalen Harris (Nevada, SG, Junior)
An exceptional creator and isolation scorer, Harris also registered the highest standing vertical (37.5") over the past four NBA combines.
53. Oklahoma City Thunder: CJ Elleby (Washington State, SG/SF, Sophomore)
A 6'6" 2-guard or wing, Elleby stands out for his shot creation and smooth three-level scoring. He only turned 20 in June, which makes it easier to look past this year's inefficiency.
54. Indiana Pacers: Killian Tillie (Gonzaga, PF/C, Senior)
Promising medical reports should earn Tillie a spot in the second round, where he'd offer value as a stretch big after shooting at least 40 percent from three every season at Gonzaga.
55. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver Nuggets): Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton, SG, Junior)
Alexander made a habit of locking down Big East scoring guards, and with an improved three-ball and secondary playmaking skills, he’s become a second-round flier.
56. Charlotte Hornets (via Boston Celtics): Reggie Perry (Mississippi State, C, Sophomore)
An improved shot and passing skills make it easier to picture NBA potential with Perry, a 250-pound big who needed to become more versatile after not generating enough interest when he declared last year.
57. Los Angeles Clippers: Sam Merrill (Utah State, SG, Senior)
Merrill will be a 24-year-old rookie, though his shooting precision and IQ at both ends could help him earn immediate minutes if a rotation spot opens at any point.
58. Philadelphia 76ers (via Los Angeles Lakers): Nate Hinton (Houston, SG/SF, Sophomore)
Hinton's 8.7 rebounds per game for a 6'5" guard highlight his instincts and motor, but he also shot 38.7 percent from deep to create intriguing three-and-D potential.
59. Toronto Raptors: Josh Hall (Morvanian Prep, SF/PF, 2000)
Intrigued by Hall's positional size and perimeter skill set, teams have been checking in, and one could take a chance on the skilled combo forward who bypassed college to go pro out of high school.
60. New Orleans Pelicans (via Milwaukee Bucks): Saben Lee (Vanderbilt, PG/SG, Junior)
Explosive driving ability sets Lee apart, but he became a second-round option by improving his shot and playmaking skills.