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2020 NBA Mock Draft by DS11885 - 10.2
Published at 10/5/2020 1:21:53 PM

I used to follow the NBA much more closely growing up, but still do watch the draft every years since I still watch college basketball. Here's my October mock that is likely way off.

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Round 1

Round 1: 1-15
1. Timberwolves: LeMelo Ball, Point Guard, Australia

Without a Zion Williamson type of prospect at the top of this draft class, the number one pick has a lot more of an air of mystery surrounding it. For now, I'll have the T-Wolves settling on LaMelo Ball, who is the younger brother of Lonzo. He's big and can really pass like Lonzo, but their skill sets are a bit different in that LaMelo may have a bigger upside offensively while having far more of a downside on the defensive end of the court.

Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM

2. Cavaliers: James Wiseman, Center, Memphis

Cavaliers get: Pick #2
Warriors get: Pick #5 and a future first round pick (lottery protected in 2021, top 10 protected in 2022 and top 8 protected in 2023)

Golden State would love to trade down, but I'm just not sure there will be a lot of teams looking to move up to this spot. Maybe they deal the pick for a vet or get an offer like this. Cleveland decides to go in on James Wiseman, a very athletic (albeit raw) big guy out of Memphis. He could be a potential game changer on the defensive end for the Cavs, who were terrible on that end this past season.

Cavaliers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

3. Hornets: Anthony Edwards, Shooting Guard, Georgia

Some teams reportedly have some concerns that Edwards doesn't have the drive nor the passion to be great and win games. Perhaps the very talented wing needs a few sessions with Hornets owner Michael Jordan to get that drive and desire to be great.

Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM

4. Bulls: Alpha Diallo, Guard, Providence

Pick is actually Killian Hayes, G, France

Long guard prospect with very good size who can handle the rock, shoot it a bit and play some solid defense. He may not be a star, but he can do a bit of everything.

Bulls's Needs via ESPN's RPM

5. Warriors: Onyeka Okongwu, Center, USC

Physical big guy who can swat shots and rebound with the best of them. He'd add some size down low for a Golden State squad that should be healthy going into next season.

Warriors's Needs via ESPN's RPM

6. Knicks: Andrew Nembhard, Point Guard, Florida

Pick is actually Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa State

Knicks get: Pick #6
Hawks get: Pick #8 and 2021 2nd round pick (less favorable of Knicks or Hornets selection)

Feeling they may need to jump ahead of Detroit, the Knicks move up two spots and deal a future 2nd round pick to secure the services of Iowa State's Tyrese Haliburton, who would give the Knicks roster a potential desperately needed answer at the point guard spot. He's an excellent facilitator and can light it up from long range.

Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

7. Pistons: Nathan Knight, Center, William & Mary

Pick is actually Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn

New York jumping ahead of the Pistons has them pivoting towards Auburn wing Isaac Okoro, who would give them a tough, athletic defender who can guard every position on the court. Okoro is a prospect who fits that old 'Bad Boys' Pistons style very well.

Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM

8. Hawks: Deni Avdija, Small Forward, Israel

Looking for a player who can do a little bit of everything, the Hawks go the foreign route to Israel to Deni Avdija. He doesn't stand out in any one area, but he can handle the ball some, shoot it and is a decent defender on the other end of the floor. Not bad to move down a couple spots and get the guy they wanted at 6.

Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

9. Wizards: Jarron Cumberland, Shooting Guard, Cincinnati

Pick is actually Devin Vassell, SG, Florida State

Sure things in this draft are few and far between, but one player who I think will turn out to be solid is Devin Vassell, a '3 and D' wing out of Florida State. He'd be a nice add for a Washington team in desperate need of a strong '3 and D' wing and he'd play big minutes right away.

Wizards's Needs via ESPN's RPM

10. Magic: Omer Yurtseven, Center, Georgetown

Pick is actually Obi Toppin, F, Dayton

Magic receive: Pick 10, F Kelly Oubre and G Jalen Lecque
Suns receive: Pick 15 and PF Aaron Gordon

Phoenix may have been inquiring about dealing for Aaron Gordon at the trade deadline, and now they get him in this mock draft to try making a push towards the postseason in 2020-2021. Orlando gets a look at a 24-year-old Kelly Oubre who averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds for Phoenix in 2019-2020, who is mostly in this deal for matching salary purposes and to give Orlando an expiring contract in case things don't work out between the two parties. Also in the deal is Jalen Lecque, a very talented and athletic youngster in need of refinement in the NBDL. And of course, they get the 10th overall pick and use it on Obi Toppin, who was the best player in college basketball this past season and doesn't have too unfamiliar a profile of Aaron Gordon, as a matter of fact. I think you could sign Orlando up for a younger, cheaper version of Gordon in this draft.

Magic's Needs via ESPN's RPM

11. Spurs: Khalil Whitney, Small Forward, Kentucky

Pick is actually Patrick Williams, F, Florida State

Once you get past the "bigger names" of this draft, Patrick Williams has some of the highest upside remaining. He came off the Florida State bench in 2019-2020, but showed off an impressive array of skills. The 19-year-old may not be ready to make a big impact, but it's time for the Spurs to retool, so they can afford to take a big swing like this and allow Williams the time he needs to develop.

Spurs's Needs via ESPN's RPM

12. Kings: Jalen Smith, Power Forward, Maryland

Sans DeAaron Fox, Sacramento does seem to love these players who may not fit the star profile, but can definitely fit in the league as solid role players. Former Terp Jalen Smith needs to put on some muscle, but he's a 6'10" big guy who can shoot the ball from deep.

Kings's Needs via ESPN's RPM

13. Pelicans: E.J. Montgomery, Power Forward, Kentucky

Pick is actually Aaron Nesmith, SG, Vanderbilt

Sharpshooter J.J. Redick is in New Orleans now, but has just one year left on his contract. Aaron Nesmith could be a nice little replacement for Redick following the 2020-2021 season and offer some shooting off the bench as a rookie. He shot an insane 52 percent from three point range in 2019-2020. Granted, it came in just 14 games, but he took 8 threes per game, so there's nothing about it that screams fluke to me. Zion and Jaxson Hayes likely won't be knocking down many threes as the likely primary bigs on this team (future in Hayes' case, both present and future in Zion's case), so the Pels need to surround them with shooters like Nesmith.

Pelicans's Needs via ESPN's RPM

14. Celtics: Josh Langford, Shooting Guard, Michigan State

Pick is actually Tyrell Terry, G, Stanford

First of three picks the Celtics are scheduled to make comes right here at 14th, via the Memphis Grizzlies. I have them going with Tyrell Terry, an undersized scoring guard out of Stanford who can provide some microwave scoring off the bench, especially from deep as well as some secondary ball handling. This is a name a lot of people expect to rise up draft boards come draft time.

Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM

15. Suns: Chase Jeter, Power Forward, Arizona

Pick is actually Desmond Bane, SG, TCU

Perhaps this may seem a tad too early for Desmond Bane, but I can't imagine the Suns will care. They took a very similar sort of prospect in Cam Johnson a year ago #11 overall and were roasted by many. That pick doesn't look so bad now. Acquiring Aaron Gordon in a trade, Phoenix continues to look to push for a playoff spot next season, and bringing in the sharpshooting Bane with four years of major college basketball experience could be just what they need. As a full-time starter the last three years, Bane has shot 42.5 percent or better from three. A team can never have enough shooters, and Bane is as good as they get in this draft.

Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM

Round 1: 1-15


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