2020 NBA Mock Draft: It's Edwards, Wiseman, Ball then a whole lot of questions

We're taking a closer look at the forthcoming NBA Draft with an early peek at how the first round may play out.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves:  Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
    The Timberwolves 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 an up and down season at Georgia, but showed flashes of elite shotmaking and should be 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 to be a really good wing in the future.

  2. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman, C, Memphis
    With Draymond aging and Kevon Looney's 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 short term will be a limited role and with Steph and Klay coming back from injuries the Warriors
    should be in position for Wiseman to have a simplified job.

  3. Charlotte Hornets: Lamelo Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks/USA
    Lamelo brings to the Hornets what they have not had in years: Excitement. Lamelo played the last year in Australia and flashed elite playmaking and creativity, continuously making crazy passes and seeing plays few others would. Melo 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 Lamelo lie on the other side of the ball as his physicality and on-ball defense are both large minuses.

  4. Chicago Bulls: Deni Avdija, SF, Macabbi Tel Aviv/Israel
    A safe and smart pick, Avdija gives the Bulls a strong wing who can playmake, defend, and shoot. The ceiling of Avdija was a question for many, but after a strong showing in the Israeli playoffs many scouts believe he has at least some star potential. Avdija's weaknesses include questionable athleticism and shooting, but in almost every other category he is at least adequate. Avdija won't be a superstar, but he should be a part of the Bulls' rotation for the foreseeable future.

  5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Onyeka Okungwu, C, USC
    Okungwu is everything you want in a modern-day center; He is a good roller, a strong rim protector, and has shown flashes of playmaking and shooting. Okungwu joins a young core in Cleveland that lacks a young big to play next to their two guards Darius Garland and Collin Sexton and while the Cavs have the recently acquired Andre Drummond the combination of him likely wanting a big contract and his dwindling play makes him an unlikely future center. Okungwu will be a good contributor right away, but it's up to the Cavs to unlock his potential as a face up big.

  6. Atlanta Hawks: Isacc Okoro, F, Auburn
    Okoro is an excellent defender, strong finisher, and great athlete and fills a huge need for the Hawks. Okoro will be a plus defender the second he touches an NBA court and for the third-worst defensive team last year his defense should be very. The big question for Okoro 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 minimize his role and allow him to attack the rim he should be successful, but the Hawks have to understand that Okoro has many limitations on the offensive side.

  7. Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes, G, France/ Ulm
    The Pistons need a long term 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 shotmaking and even utilized the step-back three frequently over the course of the year. Where Killian is truly exceptional though is his playmaking and while there is certainly room for growth in many areas Hayes has all the tools to be a dynamic guard at the next level.

  8. New York Knicks: Devin Vassell, SG/SF, Florida State
    Vassell 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 Knicks 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.

  9. Washington Wizards: Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton
    Probably the best player in the nation last year the 22-year-old Toppin boasts an impressive mix of athleticism and skill. Toppin is a great roller and really strong lob threat who should pair nicely with Washington's dynamic guard combo. Perhaps the biggest negative in Toppin's game is his defense and luckily for him, the Wiz don't do much of that anyway! Toppin is a win-now player who can help the Wizards push for the 8 seed next year alongside Beal and Wall.

  10. Phoenix Suns: Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa St
    Haliburton is an extremely unique player. He is a fantastic passer, but lacks the ball-handling and burst necessary to be a point guard. He is a great off-ball defender but lacks the strength to play the 2 consistently. Tyrese will need to be in the right situation and next to Devin Booker in Phoenix he should have enough of a leash to be able to fully unlock his passing while ensuring that he is not asked to do too much as a passer. Haliburton is an inconsistent shooter but should have enough spot-up ability to at least be competent from three in the NBA.

  11. 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 was injured for conference play his incredible 52% three-point percentage was enough to inspire GM's that Nemsmith 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.

  12. Sacramento Kings: Patrick Williams, PF, Florida State

    One of the youngest players in the class, Patrick Williams has all the tools necessary to be 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 to be 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 steal at 12.

  13. New Orleans 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 playmaking as he is not an excellent passer and at his size, he is almost forced to play the point.

  14. Boston Celtics (via MEM): Tyrese Maxey, G, Kentucky

    Maxey had an up and down season at Kentucky, but showed flashes of stardom throughout the year. Maxey is certainly undersized for a shooting guard and lacks the necessary passing to be a point guard, but on a team like the Celtics where the wings have the ball most of the time he should be able to thrive in an off-ball role. Maxey only shot 29% from the three-point 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 can be a at least a solid shooter in the NBA.

  15. 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 out of place in the NBL 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.

  16. Portland Trail Blazers: Saddiq Bey, F, Villanova

    Bey is an NBA ready prospect who can contribute 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 should be able to slot in as a potential starter right away and be a 3&D wing that Portland desperately needs.

  17. Minnesota Timberwolves (via BKN): Precious Achiuwa, 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 Deangelo Russell, Precious might be the right fit as all he has to focus on will be playing great defense and rolling to the rim.

  18. Dallas Mavericks: Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Olympiacos B/ Serbia

    The classic young euro unicorn, Pokusevski is a 7'2 18-year-old power forward. Poku 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 quite a wide margin. Poku, however, 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. Poku is a swing for the fences, but for the Mavs who are looking for a third star next to KP and Luka he could be the perfect fit to complete their Euro super team.

  19. Brooklyn Nets: Josh Green, SG, Arizona

    One of the best defensive wings in the class, Josh Green has a lot of NBA GMs 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.

  20. Miami Heat: Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama

    With Goran Dragic continuing to age and Kendrick Nunn being a bit of a question mark, the Heat are in need of 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 to be 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.

  21. Philadelphia 76ers (via OKC): Tyrell Terry, PG, Stanford

    The opposite of Sixers 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 Sixers who are shooting hungry Terry is the perfect player.

  22. Denver Nuggets (via HOU): Leandro Bolmaro, PG, Barcelona/Argentina

    Standing at 6-7 Bolmaro is one of the biggest point guards in the class. Bolmaro 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. Bolmaro's big question is his three-point shooting as he was inconsistent throughout his time in Barcelona.

  23. Utah Jazz: Theo Maledon, G, ASVEL/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 Maledon's level of upside after he struggled to show much on ball creation at ASVEL, but the Jazz will be hoping that Maledon's upside was hidden by the system he played within.

  24. Milwaukee Bucks (via IND): Grant Riller, PG, Charleston

    One of the best finishers and shot creators in the draft the 23 year old Riller could be an intriguing option for the Bucks. Riller 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. Riller won't be a great defender, but if his offense can be as good as it was in college he could be a really good contributor for an NBA team.

  25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via DEN): Jalen 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.

  26. 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.

  27. New York Knicks (via LAC): Jaden Mcdaniels, F, Washington

    A former top 5 high school recruit, Mcdaniels struggled in his one season at Washington as he struggled to consistently create space and make his shots. The Knicks don't have a great reputation for developing players, but at 27 taking a flyer on a guy like Mcdaniels could have some real payoff.

  28. Los Angeles Lakers: 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 contribute to the Lakers right away. Cassius could fill a role really well in LA and would be a good fit next to both LeBron and AD.

  29. Toronto Raptors: Killian Tillie, PF, Gonzaga/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.

  30. 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 long term. 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 has a reputation of developing jumpers he could be a really good role player.

Second Round:

  1. Dallas Mavericks (via GSW): Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona

  2. Charlotte Hornets (via CLE): Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington

  3. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jahimius Ramsey, G, Texas Tech

  4. Philadelphia 76ers (via ATL): Desmond Bane, SG, TCU

  5. Sacramento Kings (via DET): Elijah Hughes, SG, Syracuse

  6. Philadelphia 76ers (via NYK): Paul Reed, PF, Depaul

  7. Washington Wizards (via CHI): Robert Woodard II, F, Miss St.

  8. New York Knicks (via CHA): Devon Dotson, PG, Kansas

  9. New Orleans Pelicans (via WAS): Isaiah Joe, SG, Arkansas

  10. Memphis Grizzlies (via PHX): Daniel Oturu, C, Minnesota

  11. San Antonio Spurs: Abdoulaye N'Doye, G, France

  12. New Orleans Pelicans: Mason Jones, SG, Arkansas

  13. Sacramento Kings: Udoka Azubike, C, Kansas

  14. Chicago Bulls (via MEM): Zeke Nnaji, C, Arizona

  15. Orlando Magic: Jordan Nwora, F, Louisville

  16. Portland Trail Blazers: Vernon Carey, C, Duke

  17. Boston Celtics (via BKN): Yam Madar, PG, Hapoel Tel Aviv/Israel

  18. Golden State Warriors (via DAL): Tre Jones, PG, Duke

  19. Philadelphia 76ers: Ashton Hagans, , PG, Kentucky

  20. Atlanta Hawks (via MIA): Kenyon Martin Jr., F, HS

  21. Golden State Warriors (via UTA): Lamine Diane, F, Cal State Northridge

  22. Sacramento Kings (via HOU): Payton Pritchard, PG, Oregon

  23. Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Hall, F, HS

  24. Indiana Pacers: Skylar Mays, SG, LSU

  25. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver Nuggets): Kaleb Wesson, C, Ohio St.

  26. Charlotte Hornets (via BOS): Paul Eboua, PF, Cameroon

  27. LA Clippers: Saben Lee, G, Vanderbilt

  28. Philadelphia 76ers (via LAL): Josh Hall, F, Vermont

  29. Toronto Raptors: Marko Simonovic, C, Montenegro

  30. New Orleans Pelicans (via MIL): Reggie Perry, C, Mississippi State