NBA mock draft: Updated version following Pistons-Rockets trade

Mar 11, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards (5) and Georgia Bulldogs guard Jordan Harris (2) celebrate after a basket during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019-20 NBA season just wrapped up with the Los Angeles Lakers earning their first title in a decade. Even then, teams are now focusing on the 2020 NBA Draft. It’s set to take place on Nov. 18 after being postponed multiple teams. Here, we mock the first-30 picks in the annual draft.

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Updated: Nov. 18, 2020, 7:14 PM EST

2020 NBA Mock Draft, top-10 picks

1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, Georgia

After surprisingly landing the No. 1 pick, the Wolves were linked to fellow guard LaMelo Ball in other mock drafts. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense with a ball-dominant guard in D’Angelo Russell already on the roster. Instead, we go with a true two-guard to team up with Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. Edwards (6-foot-5), averaged 19.1 points for Georgia last year. This mock draft selection makes the most sense

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2. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman, Memphis

Previous mock drafts have included Golden State trading down from the second spot. Rumors also suggest that this might be the case. However, we are not predicting trades in our final NBA mock draft. Instead, the Warriors add a legit big man to team up with perimeter options in that of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. Despite his freshman campaign being cut short, Wiseman is seen as the most-legit big in the draft. This mock draft takes that into account.

3. Charlotte Hornets: Obi Toppin, Dayton

The Hornets are in a good situation in that they have an elite-level backcourt in that of Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham. They also have two solid forwards, P.J. Washington and Miles Bridges. In Toppin, Charlotte would be adding a legit stretch four with an ability to expand his game to beyond the three-point line. The reigning College Basketball Player of the Year shot 42% from distance during his collegiate career.

4. Chicago Bulls: LaMelo Ball, United States

There’s some rumors leading up to the draft that Ball has struggled in interviews with NBA teams. That’s not great given his family’s (dad’s) history with teams around the Association. Even then, it’s hard to imagine a star two-way point guard like Ball dropping out of the top five. If not, Chicago is the perfect fit. He’d partner with Zach LaVine and 2019 lottery pick Coby White to form a tremendous perimeter trio in the Windy City. This is why we’re mocking Ball at four.

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5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Deni Avdija, Israel

A stretch-four who already boasts tremendous passing ability and a consistent mid-range game. Sure this 19-year-old pro has some question marks on defense. Even then, Avdija’s game translates very well as an immediate impact performer and as someone with tremendous upside. Teaming him up with guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland would be all sorts of sexy for the Cavaliers.

6. Atlanta Hawks: Killian Hayes, France

It’s hard to figure out a perfect spot to mock Hayes ahead of the NBA Draft. He’s a combo guard with a tremendous skill set on the offensive end of the court. Unfortunately, he has some issues with bulk and explosiveness. This dropped Hayes from the top-five in previous mocks to the sixth pick here. Even then, the Hawks need someone of this caliber and upside to go with Trae Young. It just makes too much sense.

7. Detroit Pistons: Onyeka Okongwu, USC

There’s been some talk that Detroit might want to move up from the seventh pick to select guard LaMelo Ball. We’re not too sure that’s the gave given his recent drop down draft boards. Instead, the rebuilding Pistons find a future replacement for Blake Griffin. Okongwu, 19, averaged 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds on 62% shooting from the field in his only year with the Trojans.

Related: Pistons trading Blake Griffin?

8. New York Knicks: R.J. Hampton, United States

Much like Detroit, there’s been some scuttlebutt that new team president Leon Rose is looking to make a move up the draft board. That’s a possibility with Golden State at two, given the Knicks’ ability to offer up Julius Randle. Alas, we’re not projecting trades. Rose goes with the best player available and a wing in Hampton with unlimited upside. Prior to opting to play professionally overseas, Hampton was seen as a top-five lock. He could provide star power with fellow youngster R.J. Barrett in the Big Apple.

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9. Washington Wizards: Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

Thus far, Washington has pushed back against trading Bradley Beal. It seems that the team still wants to build around one of the NBA’s top scorers. If that is indeed the case, finding a backcourt partner makes the most sense. Given John Wall’s questionable status, this is magnified further. Haliburton is more of your traditional point guard (6.5 assists) last season. He also has range from the perimeter. That would work extremely well with Beal in D.C.

10. Phoenix Suns: Devin Vassell, Florida State

The Suns’ blockbuster acquisition of Chris Paul has to change up Phoenix’ thinking leading up to the draft. Previously, we had the team going with a point guard. That might no longer be the case. Rather, the Suns add a talented wing in Vassell to replace the recently-departed Kelly Oubre. Vassell will be a perfect fit in this system with Paul and Devin Booker.

11. San Antonio Spurs: Cole Anthony, North Carolina

Regardless of the futures of DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge in San Antonio, the time is now for these Spurs to build for the future. They missed the NBA Playoffs this past year for the first time since 1997. There’s not a lot of young talent on this roster, either. Add in the fact that the Spurs are potentially looking to trade Patty Mills, and going point guard seems to make the most sense.

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12. Sacramento Kings: Vernon Carey Jr., Duke

I have no idea why Carey is not mocked higher leading up to the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-10 big man averaged 17.8 and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 58% from the field in his only year with the Blue Devils. Carey is also a perfect fit in Sacramento in that he’d work with fellow former Duke star Marvin Bagley to create a tremendous one-two punch on the low blocks.

13. New Orleans Pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama

Following the trade of Jrue Holiday to Milwaukee, there’s definitely a need for a backup point guard under new Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy. No, the additions of Eric Bledsoe and George Hill don’t change this. Lewis averaged 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists on 46% shooting from the field for the Crimson Tide as a sophomore. He’s pro-ready and would provide depth for the upstart Pelicans.

2020 NBA Mock Draft, non-lottery picks

14. Boston Celtics: Tyrell Terry, Stanford

Regardless of what happens with Marcus Smart, the Celtics need more depth in the back court. The likes of youngsters Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford just have not worked out. In Terry, they’d be getting a combo guard that shot 41% from distance last year. It would be much-needed perimeter help. This is the perfect mock draft selection.

15. Orlando Magic: Isaac Okoro, Auburn

At this point, there’s a chance Okoro could go within the top-10 pick. That means this would be a steal for a Magic squad in need of all the help it can get. A wing in the truest sense of the term, the 6-foot-6 Okoro averaged 12.9 points while shooting 61% from two-point range as a freshman for the Tigers last year.

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16. Detroit Pistons: (from Houston via Portland): Precious Achiuwa, Memphis

Acquiring this selection from Houston in the Trevor Ariza trade opens up avenues for first-year Pistons general manager Troy Weaver. He can potentially trade up from the seventh selection, using this pick as fodder. If the Pistons do stand pat, Achiuwa would make sense. Talk about building up a talented young front court with this former Memphis star and Onyeka Okongwu. It could also make sense with Blake Griffin potentially set to be traded here soon.

17. Minnesota Timberwolves: Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt

If Minnesota sticks true to our projection that it will look for back-court help at the top of the 2020 NBA Draft, rumors will link the team to a win. Remember, this is a need after swapping Andrew Wiggins for D’Angelo Russell. Nesmith would be a perfect fit to go with Towns in the Wolves’ frontcourt.

18. Dallas Mavericks: Theo Maledon, France

With years of experience playing professionally overseas, there’s a chance Maledon comes in and contributes for the Mavericks immediately. It’s something they are looking for, especially given rumors about moving this selection for another star to team up with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

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19. Brooklyn Nets: Aleksej Pokuševski, Greece

This Serbian technically played professionally in the EuroLeague. However, the 18-year-old Pokuševski saw a total of five minutes in three games over two years for Olympiakos. While he’s ways away from being able to make an impact in the NBA, the big man boasts untapped potential. He could also be used as trade fodder should the Nets look to add another star.

20. Miami Heat: Patrick Williams, Florida State

Fresh off a shocking NBA Finals appearance, the Heat don’t really have many needs. They are more likely to target a star player to team up with Jimmy Butler. However, if Miami does make this pick, getting an NBA-ready talent makes the most sense. Patrick Williams would be just that. The big man looked polish, especially on defense, during his only season with the Seminoles. That could come in handy.

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21. Philadelphia 76ers: Saddiq Bey, Villanova

It remains to be seen whether the hirings of Daryl Morey and Doc Rivers changes the equation here. Philadelphia still needs to find itself more perimeter shooting. Bey would represent just that. The wing shot a resounding 45% from three-point range as a sophomore last season. He’d provide much-needed ability from long range.

22. Denver Nuggets: Jahmi’us Ramsey, Texas Tech

There’s a decent change Denver looks to package Gary Harris and/or Will Barton with this pick and more change for another star. If said pick is not included, adding another two-guard to the mix makes the most sense. The 6-foot-4 Ramsey was stellar for Tech as a freshman, averaging north of 15 points on 43% shooting from distance. He’d be tremendous with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. moving forward.

23. New York Knicks (from Utah), Tyrell Terry, Stanford

It’s rather clear that the Knicks are over the Frank Ntilikina experience. Elfrid Payton also is not the long-term answer in the Big Apple. Hence, picking up a position of need and value after trading up with the Utah Jazz. Terry has been rising the draft boards big time. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists on a resounding 41% shooting from distance as a freshman for the Cardinal.

24. New Orleans Pelicans (from Milwaukee): Josh Green, Arizona

Even with Brandon Ingram in the mix, getting another wing to help out has to be seen as a priority for New Orleans. Losing Jrue Holiday’s outside shooting ability in the trade that brought the Pelicans this pick adds another layer to that. Green (6-foot-6) shot 36% from distance as a freshman for the Wildcats last season.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyler Bey, Colorado

Boasting a ton of young talent, the one area Oklahoma City will want to improve in the NBA Draft is out on the wing. That’s why we’re using this mock to send the 6-foot-7 Bey to OKC. He’s averaged north of 13 points in each of the past two seasons and boasts a stellar mid-range game. Good value and need here in their only selection of the mock.

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26. Boston Celtics: Jordan Nwora, Louisville

A Player of the Year candidate for the Cardinal last season, Nwora netted 18 points and 7.7 rebounds on 40% shooting from distance. He’d be a great addition to go with the above-mentioned Tyrell Terry.

27. Utah Jazz (from New York): Tre Jones, Duke

This is the point in mock draft we’re we start designating need over upside. For the Jazz, that makes a ton of sense. The Mike Conley experiment did not work last season. They need a ball distributor on the second team. Despite his limitations shooting the ball (31% shooter from distance), Jones is just that. He averaged 6.4 assists last year.

28. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Lakers): Jahmi’us Ramsey, Texas Tech

After trading Dennis Schröder to the Lakers for this selection, the Thunder get younger and cheaper at point guard. Prior to the pre-draft process, Ramsey was considered a top-15 lock. However, other point guards have overtaken him. Either way, this dude averaged 15 points and shot 43% from three-point range with the Red Raiders last season. He makes perfect sense at 28.

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29. Toronto Raptors: Desmond Bane, Texas Christian

Regardless of the Fred VanVleet situation, Toronto needs to find more help in the backcourt. That became clear as the team was unable to defending its championship this past season. Bane could be that. He averaged 16.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists on 44% shooting from distance in 2019-20.

30. Boston Celtics: Leandro Bolmaro, Spain

Draft and stash possibility if the Celtics decide to use all three first-round picks. An Argentine-Italian professional basketball player for FC Barcelona, the 20-year-old Bolmaro is seen as one of the better international prospects in the draft. Again, look for the Celtics to move at least one of their three first-round selections in the 2020 NBA Draft.