We're taking a closer look at the forthcoming NBA Draft with an early peek at how the first round may play out.
Minnesota : Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
The earn the first pick in one of the worst drafts in recent memory. While there is no consensus number one
pick, Edwards is still a really good prospect. Edwards had and down season at Georgia, but showed flashes of and able to show off that ability with the Wolves. Edwards needs to improve upon his decision-making, defense, and effort if
he wants to live up to the hype of the first pick, but he has all the tools a really good wing in the future.
Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman, C, Memphis
With aging and health problems, the Warriors are in need of someone to log minutes at the 5 and
while Wiseman struggled in his few games at Memphis, he is a dynamic roller and will be a good lob threat right away. The key for Wiseman's success in the will be a limited role and with and coming back from injuries the Warriors
in for Wiseman to have a simplified job.
Charlotte Hornets: Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks/USA
brings to the Hornets what they have not had in years: Excitement. played the last year in Australia and flashed and creativity, continuously making crazy passes and seeing plays few others would. is a good ball-handler and while he struggled to shoot well in Australia the flashes and projections suggest he could become a pretty good shooter. The biggest questions for lie on the other side of the ball as his physicality and on-ball defense are both large minuses.
Chicago Bulls: , SF, Tel Aviv/Israel
A safe and smart pick, gives the Bulls a strong wing who can , defend, and shoot. The ceiling of was a question for many, but after a strong showing in the Israeli playoffs many scouts believe he has at least some star potential. weaknesses include questionable athleticism and shooting, but in almost every other he is at least adequate. won't be a superstar, but he a part of the Bulls' rotation for the foreseeable future.
Cleveland Cavaliers: , C, USC
is everything you want in a center; He is a good roller, a strong rim , and has shown flashes of and shooting. joins a young in Cleveland that lacks a young big to play next to their two guards Darius Garland and Collin Sexton and while the have the recently acquired Drummond him likely wanting a big contract and his dwindling play makes him an unlikely future center. will be a good contributor right away, but it's up to the to unlock his potential as a face up big.
Atlanta Hawks: , F, Auburn
is an excellent defender, strong finisher, and great athlete and fills a huge need for the Hawks. will be a plus defender the second he touches an NBA court and for the third-worst defensive team last year his defense very. The big question for is on the offensive end as he struggled as a shooter at Auburn and often seemed phased out of the offense. If the Hawks can his role and allow him to attack the rim he successful, but the Hawks have to understand that has many limitations on the offensive side.
Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes, G, France/ Ulm
The Pistons need a answer at the point guard and Killian Hayes could certainly fill that role. Hayes is an international prospect who rose significantly on draft boards after an impressive year at Ulm. Killian showed flashes of really good and even the step-back three over the course of the year. Where Killian is truly exceptional though is his and while there is certainly room for growth in many areas Hayes has all the tools a dynamic guard at the next level.
New York : Devin , SG/SF, Florida State
is the very definition of a 3&D wing. He is a tenacious defender and excellent disruptor in passing lanes while being a really good shooter who showed flashes of being able to create his own shots at Florida State. The can expect to get a solid contributor who will be an important par t their future while also keeping the door open for the 2021 Draft that has many excellent point guards, including one Cade Cunningham.
Washington Wizards: Obi PF, Dayton
Probably the best player in the nation last year the boasts an impressive mix of athleticism and skill. is a great roller and really strong lob threat who should pair nicely with Washington's dynamic guard combo. Perhaps the biggest negative in game is his defense and luckily for him, the Wiz don't do much of that anyway! is a win-now player who can help the Wizards push for the 8 seed next year Beal and Wall.
Phoenix Suns: G, Iowa St
is an player. He is a fantastic passer, but lacks the ball-handling and burst necessary a point guard. He is a great off-ball defender but lacks the strength to play the 2 consistently. will need in the right situation and next to Devin Booker in Phoenix he should have enough of a leash able to fully unlock his passing while ensuring that he is not asked to do too much as a passer. is an inconsistent shooter but should have enough spot-up ability to at least from three in the NBA.
San Antonio Spurs: Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt
One of the best shooters in the class Nesmith absolutely tore it up in his 14 games at Vanderbilt this year and while he faced bad competition and for conference play his incredible 52% percentage was enough to inspire GM's that was worthy of a lottery pick and has been a steady riser as in the mind of many his dynamic shooting outweigh his lack of passing and defensive skills.
Sacramento Kings: Patrick Williams, PF, Florida State
One of the youngest players in the class, Patrick Williams has all the tools necessary an impact wing in the NBA. He is athletic, a good defender, and a great finisher. He has shown flashes of shot creation and pull up shooting, but for now, those skills are too raw for them bankable. P-Will is more of a project, but his potential might be the highest in the class. If the Kings can develop him correctly he could be a huge at 12.
New Pelicans: Cole Anthony, PG, UNC
A former top 5 high school recruit, Cole Anthony struggled in his one year at UNC. However, a lot of scouts blame UNC's lack of spacing and overall dysfunction on Cole's struggles and that is what the Pelicans will be banking on here. Cole is an excellent shot creator who has shown advanced ability in both pull up shooting and finishing. The real worries for him come with his size and as he is not an excellent passer and at his size, he is almost forced to play the point.
Boston Celtics (via MEM): G, Kentucky
had an up and down season at Kentucky, but showed flashes of stardom throughout the year. is certainly undersized for a shooting guard and lacks the necessary passing a point guard, but on a team like the Celtics where the wings have the ball most of the time he able to thrive in an off-ball role. only shot 29% from the line in college, but was a good shooter throughout high school and hit many tough shots for Kentucky which will make many GM's believe that he a at least a solid shooter in the NBA.
Orlando Magic: RJ Hampton, G, NZ Breakers/USA
Hampton took the international route out of high school after being one of the top recruits in the nation and after a rough year in New Zealand it seems he will have to rely on his High School hype to get drafted higher. Hampton looked in the and really struggled both offensively and defensively, but the highlights in High School will definitely make GM's who are star hungry see Hampton as a potential fit.
Portland Trail Blazers: Bey, F, Villanova
Bey is an NBA ready prospect who can to a team right away. He plays both forward spots and drains the three-ball at a high level. For a team like Portland who feels they are one or two pieces away from being a real contender Bey is the perfect fit as he able to slot in as a potential starter right away and be a 3&D wing that Portland desperately needs.
Minnesota (via ): Precious PF, Memphis
A physical specimen and excellent defender, Precious is much more of an upside pick for the Wolves as he struggled at his one year at
Memphis. Precious continuously made bad decisions and struggled offensively, but for a team like the Wolves who have offensive stars Karl Anthony-Towns and Russell, Precious might be the right fit as all he has to focus on will be playing great defense and rolling to the rim.
Dallas Mavericks: PF, B/ Serbia
The classic young euro unicorn, is a power forward. has some excellent traits; Incredibly long, good shooter, great passer, outstanding athleticism, and possibly most important he is the youngest player in the draft by a wide margin. has his fair share of flaws; He weighs less than a lot of point guards, he is incredibly immature, and while he has shown flashes of shot creation on the perimeter a lot of it is inconsistent and if his shot and perimeter creation do not become a staple of his game there is no way he is an NBA player. is a swing for the fences, but for the who are looking for a third star next to KP and he could be the perfect fit to complete their Euro super team.
Brooklyn Nets: Josh Green, SG, Arizona
One of the best defensive wings in the class, Josh Green has a lot of NBA loving his role-player potential. Green struggled shooting at Arizona, but showed a lot of overall talent and promise throughout the year. Green impressed with his passing and IQ and has a lot of GM's thinking that he could be a really good role player and in Brooklyn where there are plenty of stars, Green could be a good fit.
Miami Heat: Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama
With Goran continuing to age and Kendrick Nunn being a bit of a question mark, the Heat ball handlers for the future. Kira Lewis Jr. is an explosive athlete and is probably the fastest player in the draft. Lewis is a sophomore, but is still very young and definitely has the upside a really good slashing point guard for the future. Lewis' jumper is a bit of a question, but if he can consistently drill threes he could be a really good player for the Heat.
Philadelphia (via ): Terry, PG, Stanford
The opposite of plan heading into last year, Terry is a great shooter who is a defensive liability and will be for the foreseeable future. Terry is only 160 pounds and stands at 6-1 and while he was actually a pretty good defender in college, in the NBA he will really struggle to hang with the top athletes in the world. Terry is a truly great shooter however and for a team like the who are shooting hungry Terry is the perfect player.
Denver Nuggets (via ): Leandro PG, Barcelona/Argentina
Standing at 6-7 is one of the biggest point guards in the class. did not play much for the Barcelona A team, but in his time for the Barcelona B he showed really impressive passing ability and defensive upside. big question is his shooting as he was inconsistent throughout his time in Barcelona.
Utah Jazz: Theo G, /France
A high IQ player who would be a good fit next to Donovan Mitchell due to his ability to play both on and off ball offensively. There are worries about level of upside after he struggled to show much on ball creation at , but the Jazz will be hoping that upside was hidden by the system he played within.
Milwaukee Bucks (via IND): Grant PG, Charleston
One of the best finishers and shot creators in the draft the could be an intriguing option for the Bucks. played at a very low-level in college, but dominated and has a lot of upside for a guy who is one of the oldest in the class. a great defender, but if his offense as good as it was in college he could be a really good contributor for an NBA team.
Oklahoma City Thunder (via DEN): Smith, PF/C, Maryland
A 3 & D big who flashes athleticism and rim protection, Smith could be a really good option for the shooting hungry Thunder. Smith needs to improve his strength and lateral ability if he wants to be a real impact player, but his baseline of shooting and rim protection makes him a player who has a pretty high floor.
Boston Celtics: Tyler Bey, F, Colorado
With the Celtics' biggest rivals in the East all boasting incredibly athletic and talented fours, the C's are always in need of players who can help them
guard those excellent athletes. Bey is an excellent defender and while his offensive game needs work, scouts agree that Bey has all the traits of a
really good role player.
New York (via LAC): F, Washington
A former top 5 high school recruit, struggled in his one season at Washington as he struggled to consistently create space and make his shots. The don't have a great reputation for developing players, but at 27 taking a flyer on a guy like could have some real payoff.
Los Angeles : Cassius Winston, PG, Michigan St.
Cassius was one of the best players in the nation last year and is an extremely cerebral and steady point guard who could to the right away. Cassius could fill a role really well in LA and would be a good fit next to both and AD.
Toronto Raptors: Killian Tillie, PF, /France
Tillie is an extremely talented player who only fell this far due to injury concerns, but for the Raptors, they can afford to take a risk on a high ceiling player like Tillie, who is a really good shooter and overall strong player.
Boston Celtics (via MIL): Xavier Tillman, C, Michigan St
While it is unlikely that the Celtics make all three of their picks, Tillman could be an intriguing option for the C's . Tillman is a really smart center who makes up for his lack of athleticism with intelligent play and stellar defense. Tillman's swing skill is his shooting as he didn't shoot much at Michigan St., but if he goes to a team like Boston who of developing jumpers he could be a really good role player.
Dallas Mavericks (via ): Nico PG, Arizona
Charlotte Hornets (via ): Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington
Minnesota : Ramsey, G, Texas Tech
Philadelphia (via ): Desmond Bane, SG,
Sacramento Kings (via DET): Elijah Hughes, SG, Syracuse
Philadelphia (via ): Paul Reed, PF,
Washington Wizards (via CHI): Robert Woodard II, F, Miss St.
New York (via CHA): Devon Dotson, PG, Kansas
New Pelicans (via WAS): Isaiah Joe, SG, Arkansas
Memphis Grizzlies (via ): Daniel C, Minnesota
San Antonio Spurs: G, France
New Pelicans: Mason Jones, SG, Arkansas
Sacramento Kings: , C, Kansas
Chicago Bulls (via MEM): Zeke , C, Arizona
Orlando Magic: Jordan F, Louisville
Portland Trail Blazers: Vernon Carey, C, Duke
Boston Celtics (via ): Yam PG, Tel Aviv/Israel
Golden State Warriors (via DAL): Jones, PG, Duke
Philadelphia : Ashton , PG, Kentucky
Atlanta Hawks (via MIA): Kenyon Martin Jr., F, HS
Golden State Warriors (via UTA): Diane, F, Cal State
Sacramento Kings (via ): Payton Pritchard, PG, Oregon
Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Hall, F, HS
Indiana : Skylar Mays, SG,
Brooklyn Nets (via Denver Nuggets): Kaleb Wesson, C, Ohio St.
Charlotte Hornets (via BOS): Paul , PF, Cameroon
LA Clippers: Lee, G, Vanderbilt
Philadelphia (via LAL): Josh Hall, F, Vermont
Toronto Raptors: Marko C, Montenegro
New Pelicans (via MIL): Reggie Perry, C, Mississippi State