Tipton Edits 2020 Mock Draft by Andre German
Updated: Nov 12
1. Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards G Georgia
Edwards is considered by many as the favorite to go #1. Physically he’s ready to compete at the NBA Level with elite athleticism and a quick first step. Edwards can score at all three levels and has shown flashes of greatness throughout his short college career. Some scouts and executives have questions about Edward’s decision-making and consistency. He shot a mere 29.1% from three last season which is sub-par for a starting guard in the NBA. When you look at the draft board and what Minnesota has on his roster, Edwards seems like the likely choice here.
2. Golden State Warriors James Wiseman F Memphis
The Warriors are in win-now mode and feel like they have a chance to compete for a championship. Wiseman is as physically gifted as anyone in the draft and could likely make an impact right away as the Warriors look to make another title run. At 7 feet and over 250lbs, Wiseman is a tremendous force that we saw during his brief stint at Memphis where he averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. However, Wiseman does not have an intimidating shot from the perimeter which could limit his role offensively for a team that likes to space the floor and shoot threes. Defensively he has struggled to guard the pick and roll and has been foul prone. The Warriors are likely to favor someone who has a higher floor. Wiseman is the pick at two.
3. Charlotte Hornets Onyeka Okongwu F USC
The Hornets have been looking for a franchise center for years, now they have their guy. With Wiseman likely being off the board, look for the Hornets to bolster the frontcourt pairing PJ Washington with Okongwu. On both ends of the floor Okongwu is impressive, offensively he is a great rebounder and pairs that with a great hook shot hitting 70% of his free throws. Defensively Okongwu is a great rim protector and looks to run the floor. The Hornets get their franchise big man at three.
4. Chicago Bulls LaMelo Ball G International
The Chicago Bulls transitioned to a new coach and front office this offseason. It’s time to bring in a new star to the windy city. Chicago has been hungry for talent since Derrick Rose departed years ago, and Ball has the opportunity to capture the city. Ball has great size at 6 foot 7, when you pair that with his vision and playmaking ability the combination of Ball and Lavine in the backcourt could be explosive and fun to watch. Defensively Chicago may have some issues to work out as Ball has struggled to stay in front of quicker guards. Some scouts and executives question Ball’s shot selection and mechanics, as his shot is very unorthodox. Ball has also relied on tough floaters around the rim which may not be there at the next level. For the bulls this pick makes sense. The upside is there and there’s no doubt that he would bring a buzz to the city that it hasn’t felt since Derrick Rose.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers Deni Avdija F International
Avdija is the first international prospect expected to go in the first round. As an elite offensive player, Cleveland could add an instant impact player to an offense that struggled to score at times last season. Cleveland recently drafted Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, two guys that can complement Avdija. Getting him open looks both in the half-court and transition, there’s too much talent for Cleveland to pass on here.
6. Atlanta Hawks Isaac Okoro G Auburn
The Hawks missed on Luka Doncic but still drafted a great player, Trae Young. Pairing him with a great defender like Okoro would be a step in the right direction for the Hawks that got killed on defense last year. Offensively Okoro has room to improve but can attack the rim efficiently and doesn’t need the ball in his hands to make an impact. This style of play pairs well with All-Star Trae Young who takes on the bulk of scoring responsibilities. Atlanta has been active in looking to trade out of this pick; but should that fall through Okoro seems like a great fit here.
7. Detroit Pistons Tyrese Haliburton G Iowa State
The Pistons need help all over so let’s start at the point guard spot. After trading longtime starter Reggie Jackson and bringing in Derrick Rose it’s clear that the Pistons need a permanent solution. Haliburton at 6 foot 5 has great size, when you combine that with his great passing ability he has the potential to turn the struggling offence around. A career 43% 3-point shooter Haliburton has the ability to be the multidimensional player that the Pistons have been looking for.
8. New York Knicks Obi Toppin F Dayton
Obi Toppin has the talent to be a number one pick, if not for his age he might be there. Toppin was a star this past season at Dayton and has the potential to continue that in the Big Apple. Toppin is a versatile offensive threat who can space the floor, hit the three, and score down low. Last year, Toppin primarily played the five and will likely be a four at the next level. If Toppin can improve defensively, he can become a serious two-way threat. Should Toppin fall this far, the Knicks would be more than happy to take him here.
9. Washington Wizards Killian Hayes G France
John Wall hasn’t played the last two seasons and the wizards have rotated a number of guards, but it hasn’t worked. John Wall is projected to return to the lineup soon but who knows how he’ll be after coming back from a serious injury. The Wizards need to keep Bradly Beal happy and Killian Hayes could be a step in the right direction. Hayes comes in with a lot of experience and should be able to make an impact right away, with the ball in his hands he’ll be able to score and find sharpshooters like Beal and Bertans. The Wizards will be thrilled if Hayes is still on the board at nine.
10. Phoenix Suns Devin Vassell G Florida State
The Suns are in an interesting spot here at 10, most thought they were rebuilding coming into the season, however, a strong performance in the Orlando bubble may have changed that trajectory. Devin Booker is playing at an All-Star level with Deandre Ayton allowing him to be very effective down low. Vassell has the potential to be a solid 3 and D contributing player on a playoff team as he knocked down 41% of his threes over his college career, the Suns can’t go wrong here.
11. San Antonio Spurs Patrick Williams F Florida State
The Spurs need a big, they’ve developed their guard core of Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker, and Derrick White, so it’s time to focus on the frontcourt. Aldridge is likely on his way out but in the meantime, Williams, who has the tools to become a great big, will have time to develop in San Antonio’s system. The upside is undeniable, Williams would likely see some time in the G-League, which the Spurs have used for a lot of their young draft picks.
12. Sacramento Kings Aaron Nesmith G Vanderbilt
Aaron Nesmith is by far the best shooter in the draft and may be too good to pass on here. Sacramento is looking to compete next season in the West, Nesmith who shot 50% from three last season will only add to a young King’s roster who made strides last season in the western conference playoff race. Buddy Hield’s future on this team is uncertain as longtime GM Vlade Divak recently stepped down ushering in a new front office.
13. New Orleans Pelicans Saddiq Bey F Villanova
The Pelicans have established that Zion Williamson is their future, so it’s time to build around him. Bey has shot up draft boards for good reason, at 6 foot 7, 216 pounds he is a versatile wing who can defend at a high level and switch onto multiple positions. For a team that may go small with Williamson at the 5, Bey could play a key role for a small-ball lineup. Offensively Bey has improved every season at Villanova shooting 45% from three last season. With the young core that GM David Griffin is building Bey could be a key piece.
14. Boston Celtics Jalen Smith F Maryland
The Celtics were close to a shot at the title but fell just short, the frontcourt was an issue with Theis often getting in foul trouble and being overmatched down low, so I like them to address that here. Smith has gotten better since his freshman season at Maryland notably expanding his range shooting 37% from three, the Celtics could use that production from the perimeter as they look to make another run at a title.
15. Orlando Magic Kira Lewis Jr. G Alabama
The Magic need help at the point guard spot, Markelle Fultz is not the long-term solution. Lewis Jr. is arguably one of the fastest players in the draft, and an improving shooter that shot 36% from three last season and shooting is something that the Magic desperately need.
16. Portland Trailblazers Precious Achuwia F Memphis
Portland brought in veteran Carmelo Anthony to fill the void at the forward spot, but he isn’t getting any younger. Portland needs to address this position with some young talent, and I like Achuwia here. Last year at Memphis Achuwia showed his potential to be potent in the paint offensively and defensively guard NBA centers. This is a spot where the Trailblazers can draft an instant impact guy with a high ceiling.
17. Minnesota Timberwolves Tyrell Terry G Stanford
The Timberwolves are thin in the frontcourt, I like them to address that with their first pick, but I also like them to address that with the second pick as well. Terry has put on an inch and packed on some muscle since we last saw him which has him rising up draft boards. As a career 41% three-point shooter he should help improve the Timberwolves offensively, since the team was up and down last season.
18. Dallas Mavericks Aleksej Pokusevski F International
The Dallas Mavericks have done an excellent job scouting internationally, and I don’t see it stopping now. Pokusevski is over 7 feet and has a 7-foot three wingspan with a 9-foot one standing reach. He’s a streaky shooter but makes up for it with his playmaking ability, at just 200lb he’s got some work to do with his frame but has the tools to be a great long-term prospect.
19. Brooklyn Nets RJ Hampton G International
The Brooklyn Nets are in win-now mode so Hampton is unlikely to see a lot of minutes behind Irving, Harris, and LeVert. Brooklyn’s player development has been great, Hampton could benefit from a few years in the G League.
20. Miami Heat Tyrese Maxey G Kentucky
Miami had success with fellow wildcat Tyler Herro last draft and could pull the trigger again with Maxey. This season Miami lacked a scorer who could take over and get a bucket, but Maxey is their guy. There are concerns about his shooting, however, with Robinson and Herro in South Beach that’s sure to improve.
21. Boston Celtics Via Philadelphia 76ers Josh Green G Arizona*
The Celtics roster is crowded, so three first-round selections are unlikely. Trading up to 21 allows them to get someone they like here; Arizona G Josh Green. Green underperformed at Arizona but has all the tools that teams look for at the next level. Defensively he has exactly what Danny Ainge likes, and should he take the next step offensively. If Green’s offense can develop he could take a similar path as Jalen Brown.
22. Denver Nuggets Jalen McDaniels
Jerami Grant is a restricted free agent and Paul Millsap is on the decline. Along with Porter Jr. who emerged in the Orlando bubble as a future star, McDaniels can come in without expectations and similar to Porter take a year to develop before entering Malone’s rotation.
23. Utah Jazz Nico Mannion G Arizona
The Jazz like Mannion here. Mike Conley is a free agent so the Jazz will be looking to fill that void at the Point Guard spot. With Mitchel’s extension and Rudy Gobert Eligible for a supermax, it’s unlikely that the Jazz look to resign the veteran guard. Mannion Is an electric guard with a quick first step, there are questions about his subpar shooting and finishing ability at the rim but at 23 this is a good spot for the Jazz to take a shot on the former Wildcat.
24. Milwaukee Bucks Cole Anthony G North Carolina
Eric Bledsoe struggled last postseason and the Bucks are likely going to address that here. In his freshman year at North Carolina Anthony showed flashes of brilliance but also struggled at times with injury issues. At twenty-four this is a low-risk high reward pick for a guy that could help them in a potential postseason run.
25. OKC Thunder Isaiah Stewart F Washington
Stewart could be a great developmental project for Sam Presti, Steven Adams's contract situation is approaching and Stewart could be the replacement. The Thunder were successful in turning a young Serge Ibaka into a defensive force, they should look to do the same with Stewart.
26. *Philadelphia 76ers via Boston Celtics G Desmond Bane TCU
The Sixers recently hired former Rockets GM Darrel Morey so that means shooting. Last season Philly struggled to shoot the three consistently and with their franchise players not being three-point specialists they need to find some help. Aaron Nesmith is by far the best shooter in the draft, however, he’s unlikely to fall to 21 which gives the opportunity for the Sixers to trade back, pick up an extra pick and grab another great shooter In Desmond Bane. Bane is a seasoned veteran and an excellent playmaking wing, exactly what Philadelphia needs.
27. New York Knicks Tyler Bey F Colorado
Tyler Bey has been shooting up draft boards and for good reason, Bey is a gifted athlete and a great defender, winning defensive player of the year in his conference. Tom Thibodeau takes over for New York and I like him to put an emphasis on defense with their second pick.
28. Los Angeles Lakers Malakhi Flynn G San Diego St
Rajan Rondo made the Lakers a championship team last season. As LeBron gets older the Lakers need to find a new savvy point guard to run the offense through while LeBron plays more off the ball, I think at this spot Flynn is their guy. Flynn is an excellent shooter and floor general who led a top 5 San Diego State team to a near-perfect undefeated season.
29. Toronto Raptors Xavier Tillman F Michigan State
Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka are hitting free agency this year. Both are reaching the end of their careers, so I like Toronto to look for a big and Tillman Is the guy. Tillman is great close to the rim and recently shot the three very well at a combine event. Defensively he was one of the best defenders in the Big Ten and limited his opponents almost every game. He’s a high character guy that would fit in well with Toronto’s culture.
30. *Philadelphia 76ers via Boston Celtics Payton Pritchard G Oregon
I’m going to continue with the theme of shooting here, Pritchard is a seasoned veteran. He left Oregon averaging 20 points per game while shooting 41% from three his senior year. JJ Reddick spaced the floor well for the sixers a few years ago, Pritchard has the potential to come in and fill that void.
*Boston trades pick 26 and 30 to Philadelphia for the 21st pick