2020 NBA Mock Draft: Warriors need Anthony Edwards at No. 1, LaMelo Ball goes No. 2

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2020 NBA Mock Draft: Warriors need Anthony Edwards at No. 1, LaMelo Ball goes No. 2
2020 NBA Mock Draft: Warriors need Anthony Edwards at No. 1, LaMelo Ball goes No. 2

 

 

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Georgia

• Fr

• 6’5″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

 

Golden St.

 

PROSPECT RNK

fifth

POSITION RNK

1st

The Warriors would contemplate each possibility in the event that they landed the No. 1 choose — together with probably buying and selling out of the spot — however the San Francisco Chronicle reported this week that Anthony Edwards can be the popular choose. Edwards is an explosive athlete with a giant body and brimming with defensive potential who may give Golden State a lift of depth and shot-making on the wing.

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LaMelo Ball


PG

USA

• 6’6″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

 

Cleveland

 

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

17.0

RPG

7.6

APG

7.0

3P%

25.0%

At simply 18 years outdated, LaMelo Ball completed second in assists per recreation final season within the NBL — one of many prime professional leagues on the earth. So regardless of Cleveland taking two guards within the lottery in consecutive drafts, Ball is definitely worth the upside play right here no matter how he matches within the near-term. His playmaking and imaginative and prescient stands head and shoulders above any prospect on this draft, making him a possible cornerstone on which the Cavs can construct their franchise.

 

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Southern California

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 245 lbs

Projected Team

 

Minnesota

 

PROSPECT RNK

third

POSITION RNK

1st

The Wolves rank within the backside third of the NBA in defensive internet score — an issue exacerbated when Karl-Anthony Towns is on the ground. Here, they improve with a rangy, cell huge in Onyeka Okongwu who can defend from the submit to the perimeter, defend the rim, and most significantly, act as a defensive eraser alongside KAT.

 

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Auburn

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

 

Atlanta

 

PROSPECT RNK

seventh

POSITION RNK

third

PPG

12.9

RPG

4.4

3P%

29.0%

Atlanta wants two issues: depth at wing and an improve defensively. With Okoro, they will do each. The 6-foot-6 Auburn product is a versatile defender with a excessive IQ who can affect successful with out touching the ball. That’s a perfect set of expertise alongside the gifted and ball-dominant Trae Young.

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Killian Hayes


PG

France

• 6’5″

/ 192 lbs

Projected Team

 

Detroit

 

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

As Derrick Rose inches nearer to the top of his present deal, Detroit ought to look forward and contemplate a reset at level guard. Killian Hayes can provide them youth in that endeavor and, probably, a top-end expertise to construct round long-term. The 18-year-old is a crisp passer and good choice maker who has grown significantly as a playmaker on the ball during the last 12 months. He’s not flashy, however he is a secure choose with a excessive ground, giving the Pistons a reliable guard to groom for his or her future.

 

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Iowa State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

 

New York

 

PROSPECT RNK

ninth

POSITION RNK

third

PPG

15.2

RPG

5.9

APG

6.5

3P%

41.9%

The Knicks want some extent guard, else they’re going to be caught in lottery purgatory endlessly. And so right here they seize one in Tyrese Haliburton, a tall, slender lead guard whose recreation facilities on effectivity as a passer, scorer and defender. He wants so as to add to his skinny body however the amalgamation of his skills coupled along with his IQ ought to give him an opportunity to emerge as one of many draft’s most impactful guards on a Knicks workforce with promising younger expertise.

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Deni Avdija


SF

Israel

• 6’9″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

 

Chicago

 

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

7.7

RPG

4.1

APG

1.7

3P%

33.6%

Deni Avdija can be a prudent pluck right here for the Bulls. The Israeli star is some extent ahead with nice playmaking expertise from his place who may assist alleviate the offensive load in Chi-town. He’s additionally been a winner all over the place he is been. At simply 19 years outdated, he is a two-time Israeli League champion and a two-time FIBA European champ who brings with him a formidable pedigree at such a younger age.

 

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Dayton

• Soph

• 6’9″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

 

Charlotte

 

PROSPECT RNK

sixth

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

20.0

RPG

7.5

APG

2.2

3P%

39.0%

Charlotte must improve its expertise throughout the board, and right here they will do with a confirmed winner in Obi Toppin, the consensus Player of the Year in school hoops final season. Toppin final season led school basketball in dunks and in 2-point capturing proportion for a top-10 Dayton workforce and might be a swiss-army knife sort huge within the NBA along with his potential to complete all the things across the rim mixed along with his 3-point vary.

 

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Memphis

• Fr

• 7’1″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

 

Washington

 

PROSPECT RNK

eighth

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

19.7

RPG

10.7

BPG

3.0

This can be a further-than-expected fall for Wiseman, seen by many evaluators because the draft’s greatest huge. But Wiseman’s draft plunge can be Washington’s win. He’s a plug-and-play shot-blocker who can end across the rim and has proven good contact to probably lengthen his vary persistently past the 3-point line.

 

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Vanderbilt

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 213 lbs

Projected Team

 

Phoenix

 

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

23.0

RPG

4.9

SPG

1.4

3P%

52.2%

Before a season-ending foot harm in January, Aaron Nesmith shot 52.2% from 3-point vary via 14 video games — a breakneck tempo that will have made him one among solely three gamers within the final 20 years to shoot above 50% from deep on 200+ makes an attempt, per school basketball reference. He’s essentially the most deadly shooter on this draft. That’s precisely the talent set Phoenix — with Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton — wants to enrich them as they proceed to construct.

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Theo Maledon


PG

France

• 6’4″

/ 174 lbs

Projected Team

 

San Antonio

 

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

4th

For a workforce just like the Spurs that values versatility and has already had immense success scouting the worldwide route earlier than, Théo Maledon looks like a win-win proposition on this vary. The French guard can play on or off the ball with a vastly improved jumper that ought to translate early. His mix of shot creation and shot making ought to match right into a Spurs workforce that would use an infusion of each of their backcourt.

 

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Florida State

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

 

New Orleans

 

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

fifth

PPG

12.7

RPG

5.1

APG

1.6

3P%

41.5%

As the Pelicans construct their roster round Zion Williamson, capturing and protection shall be paramount. Check and verify on each accounts right here with Devin Vassell. He’s an NBA-ready 3-and-D sort wing who shot above 41% from 3-point vary in every of his two school seasons, and he must be able to step in and contribute defensively from Day One.

 

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North Carolina

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

 

Sacramento

 

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

fifth

PPG

18.5

RPG

5.7

APG

4.0

3P%

34.8%

Cole Anthony put up good counting stats at North Carolina however the inefficiency undoubtedly dinged his inventory. As he jumps to the NBA, he could also be greatest suited to land in a spot like Sacramento, the place a lead guard like De’Aaron Fox is already in place. Anthony’s expertise as a flexible scorer off the ball may actually open up his scoring potential and permit him to flourish.

 

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Villanova

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 216 lbs

Projected Team

 

Portland

 

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

sixth

PPG

16.1

RPG

4.7

APG

2.4

3P%

45.1%

With Portland’s core in place, it ought to discover a 6-Eight wing like Saddiq Bey extraordinarily beneficial. He can defend 4 positions and shoot 3-pointers at an elite clip, score within the 98th percentile as a spot-up shooter final season, per Synergy. Plug-and-play wing who can affect successful for a playoff-caliber workforce.

 

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Alabama

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 165 lbs

Projected Team

 

Orlando

 

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

sixth

PPG

18.5

RPG

4.8

APG

5.2

3P%

36.6%

Orlando ought to contemplate some extent guard on this draft no matter how the way forward for Markelle Fultz seems, and so right here I’m giving them Kira Lewis Jr. You’re welcome, Magic followers. You simply acquired the quickest and most underrated level guard on this draft at No. 15 general. He averaged 18.5 factors and 5.2 assists final season for Alabama … and simply turned 19 in April.

 

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Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

 

Minnesota

 

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

14.0

RPG

4.3

APG

3.2

3P%

29.2%

Shooting 29.2% from 3-point vary in his lone school season at Kentucky dinged Tyrese Maxey’s inventory, however he’ll add on the spot worth as an elite defender and driver in Minnesota even when the surface shot by no means rebounds. That must be a complementary and helpful set of expertise for a workforce with D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns in place.

 

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Memphis

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

 

Boston

 

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

third

PPG

15.8

RPG

10.8

BPG

1.9

Danny Ainge values versatility and in Precious Achiuwa he may discover lots. The Memphis product must be a productive energy ahead however is also a deadly small-ball 5 in some conditions with the best way his motor all the time runs sizzling. He’s a tenacious rebounder, rim-runner and shot-blocker — a trio of expertise Boston may put to make use of straight away.

 

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Arizona

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

 

Dallas

 

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

12.0

RPG

4.6

APG

2.6

3P%

36.1%

Josh Green’s 3-point capturing over the again half of the season solidified his standing as a 3-and-D archetype who can add worth as a job participant. That must be what the Mavs look so as to add on this draft as they encompass Luka Doncic with extra expertise. He hit 69% of his 3-pointers over Arizona’s closing 5 video games earlier than the season ended, probably disrupting a March Madness rise that will have showcased his expertise on an even bigger stage.

 

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Texas Tech

• Fr

• 6’4″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

 

Milwaukee

 

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

third

PPG

15.0

RPG

4.0

3P%

42.6%

Jahmi’us Ramsey is a gifted shooter. And on a Milwaukee workforce and system whose success is based on spacing the ground with shooters round Giannis, he’d be an incredible match. As a freshman at Texas Tech he rated within the 91st percentile as a catch and shoot scorer within the halfcourt and must be an equally deadly weapon in that space within the NBA.

 

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Florida State

• Fr

• 6’8″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

 

Brooklyn

 

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

eighth

PPG

9.2

RPG

4.0

3P%

32.0%

Patrick Williams has good size and measurement and must be a well-liked prospect groups goal on this vary given his upside. He’s nonetheless uncooked and underdeveloped as an offensive participant, however he is proven good contact, can disrupt the sport on protection, and might be a high-level position participant for a workforce like Brooklyn with a longtime presence of stars already in place.

 

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

 

Philadelphia

 

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

fifth

PPG

12.6

RPG

4.9

APG

1.0

3P%

36.0%

Cassius Stanley was a little-known position participant at Duke however his strengths scream beneficial NBA position participant. He rated within the 93rd percentile as a catch and shoot shooter final season, per Synergy, and has the jump-out-the-gym athleticism to have an effect on the sport as a dunker. His protection must be a net-positive within the NBA as nicely.

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R.J. Hampton


SG

New Zealand

• 6’5″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

 

Denver

 

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

sixth

RJ Hampton stays an intriguing NBA prospect due to his athleticism, crisp deal with and bodily make-up. But at this level he is nonetheless a piece in progress. He struggled abroad final season on each ends of the ground and his jumper nonetheless wants some work, which is why he is slotted right here. The Nuggets have historical past of in-house growth and will take a flier on all he has going for him in hopes of him placing all of it collectively. Remember: he is simply 19 years outdated.

 

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Duke

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

 

Miami

 

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

ninth

PPG

16.2

RPG

4.2

APG

6.4

3P%

36.1%

Miami has the DNA make-up of a contender however an funding within the level guard place is lengthy overdue. Here, they will add high quality depth in Tre Jones, a smart move maker who can run an offense and function as a menace on the defensive finish of the ground. At the very least he must be a reliable second unit guard who is aware of tips on how to make high-level reads and nonetheless has an opportunity to be efficient on offense, as he confirmed marked enchancment as a shooter in his sophomore season at Duke.

 

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Kansas

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

 

Utah

 

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

10th

PPG

18.1

RPG

4.1

APG

4.0

3P%

30.9%

The pace and toughness of Devon Dotson made him a consensus All-American for Kansas final season, and it ought to assist him carve out a pleasant position within the NBA if his outdoors shot comes alongside. Here, I’ve him going to the Utah Jazz — a workforce in want of assist on the lead guard spot as Mike Conley ages, probably setting him as much as be the initiator for Donovan Mitchell as he preps for his prime.

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Leandro Bolmaro


SF

Argentina

• 6’7″

/ 178 lbs

It was evident final season OKC wanted to improve on the wing place, and Leandro Bolmaro may tackle precisely that. The 6-7 Argentinian is a talented swing man with good expertise on the ball as a creator with the ball in his arms, and choice maker when he is on the transfer. The Thunder haven’t got a participant like Bolmaro who may create from the wing so he’d add a brand new dimension to an already-great roster primed to compete within the West.

 

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Washington

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

 

Boston

 

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

13.0

RPG

5.8

APG

2.1

3P%

33.9%

Boston has proven a willingness to be affected person on gamers it has drafted up to now, which shall be mandatory for a possible payoff with Jaden McDaniels. He’s brimming with potential as a flexible two-way participant who can knock down photographs and add good measurement and size, however his choice making as a passer and in his shot choice continues to be lower than ultimate. As he fills into his big-but-skinny body the Celtics may put money into the expertise and financial institution on him figuring it out all out sooner slightly than later.

 

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DePaul

• Jr

• 6’9″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

 

New York

 

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

fifth

PPG

15.1

RPG

10.7

BPG

2.6

3P%

30.8%

It did not get a lot consideration on an underwhelming DePaul workforce, however Paul Reed was a uncommon shiny spot. He rated seventh nationally final season in defensive plus/minus and confirmed a knack for being in the precise spot in the precise time as a playmaker on protection in several schemes. He was the one energy convention participant to common at the least 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per recreation on the season.

 

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 270 lbs

Projected Team

 

Toronto

 

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

sixth

The middle place is the oldest on the Raptors roster and is ripe for addressing, making Vernon Carey Jr. a possible match right here. The Duke huge man is a tenacious rebounder and, considerably uniquely, an unimaginable foul-drawer: final season he ranked third in Division I in fouls drawn per-40 minutes. His bodily fashion of play on each ends of the ground can be a boon to Toronto because it provides youth to its frontcourt.

 

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Arizona

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

 

L.A. Lakers

 

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

eighth

PPG

14.0

RPG

2.5

APG

5.3

3P%

32.7%

Nico Mannion’s potential to generate offense and his innate instincts as a ground normal are what make him such an intriguing long-term prospect. His 3-point stroke, lack of athletic pop and defensive inefficiencies are why he might fall. The Lakers may make use of the nice and cope with the unhealthy, although, and contemplating Rajon Rondo’s managed to stay in LA for 2 seasons, Mannion has a shot to outlive.

 

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TCU

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

 

Boston

 

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

15th

PPG

16.6

RPG

6.4

APG

3.9

3P%

44.2%

Which NBA workforce could not use a Desmond Bane? He’s a lights-out 3-point shooter with a giant body who can deal with it a bit and is aware of tips on how to play his position successfully. Even on a loaded Celtics roster he may step in as a beneficial off-the-bench contributor.

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