By: Gianluca Varile
The 2020 NBA Draft is closer than you think. The future of next seasons NBA is uncertain but the future is bright. Here are my top 14 Picks for the 2020 NBA Draft:
Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards (G Georgia)
Stat line for 2019-20 NCAA Season: 19 ppg 2.84 apg 5.22 rpg
This is the obvious pick here for the Timberwolves at number one. Edwards will provide a spark at the offensive end and will instill his aggressive defense into the Wolves lineup. He will need to improve his three point shooting percentages at the next level, but with a smooth jumper, his offensive potential is as bright as anyone in this draft.
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Golden State Warriors: Deni Avdija (G/F Israel)
Stat line for 2019-20 IBPL (Last 12 Games): 13.5 ppg 2.6 apg 6.1 rpg
This pick might come as a surprise to many as the Warriors pass on possible #1 overall pick James Wiseman however, Avdija brings a lot to the table that according to reports, will most likely make him the second pick, over Wiseman in 2020. Deni Avdija shot 50% from the field as well as 50% from three during his final 12 game span of the Israeli Premier league. He shows defensive promise and plays offense like a true point forward with the ability to create his shot and the shot for others. This will be a great addition to an already stacked lineup.
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Charlotte Hornets: James Wiseman (C Memphis)
Stat line for 2019-20 NCAA Season (3 games): 19.7 ppg 76.9 fg% 10.7 rpg
This pick for the Hornets is a no brainer at number 3. They get their center of the future who will pair greatly with two facilitating guards in Terry Rozier and Devonte' Graham. In his very limited college season Wiseman showed he can be a dominant interior scorer and defender and help lead a young Charlotte team to the playoffs.
James Wiseman Highlights:
Chicago Bulls: Lamelo Ball (G Illawarra Hawks)
Stat line for 2019-20 Season: 16.4 ppg 6 apg 6.8 rpg
Lamelo Ball is arguably the most intriguing prospect of this years draft. Standing at 6'7, Lamelo's ball handling skills and ability to find an open teammate looks like poetry in motion. He can score with ease around the rim and has the ability to create his own shot like no other in this draft. This is a great pick for the Bulls and he could pair great with Lavine and Markkanen.
Lamelo Ball Highlights
Cleveland Cavaliers: Obi Toppin (F Dayton)
Stat line for 2019-20 NCAA Season: 20.5 ppg 63.3 fg% 7.5 rpg
Obi Toppin will provide much needed forward help for the Cavaliers. In Kevin Love's dwindling years Toppin will be able to provide some youth (although being 22) at that position while growing behind one of the better scorers at the power forward position in his prime in Kevin Love. Some would compare Toppin to Amare Stoudamire which most definitely makes sense. He has great dunking ability and an improved shot which can translate at the next level.
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Atlanta Hawks: Isaac Okoro (G Auburn)
Stat line for 2019-20 NCAA Season: 12.9 ppg 4.4 rpg 2 apg
One thing the Atlanta Hawks need is defense and Isaac Okoro is the perfect partner to pair with Trae Young. His intensity and tenacity can quickly establish him as a premier defender in the game. He also shot 51% from the field but a low 29% from three. He can slash to the rim and score on a drive with ease, but he needs to work on his three point shooting in order to become a offensive threat at the next level.
Isaac Okoro Highlights:
Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes (G ULM)
Stat line for 2019-20 NCAA Season: 12.8 ppg 45.5 fg% 6.2 apg
The Pistons have vowed for a long tenured piece of the puzzle at the point guard position and Killian Hayes would be a great fit. One can argue that at this point he may be the best player on the board. He certainly showcases that with his ball handling and vision. With assist totals upwards of 6 there is no doubt he will be able to create a shot for others at the NBA level. There are however concerns about his shot from 3, averaging about 30% from behind the arc. There is certainly a lot of upside to his all around game especially since he will be able to defend positions 1 and 2 while standing at 6'5.
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New York Knicks: Cole Anthony (G North Carolina)
Stat line for 2019-20 NCAA Season: 18.5 ppg 5.7 rpg 4 apg
The New York Knicks. MSG. The Mecca of basketball. The struggle of a fan. The Knicks need almost everything at every position, but mainly, their focus should be on scoring and point guards. Who better to get at 8 than Cole Anthony, a New York native who can flat out score. The Knicks can't draft or sign another primary passing guard who is reluctant to shoot the ball. Clearly within the last decade filled with reluctant scores at point, it did not go well. Anthony's defense needs to improve for sure, but with effective coaching at the NBA level he has potential to change his defensive woes and add a much needed spark to The Garden.
Cole Anthony Highlights: