NBA Draft 2020: 1st-Round Mock Draft and Teams Most Likely to Trade Up

NBA Draft 2020: 1st-Round Mock Draft and Teams Most Likely to Trade Up

Memphis' James Wiseman before an NCAA college basketball game against Little Rock Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

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The 2020 NBA draft has a little bit of a going-out-of-business sale vibe to it, as in, “Every draft pick must go!”

It begins right at the top. In his latest draft for The Athletic, Sam Vecenie discussed how “Minnesota’s No. 1 total choice and Golden State’s No. 2 overall pick are on the trade market.”

Moving down the draft board, the Phoenix Suns may be sellers if it gets them more win-now assistance to build off their undefeated bubble run. The Boston Celtics require to combine their 3 first-rounders, since they don’t have the roster area to use them all. The Brooklyn Nets may wish to turn their pick for financial versatility ahead of a new deal for sharpshooter Joe Harris.

It’s not tough to recognize sellers. Uncovering which clubs may want to buy those selections? That’s the challenge, due both to the abundance of offered stock and the lack of a consensus top prospect in this class.

But we’re never ever ones to retreat from a difficulty, so after upgrading our mock preliminary, we’ll spotlight 3 teams who might be motivated to move up.

2020 NBA Mock Draft

1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia

2. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman, C, Memphis

3. Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball, PG/SG, Illawarra Hawks

4. Chicago Bulls: Deni Avdija, SF/PF, Maccabi Tel Aviv

5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Obi Toppin, PF/C, Dayton

6. Atlanta Hawks: Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State

7. Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes, PG, Ratiopharm Ulm

8. New York Knicks: Isaac Okoro, SF/PF, Auburn

9. Washington Wizards: Onyeka Okongwu, PF/C, USC

10 Phoenix Suns: Devin Vassell, SF, Florida State

11 San Antonio Spurs: Patrick Williams, PF, Florida State

12 Sacramento Kings: Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt

13 New Orleans Pelicans: Jalen Smith, PF/C, Maryland

14 Boston Celtics (by means of Memphis Grizzlies): RJ Hampton, SG, New Zealand Breakers

15 Orlando Magic: Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama

16 Portland Path Blazers: Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky

17 Minnesota Timberwolves (via Brooklyn Webs): Valuable Achiuwa, PF/C, Memphis

18 Dallas Mavericks: Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Olympiacos II

19 Brooklyn Webs (by means of Philadelphia 76 ers): Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina

20 Miami Heat: Josh Green, SG, Arizona

21 Philadelphia 76 ers (via Oklahoma City Thunder): Tyrell Terry, PG, Stanford

22 Denver Nuggets (by means of Houston Firecrackers): Grant Riller, PG/SG, Charleston

23 Utah Jazz: Saddiq Bey, SF/PF, Villanova

24 Milwaukee Bucks (through Indiana Pacers): Theo Maledon, PG/SG, ASVEL

25 Oklahoma City Thunder (via Denver Nuggets): Zeke Nnaji, C, Arizona

26 Boston Celtics: Jaden McDaniels, SF/PF, Washington

27 New York City Knicks (via Los Angeles Clippers): Jahmi’us Ramsey, SG, Texas Tech

28 Los Angeles Lakers: Malachi Flynn, PG, San Diego State

29 Toronto Raptors: Desmond Bane, SG, TCU

30 Boston Celtics (via Milwaukee Bucks): Xavier Tillman, PF/C, Michigan State

Teams Probably to Trade Up

Charlotte Hornets

While it’s rarely (if ever) advised for groups to think about lineup needs early in the draft, the perfect prospect scratches a specific need without necessitating a reach. That could quickly hold true with Charlotte and huge male James Wiseman.

The Hornets require a long-lasting option at center. They only have one center under contract for next season, and it’s the decidedly unspectacular Cody Zeller. Even if they like him, he’s 28 years old and only signed through 2020-21, so they’ll need a succession plan at the 5 earlier than later on.

Wiseman appears like the perfect target. He’s a hugely interesting possibility– last summer season’s leading general hire, per 247 Sports— with drool-worthy physical tools. As a 7′ 1″ center with impressive athleticism, he can right away plug into a rim-running role. Over time, he may offer focal-point possible if he broadens his scoring variety out past the three-point arc.

Charlotte has the alternative of sitting with fingers crossed and hoping that Wiseman falls in its lap at No. 3. If the Hornets believe he’s the finest prospect offered for them, they might not want to chance it. Even if the Timberwolves and Warriors aren’t delighted with what the Hornets have to use, there must be three-team trade possibilities where a third team collects the 3rd choice and sends out some win-now support to Minnesota or Golden State.

New York City Knicks

This seems like recycled analysis, since we’re stating it every year, however the Knicks are star-searching once again While they could explore the trade route to find one– Chris Paul? Zach LaVine?– their group dynamics suggests they must take a more future-focused method.

The most important gamers in their rebuild are 20- year-old RJ Barrett and 22- year-old Mitchell Robinson. While they may benefit from having an experienced leader to follow, they might gain a lot more from being joined by a top-level prospect who grows along with them.

The draft-lottery gods didn’t assist by saddling them with the No. 8 pick, which puts them well outside the draft range of their presumed target: LaMelo Ball. For a group in need of an offensive identity and attempting to solve an apparently perpetual problem at point guard, the 6′ 7″ flooring general might be a blessing.

” LaMelo would bring enjoyment back to Madison Square Garden, but more notably, he’s an elite-level passer who can jump-start the Knicks’ boring offense and make the video game simpler for RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson,” B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman wrote.

Ball’s star power (seen most clearly in his 5.6 million Instagram followers) is best for the Big Apple, and his comfort pushing the rate might power up their 27 th-ranked offense

San Antonio Spurs

These aren’t your slightly older sibling’s Spurs anymore.

Long regarded as the Association’s model of consistency (for excellent factor), they finally missed out on the playoffs for the first time because1997 Their development-focused method to the season’s reboot might signal a desire to reset around their youth, and while they have a handful of intriguing prospects, the collection is possibly without a focal point.

If San Antonio sees that gamer in this draft, it might have an opportunity to go get him. The Spurs have an abundance of plug-and-play veterans entering their final season under agreement– DeMar DeRozan (gamer alternative), LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and Patty Mills– and if groups do not wish to trade out of the draft, San Antonio could include the No. 11 pick to an offer.

The Spurs do not have any roster obstructions in front of any of this draft’s leading potential customers. Ball could walk into the primary playmaking function. Anthony Edwards might have as great of an opportunity as anybody to become its leading scorer. Wiseman might supplant Jakob Poeltl, a limited free representative, as the franchise’s building-block big man.

The organization would need to move far from a long-held desire for optimum competitiveness, however that process seemingly got going in Orlando.

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