2020 NBA Mock Draft, Nov. 18, 2020
1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Anthony Edwards
Averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds under Tom Crean at Georgia. A gifted scorer, elite defender, and physical specimen, Edwards is the whole package Minnesota can’t pass up.
2. Golden State Warriors – James Wiseman
Wiseman averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds a game in his short career as a Memphis Tiger. Known for his athleticism, rebounding, and defense, Wiseman can play a key role in the Warriors’ next championship run.
3. Charlotte Hornets – LaMelo Ball
We’re still trying to figure if the first Ball brother will pan out, but could LaMelo thrive better in the NBA after his time in Australia’s NBL? Although Ball must find shooting consistency, the Hornets will be looking for a certified ball handler with tremendous passing ability.
4. Chicago Bulls – Deni Avdija
International NBA prospects have gradually risen in numbers, but can Israel’s Deni Avdija be the next great one? Chicago has a young roster with multiple needs; therefore, the Bulls would find it hard to pass on Avdija’s versatility and high basketball IQ.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers – Obi Toppin
Toppin averaged 20 points in a breakout season as a Dayton Flyer under coach Anthony Grant. Whether the Cavs need him playing above the rim or spacing the floor, Cleveland snags a projected top-3 pick.
6. Atlanta Hawks – Tyrese Haliburton
Haliburton did a little of everything at Iowa State averaging 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. Although the Hawks possess a young backcourt led by Trae Young, don’t be surprised if they replace Huerter with Haliburton for his 3-point shooting and playmaking abilities.
7. Detroit Pistons – Onyeka Okongwu
Okongwu averaged 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds as a USC Trojan. Detroit fans will be happy to draft a rim protector who possesses the athleticism to run the court and make big plays when needed.
8. New York Knicks – Isaac Okoro
12.9 points and 4.4 rebounds a game aren’t the flashiest numbers for this Auburn Tiger, but there’s more than just what’s on paper. The Knicks will appreciate Okoro’s ability to defend at the NBA level thanks to his athleticism and physical traits.
9. Washington Wizards – Saddiq Bey
Bey averaged 16.1 Points and 4.7 rebounds at a terrific Villanova program led by coach Jay Wright. While he’s not known as a solid ball handler, Bey adds offensive firepower the Wizards are looking for.
10. Phoenix Suns – Killian Hayes
Some mock drafts have the French point guard as high as 3rd overall, while others have Hayes in the 10-20 range. His change of speed, touch around the basket, and high basketball IQ will serve as a good backup option to CP3 and a great long-term option down the road.
11. San Antonio Spurs – Precious Achiuwa
Once Wiseman left Penny Hardaway’s Memphis program early in the season, Achiuwa led the charge averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. Although this is a reach for San Antonio, Achiuwa fulfills a need for the Spurs to soon replace LaMarcus Aldridge with a physical defender and fluid athlete.
12. Sacramento Kings – Devin Vassell
Vassell averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds under coach Leonard Hamilton at Florida St. The Kings would be cheering for the possible fact that they drafted a steal who can shoot the 3 as good as any other 2020 prospect.
13. New Orleans Pelicans – RJ Hampton
RJ Hampton went straight from high school to Australia’s NBL. While his shooting requires fine tuning, the Pelicans bring in a relentless driver who wastes no time breaking down defenses.
14. Boston Celtics – Aaron Nesmith
You may have not heard of Aaron Nesmith even though he averaged 23 points at Vanderbilt in the SEC. The Celtics would be thrilled to draft one of the best, if not the best, shooter in this draft class.
15. Orlando Magic – Cole Anthony
16. Houston Rockets – Kira Lewis Jr
17. Minnesota Timberwolves – Jalen Smith
18. Dallas Mavericks – Patrick Williams
19. Brooklyn Nets – Isaiah Stewart
20. Miami Heat – Tyrese Maxey
21. Philadelphia 76ers – Josh Green
22. Denver Nuggets – Desmond Bane
23. Utah Jazz – Tre Jones
24. New Orleans Pelicans – Aleksej Pokusevski
25. Oklahoma City Thunder – Theo Maledon
26. Boston Celtics – Vernon Carey Jr
27. New York Knicks – Malachi Flynn
28. Oklahoma City Thunder – Jaden McDaniels
29. Toronto Raptors – Zeke Nnaji
30. Boston Celtics – Leandro Bolmaro