2020 NBA Mock Draft 5-13-20

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We don’t have any actual real sports, anywhere, for the foreseable future, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While playing games again, especially with fans present, is most likely months away, the respective drafts can still go ahead as planned, albeit in a very modified version.

As of now, the NBA Draft is still scheduled for June 25, but it’s hard to believe that will go on as planned given how the lottery, originally slated for May 19, is postponed. It appears the league does not want to hold the lottery until they can try and complete the season, and Lord only knows when that might be able to happen.

Elsewhere, for the MLB mock draft go here, and the NHL can be found at this link. Oh and the 2021 NFL mock draft is at this link.

Team needs WERE NOT taken into account for this mock draft

1. Golden State, 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. Cleveland, 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?

3. Minnesota, LaMelo Ball, PG, Intl

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.

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4. Atlanta, 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.

5. Detroit, Killian Hayes, G, Intl

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

6. 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.

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7. Chicago, Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina

Their drafting history conveys a pattern- big, brand name school prospect and/or extremely accomplished upper classman. For Anthony, the only part of the bill he fits in the big school.

8. Charlotte, Onyeka Okongwu, PF, USC

Would kill it at the combine, if we actually have one this year.

9. Washington, Deni Avdija, Intl

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.

10. Phoenix, Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn

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

11. San Antonio, 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.

12. Sacramento, Devin Vassel, SG, Florida State 

Prototypical NBA shooting guard prospect

13. New Orleans, 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 not.

14. Portland, 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.

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15. Orlando, Precious Achiuwa, SF, Memphis

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

16. Minnesota via BKN, 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.

17. Boston via MEM, Jahmi’us Ramsey, SG, Texas Tech

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

18. Dallas, 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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19. Milwaukee via IND, Tyrell Terry, PG, Stanford

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

20. Brooklyn via PHI, Leandro Bolmaro, G, Barcelona B

Interesting creative wing prospect that’s high risk/reward.

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21. Denver via HOU, 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.

22. Philadelphia via OKC, Theo Maledon, PG, International

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

23. Miami, Zeke Nnaji, C, Arizona

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

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24. Utah, 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.

25. Oklahoma City via DEN, Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Intl

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

26. Boston, Immanuel Quickley, G, Kentucky

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.

27. New York via LAC, Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona

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

28. Toronto, 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.

29. LA Lakers, Paul Reed, PF, DePaul

Lots of scouts, from numerous NBA teams, showed up to DePaul games this season, and Reed is the only guy on the roster with a lot of NBA draft stock right now.

Paul Reed’s uncle, Mike Sims-Walker played four seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver, while his Dad, Paul Sr. played at Old Dominion and UCF before playing pro ball in Europe.

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.

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.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly contributes to WGN TV, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Now and SB Nation.

You can follow Banks, a former writer for Chicago Tribune.com, on Twitter and his cat on Instagram.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Where is Nesmith???

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