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2020 NBA Draft Prospect Preview 1-10

Rejoice, NBA fans! The 2019-20 season just wrapped up and the off season is already in full swing. The moratorium on trades will be lifted soon and free agency is just right around the corner. One other key element for everyone involved is the draft, which is set the take place November 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.. Here is everything you need to know about some of the prospects who will be hearing their names called early Wednesday night.

1. Anthony Edwards (Georgia)

Position: Guard          

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 225 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’9”

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Mar 7, 2020; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards (5) walks to the bench on a time out against LSU Tigers during the first half at Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect lists vary on who the best prospect is in the 2020 NBA draft, but Edwards finds himself as a consensus top-two or three guy and that’s why I have him at one. He didn’t exactly follow the same track as many of his contemporaries, but that hasn’t hurt him. He didn’t play in Team USA’s system growing up and opted to stay close to his family instead of transferring to an academy like Montverde or IMG for high school. Because of that, some analysts have wondered how ready he will be once stepping onto the court as an NBA player.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • One of the better athletes to come out of the draft in recent years. His length, strength, and explosiveness could make him a high-impact player on both sides of the ball.
  • Lethal going towards the rim because of his quickness and strength at the guard position.
  • A versatile offensive threat due to his ability to create for himself and for others. He has a knack for scoring and looks like a legitimate three-level scorer at the next level.
  • Edwards’ offensive game wasn’t very efficient (40% FG, 29% 3P) and he decided to take too many ill-advised shots. His poor shot selection and inefficient numbers may be more indicative of the lack of talent around him at Georgia this past season.
  • He has all the physical tools to be a great perimeter defender, but he hardly ever showed that. Some question his motor and effort while others cite concerns over his polish.

Player Comparison: Andrew Wiggins, Victor Oladipo, Eric Gordon

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2. James Wiseman (Memphis)

Position: Center

Height: 7’1”

Weight: 240 lbs.

Wingspan: 7’6”

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Payton Pritchard #3 of the Oregon Ducks and James Wiseman #32 of the Memphis Tigers battle for position during the first half of the game between the Oregon Ducks and Memphis Grizzlies at Moda Center on November 12, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Wiseman has seen his draft stock jump up and down over the course of the past few months. It seemed to stabilize after the 2020 NBA draft lottery where multiple teams (Golden State and Charlotte) in need of a big man landed in the top 3. James has been one of the more talked about prospects in this year’s class for a few reasons. His commitment to Memphis raised some eyebrows since they hadn’t been a major player in college basketball since the days of Derrick Rose. After that, he made headlines for stepping away from the team after reports came out that Memphis used unsavory recruiting tactics to get the big man on campus. That kind of history, to go along with the fact he hasn’t played a legitimate game of basketball in a full year, makes him one of the more polarizing players in the draft.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • In terms of pure potential, there may not be a player with a higher ceiling that this young man.
  • Wiseman has all the physical tools you want out of big man regardless of the era. He moves well up and down the court for a seven-footer and has the strength to hang with centers right away.
  • The big man knows how to use his size; he rebounds well and is more than capable around the rim on both sides of the ball. Wiseman should protect the paint and finish around the rim at a high rate from day one.
  •  He does show some potential to stretch the floor, but it will take time. His shooting mechanics need refinement which could take a few years.
  • James has the tools to be an elite-level defensive big man by protecting the paint and guarding on the perimeter when necessary. As of right now, Wiseman is slow on rotations and looks lost at times.

Player Comparison: Anthony Davis, Deandre Ayton, Mitchell Robinson

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3. LaMelo Ball (Australia)

Position: Guard

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 190 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’10”

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 03: Lamelo Ball of the Hawks passes during the round five NBL match between the Illawarra Hawks and the Brisbane Bullets at AIS Arena on November 03, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

            I mentioned before how Wiseman was one of the more polarizing prospects in this draft; LaMelo is the most polarizing one. His playing career has been long chronicled thanks to his brother Lonzo and father LaVar. He has been a YouTube sensation since the age of 14 and has played all over the world. Now he’s ready to take on his next challenge: the NBA. Some people can get stuck seeing him as the kid who drained a three from half court after pointing at his spot and cherry-picking his way to 92; he’s a very different player now.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Ball is a legitimate primary ball handler in today’s NBA at 6’7’, which is an incredibly unique skill set. His ability to read the floor and react correctly is something few other teenagers can do.
  • He can create shots for his teammate by baiting defenders in and making them look silly. His court vision and playmaking ability alone puts him at the top of this class.
  • Ball had a tough time shooting last year in the NBL. The numbers weren’t good, and his mechanics won’t instill confidence as his legs flail out and he pushes the ball with both hands upon release. It isn’t a broken shot, but it needs work.
  • He can, in theory, be a very versatile defender, but he has yet to show any inkling of that. Ball oftentimes looks disinterested defensively and relies on switch-heavy schemes.
  • LaMelo isn’t very strong to this point and will more than likely be categorized as league average in terms of his athleticism.

Play Comparison: Poor man’s Luka, Shaun Livingston, unathletic Penny Hardaway

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4. Onyeka Okungwu (USC)

Position: Big

Height: 6’9”

Weight: 245 lbs.

Wingspan: 7’1”

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Onyeka Okongwu #21 of the USC Trojans plays against the Utah Utes at Galen Center on January 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

            Chino Hills can feel pretty good about not only being Lamelo Ball’s alma mater, but Okungwu’s also. Onyeka ended up finding his way into a Trojan’s uniform for the bizarre 2019-20 season and showed how impactful he could be at the next level as his build and skill set fits the modern NBA. Many have compared him to Bam Adebayo; I think Bam’s meteoric rise in year three has helped elevate what people think of this young man. He doesn’t have quite the upside as the three mentioned above, but there is plenty to like about this Nigerian-American big man.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • His blend of size and athleticism screams versatility on the defensive side of the ball. He blocked 2.7 shots per contest last year and was able to keep his man in front of him on switches.
  • Okungwu boxes out well and is a great leaper, leading to plenty of rebound opportunities.
  • He is a solid presence inside offensively by being able to effectively finish in rim running situations and on the low block as well.
  • Onyeka showed the propensity to handle the ball a bit as he was able to catch it at the free throw line and work his way to the hoop with one or two dribbles. Defenders had to respect that and back off, leaving room for him to hit the 12-footer.
  • He shot 72% from the charity stripe, which suggests he could eventually stretch out the floor. His shooting mechanics are inconsistent and he has some pretty bad misses at times so it will take time
  • He is different from the three mentioned above because he doesn’t have quite as high a ceiling but looks like someone who can make a positive on both sides of the ball in some capacity.

Player Comparison: Bam Adebayo, Serge Ibaka, Bismak Biyombo

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5. Killian Hayes (France)

Position: Guard

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 215 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’8”

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ULM, GERMANY – MARCH 08: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Killian Hayes of Ratiopharm Ulm controls the Ball during the EasyCredit Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) match between Ratiopharm Ulm and MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg at ratiopharm Arena on March 8, 2020 in Ulm, Germany. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

            Hayes was born in Lakeland, Florida and moved to France at a young age as his father pursued a basketball career overseas. Hayes grew up around the game and that has become evident in his play style and current level of skill. Some draft boards have him as high as one while others have him outside of the top 10; I decided to split the difference and put him here at five. Killian is one of my favorite prospects in this class, but I couldn’t see myself putting him any higher than this. His talent will translate well to the NBA and I think he has the room to grow into something special.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • His greatest skill is his ability to create for himself and for his teammates at a high rate, which fits into the modern NBA incredibly well. Hayes is a crafty dribbler who uses Harden-esque hesitations and step backs to get where he wants to on the floor.
  • A very useful pick-and-roll ball handler who is more than capable of either finishing at the rim or finding the open man. He is a strong guard who uses strength along with his length to attack the basket seemingly on a whim.
  • An oversized lead guard who shows the potential to be a solid perimeter defender but has to work hard at it because of his lack of elite athleticism. Hayes does a good job of pressuring the ball in one-on-one situations, but will need time before he can be considered a strong defender.
  • Has struggled to shoot from the outside at times due to his awkward shooting mechanics. He shot 84% from the free throw line over two seasons overseas so if Killian reworks his mechanics he could become a threat from deep.
  • As a lefty, Hayes uses his left hand to a fault. Teams know this and are going to force him to his right. If he wants to be as effective as possible, he needs to learn to use his right hand; that could take time.

Player Comparison: DeAngelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jeff Teague

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6. Deni Avdija (Israel)

Position: Forward

Height: 6’9”

Weight: 215

Wingspan: 6’9”

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – FEBRUARY 28: Deni Avdija, #8 of Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv in action during the 2018/2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 24 game between Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv and Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul at Menora Mivtachim Arena on February 28, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Seffi Magriso/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

            The Israeli born teenager has been marketed as one of the best prospects in this year’s draft over the past couple of years and he seems to be a lock for him to go in the first six or seven picks. His numbers with Maccabi Tel Aviv aren’t going to impress people all that much seeing as how he only played 15 minutes a game. The sheer talent he shows in workouts won’t wow people either. With that being said, many believe he is one of the more talented and NBA ready players in the draft.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Deni doesn’t have one skill that will stand out as a major weapon. Some view that as a reason not to draft him while others view him a super utility player that is extremely valuable in today’s league.
  • He is a high-level passer for someone his size and looks comfortable running the offense through stretches. He’s not the kind of point forward that Ben Simmons and Luka are, but teams shouldn’t fear having him handle the ball.
  • People have projected him to be a switchable defender due to his size and decent quickness. As he continues to fill out, Deni could become someone who guards 3-5 pretty well.
  • His shooting form looks good and he is adept at scoring when going towards the basket, but the numbers he has posted to this point aren’t that encouraging. He only shot 31.6% from three over two seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv and was a woe some 60% from the free throw line.
  • Avdija is a Swiss Army knife of a player who will be able to do a lot different things on the court . He won’t ever be the best player on a team, but he can make an impact on a team with championship aspirations down the line.

Player Comparison: Dario Saric, Gordon Hayward, Nicolas Batum

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7. Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State)

Position: Guard

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 175 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’8”

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – MARCH 14: Tyrese Haliburton #22 of the Iowa State Cyclones celebrates during the quarterfinal game of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament against the Baylor Bears at Sprint Center on March 14, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

            Haliburton was not the most heavily recruited player in high school, but he has managed to turn himself into a top 10 pick in this year’s draft. After a strong freshman season, Haliburton backed that up with an even more impressive sophomore campaign where he was able to keep his efficiency high while his usage took a major leap. The young man has been praised for his basketball acumen and IQ and looks to use that when he reaches the next level.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • He averaged 15 points, 6.5 assists, and 6 rebounds per contest while shooting 50% from the floor, 42% from beyond the arc, and 82% from the charity stripe last season. All of that accompanied by 2.5 steals per game makes people salivate over the kind of two-way ability he could have in the NBA pretty early.
  • He is incredibly skinny and will more than likely get bullied for the first couple of years of his career. It will be hard for him to get into the lane and finish through contact which could make him shy away from being aggressive on drives.
  • He attempted only 2 free throw per game this past season which shows he’s not likely to be a great pick-and-roll threat given his lack of strength.
  • His shot mechanics are very slow so it will be hard for him to be able to take that shot in pull-up situations. He has to either have space, like in catch-and-shoot scenarios, or he has to be able to create the space to shoot.
  • A very smart player; understands when to dribble, pass, or shoot and seems to always have his head on a swivel on the defensive side of things.

Player Comparison: Malcom Brogdon, Dejounte Murray, Frank Ntilikina

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8. Isaac Okoro (Auburn)

Position: Wing

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 225

Wingspan: 6’9”

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Jan 11, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers forward Isaac Okoro (23) reacts after a dunk on the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

            I was really debating whether to put Obi Toppin in this spot, but I ultimately went with Okoro. Toppin is solely a top-ten pick thanks to his offensive repertoire while Okoro is all defense to this point. There were some rumblings he may return to Auburn for a second season since Sharife Cooper, former teammate of Okoro’s at McEachern and one of the top guards in the 2020 freshman class, is set to attend Auburn this fall. Okoro opted against that due to the relatively weak draft class around him and how his game could translate at the next level very nicely.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Okoro is an elite level defensive prospect who should defend at a high level from the word go. His size and strength will allow him to guard a number of assignments regardless of position.
  • The athleticism Okoro displays is kind of old school in the fact he isn’t overly quick. He is an explosive run and jump athlete, but his most intriguing quality is his strength.
  • Anytime he attacks the basket offensively, it’s a good play. He shot a tick above 60% from within the three-point line with much of that coming from him attacking the basket.
  • The biggest concern in Okoro’s game comes from his long-range shooting. He shot only 28.5% from three on 2.5 attempts per game in his lone season at Auburn.
  • The one thing you could hang on to is that he isn’t afraid to shoot. He doesn’t shy away from trying to score in a few different ways which could lead some to believe he will put in the necessary work to get better.

Player Comparison: Andre Iguodala, Josh Okogie, wing version of P.J. Tucker

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9. Obi Toppin (Dayton)

Position: Forward

 Height: 6’9”

Weight: 220

Wingspan 6’11”

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Dec 21, 2019; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Dayton Flyers forward Obadiah Toppin (1) reacts against the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half in the Chicago Legends at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

            Saying Toppin was a man among boys during the 2019-20 college season works twofold. He was easily the best player in basketball as he averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds while leading Dayton to a 29-2 record. He was also one of the oldest players and will enter the NBA at the age of 22. I’m not as big on age as some people, but it’s something NBA front offices put stock into. Some may see it as a negative and say he’s maxed out in terms of his potential. Some may prefer to have someone with more polish who can produce from day one. Either way, he can play.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Obi has broad shoulders and is able to jump out of the gym. When he gets going downhill towards the rim, he is a nightmare for the opposing defenses.
  • He’s much more than just a rim-running big, though; he can shoot from the outside and has gotten more comfortable playing with the ball in his hands.
  • Toppin shot nearly 70% on twos (no, that is not a typo) and 41.7% from three in college over two seasons, showing he can be a legitimate three-level scorer as a big in the NBA.
  • He doesn’t move well laterally and isn’t much of a factor on switches. His help defense is subpar as he has a hard time reading offenses and looks lost at times.
  • Putting him in the pick-and-roll is probably something he is going to have to deal with a lot over his career. If he applies himself on defense, he could be good enough to be a positive contributor on a playoff team.

Player Comparison: Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, Josh Smith

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10. Patrick Williams (Florida State)

Position: Forward

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 225 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’11”

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Florida State’s Devin Vassell, right, and Patrick Williams, left, try to block the shot attempt of Boston College’s Jay Heath in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 80-62. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

            Williams is on the other end of the spectrum compared to Toppin in terms of age as the Florida State product is one of the youngest players in this draft, which makes him very enticing. His draft stock has continued to climb over the past month or so as teams have gotten the chance to talk with him (safely of course). It looks like he could end up landing in the top 10. His stats from his lone year as a Seminole won’t garner any sort of excitement, but he has shown flashes of talent that would fit into the modern NBA.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • He has the size and athleticism to be a very versatile defender, which is what some NBA teams have found the most interesting about him. The defense to this point is more in theory than anything, but someone his age has youth on his side.
  • He does the little things you want forwards to do like rebounding and setting good screens.
  • His free throw percentage (84%) and success rate from long range (32%) shows the potential to stretch the floor and just how multitalented he could be.
  • As far as his ball handling and passing is concerned, he needs to make adjustments. He turned the ball over more than he had assists which isn’t very good if you are wondering.
  • There are a lot of unknowns about Williams due to his young age and the limited playing time he received. The gamble of taking him in the top ten may be worth it in this draft.

Player Comparison: Paul Millsap, Thad Young, Al-Farouq Aminu

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