The exact date for the 2020 NBA Draft is unclear, but the delay can only exacerbate the excitement once the event finally arrives.
The league recently decided to postpone the June project, possibly pushing it back to August or September. The lottery, which usually takes place in May, and the project combine will also be delayed.
Speculation, however, does not need to stop.
Based on the individual performances and in-season reports, we still have a decent perception of the prospects for the first round. Some players will rise and others will fall, but many of the names in this mock-up will be selected in the 2020 draft.
2020 NBA Mock Draft Draft 1
1. Golden State Warriors: Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
2. Cleveland riders: Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv
3. Minnesota Timberwolves: LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks
4. Atlanta Hawks: Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton
5. Detroit Pistons: James Wiseman, C, Memphis
6. New York Knicks: Killian Hayes, PG, Ratiopharm Ulm
7. Chicago Bulls: Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State
8. Charlotte Hornets: Onyeka Okongwu, PF / C, USC
9. Washington Wizards: Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina
10. Phoenix Suns: Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn
11. San Antonio Spurs: Devin Vassell, SF, Florida
12. Sacramento Kings: Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky
13. New Orleans Pelicans: Precious Achiuwa, PF / C, Memphis
14. Portland Trail Blazers: R.J. Hampton, SG, New Zealand Breakers
15. Orlando Magic: Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (from BKN): Saddiq Bey, SF, Villanova
17. Boston Celtics (from MEM): Patrick Williams, PF, Florida State
18. Dallas Mavericks: Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Olympiacos
19. Milwaukee Bucks (of IND): Josh Green, SG, Arizona
20. Brooklyn Nets (from PHI): Jaden McDaniels, SF / PF, Washington
21. Denver Nuggets (from HOU): Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt
22. Philadelphia 76ers (from OKC): Vernon Carey Jr., PF / C, Duke
23. Miami Heat: Jalen Smith, PF, Maryland
24. Utah Jazz: Theo Maledon, PG, ASVEL
25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from DEN): Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington
26. Boston Celtics: Leandro Bolmaro, SF, FC Barcelona
27. New York Knicks (from LAC): Tre Jones, PG, Duke
28. Toronto Raptors: Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama
29. Los Angeles Lakers: Jahmi’us Ramsey, SG, Texas Tech
30. Boston Celtics (from MIL): Xavier Tillman, PF, Michigan State
James Wiseman, C, Memphis
Should the Detroit Pistons swing for a potential star goalie or just catch the best player available in any position?
Both routes are reasonable, but Detroit sent Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers by the trade deadline and could use more depth in the center. James Wiseman could create an enticing rotation with Blake Griffin and Christian Wood in the first zone.
Wiseman has had only three appearances before an NCAA violation–an irrelevant regarding his future–and an average of 19.7 points out of 76.9 percent shooting. He recovered 10.7 rebounds and also struck three strokes per game.
One potential problem, for sure, is the Golden State Warriors’ reported interest in Wiseman. According to Ric Bucher of B’R, a source in the league said Wiseman was at the top of their scoreboard.
The problem is the two conclusions–a real intrigue or a smoke screen-are plausible. The Warriors are exceptionally thin at the front, and Wiseman would be an ideal fit. At the same time, they may be more interested in Georgia goalkeeper Anthony Edwards and may seek to divert attention in case they don’t choose number one.
Although this simulation leans toward the latter, the delayed pre-carry-over process will provide some important answers.
Behind the Warriors in the standings are the Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Atlanta Hawks. Since these lists have Drummond, Karl-Anthony Towns and Clint Capela, respectively, interest in Wiseman would be low.
Detroit has a 42.5 percent chance in a top four selection by Tankathon. And if there is not a massive increase in a team outside the top five, the possibility of selecting Wiseman is even higher.
R.J. Hampton, G, New Zealand Breakers
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A franchise hoping for a surprise rise in the top four is the Portland Trail Blazers. If the regular season does not resume, Portland will be ranked last in the lottery.
Certainly, the Blazers are more likely to stay put. In fact, call it a 97.6% chance.
Still, it doesn’t hurt to dream, right?
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum play more than 36 minutes per game, but no one else in the backcourt even averages two assists. Portland needs another playmaker to complete the duo.
While the project is focused on upside, R.J. Hampton’s appeal is particularly focused on potential. He gave up the traditional route for an American perspective, spending a year at university to go to Australasia alongside LaMelo Ball.
Hampton has not had an exceptional experience with the NBL New Zealand Breakers, scoring 8.8 points per game while shooting 29.5 percent over three. He scored 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists as well.
“But between his transition and his cutting edge, his ability to shoot and play side game, Hampton is physically and fundamentally well balanced for a 19-year-old player,” said Jonathan Wasserman, NBA draft expert at B / R.
Hampton is No. 12 on Wasserman’s last large painting.
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