It’s been a weird summer in the NBA, but after months of coronavirus-induced delays and uncertainty, we finally know the order for the first 14 teams in the 2020 NBA Draft.
To mark the occasion, I’ve updated my latest mock draft to include the finalized lottery order.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves – LaMelo Ball, 6-8, 180, PG, Illawarra (NBL), DOB: Aug. 22, 2001
You can’t teach his court vision and passing ability, but there are concerns about the youngest Ball brother — ranging from the mechanics, inefficiency and selection with his perimeter shot (he shot 25 percent from 3 this past season) to his lack of interest on the defensive end. But Ball does have high, high upside and is a risk worth taking for Gersson Rosas because he’s a point guard with length who can score and also make his teammates better. He could co-exist well with D’Angelo Russell and give the T-Wolves an exciting backcourt.
2019-20 Stats: 17.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 7.0 apg (12 games)
2. Golden State Warriors – James Wiseman, 7-1, 240, PF, Fr., Memphis, DOB: March 31, 2001
He only played three games at Memphis due to an NCAA-imposed suspension, but it was clear that he’s different than just about everyone else. He’s a legit 7-foot-1, runs the floor extremely well and can be an impact guy on the defensive end due to his ability to rebound and block/alter shots. Bob Myers will likely try and move this pick and a $17 million trade exception for an established player, but if he can’t, Wiseman makes sense to pair with Steph, Klay, Draymond and Wiggins.
2019-20 Stats: 19.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.0 bpg (3 games)
3. Charlotte Hornets – Anthony Edwards, 6-5, 225, SG, Fr., Georgia, DOB: Aug. 5, 2001
Edwards is a big, strong, powerful, athletic guard who was extremely erratic and inefficient as a freshman at Georgia. He only shot 40 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3, and there are also some off-court concerns from NBA teams. However, he’s a guy who has great size and an NBA-ready body for a wing — and he should be able to get buckets quickly in the NBA. Charlotte just needs talent. Period.
2019-20 Stats: 19.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg
4. Chicago Bulls – Obi Toppin, 6-9, 220, PF, RS So., Dayton, DOB: March 4, 1998
Toppin was the National Player of the Year this past season at Dayton, and many NBA execs view him as a safe pick. He’s an athletic forward who thrives in transition, and showed he can step out and make shots from the perimeter, but there are concerns about him on the defensive end. He isn’t in the conversation for the No. 1 pick, but Chicago could certainly use someone like him up front.
2019-20 Stats: 20.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg
5. Cleveland Cavaliers – Isaac Okoro, 6-6, 225, SF, Fr., Auburn, DOB: Jan. 26, 2001
The Cavs need a wing who can defend desperately, and that’s exactly why they go with Okoro here. Okoro is an elite defensive wing who will bring a high IQ to the table and also will be dangerous in the open court. The big question is whether he’ll develop a reliable perimeter shot. If he does, he could be an All-Star caliber player.
2019-20 Stats: 12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg
6. Atlanta Hawks – Onyeka Okongwu, 6-9, 245, C, Fr., USC, DOB: Dec. 11, 2000
Okongwu wasn’t guaranteed to be a one-and-done guy, but he was so productive in his lone season at USC and had NBA execs excited due to his hard-playing style and his ability to get things done on both ends of the court. Okongwu will be a quality rebounder in the NBA and also should be a high-end defender due to his ability to switch and also protect the rim. He would fit in well with an Atlanta team that has plenty of talent and youth, but could use a defensive-minded big.
2019-20 Stats: 16.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg
7. Detroit Pistons – Deni Avdija, 6-9, 215, SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), DOB: Jan. 3, 2001
He’s a versatile forward who possesses a high IQ, is athletic and can really pass the ball. But the big concern comes with his ability to shoot the ball. New Pistons GM Troy Weaver just needs to try and add a bonafide NBA starter with this pick, and Avdija is certainly that.
2019-20 Stats: 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg
8. New York Knicks – Tyrese Haliburton, 6-5, 175, PG, So., Iowa State, DOB: Feb. 29, 2000
Haliburton is a pass-first floor leader whose shot mechanics aren’t picturesque, but he’s shot it extremely well in his two seasons in college — and it’s no secret the Knicks are desperate for a point guard. He’s long and lanky, and not a high-end athlete, but he’s a guy who makes quality decisions. The keys for Haliburton are strength and his ability to get past defenders and finish around the rim.
2019-20 Stats: 15.2 ppg, 6.5 apg, 5.9 rpg, 42% 3-pointers
9. Washington Wizards – Patrick Williams, 6-8, 225, F, Fr., Florida State, DOB: Aug. 6, 2001
Don’t worry about his numbers as a freshman. They were modest, but he played on a Florida State team that plays a ton of guys. Williams is a versatile forward who can play in the NBA immediately due to his size, strength, athleticism and willingness to defend. He’s got a high ceiling as his offensive game evolves. The Wizards could use a forward to pair with Rui Hachimura and Williams would be ideal.
2019-20 Stats: 9.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg
10. Phoenix Suns – Precious Achiuwa, 6-9, 225, F, Fr., Memphis, DOB: Sept. 19, 1999
The worry was that Achiuwa wanted to show he was a small forward last season as a freshman at Memphis, but that wasn’t the case — especially after James Wiseman decided to leave after playing just three games. Achiuwa is an athletic power forward who plays hard, rebounds and runs the court well for someone his size. The hope is that he’s a Bam Adebayo-type. Deandre Ayton and Achiuwa could be a tough 1-2 punch up front.
2019-20 Stats: 15.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg
11. San Antonio Spurs – Killian Hayes, 6-5, 215, G, ratiopharm Ulm (Germany), DOB: July 27, 2001
Hayes isn’t a great athlete, but he’s a point guard who just knows how to play — and knows what decisions to make with the ball in his hands. Sounds perfect for R.C. Buford and the Spurs. The concern, however, is whether he can make enough shots to be a high-end floor leader in the NBA.
12. Sacramento Kings – Devin Vassell, 6-7, 195, SG, So., Florida State, DOB: Aug. 23, 2000
Vastly under-recruited coming out of high school, Vassell is one of the best pure shooters in the draft, and he’s also a guy who can really defend at a high level. He made a jump this past season at Florida State and should be a guy who can fill a need on the wing as an NBA starter due to his ability to space the floor and also guard. He and Buddy Hield as shooters on the floor would be lethal.
2019-20 Stats: 12.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 42% 3-pointers
13. New Orleans Pelicans – Aaron Nesmith, 6-6, 215, F, So., Vanderbilt, DOB: Oct. 16, 1999
The Pelicans could use another floor spacer and that’s exactly what Nesmith will bring to New Orleans. He only played 14 games last season due to injury, but he shot a sizzling 52 percent from deep and that will translate to the next level.
2019-20 Stats: 23.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 52% 3-pointers
14. Boston Celtics (via Memphis) – Saddiq Bey, 6-8, 215, SF, So., Villanova, DOB: April 9, 1999
Danny Ainge loves him some versatile forwards and that’s exactly what Bey is. He can shoot it, rebounds well for his position and also defends. He’s just another guy that Brad Stevens can throw into the equation — and he’ll pay immediate dividends.
2019-20 Stats: 16.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 45% 3-pointers
15. Orlando Magic – Kira Lewis Jr., 6-3, 170, PG, So., Alabama, DOB: April 6, 2001
The Magic could use a front-line point guard and Lewis has high upside due to speed and athleticism. He’s an average shooter, but what he does well is push the ball, find his teammates and also get to the basket and finish.
2019-20 Stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.2 apg, 4.8 rpg, 37% 3-pointers
16. Portland Trail Blazers – R.J. Hampton, 6-5, 185, G, New Zealand Breakers (NBL), DOB: Feb. 7, 2001
Portland obviously is set with offensive firepower in the backcourt with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and they have two quality bigs up front in Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins. The Blazers need wings that can defend and also make plays and Hampton has the length and ability to be a quality defender, and he’s also extremely versatile. His shooting is his weakness, but Portland has plenty of guys who can shoot it.
2019-20 Stats: 8.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Brooklyn via Atlanta) – Leandro Bolmaro, 6-8, 190, F, FC Barcelona Lassa, DOB: Sept. 11, 2000
Bolmaro is a wing forward with size who needs to improve his perimeter shot, but can make plays off the bounce and also knows how to set his teammates up with his passing ability. It’ll likely take time for Bolmaro, but he’ll probably go somewhere between picks 15-25 due to his potential.
18. Dallas Mavericks – Tyrese Maxey, 6-3, 195, G, Fr., Kentucky, DOB: Nov. 4, 2000
Maxey is an interesting case because he’s a small off-guard who doesn’t shoot it great. He showed glimpses last season at Kentucky, but was inconsistent. He’s a guy who is best at getting into the lane, but he’ll need to become a more consistent shooter from deep in order to become an NBA starter. The Mavericks could take a chance, hoping that Maxey is a guy who can help put up points, even coming off the bench.
2019-20 Stats: 14.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 apg
19. Brooklyn Nets (from Philadelphia via LA Clippers) – Cole Anthony, 6-3, 190, PG, Fr., North Carolina, DOB: May 15, 2000
He was considered one of the top incoming freshmen a year ago, but he battled through injuries and some inefficiency. Anthony has an alpha-dog mentality and would be best coming off the bench on a second unit, where he could be utilized as more of a scorer. Anthony has to work on his efficiency from deep and learn to become more of a point guard who sets up his teammates.
2019-20 Stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.0 apg
20. Miami Heat – Theo Maledon, 6-5, 175, G, ASVEL (France), DOB: June 12, 2001
He’s a guy who can play both backcourt positions and just does everything well — but nothing spectacular. He’s a cerebral player who could help Miami, especially if he can grow into the point guard spot in time.
21. Philadelphia 76ers (from Oklahoma City via Orlando and Philadelphia) – Desmond Bane, 6-5, 220, SG, Sr., TCU
It may look like a reach, but the Sixers desperately need a wing who can shoot it, and Bane shot 43 percent (249-575) from three over his four-year career in the Big 12. Bane is a big, strong guard who would be ideal for a 76ers team that has to add shooters.
2019-20 Stats: 16.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg
22. Denver Nuggets (from Houston) – Jalen Smith, 6-10, 225, PF, So., Maryland, DOB: March 16, 2000
Smith is a combo forward who would give the Nuggets even more versatility. He’s athletic, runs the court well and is able to score around the basket and also from mid-range.
2019-20 Stats: 15.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg
23. Utah Jazz – Josh Green, 6-6, 210, F, Fr., Arizona, DOB: Nov. 16, 2000
Green is an athletic wing originally from Australia who can become an elite defender, and he’s shown the ability to thrive in transition and knock down enough shots from the perimeter to keep defenses honest.
2019-20 Stats: 12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 36% 3-pointers
24. Milwaukee Bucks (from Indiana) – Aleksej Pokusevski, 7-0, 200, PF, Olympiacos B (Greece), DOB: Dec. 26, 2001
If you are Jon Horst, you can take a chance on a high-upside guy like Pokusevski — a long, skilled frontcourt player with a 7-foot-3 wingspan that would give the Bucks a different look up front compared to what they currently possess. He’s not ready now, but Milwaukee doesn’t need him immediately.
2019-20 Stats: 9.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg
25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Denver) – Isaiah Stewart, 6-9, 250, C, Fr., Washington, DOB: May 22, 2001
You won’t find many big men who play harder than Stewart. What he does is score in the paint, rebound at a high level and knows his role. Stewart can backup Steven Adams for now and bring energy to the second unit.
2019-20 Stats: 17.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 bpg
26. Boston Celtics – Zeke Nnaji, 6-11, 240, C, Fr., Arizona, DOB: Jan. 9, 2001
The Celtics have some decent bigs in Daniel Theis and Robert Williams, but Nnaji could wind up better than both. He’s long, plays hard and has made huge strides the last couple of years. He’s certainly worth the risk for the Celtics at No. 26.
2019-20 Stats: 16.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg
27. New York Knicks (from LA Clippers) – Jaden McDaniels, 6-9, 200, F, Fr., Washington, DOB: Sept. 29, 2000
There are some concerns about McDaniels’ motor, but he looks the part. He’s long, thin and skilled. Leon Rose and the Knicks need to roll the dice with this pick, and McDaniels is probably a boom or bust guy.
2019-20 Stats: 13.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg
28. Los Angeles Lakers – Daniel Oturu, 6-10, 240, PF, So., Minnesota, DOB: Sept. 20, 1999
Oturu made a huge jump and had a heck of a season. He’s long, skilled, mobile and has a high ceiling. He can score inside and out. The Lakers just need to go with someone they think could help, and Oturu has a chance to be a quality rotation big.
2019-20 Stats: 20.1 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.5 bpg
29. Toronto Raptors – Nico Mannion, 6-3, 185, PG, Fr., Arizona, DOB: March 14, 2001
He had an erratic season, but he’s a guy who could wind up being a starting point guard in the NBA if he develops. Mannion will need to work on his perimeter shot, but he can get hot from deep and is also capable in the pick and roll.
2019-20 Stats: 14.0 ppg, 5.3 apg, 33% 3-pointers
30. Boston Celtics (from Milwaukee via Phoenix) – Jahmi’us Ramsey, 6-4, 195, G, Fr., Texas Tech, DOB: June 9, 2001
Ramsey shot it 43 percent from deep as a freshman, and while he’ll need to work on his handle, the Celtics could afford to be patient for him to develop. This is their third first-round pick and they could take another wing with potential — and that’s exactly what Ramsey is.
2019-20 Stats: 15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg