2020 NBA Mock Draft – 11/18/20

Last update. This is a quick write up, so it will be informal, instead of my usual amazing format setup.

Expect a ton of trades and even more uncertainty. Here goes nothing.

Note: Remember to check out the depth charts and transactions team pages to the in the right hand column for immediate updates as the players are drafted tonight!

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves – PG LaMelo Ball, United States. It’s either Ball or Edwards here. Or a trade down, but I do not think that will happen. I’ve liked Ball better here for a while, so I’ll go with him. Anthony Edwards’ recent interviews have not gone well, to say the least.
  2. Golden State Warriors – C James Wiseman, Memphis. Wiseman will probably be the pick here, whether a team like the Bulls trade up or the Warriors stand pat. The recent Bulls rumor is tempting, but perhaps Golden State does not want the rookie contract and a potential upcoming Wendell Carter Jr. extension.
  3. Charlotte Hornets – SG Anthony Edwards, Georgia. I would be terrified of Edwards. His recent interview was all sorts of bizarre, and it’s a wonder how his crew would let that get out in the first place. This is still a bad draft, and he will not fall out of the top five. For some reason the Hornets are not interested in Onyeka Okongwu. He is a great prospect and a great fit. I guess that is why bad teams remain bad.
  4. Chicago Bulls – SF Deni Avdija, Israel. I do not see the Bulls going with another guard unless it is Ball or Edwards. That leaves guys like Toppin, Avdija and Patrick Williams. I’ll stick with Avdija here due to fit, but it could really be any of those three guys.
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers – PF Patrick Williams, Florida State. Williams is the late riser of the draft. I do not think he falls past 7 at Detroit. It’s either Williams or Toppin here. The Cavaliers opt to go with potential over the safer thing.
  6. Atlanta Hawks – PG Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State. The Hawks are trying to go after Gordon Hayward, and this pick would probably be included. If not, it looks like shooting guard is the biggest need. Haliburton can play that position. He will defend and get a lot of open looks from Trae Young.
  7. Detroit Pistons – C Onyeka Okongwu, USC. I really like this prospect. His broken toe should not concern teams much. The Pistons are in a complete rebuld and need to go after the best player available, regardless of position.
  8. New York Knicks – PF Obi Toppin, Dayton. I struggle to find a great fit for Toppin higher than this. But he would be perfect for the Knicks.
  9. Washington Wizards – SF Isaac Okoro, Auburn. Good spot for Okoro. The Wizards have a small forwarad need and Okoro would help a lot on defefnse.
  10. Phoenix Suns – SF Devin Vassell, Florida State. Maybe a little redundant with Mikal Bridges already on board, but you can never have enough shooting.
  11. San Antonio Spurs – PG Killian Hayes, France. Not the biggest position of need but this section of the draft is very guard heavy, and the Spurs need to go best player available.
  12. Sacramento Kings – PG Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama. De’Aaron Fox is not going anywhere, but Lewis would be the perfect backup. With Fox and Lewis, the Kings could actually have the two fastest players in the NBA.
  13. New Orleans Pelicans – PF Precious Achiuwa, Memphis. Achiuwa could be a long term center, definitely the biggest position of need in New Orleans.
  14. Boston Celtics (from MEM) – PF Aleksej Pokusevski, Serbia. Someone who could be a poor man’s Porzingis or flame out all together. With three picks the Celtics can afford to gamble here.
  15. Orlando Magic – PG Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky. The Magic want someone who can push Markelle Fultz. Maxey should be better as a pro than a college player. He’s built to score.
  16. Houston Rockets (from POR) – SF Saddiq Bey, Villanova. To quote Jay-Z, “It was all good just a week ago.” Who knows what the Rockets are going to do. Bey is a safe pick who can conntribute while Houston sorts out this mess.
  17. Minnesota Timberwolves (from BRK) – PF Jalen Smith, Maryland. Smith is a safe pick here, as someone who should have a nice stint in Minnesota as a solid back up big man.
  18. Dallas Mavericks – SG RJ Hampton, United States. Dallas is quite deep, so a rookie here wouldn’t help them much. Hampton is talented and would be a nice gamble.
  19. Brooklyn Nets (from PHI) – SF Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt. There are only so many balls to go around in Brooklyn, especially if they land Harden. Guys who can play defense and catch and shoot will be valuable.
  20. Miami Heat – SG Desmond Bane, TCU. Solid scoring off the bench.
  21. Philadelphia 76ers (from OKC) – PG Tyrell Terry, Stanford. The Sixers need shooting and someone who can push the pace as a backup point guard.
  22. Denver Nuggets (from HOU) – C Isaiah Stewart, Washington. The Nuggets would probably like to add an additional big man to take some pressure off of Bol Bol. Stewart’s stock is rising.
  23. New York Knicks (from UTA) – PG Cole Anthony, North Carolina. The Knicks probably want to come out of this draft with a point guard. Anthony is all scoring, hopefully he can have a large uptick in efficiency.
  24. New Orleans (from IND) – PG Theo Maledon, France. There is talent here, but Maledon is a couple years away from being productive. The Pelicans have a ton of depth and draft picks and could afford the gamble.
  25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from DEN) – C Vernon Carey Jr., Duke. Who knows what the Thunder will do. Carey has recently lost 40 pounds in an attempt to adjust to today’s NBA game. I like him as a late first round flyer.
  26. Boston Celtics – SF Leandro Bolmaro, Spain. Assuming Pokusevski joins the NBA next year like he wants, Bolmaro is probably the top draft and stash prospect in this draft. No way the Celtics go into training camp with three first round rookie contracts on the books.
  27. Utah Jazz (from LAC) – PG Malachi Flynn, San Diego State. Another team that could use a young backup point guard. Flynn helped lead the Aztecs to it’s best season ever.
  28. Oklahoma City Thunder (from LAL) – SF Robert Woodard II, Mississippi State. Woodard is a supreme athlete with a developing jump shot. There are minutes available in OKC.
  29. Toronto Raptors – C Zeke Nnaji, Arizona. The Raptors have all kinds of questions up front. No one here will immediately start, but Nnaji has potential.
  30. Boston Celtics (from MIL) – C Udoka Azubuike, Kansas. Not exciting, but Azubuike checks all the boxes for a future mid range starting center.

Round 2

  1. Dallas Mavericks (from GS) – SF Tyler Bey, Colorado
  2. Charlotte Hornets (from CLE) – PF Jaden McDaniels, Washington
  3. Minnesota Timberwolvs – SG Josh Green, Arizona
  4. Philadelphia 76ers (from ATL) – Xavier Tillman, Michigan State
  5. Sacramento Kings (from DET) – C Daniel Oturu, Minnesota
  6. Philadelphia 76ers (from NY) – PG Nico Mannion, Arizona
  7. Washington Wizards (from CHI) – PG Cassius Winston, Michigan State
  8. Utah Jazz (from CHA) – C Reggie Perry, Mississippi State
  9. New Orleans Pelicans (from WAS) – SF Jordan Nwora, Louisville
  10. Memphis Grizzlies (from PHX) – Elijah Hughes, Syracuse
  11. San Antonio Spurs – PF Paul Eboua, Cameroon
  12. New Orleans Pelicans – PG Abdoulaye N’Doye, France
  13. Sacramento Kings – PF Paul Reed, DePaul
  14. Chicago Bulls (from MEM) – SF Kenyon Martin Jr., United States
  15. Orlando Magic – SG Isaiah Joe, Arkansas
  16. Portland Trail Blazers – PG Tre Jones, Duke
  17. Boston Celtics (from BRK) – PG Peyton Pritchard, Oregon
  18. Golden State Warriors (from DAL) – PG Devon Dotson, Kansas
  19. Philadelphia 76ers – C Marko Simonovic, Montenegro
  20. Atlanta Hawks (from MIA) – SG Jahmi’us Ramsey, Texas Tech
  21. Golden State Warriors (from UTA) – PG Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky
  22. Sacramento Kings (from HOU) – SG Cassius Stanley, Duke
  23. Oklahoma City Thunder – PF Killian Tillie, Gonzaga
  24. Indiana Pacers – PG Grant Riller, Charleston
  25. Brooklyn Nets (from DEN) – SG Jay Scrubb, United States
  26. Charlotte Hornets (from BOS) – SG Justinian Jessup, Boise State
  27. Los Angeles Clippers – PF Marko Simonovic, Montenegro
  28. Philadelphia 76ers (from LAL) – PG Yam Madar, Israel
  29. Toronto Raptors – PG Markus Howard, Marquette
  30. Milwaukee Bucks – SG Skylar Mays, LSU

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