2020 NBA Mock Draft + Lottery (Pre Tournament)

Since I have been sitting inside for the past 4 months with no NBA news to post about since I'm a Hawks fan, I will be simulating the NBA Draft Lottery, set for next month, on Tankathon, and I will make a mock draft out of it. I will do another mock draft after the seeding games are done to get the official teams and records.

Lottery Results

1: Golden State Warriors

2: Charlotte Hornets

3: Detroit Pistons

4: Atlanta Hawks

5: Cleveland Cavaliars

6: Minnesota Timberwolves

7: New York Knicks

8: Chicago Bulls

9: Washington Wizards

10: Phoenix Suns

11: San Antonio Spurs

12: Sacramento Kings

13: New Orleans Pelicans

14: Portland Trail Blazers

The Mock Draft

1: Golden State Warriors

With the 1st Pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, I got the Warriors taking C James Wiseman out of Memphis. Wiseman had a very brief 2019-2020 season with the Tigers, as he was suspended after 3 games. The suspension was supposed to run until January 12, but Wiseman elected not to finish the season to focus on the draft. He put up great numbers in only 3 games, averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. He is a great rebounder and defender who would fill the void for the Warriors at center.


2: Charlotte Hornets

I have the Hornets taking G Anthony Edwards out of Georgia with the 2nd pick. Edwards has the potential to turn into a franchise player that the Hornets really need after losing Kemba Walker. Edwards looks like a decent rebounder for a guard, with 5 rebounds as well as 19 points a night. If Devonte Graham can turn into a solid point guard, him and Edwards will rule the Charlotte backcourt for years to come.


3: Detroit Pistons:

I have Detroit taking PG Lamelo Ball from the Illawara Hawks in Australia with the 3rd pick. This pick was going to be Lamelo or Obi Toppin, as Detroit could use younger players at both positions. I picked Lamelo because the Pistons would have the ability to stick Lamelo anywhere from the 1 to the 3. With D-Rose at point, they could put Lamelo there for a defensive advantage, or put him at the 2 to keep D-Rose's scoring ability. It will be interesting with Lamelo for whichever decides to pick him up to see where he would play on the court, as well as the drama factor with his father, Lavar Ball.


4: Atlanta Hawks

With my Atlanta Hawks on the clock, I have them selecting Iowa State PG Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton is a great all-around player, averaging 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. He is also sits at 6'5, which gives the Hawks the chance to play him at the 1 when Trae is off the court, while sharing the 2 with Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish. This would be a great pickup for the Hawks as a backup plan if they can't get Anthony Edwards.


5: Cleveland Cavaliars

I think Cleveland will select Dayton PF Obi Toppin with the 5th pick. Toppin is a very physical guy who could provide an upgrade from Cedi Osman at small forward, and potentially take over at power forward in a few years with his 6'9 size. He is also one of the only players projected to be drafted that averaged at least 20 points per game last season. He will also add a lot of explosiveness to whichever team picks him. He could be the Ja Morant of the 2020 Draft with the presence he brings to the court.


6: Minnesota Timberwolves

I think the T-Wolves will take USC big man Onyeka Okongwu with the 6th pick. Power forward is a big hole in Minnesota's lineup, with their current starter being Juan Hernangomez. Okongwu had a great year at USC, putting up 16 and 8 a game, to go along with almost 3 blocks. Pairing him up with KAT as the big men with the backcourt of DLO and Culver would make the T-Wolves contenders in a few years.


7: New York Knicks

I have the Knicks selecting UNC PG Cole Anthony with the 7th pick. The Knicks have been searching for an all-star potential point guard for years, and Anthony has the potential to be just that. Even while playing for a struggling UNC team and missing time with injury, Anthony would still put up 19 points, 6 boards, and 4 assists per game. Having got a trio of RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, and Mitchell Robinson already, Cole Anthony could actually make the Knicks good again soon.


8: Chicago Bulls

I have the Bulls taking Auburn SF Isaac Okoro with the 8th pick. The Bulls have their lineup filled with young developing players. Their small forward currently is Otto Porter, who has a large contract and probably wouldn't be a player to hold down that position during a run at the title. Okoro has the potential to be just that. In his one year at Auburn, he put up 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. If he were to start as a rookie, it would make the Bulls even younger of a team with potential to make some noise soon.


9: Washington Wizards

I think Washington would take Israeli SF Deni Avdija with this pick. The Wizards already have Wall and Beal in the backcourt. They do have a open spot at one of the forward positions after drafting Rui Hachimura with their first round pick last year. Avdija only averaged 9 points per game with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel last season, but has the upside of being 19 years old and having many years to develop into a graet counterpart for the Wizards offense.


10: Phoenix Suns

I got 2 Memphis Tigers going in the top 10, with Phoenix selecting Memphis PF Precious Achiuwa with pick 10. Power forward is currently the weakest position for the Suns, with their current starter being Dario Saric. Achiuwa could be a sleeper in this draft class. He put up nearly 16 points and 11 rebounds along with 2 blocks a game in his only season at Memphis. If Achiuwa can replicate those stats while improving on those numbers in a few years, he will definitely have all-star potential in the NBA.


11: San Antonio Spurs

I got the Spurs selecting FSU G/F Devin Vassell with the 11th pick. I see the Spurs blowing the team up to rebuild soon depending if they bring back DeRozan or not. If they do, Vassell would be a good replacement. Vassell broke out in his sophomore season at FSU, averaging 12 points and 5 rebounds. This statline might not be crazy, but he has a lot of upside. One upside being that he is only 19 years old, and like Deni Avdija, would have a lot of time to develop. Not to mention that he would be developing under a coach in Gregg Popovich, who developed Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and arguably Manu Ginobili into Hall-of-Famers. I am interested in seeing how Vassell develops with whichever team that selects him.


12: Sacramento Kings

This pick might surprise a few, but I have the Kings selecting Duke C Vernon Carey Jr with the 12th pick. He is currently projected as a late 1st/early 2nd round pick, but I think his draft stock will go up by the time the draft comes along in October. Carey put up great numbers with the Blue Devils, with about 18 points and 9 rebounds a night. The Kings are a little thin at center, and their options aren't the greatest. If Carey were to pair up with fellow Blue Devil Marvin Bagley III, the Kings would have a scary frontcourt for years to come.


13: New Orleans Pelicans

I think the Pelicans would get a little lucky to have RJ Hampton drop to them at 13, but I have him going to NOLA with pick 13. Hayes played in Germany last season, averaging 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. Hayes will be 19 years and a few months old on draft night, making him one of the youngest players in this class. He would have the chance to develop in New Orleans with Zion and other youngsters. Adding Hampton in the Big Easy would make the young core in NOLA even better.


14: Portland Trail Blazers

With the last pick in my first mock draft, I have the Blazers taking Vanderbilt SF Aaron Nesmith. Nesmith was one of the most proficient scorers in Division 1 basketball last season. He averaged an astonishing 23 points per game with 5 rebounds per game. If Portland's first round pick from last season, Nassir Little, develops well, these 2 could be dominating the forward positions in Portland and making Portland a western contender with Dame Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic.


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