It’s the All-Star break so it feels like a good time to release an updated NBA mock draft for this summer. There were a few picks traded before the deadline and a number of players that have helped their stock over the last few months. Check out my full list of the top 100 prospects at this point.
1. Golden State – James Wiseman (Freshman PF/C, Memphis)
After acquiring Andrew Wiggins at the deadline, the Warriors will be a rim protector away from returning to the top of the West next season. Wiseman is not only a supreme shot blocker, but he is an all-around dominant presence on both ends at 7-foot-1. Despite only playing three games, his mobility, finishing ability, and rebounding prowess are undeniable. Golden State’s spread system would give Wiseman free reign of the paint while he becomes more comfortable shooting from deep.
2. Cleveland – Anthony Edwards (Freshman SG, Georgia)
At this point, Cleveland doesn’t seem to know what direction they are headed. The good news is that Edwards would be an immediate contributor on just about any team in the league. Georgia’s star freshman is tough, explosive, and offensively gifted from all three levels. He’s only shooting 40.8 percent from the field, in part due to shot selection, but he is tasked with doing a lot for the Bulldogs. An underrated passer with a ton of defensive upside (when interested), Edwards could slide into a wing spot for the Cavs.
3. Atlanta – LaMelo Ball (2001 PG, Australia [USA])
If Atlanta ends up with this high of a pick, expect them to trade it for an established player. For the sake of the mock draft, Atlanta’s front office would like more playmaking to free up Trae Young, so Ball makes sense here. Though he’s best served setting teammates up with his creative playmaking, he is a solid shooter with in-the-gym range. Ball’s superior size gives him an edge over other available guards as a defensive match to offset Young’s deficiencies.
4. Minnesota – Obi Toppin (Sophomore PF, Dayton)
I viewed Toppin as a mid-first rounder heading into this season. He has led Dayton to a top-10 ranking and positioned himself to win National Player of the Year. For a 6-foot-9 forward, Toppin is an agile rim-runner that is powerful at the rim and fluid on the perimeter. He uses his length well on the defensive end to contest shots and contain ball-handlers. The exodus at the trade deadline in Minnesota leaves them with a weak spot in the frontcourt. Toppin is a league-ready stretch four.
5. New York – Cole Anthony (Freshman PG, North Carolina)
This would be a dream for New York fans. After years of missing on draft picks, Anthony is a can’t miss point guard prospect with the mental makeup to be a special player in the Big Apple. North Carolina’s struggles won’t affect the draft position of the athletic floor general. He can make contested shots off the dribble and maneuvers in the pick-and-roll with good pace. Similar to Edwards, he takes a lot of tough shots both by choice and because of the team’s makeup. Barring any injury issues, he should be a top-5 pick.
6. Detroit – Nico Mannion (Freshman PG, Arizona)
Mannion has been a steady force for the Wildcats all season. And that steadiness is what will make him a long-time point guard in the NBA. He can shoot it better than his percentages suggest and displays his ability to get downhill on a nightly basis. What is most impressive is his feel as a passer (5.5 apg), letting the game develop instead of worrying about shots not falling. The Pistons could use Mannion right now.
7. Charlotte – Isaiah Stewart (Freshman C, Washington)
To the surprise of many going into the season, Charlotte may have a logjam at their guard positions. One area where they have underperformed is on the interior. That’s where having a man-child like Stewart (17.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg) would be of use. He can bully you on the block, finish with a jump hook either way, or show off his footwork from the mid-post. Washington plays a lot of zone, but Stewart projects as a reliable screen defender with his nimble feet and impressive timing. His free throw shooting and mid-range accuracy point towards a potentially complete offensive weapon.
8. Chicago – RJ Hampton (2001 PG, New Zealand [USA])
I know, the Bulls just drafted a guard in Coby White last year. This is not an indictment on his fit or future with the team. Hampton is just too dynamic of a playmaker to pass up at this point in the draft. Creating easy shots has been an issue for Chicago and Hampton is quick, long, and capable of breaking down defenses for himself or teammates. Had he gone to college, the average fan would be much higher on him. Instead, he is putting together a solid year as a teenager playing professionally for New Zealand.
9. Washington – Deni Avdija (2001 SG/SF, Israel)
Avdija will probably get mixed reviews throughout the draft process. He has loads of confidence, bordering on arrogance, which might rub some people the wrong way. But the kid is talented any way you want to define it. Standing at 6-foot-9, Avdija shoots it with ease, plays with patience in the pick-and-roll, and competes in the paint. Washington is in rebuild mode and may part with Bradley Beal this summer. Adding a high upside player who may need a year or two to adjust to the NBA game is worth it.
10. Sacramento – Jaden McDaniels (Freshman PF, Washington)
The modern NBA forward wants to play like McDaniels. He is a wiry player that does most of his work from 15-feet and out but possesses the handle to attack closeouts when necessary. McDaniels also has the versatility to defend multiple spots, which will be a big asset as he adds strength. If you look at this draft class, he is one player that has all of the tools to become a star. Sacramento doesn’t have a great reputation for developing, but he’s a talent fit for their roster.
11. Phoenix – Theo Maledon (2001 PG/SG, France)
Suns fans might be looking for a more known commodity as they try to get over the hump as a playoff team. Given their current options at point guard, adding Maledon wouldn’t be a bad choice. He has a good burst off the dribble and has shown the ability to read defenses effectively off of penetration. Even though he has some refining to do, the 18-year-old has a nice outside stroke and lead guard potential.
12. New Orleans – Vernon Carey (Freshman C, Duke)
Carey (17.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg) has been a monster throughout his freshman campaign at Duke. New Orleans looks ready to push for a playoff spot, so they may end up with a mid-first rounder instead. Frontcourt depth should be at the top of the wish list and Carey’s activity and post prowess make him a favorable option.
13. San Antonio – Tyrese Haliburton (Sophomore PG, Iowa State)
Haliburton’s wrist injury will sideline him for the rest of the year, but it shouldn’t affect his rookie season should he declare for the draft. He shouldn’t be considered a sleeper anymore after flirting with a triple-doubles on multiple occasions, connecting on over 40 percent of his threes, and being a disruptive defender against multiple positions. The young guards in the San Antonio rotation would benefit from adding an unselfish floor spacer that should be a high-volume three-point shooter.
14. Portland – Precious Achiuwa (Freshman PF, Memphis)
After James Wiseman was ruled out, Achiuwa showed why he was a McDonald’s All-American. At 6-foot-9, 225 pounds, he is blessed with a frame that will lend itself well to the NBA. So far, he is averaging a 15.0 points and 10.1 rebounds while exceling at putting pressure on defenses in transition. The Blazers continue to look to a long-term answer at either forward spot. While Achiuwa may not be a day-one starter, he is a high-energy big that has an NBA skillset.
15. Orlando – Isaac Okoro (Freshman SF, Aubrun)
Okoro started off the season on a hot streak but his shooting has regressed a bit since conference play started. Bruce Pearl has still played the freshman 32.0 minutes a game for a reason. He is a tremendous defender that should be able to guard three positions in the NBA. Okoro slashes to the rim with force, regularly getting to the line and finishing through contact. As Orlando’s youth movement continues, a lockdown wing is a welcome sight.
16. Minnesota (via Brooklyn) – Onyeka Okongwu (Freshman C, USC)
I first saw Okongwu playing next to the Ball brothers at Chino Hills where he overwhelmed opponents with his explosiveness. A few years later, and he is doing the same thing to the Pac-12. Okongwu is a lottery-level talent with his ability to stretch the defense vertically as a lob finisher. His speed and timing as a weak side defender will make him a fan favorite wherever he ends up. Minnesota should go with the best available here.
17. Boston (via Memphis) – Jalen Smith (Freshman PF, Maryland)
Smith took the sophomore leap that many expected. He has improved his footwork, shot the ball with more confidence (39.1% from three), and added some much-needed strength. With the Celtics going to a small-ball lineup, Smith’s ability to run the floor and protect the rim (2.3 bpg) would be valuable.
18. Milwaukee (via Indiana) – Scottie Lewis (Freshman SF, Florida)
This pick is coming from the Malcolm Brogdon trade. Milwaukee doesn’t have any burning need, so they might as well pick the player that fits their system the best. Lewis has struggled to find consistently offensively for the Gators. His defense has been excellent though, utilizing his length and lateral quickness well. NBA teams will be blown away by his athleticism at the combine. Don’t be shocked if Lewis returns for his sophomore year.
19. Dallas – Jahmius Ramsey (Freshman SG, Texas Tech)
Ramsey has stepped into a lead role for the Red Raiders after their national runner-up finish last season. The freshman is averaging 15.9 points while shooting 45.2 percent from three. He is a bucket getter that is already strong enough to create space at the next level. Dallas probably wouldn’t turn down some scoring to bolster their bench.
20. Oklahoma City – Josh Green (Freshman SG, Arizona)
Oklahoma City has been in a constant search of an athletic wing that can regularly knock down outside shots. I like Terrance Ferguson’s defensive ability, but his shooting has been underwhelming. While Green isn’t a knockdown shooter by any means, he brings that energy and scoring upside that the Thunder could use.
21. Brooklyn (via Philadelphia) – Patrick Williams (Freshman SF, Florida State)
Once Kevin Durant is back, the Nets will have a surplus of scoring options. Defense is one area they will need to commit to in order to be a legitimate contender. Williams is more of a project pick as a raw athlete that has a soft touch from 15-feet and serious defensive upside. He would be able to grow in his role as a defensive stopper while he develops.
22. Denver (via Houston) – Tyrese Maxey (Freshman SG, Kentucky)
What once seemed like a strong guard group is now lacking in depth. Maxey is an electric scoring guard that has a nose for putting up points in bunches. At this stage, he’s more of an attacker than a shooter, but I expect his outside shot to translate well to the NBA.
23. Miami – Zeke Nnaji (Freshman C, Arizona)
Of all of the Arizona freshman, Nnaji has been the biggest surprise. He is leading the team with 16.4 points and 8.8 rebounds while making over 60 percent of his shots. Nnaji’s motor is off the charts, regularly shedding box outs to get loose rebounds. As workouts roll around, look for teams to marvel at his face-up potential from the mid-range. Miami is in a position to add another active rotation piece.
24. Utah – Kofi Cockburn (Freshman C, Illinois)
Coming into the season, Cockburn wasn’t on my draft radar for the 2020 draft. The more I watch him play, the more impressed I am with his potential. Standing at 7-foot, 290 pounds, Cockburn is a bully on the interior that rarely losing position on the block. He knows how to carve out space as a roll man but isn’t afraid of taking short jumpers when the paint is occupied. With his mobility and defensive instincts, he’d give Utah a safety net to eventually back up Rudy Gobert.
25. New York (via LA Clippers) – Jordan Nwora (Junior SF, Louisville)
Nwora has been one of the top players in the ACC for two years now. His ticket for the NBA is his ability to shoot the ball from deep (42.9 percent). When defenders close out too hard, Nwora is more than capable of getting to his pull-up or using his 6-foot-7 frame to score in the paint. New York needs as much talent as possible at this point.
26. Oklahoma City (via Denver) – Paul Reed (Junior SF/PF, DePaul)
Reed is a defensive maven (2.8 bpg, 2.0 spg) that has gone under the radar playing for DePaul. He has played anywhere from the three to the five for the Demons and been an impact player on both ends. Oklahoma City has hung their hat on defense in the frontcourt for years now. Reed would be a nice addition.
27. Boston – Ayo Dosunmo (Sophomore PG, Illinois)
The Celtics aren’t in need of a lot at this stage of the draft. They brought in a couple rookie point guards last year. Dosunmo has a smooth pace of play that leads to a lot of scoring opportunities for his team. His floater and pull-up have been on point all season. If he ever becomes a more consistent outside shooter, the Celtics would have a bargain.
28. Toronto – Killian Hayes (2001 PG/SG, France)
There isn’t a lot of certainty for the Raptors over the next few years. With that being said, Hayes makes sense at this pick. He is a physically strong lefty combo guard that can really shoot it from deep and is becoming a proficient playmaker off the dribble.
29. LA Lakers – Tre Jones (Sophomore PG, Duke)
Jones is going to get his minutes with ball control and ball pressure. The Lakers could use a defensive stalwart off the bench to stay in front of some of the elite Western Conference guards.
30. Boston (via Milwaukee) – N’Faly Dante (Freshman C, Oregon)
Despite only playing 9 games, Dante is worth a selection in this draft. He is still growing into his body and working on his footwork. Dante can finish dump-off passes and clean the glass on both ends. With a third first-rounder, there isn’t much risk here.
31. Dallas (via GS) – Charles Bassey (Sophomore C, Western Kentucky)
32. Charlotte (via CLE) – Ashton Hagans (Sophomore PG, Kentucky)
33. Philadelphia (via ATL) – Cassius Winston (Senior PG, Michigan State)
34. Minnesota – Cassius Stanley (Freshman SG, Duke)
35. Philadelphia (via NY) – Ochai Agbaji (Sophomore SG, Kansas)
36. New York (via CHA) – Filip Petrusev (Sophomore C, Gonzaga)
37. Sacramento (via DET) – Devon Dotson (Sophomore PG, Kansas)
38. Washington (via CHI) – Markus Howard (Senior PG, Washington)
39. New Orleans (via WAS) – Kira Lewis (Sophomore PG, Alabama)
40. Sacramento – Chris Smith (Sophomore SG/SF, UCLA)
41. Memphis (via PHO) – Myles Powell (Senior PG/SG, Seton Hall)
42. New Orleans – Kahlil Whitney (Freshman SF, Transfer)
43. San Antonio – Killian Tillie (Senior PF, Gonzaga)
44. Orlando – Mamadi Diakite (Senior PF/C, Virginia)
45. Portland – Joe Wieskamp (Sophomore SG, Iowa)
46. Boston (via BRO) – Trendon Watford (Freshman PF, LSU)
47. Chicago (via MEM) – Daniel Oturo (Sophomore C, Minnesota)
48. Indiana – AJ Lawson (Sophomore SF, South Carolina)
49. Oklahoma City – Tres Tinkle (Senior SF/PF, Oregon State)
50. Golden State (via DAL) – Kellan Grady (Junior SG/PG, Davidson)
51. Philadelphia – Nathan Knight (Senior PF/C, William & Mary)
52. Atlanta (via HOU) – Tyler Bey (Junior SF, Colorado)
53. Sacramento (via MIA) – Reggie Perry (Sophomore PF, Mississippi State)
54. Golden State (via UTA) – Yoeli Childs (Senior PF, BYU)
55. LA Clippers – Nick Richards (Junior C, Kentucky)
56. Brooklyn (via DEN) – Udoka Azubuike (Senior C, Kansas)
57. Charlotte (via BOS) – Omer Yurtseven (Senior PF/C, Georgetown)
58. Toronto – Immanuel Quickley (Sophomore PG, Kentucky)
59. Philadelphia (via LAL) – Lamar Stevens (Senior SF/PF, Penn State)
60. New Orleans (via MIL) – Chris Clarke (Senior SF, Texas Tech)