2020 NBA Mock Drafts

  • # Team Player Pos
    1 LaMelo BallAustralia PG

    Even with a healthy Stephen Curry, depth at point guard figures to be a priority for the Warriors. LaMelo Ball would give them another gunner who can make plays and read defenses to complement the core already in place. He's a high-level passer and creator who perfectly fits where the NBA game is going.

    2 Anthony EdwardsGeorgia, Fr SG

    Cleveland went guard with its first pick in consecutive years, so here they get a combo guard with wing size who can fit with both Darius Garland and Collin Sexton to meld the pieces already in place together. Anthony Edwards is an explosive athlete who can create for himself and impacts both sides of the ball when he's really engaged. He still has a long ways to go in terms of shot selection and efficiency, but still just 18 years old, the physical tools are undeniable.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33 19.1 5.2 2.8 40.2
    3 Killian HayesFrance PG

    Detroit's deficiencies abound, but addressing the point guard position should be top priority in a point-guard heavy draft. Killian Hayes is a crafty scorer and great passer who Detroit can groom to be its long-term answer at the position. What he lacks in burst and athleticism he makes up for with playmaking and pure feel. His stepback 3-pointer (combined with his left-handed jumper) is eerily reminiscent of the move that's made James Harden one of the most unguardable players in the NBA.

    4 Obi ToppinDayton, Soph PF

    Minnesota is all-in on their present with D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. So why not give the two a fun weapon to help them win? Obi Toppin led college basketball last season in dunks and has shown immense promise as a passer out of the short roll and as a 3-point shooter. He could give the Wolves a dynamic offensive weapon athletic enough to finish all the lobs and make plays above the rim.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.7 20 7.5 2.2 63.3
    5 Isaac OkoroAuburn, Fr SF

    The Hawks need to upgrade wing talent and defense, and Isaac Okoro could give them the best of both worlds. In terms of fit, Okoro and Atlanta are a match made in basketball heaven. He's a highly intelligent wing who can guard up and down the roster from his position and does all the little things to help his team win. The impact he can make without the ball makes him an ideal role player with Trae Young.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.5 12.8 4.4 2 51.0
    6 Tyrese HaliburtonIowa St., Soph PG

    The Knicks should be looking to upgrade at point guard, and Tyrese Haliburton would be a great snag in this range. He's been very efficient in college as a scorer and distributor (42.6% from 3-point range in two seasons), and he's overcome his athletic limitations with elite feel and instincts on both ends of the court. Even with a frame still on the slender side, I think his basketball IQ and shooting makes him the clear third point guard in this class.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    36.7 15.2 5.9 6.5 50.4
    7 Deni AvdijaIsrael SF

    The Bulls' hiring of Arturas Karnisovas makes them a wild card in this slot, and given his experience (and success) scouting the international scene, Deni Avdija is an intriguing option with upside. He's a point forward with solid handles and a diverse offensive arsenal who profiles as a potential secondary playmaker in the NBA. He could fit well in Chicago and grow alongside Coby White and Wendell Carter Jr. as they groom their nucleus for success.

    8 Cole AnthonyN. Carolina, Fr PG

    Healthy John Wall or not, Washington could use an infusion of talent at its lead guard spot, making Cole Anthony a good fit. He's a high-level shot maker and creator who can score in a variety of ways, be it off the dribble, off the catch or sprinting off screens. Think of him as a microwave scorer with upside to develop into a lead initiator.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    34.9 18.5 5.7 4 38.0
    9 Onyeka OkongwuUSC, Fr C

    Onyeka Okongwu is my top-ranked center in this class, and a great fit for the Hornets to complement their nucleus of Miles Bridges, Devonte' Graham and PJ Washington. He's a tremendously versatile defender who can block shots and defend on the perimeter at a high level. And on offense, he's a reliable post scorer who has room to grow his range to the perimeter. He didn't take many 3-pointers in college but his mechanics and release should allow him to develop as a floor-spacing modern big in the NBA.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.6 16.2 8.6 1.1 61.6
    10 Tyrese MaxeyKentucky, Fr SG

    There is cause for concern about Tyrese Maxey's shot after hitting just 29.2% from 3-point range at Kentucky. But everything else comes up rosy. He's an elite defensive player on the perimeter and an effective slasher who can sliver his way to the rim and effectively create off the dribble. A pairing with a scorer like Devin Booker in Phoenix could help maximize his strengths.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    34.5 14 4.3 3.2 42.7
    11 Aaron NesmithVanderbilt, Soph SF

    Despite playing just 14 games last season due to a foot injury, Aaron Nesmith's rise as a lottery prospect is a predictable one. He made 52.2% of his shots from 3-point range and developed into one of the best shot-makers in college basketball during that stint. He should be able to sprint off screens and continue as an above average perimeter scorer in the NBA. He's essentially the definition of a modern day wing scorer.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    35.7 23 4.9 0.9 51.2
    12 James WisemanMemphis, Fr C

    James Wiseman is a 7-1 center with a 7-6 wingspan who some believe is the best big man in this draft. But teams at the top of the lottery are largely looking to upgrade at point guard and wing, not at center. That'd obviously be a win for Sacramento, who would scoop him quick. He has the physical tools to be a day one contributor as a defensive anchor in the Kings' system.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    23 19.7 10.7 0.3 76.9
    13 Devin VassellFlorida St., Soph SF

    Devin Vassell fits the archetype to a T of a 3-and-D wing. He shot 41.5% from 3 last season, and defensively he averaged 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. With his long and wiry arms, he has great anticipation to play the role of a disruptive defender and could be an immediate boost to Portland's wing position.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    28.7 12.7 5.1 1.6 49.0
    14 Saddiq BeyVillanova, Soph SF

    New Orleans should be all about gathering players who can maximize Zion Williamson, and Saddiq Bey is who I'd handpick for that goal. He's a 3-and-D type player who is automatic as a spot-up shooter from distance and can defend 1-4. The threat of Bey's offensive punch would allow the Pels to space the floor and make defenders respect another sharpshooter on the perimeter.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.9 16.1 4.7 2.4 47.7
    15 Jahmi'us RamseyTexas Tech, Fr SG

    Traded from: BKN

    "Operation: Let's Get Minnesota More Shooting" has been engaged. After going with Toppin with pick one, I like Jahm'ius Ramsey as a potential addition to its backcourt. He's perhaps a one-dimensional threat right now as a catch-and-shoot option, but D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns don't need a whole lot more than someone reliable to knock down jumpers on the perimeter -- especially at the rate Ramsey can hit them. As a freshman he rated in the 91st percentile in catch-and-shoot situations in the halfcourt, per Synergy.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.1 15 4 2.2 44.2
    16 Theo MaledonFrance PG

    The Magic could hedge their bet on Markelle Fultz (and D.J. Augustin's looming free agency) by going point guard here with Theo Maledon, a talented lead guard who can handle it and score it at a high level. This is good value, too, if he's healthy. He seems to be finally over the nagging shoulder injury that disrupted part of last season for him on ASVEL -- a potential buy-low for a prospect that's long been considered an elite international talent.

    17 Tre JonesDuke, Soph PG

    Traded from: MEM

    Boston needs to address its depth at point guard behind Kemba Walker, and Jones -- a two-year college player -- fits the franchise's win-now mindset. He's a defensive monster who makes very few mistakes as a ball-handler and can competently run an offense. Even if he's drafted as a backup to Walker he could raise the Celtics' ceiling and allow them to avoid any significant drop-off in play from first to second unit.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    35.4 16.2 4.2 6.4 42.3
    18 Josh GreenArizona, Fr SG

    Josh Green closed his freshman season on a high note and really showcased his shooting ability, hitting 69% from 3-point range over his final five games. That's a sample of what he can bring to the NBA as a dynamic shooting guard as he develop. But what OKC will really value is his athleticism and defensive toughness, which they seem to always prioritize in the draft. Playing alongside lead guards like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul who can make plays would accentuate his skills as a high-level role player who makes winning plays on both ends of the court.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.9 12 4.6 2.6 42.4
    19 Precious AchiuwaMemphis, Fr PF

    Achiuwa was the best player in the AAC as a freshman, impacting the game as a two-way force with athleticism and energy. For the Mavericks he could be a defensive anchor on the back end and a killer small-ball big given his long reach and defensive instincts.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.4 15.8 10.8 1 49.3
    20 Kira Lewis Jr.Alabama, Soph PG

    Traded from: IND

    As one of the youngest players in the SEC last season -- Kira Lewis won't turn 20 until next April -- he averaged 18.5 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 boards per game. And there's still plenty of room for him to grow. I like Lewis as a midround bet for Milwaukee to give them a talented, lightning-quick point guard to groom as perhaps its future lead guard.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    37.6 18.5 4.8 5.2 45.9
    21 Patrick WilliamsFlorida St., Fr SF

    Traded from: HOU

    Raw and still-developing, Patrick Williams is a gamble who will require patience to come along as a contributor the next few years. But he's 6-8 with go-go gadget arms and defensive instincts that truly disrupts the game, with his feel and anticipatory sensors among the best in this wing class. If he puts it all together he can be a dynamic two-way role player for a long time in the league.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    22.5 9.2 4 1 45.9
    22 R.J. HamptonNew Zealand SG

    Traded from: PHI

    R.J. Hampton had an up and down season playing overseas in the NBL before an injury ultimately cut his year short. But Hampton's physical tools, athleticism and upside as a playmaker remains intriguing. In time, his advanced handle and ability to make tough shots should separate him as a unique combo guard. He'll need time to develop but Brooklyn can afford to be patient with Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert and Kevin Durant locked in for the next several seasons.

    23 Tyrell TerryStanford, Fr PG

    The NBA is moving towards players like Tyrell Terry who can knock down shots at a high level and can do so in myriad ways, from spot up situations to off the live dribble to peeling off screens. He's an elite scorer. And for a Miami team in need of depth at point guard, he's a low risk gamble in the back of the first round that could really pay dividends if he continues on his developmental trajectory.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.5 14.6 4.5 3.2 44.1
    24 Xavier TillmanMichigan St., Jr PF

    After three seasons at Michigan State, Xavier Tillman picked up all the tools in the bag to become an impact player. From setting hard screens to playing physical in the post to carving up bigger and more athletic forwards, he's a two-way force who consistently defends at a high level and does all the little things that impact winning.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.1 13.7 10.3 3 55.0
    25 Jalen SmithMaryland, Soph C

    Traded from: DEN

    Jalen Smith's ability to defend the rim, grab boards and pull up to hit 25-foot 3-pointers on the run is a rare and lethal combination. And for a big man, it's even more unique. He could really give OKC flexibility with how it deploys lineups with his floor-spacing ability.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.3 15.5 10.5 0.8 53.8
    26 Isaiah StewartWashington, Fr C

    While Isaiah Stewart fits the more traditional mode of a big man, his energy, physicality and enthusiasm should give him a chance to contribute early for a team like the Celtics who could really use size in their frontcourt. He averaged nearly 9.0 rebounds per game as a freshman in the Pac-12 and showed himself capable of defending the rim well despite some athletic limitations.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.2 17 8.8 0.8 57.0
    27 Aleksej PokusevskiGreece C

    Toronto's never been afraid to swing for the fences, with one of the best scouting and developmental staffs in the NBA, and so swing away they do here with one of the draft's biggest enigmas. Aleksej Pokusevski is a 7-foot center who last played on the B team for Olympiacos, but he's piqued the interest of scouts with the way he's profiles like a big but moves like a wing and shoots like a guard. Developmental prospect but would fit Toronto's line of drafting in recent years, with the team taking chances on players like Pascal Siakam and Bruno Caboclo in recent years.

    28 Vernon Carey Jr.Duke, Fr C

    Traded from: LAC

    The Knicks already have a foundational piece at center in Mitchell Robinson, but Vernon Carey's physical game could be a perfect complement. He's a bruising big man who embraces contact and can finish around the rim and protect it defensively, too.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    24.8 17.8 8.8 1 57.7
    29 Devon DotsonKansas, Soph PG

    The Lakers need an influx of youth at point guard, and the ever-spry Devon Dotson -- one of the fastest lead guards in this class -- fits the billing. He's a relentless attacker who finishes at the rim, locks up on the perimeter defensively, and can quarterback an offense. The 3-point shooting last season was down a bit as a sophomore but his overall impact on both sides of the court made him one of the best players in the Big 12 last season.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    34.9 18.1 4.1 4 46.8
    30 Cassius StanleyDuke, Fr SG

    Traded from: MIL

    Having already addressed the point guard and center position, Boston can look to lean up its already-deep wing spot with a player like Cassius Stanley. He fits the mold of a modern day NBA wing with freakish athleticism and scoring potential -- and could make an impact even on a team deep at his position because of his do-it-all defensive instincts.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    27.4 12.6 4.9 1 47.4
  • # Team Player Pos
    1 LaMelo BallAustralia PG

    I?m a big believer that the first pick in any NBA Draft should be the player the franchise selecting thinks has the best chance to be a future All-Star. Period. And, in this draft, I believe Ball is that player. The 6-6 point guard, who is still only 18 years-old, has developed into an incredible playmaker and passer who faired well playing professionally in Australia this past season. Some will choose to focus on his perceived negatives and low shooting percentages. But when you focus on what he can do, and how rare it is for somebody his age to do the things he can do, Ball becomes the most sensible option to be picked first.

    2 Obi ToppinDayton, Soph PF

    No college player helped himself more this season than Toppin. The former zero-star recruit became the CBS Sports National Player of the Year after averaging 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 63.3% from the field and 39.0% from 3-point range. He's a super-athletic forward who dunks everything ? he actually led the nation in dunks ? and consistently makes jumpers in pick-and-pop situations. Is his age, the fact that he?s already 22 years old, a concern? Sure, on some level. But that shouldn't matter as much as the idea that Toppin has a chance to be the most impactful player selected in this draft.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.7 20 7.5 2.2 63.3
    3 Anthony EdwardsGeorgia, Fr SG

    Edwards is a big, strong and athletic guard who is one of at least four players who could reasonably be selected first overall. The 6-5 freshman averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in his one season at Georgia ? but only shot 40.2% from the field and 29.4% from 3-point range. So he was incredible in spots but largely up and down and inefficient. And though I clearly see the same potential for stardom that everybody else sees with Edwards, I simply think Ball and Toppin will have better NBA careers.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33 19.1 5.2 2.8 40.2
    4 James WisemanMemphis, Fr C

    Wiseman's decision to quit on Memphis midseason raised eyebrows with some NBA executives who were left wondering if the 7-1 center is wired to be great. But his natural ability is so overwhelming that he can't possibly slip too far in a draft this devoid of high-end talent. Obviously, this is the worst time in the history of professional basketball to be a center and only a center because the position has never been less valued. But it's still hard to imagine a physical specimen like Wiseman going any lower, or at least much lower, than fourth or fifth in this draft.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    23 19.7 10.7 0.3 76.9
    5 Deni AvdijaIsrael SF

    Avdija should be the first non-American international prospect to come off the board. He's a former Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Under-20 European Championships who is now a rotation player for Maccabi Tel Aviv. The 19 year-old Israeli performed well in games leading up to the season being suspended. At 6-9, he's tall enough to play power forward and skilled enough to play on the wing. His shooting has improved. So, according to most evaluators, Avdija now projects as a likely top-five pick.

    6 Cole AnthonyN. Carolina, Fr PG

    Anthony's in-season knee surgery that limited him to just 22 games is the biggest reason ? not the only reason, but definitely the biggest reason ? the Tar Heels' season spiraled. Remember, they were 6-3 with a win over the eventual Pac-12 champion (Oregon) before Anthony got hurt but never the same afterward. The 6-3 point guard's shooting numbers as a freshman leave something to be desired ? but he took so many tough shots, sometimes out of necessity, that it's hard to know exactly what to make of them. Either way, Anthony still averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists. And though he probably isn't a real option at No. 1 like he was once believed to be, a spot in the top half of the lottery is still attainable.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    34.9 18.5 5.7 4 38.0
    7 Onyeka OkongwuUSC, Fr C

    Okongwu mostly operated off of the national radar this season because he played for an unranked team on the West Coast. But he was fantastic ? averaging 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 61.6% from the field. He's the main reason USC won 16 of its first 20 games and would've been in the NCAA Tournament. Is he an undersized big? Yes, probably. But the NBA is littered with undersized bigs these days. So even though he wasn't thought of this way coming out of high school, it's now reasonable to call Okongwu the second best big prospect in the draft.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.6 16.2 8.6 1.1 61.6
    8 Tyrese HaliburtonIowa St., Soph PG

    Haliburton, like Toppin, is a good example of a mostly unheralded high school prospect who became a statistical monster in college. The 6-5 sophomore averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 50.4% from the field and 41.9% from 3-point range this season before suffering an injury in early February that ended his college career. So he's a lead guard with size who consistently makes shots. And there's not a team in the NBA that couldn't use a player who can reasonably be described that way.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    36.7 15.2 5.9 6.5 50.4
    9 Killian HayesFrance PG

    Hayes is an American-born lead guard who was raised in France who spent this season playing professionally in Germany. The 18 year-old shared Most Valuable Player honors in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic international game and was averaging 12.0 points and 5.6 assists for a German team before the season was suspended. Hayes is better inside of the arc than he is outside of the arc, which is one way to say his 3-point shot must improve. But he already does enough things well enough to make him worthy of a lottery pick.

    10 Isaac OkoroAuburn, Fr SF

    Okoro was only a borderline top-40 prospect coming out of high school but quickly emerged as one of college basketball's best freshmen. He averaged 12.9 points and 4.4 rebounds for an Auburn team that started 15-0 and finished 24-4 when Okoro was healthy and available to play. His athleticism and ability to shutdown opposing wings thanks to unusually great defensive instincts for an 18 year-old are his best attributes. A franchise looking for a high-upside player who impacts winning in a variety of ways should make him a top-10 pick.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.5 12.8 4.4 2 51.0
    11 R.J. HamptonNew Zealand SG

    Hampton has said he would?ve gone to Kansas if college was his chosen path ? and can you imagine how good the top-ranked Jayhawks could?ve been this season if they also had a projected lottery pick like him on the roster? It?s wild to consider. But it was always hard to blame the 6-5 guard for pursuing an opportunity to play overseas, make real money and prepare for the draft by competing against professionals. He'll play on and off the ball in the NBA, probably for many years to come, thanks to a versatile offensive game that allows him to make plays in lots of ways.

    12 Precious AchiuwaMemphis, Fr PF

    The ceiling on Memphis' season was lowered drastically when Wiseman quit, but it's hard to argue that Achiuwa didn't personally benefit at least statistically. The super-athletic forward averaged 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds ? and was the only freshman in the sport to average a double-double. He's terrific in transition, effective around the rim, comfortable away from it and capable of guarding smaller players in space. All of that, combined with a tremendous motor, should be enough to make Achiuwa a lottery pick.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.4 15.8 10.8 1 49.3
    13 Saddiq BeyVillanova, Soph SF

    Bey was merely a sub-125 recruit in the Class of 2018, the least-heralded prospect in Villanova's four-player class. So the idea that he?s about to be a two-and-done player who gets selected in the first round speaks to his development, and growth, over the past two years. The 6-8 forward averaged 16.1 points while making 45.1% of his 3-point attempts this season for a Villanova team that shared the Big East title. He has the potential to be very good on both ends of the court and spend a long time in the NBA.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    33.9 16.1 4.7 2.4 47.7
    14 Aaron NesmithVanderbilt, Soph SF

    It's true that Nesmith only played 14 games as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending foot injury ? meaning the sample size is on the smallish side. But it can't be ignored that the 6-6 guard made 52.2% of the 115 3-pointers he attempted. That's an incredible percentage. And when you consider Nesmith has great size for his position, plus a good body, it's not crazy to think he could sneak into the back side of the lottery.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    35.7 23 4.9 0.9 51.2
    15 Tyrese MaxeyKentucky, Fr SG

    Traded from: BKN

    Maxey got 26 points in the season-opening win over Michigan State while showing all of the things that made most assume he'd be UK's leading scorer. But, for much of the season, the 6-3 freshman was inconsistent while making just 29.2 percent of his 3-point attempts. So his one year in college was a little disappointing relative to preseason expectations. Regardless, Maxey still mostly projects as a lottery pick because he measures well, presumably can be a better shooter than he showed this season, and is really good at scoring inside the arc in creative ways.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    34.5 14 4.3 3.2 42.7
    16 Theo MaledonFrance PG

    Maledon is a skilled athlete and interesting prospect -- even if this season, while playing professionally in France, didn't go so smoothly. He missed time with an injury and was mostly underwhelming, although, in fairness, he played better as things progressed. Either way, it's important to note, in 2018, Maledon became the youngest LNB All-Star in history. And the talent that made that possible still exists and is attractive to NBA executives selecting in this range.

    17 Isaiah StewartWashington, Fr C

    Traded from: MEM

    Stewart was perhaps the only good thing about Washington's wildly disappointing season that culminated with the Huskies finishing last in the Pac-12. The 6-9 center led the Pac-12 program in points (17.0), rebounds (8.8) and blocks (2.1). He was great ? but how well will it translate at the next level? That?s the question. And, for what it?s worth, scouts acknowledge guarding in space could be a problem. But Stewart's high motor, incredible production, and better-than-some realize skill-set should keep him in the top 20.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.2 17 8.8 0.8 57.0
    18 Nico MannionArizona, Fr PG

    Mannion only shot 32.7% from 3-point range this season, which obviously isn't great for a lead guard who has the ball in his hands a lot. But he's still an interesting talent because of his ability to make reads and run an offense. Is he athletic or physically impressive relative to current high-level NBA point guards? No. And that's a concern. But, in the simplest terms, I'm a believer in Mannion just figuring it out and working to find a long term role in the league.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.3 14 2.5 5.3 39.2
    19 Devin VassellFlorida St., Soph SF

    Vassell's numbers ? 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game ? don't jump off the screen, but that has more to do with playing at Florida State than anything else. The Seminoles had four players who averaged between 9.2 points and 12.7 points. So Leonard Hamilton's team was balanced at the top, possibly to the detriment of Vassell. Either way, what's important to note is that the 6-7 guard made 41.7% of his 168 3-point attempts over the past two seasons. What that suggests is that he's a two-way wing who can make jumpers reliably, which is why he should go in the top 20 of this draft and possibly the top 15.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    28.7 12.7 5.1 1.6 49.0
    20 Jalen SmithMaryland, Soph C

    Traded from: IND

    Not all prospects who return for their sophomore seasons actually help themselves from a draft-stock perspective ? but Smith clearly did. He added strength, improved his field goal percentage by 4.6 points, his 3-point percentage by 8.0 points, and averaged more points (15.5), rebounds (10.5) and blocks (2.4) than he did the year. The result was Maryland winning a share of the Big Ten title and Smith solidifying himself as a real option in the first round who should be able to play both the 4 and the 5 in the NBA.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.3 15.5 10.5 0.8 53.8
    21 Jaden McDanielsWashington, Fr PF

    Traded from: HOU

    McDaniels? freshman season did not go well. He was a disappointing team's most disappointing player ? one who led the Pac-12 in fouls. That?s not good. At one point, the 6-9 forward even got benched by his coach, Mike Hopkins. So while the upside McDaniels possesses will lead to him still getting selected in the first round, probably, the truth is that he did very little to help himself in his one season at Washington.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31 13 5.8 2.1 40.5
    22 Tre JonesDuke, Soph PG

    Traded from: PHI

    There's nothing too flashy about Jones. He doesn't create many highlights nor is he a great shooter. But he remains a terrific run-the-team point guard who really defends on one end of the court, and really creates opportunities for his teammates on the other. He averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 assists this season ? and actually shot it well enough from the perimeter down the stretch to get his 3-point percentage up to a respectable 36.1. So there's enough good stuff about him to make selecting him in the 20s a sensible option for any franchise comfortable spending a pick in this range on someone whose ceiling might be lower than others, but whose floor is likely higher.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    35.4 16.2 4.2 6.4 42.3
    23 Patrick WilliamsFlorida St., Fr SF

    Williams is probably more of a long term investment than an instant-impact rookie considering he's still only 18 years old and developing. But the 6-8 forward measures well and was a key piece on a Florida State team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. He performed strongly down the stretch while scoring in double-figures in five of the Seminoles' final seven games. So, again, it's possible he won't help an NBA team much next season. But what Williams could become in a year or two is enough to generate attention in the back half of the first round.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    22.5 9.2 4 1 45.9
    24 Jahmi'us RamseyTexas Tech, Fr SG

    Ramsey was a borderline top-35 prospect coming out of high school who, just like Zhaire Smith and Jarrett Culver before him, developed into a projected first-round pick after working with Chris Beard at Texas Tech. The 6-4 guard averaged 15.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 42.6% from 3-point range. It was a strong freshman season. Yes, there are concerns about what else he does really well besides make shots. But, perhaps you heard, shot-making is super-important in today's NBA. So Ramsey should be selected in the first round -- maybe in the teens but definitely in the 20s.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    31.1 15 4 2.2 44.2
    25 Killian TillieGonzaga, Sr PF

    Traded from: DEN

    Tillman used his size and strength to be one of the best defensive bigs in the country this season, one who is also comfortable guarding in space or out on the perimeter. The 6-8 forward averaged 13.7 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 55.0% from the field ? and he also made 37% of his 3-point attempts inside the Breslin Center, which suggests he should be able to stretch the floor in the NBA and spend many years in the league as a reliable and quality frontcourt presence.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    24.7 13.6 5 1.9 53.5
    26 Josh GreenArizona, Fr SG

    It's wild that Arizona only finished tied for fifth in the Pac-12 with three projected first-round picks on the roster. But that's exactly what happened ? and some of it was tied to Green's inconsistency. He showed flashes at times. But the truth is that the 6-6 wing is, at the moment, more advanced defensively than offensively, and there are real concerns about his ability to put the ball on the floor and pass it. So while his athleticism and toughness should get him picked in the first round, the questions attached to Green could theoretically push him outside of the top 30.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.9 12 4.6 2.6 42.4
    27 Vernon Carey Jr.Duke, Fr C

    Carey would?ve been a top-10 pick if he were born 20 years earlier. But with un-athletic centers devalued and sometimes unplayable in today's NBA, there are a lot of things working against the Duke star even though he was the best freshman in college basketball this season while averaging 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds for a team that finished fifth at KenPom. Will he be played off the floor by certain opponents in certain situations? Yes, that seems likely. But I?m still convinced there?s a place for him in the NBA. And spending a late first-round pick on a wildly-productive one-and-done player (who was also a heralded high school prospect) seems like a sensible move.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    24.8 17.8 8.8 1 57.7
    28 Kira Lewis Jr.Alabama, Soph PG

    Traded from: LAC

    Lewis will still only be 19 years old on draft night even though he's played two seasons of college basketball. So he's young. And he's light. But the 6-3 point guard was really productive this season -- averaging 18.5 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds for an Alabama team that finished 60th at KenPom. Lewis made an incredible 48.8% of his 3-point attempts in the Crimson Tide's final seven games. So it appears he can be a reliable, and perhaps terrific, perimeter shooter as a professional ? not to mention a real steal this deep in this draft.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    37.6 18.5 4.8 5.2 45.9
    29 Cassius WinstonMichigan St., Sr PG

    Winston is perceived to be limited because he?s small and not the best athlete. He'll never measure or test great ? and that'll turn some franchises away. But he's smart, great in pick-and-roll situations and someone who has proven to be a high-level shooter in all four years of college by making 43.0% of the 602 3-pointers he attempted in his Michigan State career. Teams picking in this range are often good teams already winning in search of a piece who can maybe help immediately. And Winston is somebody who could probably help an NBA team immediately serving as a backup point guard and knockdown shooter.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    32.6 18.6 2.5 5.9 44.8
    30 Zeke NnajiArizona, Fr C

    Traded from: MIL

    Nnaji was only a borderline top-40 prospect coming out of high school ? but he emerged as the biggest surprise of Arizona's freshman class. The 6-11 forward was Sean Miller's most productive player, one who averaged a team-high 16.1 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds. He was a terrific part of an underwhelming team. Going forward, the best-case scenario has Nnaji developing into a power forward who can create space, rather than trying to be a full-time center, because he's not really a rim-protector. We?ll see how that goes. But this deep in the first round, the fast-developing prospect deserves real consideration.

    2019-20 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.6 16.1 8.6 0.8 57.0
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