It’s the season of giving. So it’s time to give fans a look at an early mock draft for the 2020 NBA Mock Draft. Draft positions based on today’s standings.
2020 NBA Mock Draft
1. Golden State – James Wiseman (Freshman Power Forward/Center, Memphis)
With a healthy Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, adding an agile, skilled, 7-foot-1 big like Wiseman would be a game-changer. They would immediately go back to having one of the top lineups in the league. He is out until January due to the NCAA ruling, but he is averaging 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds on nearly 77 percent shooting. The versatile lefty is a can’t-miss modern big man.
2. Atlanta – Anthony Edwards (Freshman Shooting Guard, Georgia)
In a loaded point guard class, the Hawks won’t be looking to add another primary ball-handler next to Trae Young. Edwards is a powerful wing that is starting to find his stride with the Bulldogs. He dropped 37 on Michigan State and has the three-level scoring prowess that will have teams seeing a 20-point weapon.
3. New York – Cole Anthony (Freshman Point Guard, North Carolina)
New York could use a dynamic playmaker like Anthony to run their team. They could also use a confident, grounded kid to emerge as a leader in the media circus. Anthony has a sky-high IQ that allows him to control the game with his finishing, court vision, or shooting ability. He is the best player in the class and would be a bargain as the third pick.
4. Cleveland – Isaiah Stewart (Freshman Center, Washington)
The Cavs shouldn’t hesitate to take a serious look at LaMelo Ball if he is available here. Obviously with Garland and Sexton, the young backcourt is crowded. If they are satisfied with those investments, Stewart makes sense. Washington’s big man is a freak athlete with a high motor and developing shooting touch. You can count on him to patrol the paint for years to come.
5. Memphis – Scottie Lewis (Freshman Small Forward, Florida)
Lewis has struggled the most of any of these star freshmen that are likely lottery pick. I have no doubt that his shooting numbers will take a nice jump as he becomes more comfortable. He is simply too skilled off the bounce to keep shooting 23.5% from deep. But he has been disruptor defensively and uses his length to his advantage on that end. A perfect swingman complement to Ja Morant.
6. San Antonio – LaMelo Ball (Point Guard, Australia [USA])
This is unfamiliar territory for the Spurs. Both in terms of draft position and selection. Ball is a creative playmaker that continues to impress with his ability to improvise off the dribble. At 6-foot-7, he sees over defenses and efficiently uses his strides to beat defenders. There will still be teams knocking the 15-year-old high school tape of Ball. San Antonio could ignite their rebuild around Ball.
7. Chicago – Jaden McDaniels (Freshman Small Forward/Power Forward, Washington)
The Bulls have problems deeper than talent. But McDaniels fits a frontcourt need as a versatile defender that can play either forward spot. He has touch out to the three-point line, though he is struggling to knock them down right now. His wiry frame may lend more to the perimeter where his ball skills could flourish in the NBA.
8. New Orleans – Nico Mannion (Freshman Point Guard, Arizona)
Lonzo Ball has been viewed as the point guard of the future. But injuries continue to be an issue for him and Frank Jackson is more of a scoring backup. Mannion is a gifted point guard that controls tempo and scores effectively by reading defenses. He is a premier shooter (48 percent from three) that is athletic enough to be a dangerous transition option.
9. Detroit – R.J. Hampton (Point Guard, New Zealand [USA])
Detroit could use a new look at the point guard spot. The former 5-star prospect is working through some growing pains professionally in the Australian league, but he can do a little bit of everything as a lead guard. No matter where he goes, Hampton is a smooth guard that should be able to impact the game early in his career.
10. Oklahoma City – Theo Maledon (Point Guard/Shooting Guard, France)
Maledon will gain more traction as the draft approaches as teams get a better look at the upside of France’s two-way guard. Like SGA, Maledon is capable of playing on or off the ball. His vision and quickness might be his best traits. The 18-year-old is going to turn into a very good pick-and-roll playmaker that can slash to the rim when playing off the ball.
11. Charlotte – Deni Avdija (Shooting Guard/Small Forward, Israel)
There has been a lot of hype around Avdija due to his size and shooting ability. He definitely doesn’t lack in confidence or toughness, regularly getting under opponents’ skin. Avdija is one of the more intriguing prospects because he has the tools to be a reliable outside shooter that can attack closeouts. He’s also a competitive defender that would be a welcome sight in Charlotte.
12. Portland – Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Freshman Power Forward, Villanova)
Robinson-Earl didn’t take long to get acclimated to the college game, averaging 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from three thus far. He is an agile four-man that plays with a different level of energy. As Portland figures out its future with their forwards, adding Robinson-Earl would give them a rim-runner that is capable of spacing the floor for Dame and C.J..
13. Washington – Ayo Dosunmu (Sophomore Point Guard, Illinois)
I hope John Wall is able to fully recover and return to his old self next season. Even so, it seems like Washington is prepared to move on. Ayo won’t blow anyone away with his athleticism. Instead, he changes pace and uses his size to manipulate defenders to get to his spots.
14. Sacramento – Vernon Carey Jr. (Freshman Center, Duke)
Carey is a monster. Nearly 270 pounds and fleet of foot, he creates mismatches on the block on a regular basis. With the Kings leaning on Richaun Holmes and Dewayne Dedmon, they could upgrade with a big that can block shots, score in the post, and extend shooting touch to the arc.
15. Orlando – Josh Green (Freshman Shooting Guard, Arizona)
Every fast break in Tuscon is a highlight opportunity in part because of Green’s explosiveness. He will have no problem scoring on the break in the NBA. While his shot creating ability could use some refinement, his spot-up shooting has been solid. Orlando is always looking for speed and size on the wings.
16. Phoenix – Precious Achiuwa (Freshman Power Forward, Memphis)
Achiuwa is now going to be thrust into a lead role at Memphis with Wiseman out. NBA scouts will have a great opportunity to see just how versatile the Bronx native is as a ball-handler and finisher. With so many perimeter oriented forward in Phoenix, it would be nice to add interior toughness like Achiuwa.
17. Atlanta (via BKN) – Jalen Smith (Sophomore Power Forward, Maryland)
Atlanta seems to have a Maryland pipeline. Smith has added some strength this year to allow for more physicality. He is one of the best offensive rebounders in the country and a good shot blocker. The Hawks continue to build a young core that could benefit from another energy big.
18. Minnesota – Matthew Hurt (Freshman Power Forward, Duke)
Hurt is a Minnesota native that is the best shooting four man in this draft class. He moves fluidly and can make shots on the move that most 6-foot-9 players are not even able to create space to take. As the year goes on, he will get more minutes at Duke. It’s safe to say that the T-Wolves have a need for more shooting.
19. Utah – Obi Toppin (Sophomore Power Forward, Dayton)
No player has seen their play lead to more draft talk than Toppin in the early part of the season. Averaging 23.0 points on 69.7 percent shooting, he has continued to build off of a solid freshman season. He is so efficient from all parts of the floor that it’s hard to see him being less than a reliable pick-and-roll outlet.
20. Dallas – Bryan Antoine (Freshman Shooting Guard, Villanova)
After missing the first couple of games due to injury, Antoine is getting his feet wet with Villanova. On a team with a lot of ability, he may be the most talented player on the team. Antoine can jump out of the gym and should be able to defend three positions once he adds strength. Dallas is going to seek out some second unit punch once the draft rolls around.
21. Milwaukee (via IND) – Patrick Williams (Freshman Small Forward, Florida State)
Williams has the look of a multi-positional stopgap defensively. He plays with an edge and is blessed with a projectable frame. Given time, he can knock down outside shots as well. Everyone knows how Milwaukee feels about wingspans. Williams is a good fit here.
22. Houston – Tyrese Maxey (Freshman Shooting Guard, Kentucky)
Houston hasn’t been able to add a rotation piece through the draft for a while. Maxey would change that as a microwave scorer that could fill it up off of the bench. Kentucky will begin to lean on his shot-creating ability sooner rather than later.
23. Brooklyn (via PHI) – Charles Bassey (Sophomore Center, Western Kentucky)
Bassey is doing more of the same this season after passing up on a potential first-round selection a year ago. Brooklyn is a team without a ton of individual needs that would be addressed at this point in the draft. Bringing in some more rim protection and a player ready to fit a role could be useful.
24. Miami – N’Faly Dante (Freshman Center, Oregon)
Dante has yet to play a game for the Ducks due to an eligibility issue. He is no secret for NBA scouts after reclassifying to play this year. The near 7-footer has pogo stick bounce and blocks everything in his area. Miami’s player development would get the most out of Dante’s raw skillset.
25. LA Clippers – Tyrese Haliburton (Sophomore Point Guard, Iowa State)
This feels too low for a player as versatile as Haliburton. He is averaging 9.2 assists, 3.6 steals, and 13.6 points for a young Iowa State team. He was a 43 percent three-point shooter a year ago. I imagine if there weren’t so many elite point guards in this class, he could flirt with the 15-18 range. The Clippers place a premium on defense and ball movement, two staples for Haliburton.
26. Boston – Kahlil Whitney (Freshman Small Forward, Kentucky)
Whitney has struggled for the Wildcats. He has lottery pick talent but doesn’t seem comfortable yet. Boston has the pieces to take a chance on a wing that could become a vital scoring option off the bench with time.
27. Toronto – Tre Jones (Sophomore Point Guard, Duke)
Opposing teams don’t get much of a break when facing the Raptors. Jones is another defensive star that is going to apply constant ball pressure. Duke’s floor general doesn’t make many mistakes and understands how to involve his teammates. At this point, a consistent jump shot is the only thing holding him back from mid-first round consideration.
28. Oklahoma City (via DEN) – Jordan Nwora (Junior Small Forward, Louisville)
Nwora is leading arguably the nation’s best team with his 21.3 points on 51.6 percent shooting from deep. He is a scoring machine that should be a role player from the moment he steps in the NBA.
29. Boston (via MIL) – Jay Huff (Junior Power Forward/Center, Virginia)
A few years ago, Huff was a redshirt big that was about 200 pounds soaking wet. He has matured physically and mentally, now in a position where he could be one of the most improved bigs in the country. Huff stretches the floor vertically as a lob man (68.1% FG), defends in the paint and P&R game, and is very mobile at his position.
30. LA Lakers – Cassius Stanley (Freshman Shooting Guard, Duke)
Stanley is a slasher and defender that will play a similar role in the NBA. If he can continue to show that he can connect on long-range shots, his stock should rise. For the Lakers, they could bring Stanley back home to run the wings and bring some young energy to their bench.
31. Dallas (via GS) – Killian Hayes (Point Guard/Shooting Guard, France)
32. Philadelphia (via NY) – Cassius Winston (Senior Point Guard, Michigan State)
33. Philadelphia (via ATL) – Filip Petrusev (Sophomore Center, Gonzaga)
34. Charlotte (via CLE) – Onyeka Okongwu (Freshman Center, USC)
35. Washington (via MEM) – A.J. Lawson (Sophomore Small Forward, South Carolina)
36. Chicago – Jahmius Ramsey (Freshman Shooting Guard, Texas Tech)
37. San Antonio – Killian Tillie (Senior Power Forward, Gonzaga)
38. Sacramento (via DET) – Mamadi Diakite (Senior Power Forward/Center, Virginia)
39. New Orleans – Ashton Hagans (Sophomore Point Guard, Kentucky)
40. Oklahoma City – Devon Dotson (Sophomore Point Guard, Kansas)
41. Portland – Isaac Okoro (Freshman Small Forward, Auburn)
42. New York (via CHA) – Nathan Knight (Senior Power Forward/Center, William & Mary)
43. New Orleans (via WAS) – D.J. Jeffries (Freshman Small Forward, Memphis)
44. Orlando – Kellan Grady (Junior Shooting Guard/Point Guard, Davidson)
45. Sacramento – Yoeli Childs (Senior Power Forward, BYU)
46. Memphis (via PHX) – Neemias Queta (Sophomore Center, Utah State)
47. Boston (via BKN) – Kira Lewis Jr. (Sophomore Point Guard, Alabama)
48. Minnesota – Nick Richards (Junior Center, Kentucky)
49. Dallas (via UTA) – Silvio De Sousa (Junior Power Forward, Kansas)
50. Indiana – Paul Scruggs (Junior Point Guard, Xavier)
51. Philadelphia (via DAL) – Omer Yurtseven (Junior Power Forward/Center, Georgetown)
52. Philadelphia – Udoka Azubuike (Senior Center, Kansas)
53. Sacramento (via HOU) – Markus Howard (Senior Point Guard, Marquette)
54. Sacramento (via MIA) – Tres Tinkle (Senior Small Forward/Power Forward, Oregon State)
55. LA Clippers – Daniel Oturo (Sophomore Center, Minnesota)
56. Toronto – Reggie Perry (Sophomore Power Forward, Mississippi State)
57. Charlotte (via BOS) – Lamar Stevens (Senior Small Forward/Power Forward, Penn State)
58. Brooklyn (via DEN) – Tyler Bey (Junior Small Forward, Colorado)
59. New Orleans (via MIL) – Nate Reuvers (Junior Power Forward, Wisconsin)
60. Orlando (via LAL) – Paul Eboua (Small Forward/Power Forward, France)