2020 NBA Mock Draft (First Round)


1. Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards G Georgia


Anthony Edwards is the perfect fit for Minnesota. He will be the third scorer that the Timberwolves desperately need along with Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell. Edwards should be inserted in the starting lineup right away and form one of the most underrated backcourts in the league. Edwards is a great defender, which should be perfect right next to Russell. What separates Edwards from the rest is his ability to create his shot. While he was pretty inconsistent during his 1 year at Georgia, he showed the ability to dominate games when his shot was falling.


2. Golden State Warriors James Wiseman C Memphis


Even though the Warriors will most likely trade out of this pick, if the pick is made by the Warriors it should be Wiseman. Even if he doesn't start, he should still make an impact right away. Wiseman is insanely physically gifted at 7'1'' 247 pounds with a 9'6'' standing reach. His shooting remains a question but you can deny his potential with 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 23 minutes per game in 3 games at Memphis. He will add a whole new dynamic to this offense with his post-game and freak athleticism.


3. Charlotte Hornets Obi Toppin F Dayton


This might sound like a surprise pick, but I think Toppin would fit very nicely on the Hornets. He and Miles Bridges would form one of the best dunking duos in the NBA. He would likely start right away with a lineup that would look pretty similar to Devonte Graham, Terry Rozier, Miles Bridges, Obi Toppin, and P.J. Washington. Toppin made almost 70% of his 2 point shots and almost 40% of his 3 point shots while at Dayton. His ability to make shots will be great in clutch time for the Hornets.


4. Chicago Bulls Lamelo Ball G Illawarra


Lamelo Ball has the most potential in this draft. If he is on the board and the Bulls are on the clock, they will not let him fall to 5. Ball constantly makes highlight reels with his flashy passes and his ability to finish around the basket. Lamelo would be a great fit for the Bulls and could start with Zach LaVine and Coby White as neither of them are great facilitators.


5. Cleveland Cavaliers Deni Avdija G/F Israel


Another wing scorer is what the Cavs desperately need. Avdija will be put in the starting lineup very close to the start of the season. Avdija is 6'9'' and could play the 2-4. Over the last two years, Avdija became one of the best players in the EuroLeague. Avdija has shown the ability to create shots for himself which should bode well on this Cavalier offense.


6. Atlanta Hawks Onyeka Okongwu F/C USC


While Okongwu likely won't start, he will be a fantastic rim protector off of the bench. He will add defense to a team that could use some help on that side of the ball. Okongwu averaged 2.7 blocks and 1.2 steals per game at USC. Okongwu will have to try and develop a shot outside the paint if he wants to sniff the starting lineup, but should still be a great asset off the bench.


7. Detroit Pistons Tyrese Haliburton G Iowa State


Tyrese Haliburton will be put into a position where he can immediately contribute in Detroit. He is a do it all guard as he averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists, and 2.5 steals on 50% shooting and 42% from 3. The Detroit Pistons need to embrace their rebuild and Haliburton should be able to give this team a bright future.


8. New York Knicks Killian Hayes G Germany


This is an extremely risky pick for a team that needs talent right away. He is a good, but not great jump shot but he is great in the pick and roll. He has room to grow as a shooter but will be forced to mature right away as he will get big minutes on a team that needs some better players.


9. Washington Wizards Isaac Okoro G/F Auburn


Okoro is a great fit one of the worst defensive teams of the league. He is one of the best defenders in the draft as he was in the 90th percentile in one on one points per possession. The Wizards will be looking to contend for a playoff spot in 2021 with a potential starting lineup of Wall, Beal, Okoro, Rui, and Thomas Bryant.


10. Phoenix Suns Aaron Nesmith G/F Vanderbilt


Nesmith was in the midst of a spectacular sophomore season before it got cut short due to injury. He might be the best shooter in this draft as he shot 52% from 3 in 14 games. Nesmith will look to add the Suns some depth off the bench.


11. San Antonio Spurs Saddiq Bey F Villanova


Bey is another fantastic three-point shooter and could be a great piece to the Spurs. In 2019, Bey showed his ability to not only create for himself but to create for others as well. He was a very efficient scorer as he shot 48% and 45% from 3.


12. Sacramento Kings Patrick Williams F Florida State


Even though his stats didn't look amazing on paper, that was because Florida State liked to spread the ball around. Patrick Williams is a good defender and a great athlete who will give the Kings great depth at the forward position.


13. New Orleans Pelicans Precious Achiuwa F/C Memphis


Precious Achiuwa emerged as Memphis' top option when Wiseman left in the middle of the season. He averaged 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds as Memphis' starting center. If they were to draft Achiuwa the Pelicans could experiment with Zion at the center position.


14. Boston Celtics Devin Vassell G/F Florida State


Vassell was the best offensive player on a team that shared the ball in college. He has serious potential as a 3-level scorer in the NBA and would be a great backup and potential starter for the Celtics with Gordon Hayward's injury history.


15. Orlando Magic Cole Anthony G North Carolina


Cole Anthony should be a great backup point guard for the Magic. He might not be in the rotation right away with D.J. Augustin and Markelle Fultz, but he should be able to work his way in.


16. Portland Trail Blazers Kira Lewis G Alabama


Lewis could play right away for the Trail Blazers as a backup guard who can shoot and create for others. He averaged 18.5 points and 5.2 assists on 46% shooting in 2019.


17. Minnesota Timberwolves Jaden McDaniels F Washington


This is a little bit of a reach for the Timberwolves but the forward position starts to get thin here. McDaniels is a decent shot creator who can create off the dribble and should be in Minnesota's rotation.


18. Dallas Mavericks Jalen Smith F/C Maryland


Jalen Smith should get a look at the rotation in Dallas as he is a great complement to Kristaps Porzingis. Smith is great in the pick and roll and should catch a lot of alley-oops from Luka Doncic.


19. Brooklyn Nets RJ Hampton G New Zealand


Hampton will fit nicely as a backup guard on a team that could use some depth at that position. He will have time to develop while playing behind Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Caris LeVert.


20. Miami Heat Josh Green G/F Arizona


The Miami Heat already have a ton of depth and Green should add to that. He should be a great asset as a backup wing. Green might get a chance to play if Andre Iguodala leaves in free agency.


21. Philadelphia 76ers (from Oklahoma City via Orlando and Philadelphia) Nico Mannion G Arizona


Mannion should add depth at the point guard position with Ben Simmons possibly moving to the 4. He will play behind Shake Milton and is a great shooter and playmaker.


22. Denver Nuggets (from Houston) Jahmi'us Ramsey G Texas Tech


Ramsey should give the Nuggets some quality depth at the guard position. He is a solid defender, something the Nuggets could use right now.


23. Utah Jazz Aleksej Pokusevski F Olympiakos


Pokusevsi is a 7 footer who can dribble, pass, and shoot effectively. He plays similar to Bol Bol and this is the perfect player the Jazz can wait on as they have solid depth right now.


24. Milwaukee Bucks (from Indiana) Leandro Bolmaro G Barcelona


Even though they are the best defensive team in the league, they can always use more defense. He won't play for a couple of years, but when he does Bolmaro should bring some defensive intensity off the bench.


25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Denver) Robert Woodard F Mississippi State


Robert Woodard could grow into a respectable 3 and D player on the Thunder. He won't have to create his shot as he has Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Dennis Schroder to do that for him.


26. Boston Celtics Xavier Tillman F/C Michigan State


Xavier Tillman is the perfect fit for the Celtics. He is an undersized center who is great in the pick and roll, both on offense and defense. He is a great defender who could play a very similar role to Daniel Theis.


27. New York Knicks (from LA Clippers) Isaiah Stewart F/C Washington


The New York Knicks have a lot of depth at the power forward and center positions, but no one has proved themselves. Stewart could sneak into this rotation because of his physicality and high motor.


28. Los Angeles Lakers Malachi Flynn G San Diego State


Malachi Flynn probably won't be in the Lakers' rotation right away, but has the potential to at some point. He is excellent at creating shots not just for himself, but for others around him.


29. Toronto Raptors Cassius Winston G Michigan State


Cassius Winston has the opportunity to play right away in Toronto even if Fred VanVleet is still there. Winston, like VanVleet is not that great of an athlete, but is still a great shooter and passer.


30. Boston Celtics (from Milwaukee via Phoenix) Tyler Bey F Colorado


Tyler Bey is an excellent defender who will add depth at the forward position. He probably won't play much because the Celtics are a very deep team, but there is always a chance he'll be needed because of injuries.


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