NBA Draft 2020: It is less than a few hours for the NBA Draft 2020 to kickoff virtually. The teams have their eyes on the players they think would bolster their roster as most of the teams will have a very busy Draft night on the 18th of November.
Almost 8 months since the last college basketball game, NBA Draft 2020 is almost here. The young prospects will know in a few hours, the city of their new homes.
The draft’s unpredictability remains to be specified by various scouts, general managers, and team executives. While it is impossible to decide who No. 1 will be considering how variable the NBA Drafts go, it is possible to have a consensus of top 5 prospects.
Each team has different goals. There will be a cascading, butterfly effect on the rest of the franchises depending on what the team at No. 1 does with its pick.
With already so many trades taken place, most notably – Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns and Jrue Holiday to the Milwaukee Bucks, teams have reassessed their needs in the NBA Draft 2020.
Top prospects of the NBA Draft 2020, in numbers:
1. Anthony Edwards (Age 18, Height 6’5″, Wingspan 6’9″)
Possibly the 1st Draft pick, he is a consistent scorer who creates space with his dribble. He also has the ability to make tough shots from all over the court. He shows the cast of Victor Oladipo, Eric Gordon, and Dion Waiters.
He is averaging 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and a field goal of 47.3% per game.
Edwards makes the most sense for Minnesota because he could possibly pair up with Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. Edwards is physically ready for the league and maintains a score-first mentality. He can also make plays for others.
2. James Wiseman (Age 19, Height 7’1″, Wingspan 7’6″)
James Wiseman is an athletic phenomenon who shows defensive as well as offensive potential. Having a wingspan of 7’6″, he is an active rebounder and shows great abilities in following the missed shots on the offensive glass.
He is averaging 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, and a field goal of 76.9% per game.
Wiseman could replace Javale McGee as he fills the rim-running, rim-protecting role for the Golden State Warriors. He will also develop into much more once his shot creation and floor awareness show some improvement.
3. LaMelo Ball (Age 18, Height 6’7″, Wingspan 6’10”)
LaMelo Ball is an excellent ball-handler who uses hesitations and pump fakes to create space and shoot. He uses advanced moves but always remains in control and dictates the pace. He has an elite touch and attempts many floaters.
He is averaging 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and a field goal of 42.5% per game.
He shows shades of Jason Williams, Lonzo Ball, and Shaun Livingston. While the Atlanta Hawks were interested in him, it is possible that he goes to the Hornets as they have the 3rd pick in the NBA Draft.
4. Deni Avdija (Age 19, Height 6’9″, Wingspan 6’9″)
Deni Avdija is a solid ball handler. Even at 6’9″, he knows how to change speeds with enough quickness to clear room for his passes. Also, he is a strong finisher who can use both hands to score through contact. He can fearlessly drive into the paint and challenge rim blockers.
He is averaging 7.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, a 33.6 3-point field goal percentage, and a 52 free throw percentage from 75 free throws attempted.
He would fit right into the Chicago roster who have the 4th pick in the NBA Draft. If his jumper improves, he could become the best international player in this draft class.
5. Isaac Okoro (Age 19, Height 6’6″, Wingspan 6’9″)
Isaac Okoro is an excellent defender with a perfect skill set for the modern positionless game. Showing early signs of Gerald Wallace and Justice Winslow, he is a sterling decision-maker and does not force bad shots.
He is averaging 12.8 points, 2.0 assists, a 28.6 3-point percentage, and a 67.4 free throw percentage.
His vision on the court is another addition to his game combining with his high IQ and pass intellect. He is a perfect fit for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they need wings and defenders.
Schedule of the 2020 NBA Draft:
Date: November 18, 2020
Time: 07:00 P.M. ET, 05:30 A.M. IST
Location: Hosted virtually at ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut
Where can you watch the NBA Draft?
ESPN and Turner are the Official Broadcasting Partners of the NBA.
Here is the latest schedule for the NBA 2020-21 season:
NBA Draft – 18th of November
Free Agency – 20th of November
Training Camp – 1st of December
NBA Season Start – 22nd of December