2020 NBA Mock Draft 10-22-20

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The NBA Draft is now scheduled for November 18. The order is almost set. If you’re into mock drafts, then you hahev come to the right place. Here is the link to our final MLB mock draft, the NHL mock can be found at this link and the 2021 NFL mock draft is available at this link.

As far as we know, we’re the only mom and pop shop, independently owned media outlet that produces a mock draft for all four sports.

Obviously, the odds will shift on whom goes where once the playoffs are complete and the order is set.

1. Minnesota, Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia

There’s a lot of debate over who should be the #1 overall prospect, but if you saw this dude play in the SEC, it would be hard to pick someone else. He’s the safest choice, and he’s steadily held that position.

2. Golden State, LaMelo Ball, PG, USA

Another year, another Ball with sky high NBA Draft stock, but he’s the most risk/reward among the trio of prospects that stand a good chance of being the first overall pick.

3. Charlotte, James Wiseman, C, Memphis

Given how ridiculously awful the NCAA were to this guy, perhaps as a casualty to their targeting Penny Hardaway, how can you not root for this guy?

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4. Chicago, Obi Toppin, F, Dayton

Probably the safest of the second tier prospects in this draft, what a bummer this guy didn’t get a NCAA Tournament to show all that he can truly do. Flyers were probably in line for a #1 seed too. The Bulls drafting history conveys a pattern- drafting better known college players that receive plaudits.

This pick would be somewhat reminiscent of when they drafted National Player of the Year Doug McDermott out of Creighton in 2014. Although this should probably work out a lot better than that pick did.

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5. Cleveland, Onyeka Okongwu, PF, USC

Will kill it at the combine, when we actually have one this year.

6. Atlanta, Deni Avdija, Israel

Could be a huge star at the next level if he develops a solid three point game to supplement the rest of his offensive repertoire.

7. Detroit, Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt

An athletic 6-foot-6 wing with a tremendous skill set and a beautiful, accurate shot- so he’ll be in huge demand on NBA draft night. This would be a great fit for “Dee-troit. bas-ket-ball.”

8. New York, Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State

You almost feel sorry for anyone that has to go to the complete s@#tshow that is the Knicks…until you see their rookie contract and bonuses. But seriously, the fact that they fell this far in the lottery, despite having yet another dumpster fire of a season…is their any franchise in sports (maybe the Cleveland Browns?) more cursed than NYK?

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9. Washington, Killian Hayes, G, France

The term “combo guard” can sometimes be a pejorative; definitely not in this case!

10. Phoenix, Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn

A blue chip prospect who excels both in transition and on the defensive end

11. San Antonio, Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina

The smart choice for any club that wants to select a big, brand name school prospect and/or extremely accomplished upper classman.

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12. Sacramento, Devin Vassel, SG, Florida State 

Prototypical NBA shooting guard prospect who may not last this long. Yes, we’re picking back to back Seminoles here.

13. New Orleans, Patrick Williams, SF, Florida State 

A wing scorer who can defend multiple positions, he, along with the aforementioned Vassel, are big reasons as to why the Seminoles had such a special season this year.

14. Boston, Theo Maledon, PG, International

Has great size and length for your typical NBA point guard prospect; plenty of promise at the next level.

15. Orlando, Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky

The 6-3, 198 frosh is a pure scorer, not just a shooter; with long range. He can hit the pull-up jumper, the long range bombs and finish through contact.

He also brings a shooter’s mentality.

“I’m confident in myself,” he said on Saturday night after scoring 21 in a rout over Fairleigh Dickinson.

“I feel like I’m going to make the next one. Doesn’t matter if I miss or make, I put in too much work to have that type of thought process if I miss. Every time I shoot it I think it’s going to go in.” For more on Maxey and his teammate Ashton Hagans declaring for the draft go here.

16. Portland, Saddiq Bey, SF, Villanova

Jay Wright once again had a well oiled-machine on the offensive perimeter, and the rookie Bey was a big part of that. He’s a great jump shooting big man who is dangerous behind the arc- the kind of profile that will be in demand at the next level.

17. Minnesota, Xavier Tillman, C, Michigan St.

Might have to move from the five to the four at the next level, and well, you know how the era of the true center is diminishing, but…he’s probably the best true low-post bang it down on the block prospect in this draft class.

18. Dallas, Precious Achiuwa, SF, Memphis

Has a lot of natural gifts and developed skill sets, but hasn’t fully developed his shot yet.

19. Brooklyn, RJ, Hampton, Wing, Intl

He only played 15 games with the New Zealand basketball league, before returning home to focus on draft preparations, but he did enough to show why he’s contention for the lottery.

20. Miami, Kira Lewis, PG, Alabama

Blazing speed and eye-propping rapid trajectory make him a really promising prospect whose stock is really rising right now, but there’s still some rawness to his game.

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21. Philadelphia, Jahmi’us Ramsey, SG, Texas Tech

Has the potential to be a Marcus Smart kind of player at the next level.

22. Denver, Tyrell Terry, PG, Stanford

He can play on and off the ball, and is arguably among the best top shooters in this draft.

23. Utah, Jalen Smith, C, Maryland 

“Sticks” is the modern era, new age kind of big man who can also step out and hit the jumper. Obviously needs to add some bulk of course.

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24. Milwaukee, Jaden McDaniels, SF, Washington

He has great moves for a guy his size, but still has to work on a few fundamentals in his game.

25. Oklahoma City, Zeke Nnaji, C, Arizona

Is great at working the boards, and he has a nice scoring touch to boot.

26. Boston, Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Intl

Has a lot going for him, but still has a lot of room to grow in different areas.

27. New York, Cassius Stanley, SG, Duke

Blue chip blue devil who could sneak into the end of the first round

28. LA Lakers, Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona

He’s got a great first step and a natural scoring ability.

29. Toronto, Immanuel Quickley, G, Kentucky

Y’all want this NBA Draft party started, quickly, right?

Tremendous sharpshooter who developed on a fast arc (some would even say, quickly) this season. The SEC player of the year has declared for the draft, and hired an agent, so he’s in to stay. The third team All-American led the Wildcats with 16.1 points per game and ended the season on a 20-game double-figure scoring streak.

30. Boston via Milwaukee, Cassius Winston, PG, Michigan State 

Yes, we’re well aware of all the shortcomings that the next level sees in him. And obviously, any four year player carries an inherent stigma when it comes to the draft process these days. We fly in the face of that conventional wisdom.

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He’s a floor general who makes everyone around him better, and just gets it done. He’s a winner that every team would be fortunate to have. He’s also an interesting guy, a thinking man, voracious reader who turned down Harvard to attend Michigan State.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports IllustratedChicago Tribune and SB NationFollow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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