2020 NBA Mock Draft Update


Update 12/02/19
This draft class is getting more and more intriguing by the week. We’ve had a handful of prospects step up and announce themselves as potential lottery picks (Obi, Onyeka, Nwora, Ramsey etc.) and now there appears to be a much deeper pool of talent through the first round and into the second.

We’ve also seen plenty of players that have taken a big hit with their draft stock after a slow start to the season including Kahlil Whitney, who’s probably not a one and done, and Jalen Smith who seemed destined for a breakout season but so far hasn’t hit his stride.

In the latest mock Nico Mannion jumped to no.6 overall. It’s impossible to watch him play and not come away impressed. He puts moves on people that are just unfair and he hits lots of difficult shots. He’s not the biggest name point guard in this class by a long shot but he might be the best.

And finally, one player that doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of buzz but deserves first round consideration is Tar Heel center Armando Bacot. He’s not ever going to be a guy that gets lots of headlines but he’s one tough rebounder and defender who helps his team win. He’s a sleeper who could crash the first round this year.



Update 11/27/19
The battle for the top spot is heating up, with Anthony Edwards putting on a show in the second half
Obi Toppin. Credit: David Jablonski
vs. Michigan State and LaMelo Ball balling out down under. But for now we've got Wiseman at the top of the board, despite the suspension. Big men take a lot longer to develop than guards but Wiseman is already showing flashes of greatness. In a few years, once his frame is filled out and his skill level develops he's going to be a serious problem. The Anthony Davis comparison is a lot to live up to but he's got that type of talent. Who gets picked no.1 overall could come down to team need.

The biggest riser in our mock is super Sophomore Obi Toppin who moves into the mid lottery at no.8 overall. He's a polished talent who can score the rock in a variety of ways and is showing a ton of confidence in his 3pt shot.

Another forward rising up the board is Mamadi Diakite of Virginia. He's always been a good athlete but his defensive awareness looks much improved and he's got a ton of value as a switchable defender who can guard in space. And now that he's hitting the 3pt shot he's worthy of a first round selection.

This draft class is showing decent depth early on with a lot of talent at the top of the second round of the mock. There's a long ways to go and plenty of time for future first rounders to separate themselves from the pack.


Update 11/6/19
The draft order is very fluid at the beginning of the NBA season but it felt pretty cool to type the Phoenix Suns into the 25th spot, after so many years of projecting them as a top 5 pick. It's early, yes, but that team looks legit. They have a defensive identity, a nice veteran presence with Rubio and Baynes and of course Book gets buckets. Let's see if they can keep it up and finally get back into the playoffs.

After a great opening night of college basketball we finally have actual games to talk about! Wiseman looked dominate (albeit against S.C State) and he remains our favorite to go no.1 in June. Anthony Edwards also played well, showing off his tremendous power and athleticism to go along with that pretty jumper. Those two seem pretty locked in to the top 2 spots, IMO.

Tyrese Maxey of Kentucky was perhaps the biggest story of opening night. He came off the bench to lead the Wildcats in scoring with 26 points, showing off his deep shooting range and natural scoring ability. He's moved from no.17 to no.9 in our latest mock. One disappointment from the game was not seeing more of Johnny Juzang but look for his minutes and production to pick up as the season goes along.

One of our favorite prospects (and one that gets far too little attention) is Onyeka Okongwu of USC.
He started his college career with a huge game against an over-matched Florida A&M squad, putting up 20pts, 13rebs and 8blks. Teammate Isaiah Mobley had a solid game as well scoring 17 points on just 7 shots. Both could be one and done's but Mobley might stay to play with his brother Evan next season.

The Duke vs. Kansas game featured a lot of late first to mid second round prospects but one player who stood out was Cassius Stanley. He not only displayed his other-worldly athleticism with a couple of ferocious dunks but hit is lone 3pt attempt and also played with great energy and effort. Along with Tre Jones he seems to be the heart and soul of this Duke team. Teammate Wendell Moore had a tough night on the offensive end (going 1-6 with 4 turnovers) but he clearly has an NBA frame and a chance to develop into a good NBA wing. He's probably a 2 or 3 year guy for Duke. Vernon Carey is slimmed down and moving well. He didn't have a huge opening game but watch for him to put up some big numbers this season on his way to possibly being a one and done. Hurt displayed his nice shooting stroke and floor spacing ability but he projects as more of an NBA back up, in our book. Ochai Agbaji looks like Kansas' best pro prospect with late first to early second round potential. He's got the frame, the shooting stroke and really brings it on the defensive end. As he cleans up his ball handling and play making he'll be problem.

 Update 11/1/19
We have our first major shake up of the projected draft order with one notable team, the Warriors,
falling into the lottery after the Steph Curry hand injury. This is looking like a full-fledged rebuilding year for the Dubs, hoping to come back next season with a healthy Steph, Klay, a big free agent and a high draft pick. Stay tuned for the Draymond trade rumors.

For now the Sacramento Kings rise (fall) to the no.1 overall pick after a flat start to the season. We'll have a better idea of the lottery-bound teams in a month or two.

JUCO star Jay Scrubb moves up a few spots into the back end of the first round. His commitment to play at Louisville next season might just be a mirage as he'll probably test the NBA Draft waters this spring.

The more tape I watch the more I like what I see from Reggie Perry. He's going to have a really big second season at Mississippi State and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him rise into the lottery.

The NCAA season kicks off in only four days! Let the fun begin.


Update 10/21/19
The games that count are about to begin and we'll get a closer look at the NCAA prospects soon. In
NBL play both LaMelo and R.J. have had some ups and downs, both showing big time flashes and some growing pains as well.

Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey has been moved up a few spots in the 2020 mock to number 17. He should have the ball in his hands a lot this year, which will allow him to show off his one on one scoring ability and his growth as a facilitator.

Duke jumping jack Cassius Stanley re-enters the first round of the mock. His perimeter game is a work in progress but you can't teach the ability to fly. Cassius is an older prospect for his class but that doesn't mean there's not a lot of upside left. This season at Duke will do him well - and he'll provide us with a lot of big time dunks along the way.

Finally, Killian Hayes falls out of the first round after a few shaky games overseas.


Update 9/26/19
Basketball season is in the air, with NBA teams getting ready for training camp later this week and
with NBL preseason games already underway down-under, highlighting the play of LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton.

LaMelo has been on a great trajectory over the past two years, with his physical growth to about 6-7 and with his endless creativity with the ball. After his fast start for the Illawarra Hawks he moves from late lottery up to no.5 in our latest mock draft. His shooting and play-making have both translated so far to the higher level of play and he's got a unique ability to score the ball, showing off an extra deep floater and his usual step-back deep range.

R.J. Hampton also got off to a solid start to his pro career, showing off his high-end athleticism and wiry 6-5 frame. He's led his team in scoring twice so far while impacting both ends. The NZ Breakers will play preseason games against the Memphis Grizzlies on October 9 and the Thunder on October 11. Be sure to tune in for those. R.J. has been a lock in our top 5 since he reclassified last year and we don't expect that to change.

Finally, Tyler Bey rebounds into the first round. He's the type of wing athlete/defender that has a lot of value in the NBA game. If he shows improved ball handling and shooting this season he could be a sneaky pick to crash the lottery.

There's not much movement this time of year but with basketball season on the near horizon you know that'll change soon :)

Key Upcoming Dates
  • Training Camps Open - 9/28-10/1
  • Preseason Opens - 9/30
  • Preseason Ends - 10/18
  • Regular Season Begins - 10/22

Update 7/02/19
Tyrese Haliburton has moved into the 2020 round 1. He's been a hot name this summer with his play at FIBA u19 raising his draft stock. Expect a big year for Haliburton at Iowa State and an early entry into the 2020 draft.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is another hot name. We've had him mocked in the mid first round for many months but he's now up to no.10 overall in the 2020 mock. He's an ideal modern day big, with a nice scoring package, good mobility and high BBIQ.

Vernon Carey Jr. is an interesting prospect. He could have a dominant year for Duke but there are questions about how his game fits today's NBA. 10 years ago he'd be a lottery pick. In 2020 he might fall to the late first round.

Update 6/21/19
Trade Update: The Nets now own the Sixers 2020 first round pick (lottery protected), getting the pick from the Clippers on draft night for the rights to Kabengele. The Clippers had previously gotten the pick from Philly in the Tobias Harris deal.

Update 6/19/19
LaMelo has announced his destination for the coming season, choosing to play in Australia with the Illawarra Hawks of the NBL. This will be a good opportunity for him to grow his game against grown men.

Trendon Watford moves up to no.9 in the mock and should be in for a big season for LSU.

Neemias Queta jumps into the first round, from early second. He has a chance to dominate in his second at Utah State.

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Update 6/15/19
LaMelo Ball has always had the talent. Now his frame is catching up to his game. We don't have official measurements but LaMelo looks to be a legit 6-7 and more importantly he's developing the strength and burst that he lacked earlier in his HS career. In our 2020 mock LaMelo is up to no.15 and could move up into the lottery through the course of the next year.

Also moving up is Johnny Juzang who classed-up and committed to Kentucky. He's a great fit in Coach Cal's system, where he'll get to show off his shooting and creative scoring ability without needing to shoulder too much of the load. He's got a pair of great point guards to play with and a ton of depth around him on the wing.

Charles Bassey opted to return for a second season at Western Kentucky and it'll be interesting to see if he adds more to his game before the 2020 draft. He's got the physical tools and definitely has a role in the League but can he develop his shooting to provide the spacing that's so important in today's NBA? He could go as high as lotto or mid to late first round, depending on how he develops.

Update 5/28/19
Big news from R.J. Hampton this morning, announcing that he's skipping college and going to play in the NBL for the New Zealand Breakers. Kansas and Memphis were on him hard but in the end the chance to play pro ball (develop against grown men and earn a paycheck) was the decision that felt best for him. We'll miss the chance to see him play NCAA ball but he'll be back in a year - a likely top 5 pick next June.
P.S. It's time for the NBA to change the age limit rule!

Update 5/25/19
LSU fans got some big news this week with the commitment of potential 2020 lottery pick Trendon Watford. Watford should have the ball in his hands a lot next season and is a likely one-and-done player.

More big news that came this week is Jaden McDaniels announcing his commitment to Washington. The Huskies now have one of the most heralded recruiting classes in the country and are poised for a big year in 2019/20.

R.J. Hampton will announce his college decision on Tuesday, May 28th. Kansas appears to be in the lead, with Memphis and Texas Tech still in the running.


Update 5/18/19

Israeli SF Deni Avdija moves up to no.6 overall with his continued strong play. He's got a really high skill level, a big frame and great understanding of the game. An underrated passer.

For the Kentucky Wildcats, could the addition of Johnny Juzang hurt Kahlil Whitney's draft stock? If Juzang proves to be the better shooter and shows a more polished offensive game he could outshine the higher ranked Whitney.

We still have Nicolas Claxton in the 2020 mock but he could move up to 2019. We'll know his decision in the next week or two.

Still waiting for Jaden, Trendon and R.J. Hampton to make their college decisions.

Update 4/13/19
After a very strong week at the Nike Hoops Summit James Wiseman rises up to the no.1 overall spot. Wiseman has uncanny agility for a 7-1 player. Once he fills out his frame and improves his ball skills he'll be a major problem.

Cole Anthony moves down a few spots and Nico Mannion moves into the 2020 first round. The two point guards got after it during the Hoops Summit game, with both showing flashes of top 10 talent. Mannion was especially impressive, playing aggressive defense while also looking to score the ball. The Mannion/Green tandom will be really good next year for Arizona.

Update 4/6/19
We've moved R.J. Hampton to the 2020 mock, projecting that he will reclassify and play college ball next season. He lands at no.3 in our mock but has no.1 overall type of talent.

Update 4/2/19
With the High School all star games underway there's been a lot of movement in the 2020 mock draft, and the change starts at the top. We have a new no.1 overall in Anthony Edwards who rises up one spot after a strong week at the McDonald's All American Game. Edwards is built like a linebacker but with a silky smooth game. He can power his way to the rim, score from mid range or pull-up from deep. He excels at getting his own shot and can score on anyone.

James Wiseman also moves up a spot to no.2 overall. His agility at his size is truly impressive and his skill level is developing rapidly. He looks the part of an elite level center prospect. To put it in perspective, he'd be the top big man in the 2019 draft, if he was allowed to declare.

Here's a look at some of the prospects who are rising in the 2020 mock and some prospects who have moved down our list.

Risers
  • Anthony Edwards (overpowering and dripping with talent)
  • James Wiseman (easily the best center prospect in the class)
  • Isaiah Stewart (consistent, powerful, a man among boys)
  • Cole Anthony (no big surprise but Anthony is as polished a PG prospect as we've seen)
  • Scottie Lewis (a speed demon who brings it every possession)
  • Sammuel Williamson (long, athletic, with a smooth jumper. Underrated)
  • Tyrese Maxey (a strong guard, can score at will, has a deadly 3pt shot)
  • Precious Achiuwa (a load to handle at 6-9, can take his man off the bounce)
 
 Sliders
  • Jaden McDaniels (has no.1 overall type of talent but gets pushed around, doesn't assert himself)
  • Bryan Antoine (thin lower body, lacks polish on offense, could be a 2 or 3 year guy at Nova)
  • Matthew Hurt (lacks strength and isn't the quickest player. Projects as a role player)
  • Josiah James (has upside but probably not a one and done type of guy)

College Players
We also have a few current college Freshman who we project will return for their Sophomore season. Leading the way is Jalen Smith (Maryland), Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State) and Louis King (Oregon). These guys could enter the 2019 draft but if they return they've got lottery potential.

And Kenny Wooten, a Sophomore, could rise into the lottery with one more year in school.

French Flavor
The International flavor is mostly French in 2020 with big PG Theo Maledon leading the way. Physically he reminds of Shea Gilgeous-Alexander but with a bit more offensive talent.
French raised Killian Hayes will get a look as well. He's another big combo guard type who fits the mold of a primary initiator, scorer and facilitator at the next level.
And Jaylen Hoard of Wake Forest could stay in school and make it three Frenchmen in next year's first round.
Deni Avdija (Israel), Precious Achiuwa (Mali), Josh Green (Australia) all have lottery potential.

Here's the full 2020 NBA Mock Draft