Posted on September 17, 2020
I’ve included projections for all the selections in the first two rounds, but have only commented on the ones that matter most to us here in Pac-12 Country—the seven Conference players I think will go in the First Round, and the three I expect to be taken in the Second Round.
1. Minnesota – Anthony Edwards, Shooting Guard, Georgia
2. Golden State – Killian Hayes, Point Guard, France
3. Charlotte – LaMelo Ball, Point Guard, Chino Hills, CA
4. Chicago – James Wiseman, Center, Memphis
5. Cleveland – Deni Avdija, Small Forward, Israel
6. Atlanta – Obi Toppin, Power Forward, Dayton
7. Detroit – Devin Vassell, Shooting Guard, Florida State
8. New York – Onyeka Okongwu, Power Forward, USC
► I think the Knicks snatch the best-available player here in a shallow draft, and the USC product is that guy. He’s versatile and has a great all around game for a guy who can still hold down the responsibility of a traditional big man while also being an offensive threat who can do more than just defend and rebound—which he can do exceptionally well, by the way.
9. Washington – Isaac Okoro, Small Forward, Auburn
10. Phoenix – Tyrese Haliburton, Point Guard, Iowa State
11. San Antonio – Precious Achiuwa, Power Forward, Memphis
12. Sacramento – Patrick Williams, Power Forward, Florida State
13. New Orleans – Aaron Nesmith, Shooting Guard, Vanderbilt
14. Boston – Saddiq Bey, Small Forward, Villanova
15. Orlando – Vernon Carey, Power Forward, Duke
16. Portland – Aleksey Pokusevski, Center, Serbia
17. Minnesota – Cole Anthony, Point Guard, North Carolina
18. Dallas – Tyrese Maxey, Shooting Guard, Kentucky
19. Brooklyn – RJ Hampton, Shooting Guard, Dallas, TX
20. Miami – Josh Green, Shooting Guard, Arizona
► The surprise team of the 2020 NBA Playoffs could use a great perimeter defender thrown into their already-very-strong squad. Green has the physical skills and defensive ability to have an impact right away and to have a long career in the league as a role player who could eventually make an All Defensive Team or two.
21. Philadelphia – Jalen Smith, Power Forward, Maryland
22. Denver – Jaden McDaniels, Small Forward, Washington
► The Nuggets could use a rangy small forward scorer and the sky is the limit for that role with a guy like McDaniels. He has top-overall-pick-level tools and potential and just didn’t put it all together in one year at Washington. He could be a steal here.
23. Utah – Theo Maledon, Point Guard, France
24. Milwaukee – Tyrell Terry, Point Guard, Stanford
► The Bucks need some backcourt offensive firepower and that’s just what Terry would give them. He’s tall, has a smooth stroke from outside, and can handle the ball. Had Terry come back for another season and progressed even more, I could see him as a lottery pick. Either way, he’s a First-Round talent after just one year in Palo Alto.
25. Oklahoma City – Kira Lewis, Point Guard, Alabama
26. Boston – Nico Mannion, Point Guard, Arizona
► A complete point guard who still has major potential, like Mannion, could be a nice young shot into the blood of the deep and talented Celtics backcourt. It could be a great place for Mannion to land as he should keep developing after just one year at Arizona.
27. New York – Jahmius Ramsey, Point Guard, Texas Tech
28. Lakers – Tyler Bey, Small Forward, Colorado
► When you’re a team like the Lakers drafting at the back of the first round you can pick the top talent you like as opposed to fulfilling a specific need. Bey is another all-around player who can defend and do just about anything you need him to with a long body who could help out the Lakers’ bench immediately as an experienced player coming out of college.
29. Toronto – Leandro Bolmaro, Shooting Guard, Argentina
30. Boston – Isaiah Stewart, Power Forward, Washington
► Stewart is a throwback power forward from the 1990s/2000s who is truly powerful and can score at the rim, rebound, and defend with a huge wingspan. He’s a great value pick here as a guy who could have contended to be the top overall pick not too long ago, before the league game changed.
31. Dallas – Daniel Oturu, Center, Minnesota
32. Charlotte – Devon Dotson, Point Guard, Kansas
33. Minnesota – Desmond Bane, Shooting Guard, TCU
34. Philadelphia – Tre Jones, Point Guard, Duke
35. Sacramento – Elijah Hughes, Shooting Guard, Syracuse
36. Philadelphia – Zeke Nnaji, Power Forward, Arizona
► Nnaji is a bit raw but he’s a true big who can defend and that’s going to get him a shot at being a contributor in the league, probably very early in the second round if not the very end of the first.
37. Washington – Immanuel Quickley, Point Guard, Kentucky
38. New York – Robert Woodard, Small Forward, Mississippi State
39. New Orleans – Paul Reed, Power Forward, DePaul
40. Memphis – Udoka Azubuike, Center, Kansas
41. San Antonio – Reggie Perry, Power Forward, Mississippi State
42. New Orleans – Cassius Stanley, Shooting Guard, Duke
43. Sacramento – Cassius Winston, Point Guard, Michigan State
44. Chicago – Filip Petrusev, Center, Gonzaga
45. Orlando – Isaiah Joe, Point Guard, Arkansas
46. Portland – Xavier Tillman, Center, Michigan State
47. Boston – CJ Elleby, Small Forward, Washington State
► Elleby is a great Second-Round prospect as a guy who can score and do a little bit of everything. He is a long athlete who has proven himself well at the college level. A very low floor.
48. Golden State – Grant Riller, Point Guard, Charleston
49. Philadelphia – Jordan Nwora, Small Forward, Louisville
50. Atlanta – Malachi Flynn, Point Guard, San Diego STate
51. Golden State – Killian Tillie, Power Forward, Gonzaga
52. Sacramento – Payton Pritchard, Point Guard, Oregon
► One of the best players in the Draft but one who just doesn’t have a ton of NBA potential. I still expect Pritchard to get drafted and have a great shot at making a roster.
53. Oklahoma City – Skylar Mays, Shooting Guard, LSU
54. Indiana – Ashton Hagans, Point Guard, Kentucky
55. Brooklyn – Brooklyn Abdoulaye N’Doye, Point Guard, France
56. Charlotte – Lamar Stevens, Small Forward, Penn State
57. Clippers – Nick Richards, Center, Kentucky
58. Philadelphia – Jay Scrubb, Shooting Guard, Trinity College
59. Toronto – Nate Hinton, Shooting Guard, Houston
60. New Orleans – Markus Howard, Point Guard, Marquette
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