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2020 NBA Draft Prospect Preview 21-30

Many view the 2020 NBA Draft class as weak because of the lack of superstar caliber prospects. That may be true, but there seems to be a good amount of potential NBA talent in Wednesday’s draft. Teams that are looking for rotational pieces that could be viewed as solid picks a few years down the line may want to take a look the prospects I have listed below.

21. Josh Green (Arizona)

Position: Wing

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 210 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’10”

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Mar 14, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Washington Huskies guard Nahziah Carter (right) pressures Arizona Wildcats guard Josh Green (0) during the second half at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

            Hailing from Australia, Green chose to attend Arizona alongside Nico Mannion. Arizona has had its fair share of NBA talent in recent years and it looks like they could at to that with Green. Many have raved about how hard he works and the kind of athleticism he possesses and Josh hopes to use that to make name for himself at the next level. He has skills that will translate to the NBA, but he is a little rough around the edges.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Green knows how to play with the ball in his hands. He is an instinctual play maker and can create for himself and for his teammates. He isn’t going to be a primary ball handler in the league, but he is someone that could develop into a passable secondary creator.
  • His length and athleticism make him an ideal perimeter defender in today’s NBA. He works hard on defense and he hardly ever backs down from a challenge; a real grinder when trying to stop the ball.
  • Josh struggled to shoot from the floor in college, showing he needs to continue to refine his game if he wishes to be a contributor in the NBA.
  • He shot 36% from three in his lone year at Arizona which shows how well he could fit in when he reaches the league.
  • Green plays relaxed and will make the occasional play that leaves you having to pick your jaw up off the floor. Sometimes, though, he is too relaxed as he can be loose with the ball and find himself in trouble.

Player Comparison: Gary Harris, Alec Burks, Ketavious Caldwell-Pope

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22. Jahmi’us Ramsey

Position: Guard/Wing

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 195

Wingspan: 6’6”

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LUBBOCK, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 05: Guard Jahmi’us Ramsey #3 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders shoots a three-pointer during the first half of the college basketball game against the Eastern Illinois Panthers at United Supermarkets Arena on November 05, 2019 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

            The Red Raiders have been able to find players and mold them into potential NBA players quite well over the course of the past few years. The program produced 3-and-D prospect Zhaire Smith and it looks like Ramsey could be a player along the same vein. He is one of the higher upside plays compared to those that will be taken around him in the mid to late-first round so he’s someone to watch going forward.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • An athletic guard who has a chance to impact both sides of the ball at a high level when he is at his best. He showed flashes when at Texas Tech of how impactful he could be as a scorer and defender. The problem was those flashes were far and few between.
  • Jahmi’us is a solid shooter who can do it both in catch-and-shoot and off the dribble situations. He shot over 40% from three in 141 attempts, showing those numbers were no fluke.
  • He struggled at time to finish around the rim when he was being contested. Ramsey is strong for someone his age, but it did not seem to help him much. It makes teams wonder how he will do when faced with bigger, stronger opponents.
  • He doesn’t have a real tight handle to this point. Ramsey isn’t going to be shaking defenders and leaving them in a cloud of dust. Jahmi’us also doesn’t look like he’ll ever be someone who makes tons of plays for his teammates wither.
  • Even though he shot incredibly well from three this past season, most aren’t convinced just yet. He wasn’t known for his lights-out shooting ability in high school and he managed to hit only 64% of his free throws.

Player Comparison: Maybe Donavan Mitchel, Lonnie Walker IV, Iman Shumpert

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23. Tyrell Terry (Stanford)

Position: Guard

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 190 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’3”

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STANFORD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 13: Stanford’s Tyrell Terry (3) heads to the basket against Arizona State’s Mickey Mitchell (00) in the second half at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

            Terry wasn’t someone that many thought would be a first-round selection when the 2019-20 college season opened. But, due to his strong play and relatively weak class around him, he has managed to move on up. There are some people who extremely high on this young man and think he could be a top-10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. His shooting ability is incredible and we have seen how great shooting can change things in recent year. I like his game, but I’m not of the opinion that he needs to be squarely in the lottery.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • He’s an elite shooter plain and simple. He is capable of getting his shot off from just about anywhere and at any time. He shot 41% from three and 89% from the charity stripe on the season with a high volume.
  • Terry averaged 3 assists per game in college which is nothing to turn your nose up at. Terry won’t be someone who handles the ball exclusively at the next level, but he is a capable threat with the ball in his hands as both a passer and scorer.
  • Tyrell works well off the ball. He runs around screens and looks to confuse defenders with his cuts and flares. Terry isn’t just sitting in the corner waiting to fire from three; he makes defenders get their workouts in.
  • The young guard is a liability defensively. His game is more tailored for a traditional shooting guard but he has the size of a point. That could be difficult to play with and scheme around if you’re his coach.
  • He has tons of confidence as a scorer and it can get him in trouble sometimes. He fires away when he sees and opening even when there was a better shot he could have worked for. It’s not the biggest problem in the world, but it is something Terry will need to make an adjustment on.

Player Comparison: Poor man’s Trae Young, Seth Curry, D.J. Augustin

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24. Jaden McDaniels (Washington)

Position: Forward

Height: 6’9”

Weight: 200

Wingspan: 7’0”

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 30: Jaden McDaniels #0 of the Washington Huskies works towards the basket against Nico Mannion #1 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on January 30, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

            Jaden is a very interesting prospect. He was looked at as a major recruit coming out of high school who largely underwhelmed in college who still has a high upside. Some of the things that made him such a hyped-up prospect entering college showed themselves, but not to the level many thought he was capable of.  He put his name into this year’s draft and look like someone a team could covet as a real diamond in the rough if he pans out. While there is a real upside to this young man, there is also a chance he’s never much of a factor in the NBA.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Jaden handles the ball well and shows craftiness as a ball handler for someone his size. He uses that to his advantage as he is more than comfortable being a forward who can create for himself.
  • His shooting mechanics are great and that has shown itself in how successful he was from deep. 34% isn’t going to know you off your feet, but he has been someone long thought of as a real deep threat.
  • He gives real effort defensively and shows the potential be a solid all-around defender. He moves well for someone of his size and has great length to along with it. As he adds strength to his frame, Jaden could be someone who guards several different positions on the court.
  • McDaniels doesn’t finish well around the rim at this point despite his length and ball handling skills. It limits him in terms of how danger he can be at the next level and is something that needs to be addressed.
  • Jaden is very skinny and will need to pack on plenty of weight if he wishes to compete at the next level. With how small he is now, he will easily got thrown around by bigger players and will have a hard time finishing through any sort of contact.

Player Comparison: Poor man’s Brandon Ingram, poor man’s Tobias Harris, Hedo Turkoglu

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25. Precious Achiuwa (Memphis)

Position: Big

Height: 6’9”

Weight: 225 lbs.

Wingspan: 7’2”

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Precious Achiuwa in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

            Precious joined Wiseman at Memphis this past season and ended up having the kind of year you like to see from athletic big men. The main attraction for him is that he is a big, athletic player who has shown enough flashes to be a solid all-around player. The fact that Wiseman ended up playing a handful of games helped out as he was given more of a runway to show exactly what he is capable.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • His defensive versatility at his size is something many teams should be excited about. He will slow down as he gets older, but he has the instincts to be a solid defender capable of defending multiple positions.
  • He is an active rebounder who uses his body well to box out and sky for rebounds when he doesn’t have the best position. Precious average nearly 11 rebounds at Memphis and looks like someone who could replicate that in the NBA.
  • His ability as a rim-runner is impressive; he sets screens well and rolls hard to the rim. Anytime he finds himself around the rim with momentum it is a good offensive possession.
  • His shooting is decent at best. He shot 32.5% from three on the year and only 60% from the line. If he wants to be as useful as he can be at the next level, that needs to improve.
  • There have been questions about who he will be when he gets in the NBA. He seems to think he’s Pascal while most teams seem him as more of a center.

Player Comparison: Kenneth Faried, James Johnson, P.J. Washington

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26. Robert Woodard II (Mississippi State)

Position: Wing

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 235 lbs.

Wingspan: 7’1”

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Mississippi State guard Robert Woodard II (12) looks for an open teammate during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Starkville, Miss. Auburn won 80-68. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

            Woodard considered going back to school for another year since he felt there was some unfinished business due to the pandemic. He ultimately decided to put his name into the 2020 NBA Draft due to the encouraging things he heard from NBA organizations. Woodard fits into the modern NBA extremely well due to his size, giving teams the inclination he could be a versatile defender at the next level. If he consistently puts the skills he has together, he might be very serviceable for a long time.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Woodard has a wingspan over seven feet which would be incredibly useful when defending passing lanes and having to guard bigger opponents.
  • He is a streaky shooter, but he knocked down a good number of his attempts this past season. His 43% success rate from deep makes teams excited, but it was on limited shots and many believe his shooting motion is too stiff right now.
  • He moves well without the ball by cutting and setting screens. He showed while at Mississippi State he can be a team player and contribute within a scheme.
  • Woodard is someone who gives effort on the boards. His numbers won’t make you think he’ll be a great rebounder, but he boxes out and goes after the loose ball when he can.
  • Robert has a tough time doing anything with the ball in his hands on the perimeter. His handle isn’t very tight and often is looked at as a nonfactor if he doesn’t immediately shoot it.

Player Comparison: Dorian Finney-Smith, P.J. Tucker, bigger Andre Roberson

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27. Grant Riller (Charleston)

Position: Guard

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 190 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’4”

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Mar 16, 2018; San Diego, CA, United States; Charleston Cougars guard Grant Riller (1) moves the ball against Auburn Tigers guard Jared Harper (1) during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

            Riller has been a trendy pick amongst draft nerds that look for sleepers. Many have given him the comp of Fred VanVleet, which is something I don’t see to this point. Grants number at Charleston were great, but he comes from a mid-major school so there are questions about how real the numbers are. The track record of guards who have spent multiple years in college and transitioned to the NBA well has continued to get longer. Riller may be poised to join that list very soon.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Riller has the experience to lead a unit well since he has been doing it for the past couple of years in Charleston.
  • He is a solid finisher who can use either hand when he gets to the rim. He is more craft than athleticism at the point, but he isn’t a bad athlete.
  • Riller is a solid shooter from the outside who can do it either off the catch or off the bounce. That combined with the ability to finish makes him a potential three-level scorer for a bench unit.
  • The numbers for him have been as impressive as anyone in this draft. The problem with that is the competition he has faced. Charleston doesn’t have the toughest schedule and some are concerned the difference in talent may be too much for him.
  • His defense is subpar right now. Grant has shown flashes of being a defender when engaged, but those flashes don’t come as frequently as teams would like.

Player Comparison: Jalen Brunson, Cameron Payne, Tyus Jones

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28. Cassius Stanley (Duke)

Position: Wing

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 195 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’7”

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DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 08: Cassius Stanley #2 of the Duke Blue Devils against the Colorado State Rams during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 08, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

            Stanley is someone who most teams should consider in the first round in my opinion. He is one of the best leapers you will find in this draft class and puts on a show anytime when going to the rim. The highflyer has skills that extend beyond his dunking and he is hoping enough teams see that so he ends up getting a guaranteed contract. He didn’t end up being the focal point of Duke’s team, but he had a solid season and showed just how wwell he could transition into the NBA.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Stanley is someone who can put on a show when he is on his way to the rim. His ability to finish at the rim, whether in the half court or on the fastbreak, is elite for his class.
  • He is a solid shooter from the outside when he has space. He shot 36% from three in his lone season at Duke and looks like he could contribute to a team as an inside-outside presence.
  • Cassius has the potential to be a solid defender in the NBA. He needs to improve when it comes to the minor details, but he’s shown enough to intrigue teams.
  • He isn’t the best at handling the ball when pressured and needs to tighten his handle if he wants to be some sort of on-ball threat in the NBA.
  • A solid rebounder who gives effort on the glass and makes the most of his leaping ability.

Player Comparison: Miles Bridges, Gerald Green, bigger Shannon Brown

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29. Theo Maledon (France)

Position: Guard

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 175 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’9”

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VILLEURBANNE, FRANCE – JANUARY 10:Theo Maledon, #6 of LDLC Asvel Villeurbane in action during the 2019/2020 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 18 match between LDLC Asvel Villeurbane and Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade at The Astroballe on January 10, 2020 in Villeurbanne, France. (Photo by Frank Halimi/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

            There seems to be one foreign guard in every draft that fits the archetype Maledon falls into. He has a good feel for the game for someone his age because of his experience playing against grown men and has the ball handling skills to be a primary facilitator. Some of the players you could compare Theo to have gone on to have successful careers while others have not. Which side of history with this young guard find himself?

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Even when he trying to push that action, Maledon has a very controlled game. He never looks rushed or flustered by what defenses are throwing at him. To have that maturity at his age is something not everyone has regardless of experience.
  • He could be someone who scores from multiple spots on the floor. Theo uses his length to get to the rim and finish well while also possessing a solid jumper. He may never be deemed a three-level scorer, but he has the skill to score multiple ways.
  • Theo could be a solid perimeter defender thanks to his lateral quickness and length. Most would categorize him as a decent defender currently with the upside to be very solid when it is all said and done.
  • Maledon isn’t equipped with great athleticism, which effects his ability to take guys off the dribble. He doesn’t ever seem to blow past people when trying to get to the rim which could be problematic against great defenders.
  • Most people consider him a streaky shooter to this point. He shot 77.6% from the free throw last season so the touch seems to be there; it is more about consistency from long range than anything.

Player Comparison: Poor man’s Tony Parker, Ricky Rubio, Elfrid Payton

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30. Paul Reed (DePaul)

Position: Forward

Height: 6’9”

Weight: 220 lbs.

Wingspan: 7’2”

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Nov 11, 2019; Iowa City, IA, USA; DePaul Blue Demons forward Paul Reed (4) controls the ball as Iowa Hawkeyes forward Cordell Pemsl (35) defends during the second half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

            Reed is someone that I am personally high on in this draft. He presents a skill set at the power forward position I like to see in today’s NBA. There may not be any one thing he does that will be elite at the next level, but I think he has a chance to an impactful player in the league. Depending upon how you look at him, he could be an All-Star someday or he could be out of the league in a few short years.

  • Reed was one of the best defenders in the NCAA last season; he may have even been the best. He averaged 2 steals and 2.6 blocks per game in his final season at DePaul in large part due to his athleticism and length. His ability to guard at a high level both on the ball and as a help defender should really excite teams that believe in his offensive game.
  • For a forward, Paul is someone who handles the ball well in the half court. His ability to take guys off the dribble and get into the lane while finishing through contact is impressive. He isn’t afraid to play with the ball in his hands and he has shown how productive he can be when given the opportunity.
  • Reed is a capable scorer in the low post and shows the ability to pass out when the opportunity presents itself.
  • His three-point shot is streaky at best as he has very methodical, stiff mechanics. He is a great athlete, but Reed looks incredibly uncomfortable when going to shoot. It isn’t unfixable, but it will take time.
  • Paul isn’t physically imposing. He is a good athlete, but he needs to add muscle to his frame if he wishes to bang down low.

Player Comparison: James Johnson, poor man’s Paul Millsap, Larry Nance Jr.

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