The 2020 NBA draft will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. MST. It will take place virtually from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn. Here is the second and final mock draft from The Salt Lake Tribune:
1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, Georgia
The guy who’s the better fit or the guy who might be most flippable? Let’s go with the former. Edwards certainly has efficiency and decision-making issues, but his three-level scoring and non-ball-dominant style will ultimately pair nicely with KAT and D-Lo.
2. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman, Memphis
Several ways for Golden State to go, too, although their most glaring need is to add some size. Not everyone believes Wiseman is even the best big in this draft, but he’s an instant fit in San Francisco with a rim-running, paint-protecting role at the outset.
3. Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball, Illawarra Hawks
Charlotte is said to really covet a big man, but I just can’t bring myself to believe they go for the USC guy when Ball is sitting out there. Is PG truly a need? Maybe not, with Terry Rozier and Devonte' Graham in the fold. But the Hornets need a star, and Ball could be that.
4. Chicago Bulls: Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv
New GM Arturas Karnisovas has excelled in scouting international players, which could serve him well in his first pick with Chicago. Avdija isn’t particularly athletic or a great shooter, but he’s a savvy playmaker for a forward, and a solid defender, too.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Obi Toppin, Dayton
Given their wretched defense, you’d think they’d maybe invest in a wing with some stopping capability. Toppin was pretty awful defensively with Dayton. But he’s a beast offensively, both inside and out, and an explosive athlete on top of that.
6. Atlanta Hawks: Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
Atlanta, like several teams picking before, would love to find a trade for veteran help. Failing that, they seem obsessed with having a two-lead guard lineup, and Haliburton, at 6-foot-5, could pair nicely with Trae Young. Not a brilliant athlete, but a crafty, smart playmaker.
7. Detroit Pistons: Patrick Williams, Florida State
One of the biggest beneficiaries of this long draft process has been Williams, whose stock has soared into top-10 territory. Detroit has not-so-secretly lusted after the talents of the young forward, who is a physical, athletic scorer off the dribble and who has shown some defensive versatility.
8. New York Knicks: Killian Hayes, Ratiopharm Ulm
He’s not much of a shooter at this point, he’s concerningly left hand-dominant, and he has too many mental lapses on defense. And yet, if he makes it to the Knicks, they should be ecstatic. With his heady court vision, great passing, and catch-and-shoot ability, he could be their lead guard of the future.
9. Washington Wizards: Onyeka Okongwu, USC
Okongwu’s status has also risen of late, to the point that some believe he could go No. 3 to the Hornets (or could even be a sneaky No. 2 to Golden State). He’ll never be a great scorer, but he’s a Bam Adebayo-style facilitator who also is a great pick-and-roll defender.
10. Phoenix Suns: Isaac Okoro, Auburn
Pretty incredible that Phoenix managed to hold onto this pick in the Chris Paul trade. Still, while losing Kelly Oubre hurts their wing depth a bit, Okoro would be a great instant replacement. He doesn’t have Oubre’s scoring talent, but he’s arguably the best wing defender in this class.
11. San Antonio Spurs: Saddiq Bey, Villanova
The Spurs are said to be big fans of Bey, who is one of the better 3-and-D options out there. He’s renowned for his spot-up shooting ability and for being a smart, capable team defender. He can function as a secondary playmaker, too.
12. Sacramento Kings: Devin Vassell, Florida State
Another top 3-and-D prospect, Vassell is better known for his defensive proclivities at this point than his offensive versatility, though the latter is coming along. He’s got a great motor and will instantly impact the Kings as a disruptor.
13. New Orleans Pelicans: Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky
After trading away Jrue Holiday for a haul of draft picks, New Orleans could be looking to instantly bolster its backcourt dynamism. Maxey could prove the closest facsimile to Holiday, given his aggressive on-ball defense and his improving jumper.
14. Boston Celtics: Kira Lewis, Alabama
While Boston could use a more functional big man, they also showed themselves to be too devoid of guys capable of creating their own shots in the playoff loss to Miami. Lewis has the pure speed and assortment of dribble moves to fill that role.
15: Orlando Magic: R.J. Hampton, New Zealand Breakers
I don’t necessarily love the fit, but Orlando seems perpetually drawn to long-limbed types with shaky jumpers, so here we go. While Hampton does indeed need to develop his shot, he’s got a great first step that bodes well for getting into the lane.
16: Houston Rockets: Precious Achiuwa, Memphis
Portland will be making the pick for Houston from the Robert Covington deal. With Mike D’Antoni and Daryl Morey gone (and possibly James Harden and Russell Westbrook to follow), Houston is a blank slate. Makes sense then to maybe add a legit big man. Achiuwa is mobile, long, and strong.
17. Minnesota Timberwolves: Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt
The Wolves are said to be desperately hoping to ship this pick off and secure another in the lottery. Should that fail to materialize, they could do worse than landing a guy who nailed better than 52% of his 3-point attempts last season.
18. Dallas Mavericks: Josh Green, Arizona
The Mavs are also trying to acquire some veteran help and have put their pick up for sale. Many think if they keep it, they could be tempted by a certain Serbian teenager. I say, why not simply address your biggest hole and add a wing with size. Green is a great on-ball defender.
19. Brooklyn Nets: Tyrell Terry, Stanford
Maybe Brooklyn keeps this pick and looks for someone who can contribute right away. Or maybe it gets packaged in a James Harden deal. Either way, Terry would be a great fit. He’s one of the best pure shooters in the draft and is a surprisingly solid defender.
20. Miami Heat: Jalen Smith, Maryland
With Jae Crowder a free agent and Kelly Olynyk potentially one as well, the Heat would do well to add a quality-shooting big, and Smith certainly fits that bill. While he doesn’t offer a ton defensively, he’d earn his keep as a pick-and-pop specialist.
21. Philadelphia 76ers: Desmond Bane, TCU
OK, first the negatives: He’s a college senior, he has a negative wingspan, and he’s maybe not quick enough to defend small, shifty guards. But the positives: Incredible 3-point shooter (43%), intelligent passer, gritty defender, and on the young side (not yet 22) for a senior.
22. Denver Nuggets: Isaiah Stewart, Washington
Give that Jerami Grant, Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee are all free agents, Denver could stand to replenish the big man cupboard behind Jokic, MPJ and Bol Bol. Stewart is a vintage, physical bruiser who’s great at rebounding and says he’ll surprise with his outside shot.
23. Utah Jazz: Jaden McDaniels, Washington
The former five-star recruit left a lot to be desired in an up-and-down-and-down-some-more freshman season with Huskies, but as a 6-10 wing with a near 7-foot wingspan, there’s a lot to tempt teams. In the meantime, he needs a ton of development, as he’s too thin and makes bad decisions.
24. New Orleans Pelicans: Zeke Nnaji, Arizona
The Wildcats big man was already known for being a high-motor, high-energy guy who runs the floor, battles on the boards, and is a good finisher inside. Now, he’s reportedly extended his range out to the 3-point line, which could make him a target for the Pels (using the Bucks' pick).
25. Oklahoma City Thunder: Aleksej Pokusevski, Olympiacos B
ESPN international scout Fran Fraschilla said Tuesday that Poku won’t be ready to help an NBA team for 3-4 years. As a 7-footer with guard-level ball-handling skills and 3-point shooting, he’s plenty tantalizing. OKC is said to love him.
26. Boston Celtics: Leandro Bolmaro, Barcelona B
Boston certainly isn’t going to keep three rookie first-rounders on its roster. So, if the Celtics can’t package a few together, the Argentine point-forward playing in Spain would be a great stash. He’s a great playmaker with a janky jumper right now.
27. New York Knicks: Cole Anthony, North Carolina
Would it be redundant to use two picks on point guards? Not when you’re the Knicks, and you’re desperately devoid of competent guard play. Anthony is a good athlete and a solid shooter who’s quite skilled at filling it up in a hurry.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Theo Maledon, ASVEL
The Lakers will make the pick, then send it to Oklahoma City for the Dennis Schröder deal. OKC might be looking for a potential replacement, and could do worse than the Frenchman who was a likely top-10 pick before struggling. Lacks athleticism, but has a long frame and is an improving shooter.
29. Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn, San Diego State
Kyle Lowry is getting up there. And Fred VanVleet could be heading for a free-agency payday. Either way, Flynn would be a great fallback plan. His playmaking, pull-up jumper, spot-up deep-ball shooting, and feisty defensive effort could make him a plug-and-play option right away.
30. Boston Celtics: Xavier Tillman, Michigan State
The Spartan has earned some comparisons to another Michigan State product, Draymond Green, on account of being an undersized big man who has incredible secondary playmaking skills. He’s not the lockdown defender that Green is, but he’s solid on the interior.