Jack Follman’s Updated 2020 NBA Big Board Mock Draft

Tonight's Draft will be held via videoconference from ESPN's studios

Posted on November 18, 2020

  By Jack Follman, SuperWest Sports

The 2020 NBA draft was originally scheduled to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in June. However, due to COVID-19, it was pushed back to October, and has since been rescheduled for 5:00 p.m. PT tonight. It will be conducted via videoconferencing from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut.

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 six Conference players I think will go in the First Round, and the four I expect to be taken in the Second Round.

—First Round—

1. Minnesota – Anthony Edwards, Shooting Guard, Georgia

2. Golden State – James Wiseman, Center, Memphis

3. Charlotte – LaMelo Ball, Point Guard, Chino Hills, CA

4. Chicago – Deni Avdija, Small Forward, Israel

5. Cleveland – Onyeka Okongwu, Power Forward, USC

The Cavs are still in full rebuild mode and getting a young big man to take over for Kevin Love would be another great piece to add. Okongwu is a very good talent at this point in the draft in a year that’s lacking the kind of superstars you might find at this point in the draft in a lot of years.

6. Atlanta – Obi Toppin, Power Forward, Dayton

7. Detroit – Tyrese Haliburton, Point Guard, Iowa State

8. New York – Isaac Okoro, Small Forward, Auburn

9. Washington – Saddiq Bey, Small Forward, Villanova

10. Phoenix – Killian Hayes, Point Guard, France

11. San Antonio – Devin Vassell, Shooting Guard, Florida State

12. Sacramento – Patrick Williams, Power Forward, Florida State

13. New Orleans – Aaron Nesmith, Shooting Guard, Vanderbilt

14. Boston – Jalen Smith, Power Forward, Maryland

15. Orlando – Precious Achiuwa, Power Forward, Memphis

16. Portland – Vernon Carey, Power Forward, Duke

17. Minnesota – Kira Lewis, Point Guard, Alabama

18. Dallas – Tyrese Maxey, Shooting Guard, Kentucky

19. Brooklyn – Isaiah Stewart, Power Forward, Washington

Stewart’s draft stock has dropped a lot over the past year because of this throwback body and game but now I think that might actually help him a bit. He doesn’t have the up and down the court superstar potential of some other players in this draft but he seems like a reliable bet to at least be a guy who can board and score inside at the next level and that’s not a bad pick up at this point in the draft for a team that can use a big man.

20. Miami – RJ Hampton, Shooting Guard, Dallas, TX

21. Philadelphia – Desmond Bane, Shooting Guard, TCU

22. Denver – Cole Anthony, Point Guard, North Carolina

23. Utah – Tyrell Terry, Point Guard, Stanford

Terry feels like a player with such potential he could have come back, had a big year and been a top five pick in 2021. He’s still a great value in this draft at this point for a team that could take a chance on a big potential player at a position where they should be set for a while like the Jazz.

24. Milwaukee – Theo Maledon, Point Guard, France

25. Oklahoma City – Tre Jones, Point Guard, Duke

26. Boston – Josh Green, Shooting Guard, Arizona

The Celtics have a deep and set enough roster they can plug in players who have specialties, like Green, a defender who could possibly play right away as a bench player. Green feels like a guy who gets taken late in the first and ends up getting a few minutes each game for a team that goes far in next year’s Playoffs.

27. New York – Nico Mannion, Point Guard, Arizona

Another player who I think might have had a bigger career had he stayed in school longer who is still a great steal late in the first. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mannion ends up being New York’s starting point guard if they took him here within a year or two.

28. Lakers – Leandro Bolmaro, Shooting Guard, Argentina

29. Toronto – Jaden McDaniels, Small Forward, Washington

The 6-10, 200-ish McDaniels is one of the most-intriguing players in this draft and a guy who feels like he should be a top five pick, but just didn’t put it together in one year in Seattle. Someone will take a flyer on him and don’t be surprised if he ends up fulfilling his potential and being a scary scorer in the NBA after a little while.

30. Boston – Aleksey Pokusevski, Center, Serbia

—Second Round—

31. Dallas – Tyler Bey, Small Forward, Colorado

A long player with a great all-around game like Bey seems like someone any team could use. He might even be able to sneak into the back end of the first round.

32. Charlotte – Robert Woodard, Small Forward, Mississippi State

33. Minnesota – Malachi Flynn, Point Guard, San Diego State

34. Philadelphia – Zeke Nnaji, Power Forward, Arizona

There aren’t as many big men available in the draft as their used to be, and one with decent potential like Nnaji is a good value in the second round.

35. Sacramento – Jahmius Ramsey, Point Guard, Texas Tech

36. Philadelphia – Payton Pritchard, Point Guard, Oregon

►  I was close to predicting Pritchard to the Lakers at the back of the first round. Just couldn’t pull the trigger. He won’t stay around long in the second round.

37. Washington – Cassius Winston, Point Guard, Michigan State

38. New York – Elijah Hughes, Shooting Guard, Syracuse

39. New Orleans – Daniel Oturu, Center, Minnesota

40. Memphis – Xavier Tillman, Center, Michigan State

41. San Antonio – Ty-Shon Alexander, Shooting Guard, Creighton

42. New Orleans – Devon Dotson, Point Guard, Kansas

43. Sacramento – Udoka Azubuike, Center, Kansas

44. Chicago – Reggie Perry, Power Forward, Mississippi State

45. Orlando – Cassius Stanley, Shooting Guard, Duke

46. Portland – Isaiah Joe, Point Guard, Arkansas

47. Boston – Paul Reed, Power Forward, DePaul

48. Golden State – Grant Riller, Point Guard, Charleston

49. Philadelphia – Immanuel Quickley, Point Guard, Kentucky

50. Atlanta – Markus Howard, Point Guard, Marquette

51. Golden State – Karim Mane, Point Guard, Vanier College

52. Sacramento – Jordan Nwora, Small Forward, Louisville

53. Oklahoma City – Abdoulaye N’Doye, Point Guard, France

54. Indiana – Yam Madar, Point Guard, Israel

55. Brooklyn – CJ Elleby, Small Forward, Washington State

Someone will take Elleby’s solid scoring and all-around game late in the second round.

56. Charlotte – Jay Scrubb, Shooting Guard, Trinity College

57. Clippers – Skylar Mays, Shooting Guard, LSU

58. Philadelphia – Nate Hinton, Shooting Guard, Houston

59. Toronto – Killian Tillie, Power Forward, Gonzaga

60. New Orleans – Lamar Stevens, Small Forward, Penn State

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