The NBA Draft lottery already let us know about the order of the first 14 picks so most big boards are finally starting to take shape. The Minnesota Timberwolves are once again entitled to the first overall pick, so they have plenty of options to choose from.
The Golden State Warriors are going to be a scary team with their outstanding Championship core plus the second overall pick, assuming they decide to hold on to it. If not, they can still acquire an All-Star caliber player to go back to the playoffs right away.
Whatever the case may be, the 2020 NBA Draft just can’t come soon enough. We’re thrilled and just can’t wait to see the best prospects on earth dominate the league, and that’s why we’re going to give you our way-too-early Mock Draft:
1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Anthony Edwards (SG), Georgia
Anthony Edwards is the real deal. There’s some speculation about the Timberwolves trading their pick to the Phoenix Suns to get Devin Booker and while that sounds great in the paper, perhaps Edwards is a much better fit for what they need right now.
Edwards has drawn comparisons with Dwyane Wade because of his freakish athleticism, shot-blocking, and two-way expertise. He can turn into the lockdown backcourt defender they desperately need, especially next to D’Angelo Russell. They can become a dynasty in a couple of years.
2. Golden State Warriors – James Wiseman (C), Memphis
There are some serious doubts regarding James Wiseman because of how little we know about his development. He only played 3 games in college before his suspension and opting out for the year but he was almost a lock to be the 1st overall pick one year ago.
Wiseman is an old-school big man that could fit in perfectly for the Warriors. He’s offensively limited but can anchor their defense in the paint, and they don’t play their starting big men that much anyways. If not, his physical tools and upside as a rim protector and dominant rebounder could draw plenty of interest in the trade market.
3. Charlotte Hornets – Obi Toppin (PF), Dayton
No other prospect in the world rose through the big boards like Obi Toppin did this season. He became a walking highlight film because of his impressive athleticism and feel for the game and turned a lot of heads with his emphatic poster dunks.
Toppin lacks the range of modern power forwards but is strong and athletic enough to hold his own vs. NBA centers despite giving some inches. He could also help improve a terrible Charlotte Hornets’ defense and could be able to grow through his mistakes there.
4. Chicago Bulls – LaMelo Ball (PG), USA
LaMelo Ball is one of the most intriguing prospects in the Draft. He’s got the upside of becoming the best player in his class but there are also serious doubts about his efficiency, consistency, and how much he needs to bulk up in the NBA, let alone his lack of defense.
The Bulls are stacked at both guard spots but Arturas Karnisovas has already claimed that he’s going to go with the best player available, and that’s Ball. His presence may mean that Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, or Coby White become expendable, so they’d have plenty of chances of making moves.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers – Onyeka Okongwu (C), USC
The Cavaliers were expecting to have a much-higher pick but Onyeka Okongwu falling to their lap isn’t bad news at all. He’s perhaps the best interior defender in the class and his presence would likely kickstart some moves for both Kevin Love and Andre Drummond.
Okongwu is a solid rim protector and a hustler on both ends of the floor. His offense is still limited, to say the least, but he’s got an NBA-ready body that could make an impact right away. He shot 72% from the line at USC and averaged nearly 4 offensive boards per game.
6. Atlanta Hawks – Tyrese Haliburton (PG), Iowa State
The Atlanta Hawks are already locked in with Trae Young as their starting point guard and for very good reason. That doesn’t mean they should pass on the chance of getting Tyrese Haliburton, who could even slide in the starting lineup next to Trae.
Haliburton is long, athletic, and has solid defensive instincts. His playmaking skills could also allow Young to play off the ball, where he excels as a catch-and-shoot threat. Haliburton is a great defender off the ball as well, so he’s a perfect fit for Atlanta.
7. Detroit Pistons – Killian Hayes (PG), France
The Detroit Pistons gave up on Reggie Jackson and don’t have much chance at making the playoffs any time soon, even if Blake Griffin comes back healthy and Derrick Rose continues to dominate. Thus, they must lean towards Killian Hayes, a consensus top-10 talent.
Hayes has a high basketball IQ and is a prolific and efficient scorer at all three levels. His playmaking is already ahead of schedule and he’s a great creator in the halfcourt. He lacks the explosiveness you’d want from a guy with his size but he’s a solid pick for sure.
8. New York Knicks – Deni Avdija (F), Israel
Deni Avdija may be one of the most intriguing prospects of this Draft. Like most European youngsters, he’s already got a lot of experience despite his tender age, as well as a high basketball IQ and a great understanding of the fundamentals of the game.
Avdija isn’t an elite athlete but has the size to play and guard both forward spots and the shooting guard as well. He’s a great facilitator, prolific shooter, and can do a little bit of everything on both ends of the court. He’d be great for the Knicks next to RJ Barrett.
9. Washington Wizards – Isaac Okoro (SG/SF), Auburn
Isaac Okoro has an NBA-ready body. He’s a strong, well-built prospect with the athletic traits to dominate at the NBA level. The Washington Wizards would have a couple of bruisers with him and Hachimura at the three and the four.
Okoro is an elite finisher and excels as a slasher. On the downside, he’s a subpar shooter and often struggles to create off the dribble. He’s got the prototype to become a great defender and can match up well with bigger players but he’s still a work in progress.
10. Phoenix Suns – Devin Vassell (SF), Florida State
The Phoenix Suns may be tempted to trade away Devin Booker for the first overall pick of this Draft. That means that they’d be choosing their second player in the top-10, and the safest bet would be Devin Vassell out of Florida State University.
Vassell is one of the most athletic players in his class. He can create off the dribble for him and his teammates, is a solid slasher and has a sweet touch as a finisher. He must do a better job at drawing and finishing through contact and he can be a streaky shooter at times.
11. San Antonio Spurs – Precious Achiwa (PF), Memphis
All eyes were set on James Wiseman but once the big man was out, Precious Achiwa was the guy everybody was talking about at Memphis. He’s got all the tools to dominate at the NBA level and looks just like the doctor ordered for the San Antonio Spurs.
Achiwa can shoot the ball from time to time and has some room for improvement in that regard. However, his defensive instincts and rebounding ability are what make him so special. He could flourish into an improved Montrezl Harrell under Gregg Popovich.
12. Sacramento Kings – Patrick Williams (SG/SF), Florida State
The Sacramento Kings may be forced to trade Bogdan Bogdanovic, Harrison Barnes, or Buddy Hield this offseason to put together a more competitive roster so Patrick Williams may make the most sense for them in the first round of the Draft.
Williams is a gifted athlete that can dominate on both ends of the floor. He’s also a solid three-point shooter, although he’s never been a volume scorer. He must improve as a competitor and playing off the ball but has the physical tools to thrive in the league.
13. New Orleans Pelicans – Aeron Nesmith (SG/SF), Vanderbilt
Aeron Nesmith could have ended up as a top-7 pick in this class if it wasn’t for his injury. He broke out during his sophomore season and proved to be one of the best scorers in the nation, putting up 23.0 points while knocking down 4.3 three-pointers per game.
The Pelicans may have to part ways with JJ Redick so adding a guy who shot 52.2% from beyond the arc on over 8 threes per game may be the right move for them. With Zion and Ingram drawing a lot of attention on their drives, he’d be a huge threat from downtown.
14. Boston Celtics – Theo Maledon (PG), Israel
Theo Maledon is the average high-risk/high-reward pickup. It’s clear that Brad Wanamaker isn’t going to be the Boston Celtics’ backup point guard for much time longer and Carsen Edwards is just too small to keep up with NBA point guards.
Maledon looks perfectly suited for Brad Stevens’ system. He’s a long, athletic point guard with a great feel for playing defense. He’d lock up any backcourt in the world next to Marcus Smart, although he must do a better job at improving as a shooter.
15. Orlando Magic – Tyrell Terry (PG), Stanford
The Orlando Magic have been looking for a starting point guard for years and Tyrell Terry may be the answer to their prayers. He can play on and off the ball and is a great spot-up shooter. He must bulk up to thrive in the league but has the upside of a 17-point, 7.5 assists per game kind of guy.
16. Portland Trail Blazers – Saddiq Bey (F), Villanova
The Portland Trail Blazers have an impressive core but they must do something to address their wing defense. Enter Saddiq Bey, who has the prototype to become a Robert Covington, kind of 3-and-D wing. Trevor Ariza isn’t getting any younger and Nassir Little has been a non-factor during his rookie year, so Bey may be their go-to-guy here.
17. Minnesota Timberwolves – Tyrese Maxey (G), Kentucky
The Minnesota Timberwolves already have plenty of scoring in their starting five with D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns, so adding Tyrese Maxey to lead the way with the second unit may be smart of them. He’s an explosive combo guard that can score in bunches and create for others, although his defense is questionable.
18. Dallas Mavericks – Josh Green (SG), Arizona
The Dallas Mavericks have gotten a great boost from Tim Hardaway Jr but they don’t have much depth at the SG spot. Josh Green could hold the fort while THJ gets a breather, as he’s a more than capable defender and solid shooter with the upside of being a solid role player in the league. He’s a perfect fit.
19. Brooklyn Nets – Jahmius Ramsey (PG/SG), Texas Tech
The Brooklyn Nets may be tempted to part ways with their pick and some spare parts to bring another star to the team. And, in case Spencer Dinwiddie and/or Caris LeVert get out, Jahmius Ramsey would be the obvious choice. He’s an athletic freak that can jump off the gym, score on and off the ball, and is quite an unselfish facilitator.
20. Miami Heat – Vernon Carey (PF/C), Duke
The Miami Heat love hustlers and Vernon Carey fits that mold perfectly. He’s a physically gifted big man that could back up Bam Adebayo. He’s got a great feel for the offensive glass and can match up vs. bigger players even up he’s a bit of a tweener to play the five.
21. Philadelphia 76ers – Cole Anthony (PG), UNC
Cole Anthony has been training with NBA players since he was a toddler. He didn’t break out as we expected but to be fair, he didn’t have the chance to prove his worth in the NCAA tourney. He’s a score-first player but he’s also a solid playmaker, and God knows the Sixers could use another point guard.
22. Denver Nuggets – RJ Hampton (G), USA
The Denver Nuggets have taken some risks on high upside players lately like Bol Bol and Michael Porter Jr, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to do it again on RJ Hampton, who was one of the highest-ranked prospects before he decided to play overseas. There are concerns about his efficiency and proneness to get hurt but the Nuggets can take it slowly with him. He’d be a major upgrade over Monte Morris or Torey Craig coming off the bench.
23. Utah Jazz – Jaden McDaniels (F), Washington
The Utah Jazz will have Bojan Bogdanovic back next season but adding Jaden McDaniels may be a great insurance policy. He’s not the shooter you’d like to have at the NBA level but he’s got a terrific feel for defense. He can check both forward spots and even some centers, although his offense is limited.
24. Milwaukee Bucks – Nico Mannion (PG), Arizona
George Hill isn’t getting any younger and Eric Bledsoe will never be an All-Star. The Milwaukee Bucks need to plan ahead to the future and find another backup point guard, thus making Nico Mannion the logical choice. Mannion is very crafty with the rock on his hands and can also play off the ball. He lacks size but excels at creating separation and pulling up from all three levels.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder – Daniel Oturu (C), Minnesota
Daniel Oturu may slip to the bottom of the first round because of his age but that’s not to scare the Oklahoma City Thunder. They need another big man and this guy is a hustler who dominates the offensive glass. He’s an outstanding rim protector and dominant shot-blocker but is pretty raw as a scorer.
26. Boston Celtics – Jalen Smith (PF), Maryland
Jalen Smith is a great rebounder and scorer for his size. He’s a bit of a tweener and needs to add more muscle but has the upside to become a solid rotation player on a Celtics team that could use another scorer in the post. He can create off the dribble, put the ball on the floor, and even create for others.
27. New York Knicks – Kira Lewis (PG), Alabama
You know what the New York Knicks say: you can never have too many point guards and power forwards, I guess. Lewis has the prototype to be a solid backup point guard in the league for many years. He’s athletic and has a strong mid-range game and playmaking skills, although he must improve as a three-point threat.
28. Los Angeles Lakers – Devon Dotson (PG), Kansas
The Los Angeles Lakers clearly need another point guard. Devon Dotson will have plenty of chance to develop with LeBron James running the offense most of the time so he’ll have a shot at learning from. Dotson can shoot lights out and makes up for his lack of size with terrific speed and ability to create separation.
29. Toronto Raptors – Elijah Hughes (SG), Syracuse
The Toronto Raptors won’t mind about Elihaj Hughes’ 22.4 years. He’s an NBA-ready athlete with a great understanding of the game and improved every year in college. He’s got the length to become a solid defender and has the upside of being a good three-and-D player for the Canadian side.
30. Boston Celtics – Xavier Tillman (F/C), Michigan State
It’s pretty clear that the Boston Celtics need some help in the glass so Xavier Tillman may be a solid pickup for them. He’s a high IQ player and a dominant defender. He must improve as a shooter if he wants to log heavy minutes with Brad Stevens but his offense in the pick-and-roll is pretty good already.