NBA Draft: Dishing Out 2020 Mock Draft for Picks 1-14
The NBA Draft Lottery took place on Thursday night. Three teams in the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors, and the Minnesota Timberwolves all had the best odds to land the number one pick at 14 percent. The question is: what is the NBA mock draft for the lottery potentially going to look like though? The Wolves own the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.
Minnesota Timberwolves- Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
This team already had D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns in place already. Minnesota is completely overhauling the roster and they could be good in a few seasons. Edwards can shoot the ball, but he has to work on his defense. There is no consensus number one pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft though.
Golden State Warriors- James Wiseman, C, Memphis
The Golden State Warriors can use the pick in so many different ways. They could very well trade out of it, but it wouldn’t be a surprise either to see them keep it. Golden State could trade for Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks or they could keep it in order to have a future star or superstar around Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins. Wiseman is a talented big man. Antetokounmpo is currently the heartbeat and the heart and soul of the Milwaukee Bucks though nonetheless. If he wanted out, then it would be a bad sign for the Milwaukee Bucks though nonetheless. He (Wiseman) can dominate the paint and could maybe expand his range also.
Charlotte Hornets- Obi Toppin, SF/PF, Dayton
The Hornets have some solid guard play. Toppin is a beast on the boards and he can also score the basketball too. Obi Toppin maybe one of the most underrated players in the NBA Draft and he is also a solid wing defender though.
Chicago Bulls- LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks (Australia)
Ball would be a better option to have than Coby White in the backcourt. This team has a solid frontcourt, but LaMelo’s attraction would definitely sell tickets to people at The United Center though.
Cleveland Cavaliers- Deni Avdija, SF/PF, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
He led this team to a title at just 19 years old in Israel. Avdija is the best international prospect in the NBA Draft. It is very unclear what kind of upside he has. Deni Avdija could have Luka Doncic potential though. General Manager Koby Altman has taken more risks in the NBA Draft lately and he has done a better job at selecting players recently though.
Atlanta Hawks- Onyeka Okongwu, PF/C, USC
Detroit Pistons- Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State
Detroit needs a guard in the worst way. They are not very deep at the position. Haliburton could fix those problems despite the NBA Draft not being very deep.
New York Knicks- Precious Achiuwa, SF/PF, Memphis
Once again, the New York Knicks will shock people and take someone in the NBA Draft who no one expects to. Achiuwa will be the guy here and he is from the Bronx. However, he is very good defensively and a potential double-double machine and he did that as a freshman in college. Precious Achiuwa could very well fit in Tom Thibodeau’s scheme easily, who is the new head coach of this basketball team though.
Washington Wizards- Devin Vassell, SG, Florida State
Vassell could be the future’s two-guard in the Nation’s Capital because Bradley Beal could potentially be on his way out. Beal may be traded to another team and it could cause Washington to start a rebuild. Devin Vassell could play the three if Bradley Beal and John Wall are both healthy next season for the Washington Wizards though.
Phoenix Suns- Killian Hayes, PG, Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
The Phoenix Suns went 8-0 in the bubble and just missed the postseason. They already have Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton. They just need a young international point guard and Hayes fits the bill here. Hayes is a playmaker, just like Ricky Rubio. However, Hayes was born in the United States but grew up in France though. He needs to work on his jump shot, especially the mid-range though.
San Antonio Spurs- Patrick Williams, SF/PF, Florida State
This team has young guards. They need a young forward with LaMarcus Aldridge getting older. Williams has raw athleticism and he could explode at the next level under Head Coach Greg Popovich. This is the first time they have drafted in the NBA Lottery since selecting Tim Duncan number one overall in the 1997 NBA Draft.
Sacramento Kings- Saddiq Bey, SF, Villanova
Sacramento has guards and bigs. They need a true number three player and Bey fits the bill here. Bey can stretch the floor and score. He is also a very solid wing defender. Sacramento has not made it to the postseason since 2006 though.
New Orleans Pelicans- Aaron Nesmith, SG/SF, Vanderbilt
The New Orleans Pelicans have done a solid job at drafting players recently though. General Manager David Griffin deserves a ton of credit. This is a team that could very well trade this pick for another player, but if they were to keep the pick, then Nesmith would be a good choice here though. He can also shoot from deep and create space for players like Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, but he suffered a season-ending season in January though and he also played alongside Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavaliers a season ago though.
Boston Celtics (from Memphis Grizzlies)
Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina: The Boston Celtics have Kemba Walker, but why not draft another point guard, who can give them valuable minutes off the bench? Anthony has a ton of talent, but he also dealt with a ton of injuries during the season though. Cole Anthony could have been a Top 5 pick if he didn’t get injured, but this is why he is slipping in the NBA Draft though.
The NBA Draft will take place virtually on Friday, October 16. The NBA Draft usually takes place on a Thursday in June and it is usually right after the NBA Finals.
It could be very dramatic again this season and the offseason will be very short due to the circumstances that occurred though.
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