2020 NBA Mock Draft: Georgia's Anthony Edwards goes No. 1, followed by James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball

It's been assumed for months, if not years, that the 2020 NBA Draft would not be great. Now that we're less than five months away from it, that assumption seems more true than ever.

There is no Zion Williamson in this draft.

There is no Ja Morant in this draft.

If I'm being honest, I'm not even sure if there's anybody as good as RJ Barrett in this draft — and it's had a real drain on this college basketball season for lots of reasons. Anthony Edwards is on a likely NIT team at Georgia. James Wiseman quit his Memphis team midseason. North Carolina's Cole Anthony has been sidelined since early December. LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton never enrolled in a university. Add international prospects Killian Hayes and Deni Avdija to the list, then add Iowa State's Tyrese Halliburton and Washington teammates Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart to the list, and that's 10 projected lottery picks — literally 71.4% of the lottery — who are not currently expected to appear in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, according to CBS Sports' Jerry Palm.

Yuck.

Thank God for Obi Toppin, I guess.

Either way, 60 players, for better worse, will still be selected in June. The following is a look at the 30 who could go first. Please note, team needs were NOT taken into consideration at all because I'm more interested in having a proper order than I am in making sure somebody is a good fit for the franchise theoretically making the selection. That'll come later but not until the NBA season is completed and lottery order is set.

NBA Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1- Pick 1
Georgia • Fr • 6'5" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
18.9
RPG
4.7
APG
3.1
3P%
30.8%
Edwards is a strong and athletic guard who isn't going to generate the type of buzz at the top of the draft that Williamson generated last year — but he's still probably the best option to go No. 1. He's averaging 18.9 points and 4.7 rebounds through 20 games this season. The low 3-point percentage (30.8%) is less than ideal. But Edwards has shown, here and there, that he's capable of scoring in bunches from beyond the arc.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Memphis • Fr • 7'1" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Golden St.
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
19.7
RPG
10.7
APG
0.3
BPG
3.0
Wiseman's decision to quit his team midseason raised eyebrows with some NBA executives — but his natural ability is so overwhelming that he can't possibly slip too far in a draft this devoid of high-end talent. As I explained at the top, I do not consider team-needs for the purposes of this mock draft. But, obviously, if the Warriors do end up picking second, and Wiseman is available, he's a perfect fit for Golden State and the type of piece that could help the Warriors operate at the top of the Western Conference again soon.
Round 1 - Pick 3
LaMelo Ball PG
Australia • 6'6" / 180 lbs
Projected Team
New York
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Ball has gone from Lonzo's little brother to a legitimate high-level prospect in the span of just a few years thanks a unique combination of size, ball-handling ability and vision. Like Edwards, he's a great talent who hasn't shot consistently well from the perimeter. But he's elite at enough other things to go in the top three of this draft.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Dayton • Soph • 6'9" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
19.8
RPG
8.0
APG
2.2
3P%
33.9%
Nobody has helped himself more this season than Toppin. The former zero-star recruit is averaging 19.8 points and 8.0 rebounds through 21 games while turning Dayton into a legitimate contender to win the 2020 NCAA Tournament. He's a super-athletic forward who dunks everything around the rim and reliably makes jumpers in pick-and-pop situations. It's hard to imagine him not being impactful from the moment he enters the NBA.
Round 1 - Pick 5
North Carolina • Fr • 6'3" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
19.1
RPG
6.3
APG
3.4
3P%
35.5%
The biggest reason North Carolina is about to miss the NCAA Tournament is tied to Anthony's in-season knee surgery. The Tar Heels were 6-3 with a win over Oregon with Anthony in the lineup; they're 4-7 without him because, when they lost his 19.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists, they lost a lot and didn't have the necessary pieces to hold things together. Anthony has said for weeks that he intends to return to UNC's lineup this season. Assuming he does, NBA scouts will be anxious to get additional looks at him.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Iowa State • Soph • 6'5" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Charlotte
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
15.8
RPG
6.1
APG
6.9
3P%
40%
Halburton, like Toppin, is an example of a mostly unheralded high school prospect who has become a statistical monster in college. He's averaging 15.8 points, 6.9 assists and 6.1 rebounds in 37 minutes per game while shooting 49.5% from the field and 40% from the 3-point line. So he's a guard with size who consistently makes shots. Every team needs those.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Killian Hayes PG
France • 6'5" / 192 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
7th
Hayes is an American-born combo guard who was raised in France and is currently playing professionally in Germany. He shared Most Valuable Player honors in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic international game and is averaging 12.8 points and 6.2 assists in 26.8 minutes per game this season while shooting 39.0% from 3-point range and 90.9% from the free-throw line. Combine all that with a high basketball IQ, and what you get is a lottery pick.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Kentucky • Fr • 6'3" / 198 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
13.2
RPG
4.2
APG
2.9
3P%
30.6%
Maxey got 26 points in the season-opening victory over Michigan State while showing all of the things that made most assume he'd be UK's leading scorer this season. In reality, though, he's UK's fourth-leading scorer. He's struggled to find any consistent level of production. And he's only shooting 30.6% from 3-point range. But, despite everything I just typed, Maxey remains a probable top-10 pick, mostly because he's at least shown flashes of brilliance that most prospects available have not.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Washington • Fr • 6'9" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Sacramento
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
12.6
RPG
6.1
APG
2.1
3P%
32.9%
McDaniels has the skillset to operate on the perimeter, which is the main thing that makes him a high-level and obvious one-and-done prospect. His production has slipped in recent weeks while Washington fell to 2-6 in the Pac-12 — and those two facts are certainly related. Mike Hopkins even removed the talented forward from the starting lineup. But McDaniels is still averaging 12.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in 32.2 minutes per game.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Deni Avdija SF
Israel • 6'9" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Avdija will likely be the first non-American international player to come off the board. He's an 18-year-old playing professionally, at a high level, in Europe. Often described as a playmaker, Avdija is an intriguing talent even if he's never shot it too well from the 3-point line. It's hard to see him slipping outside of the top 10.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Memphis • Fr • 6'9" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
15.2
RPG
10.3
APG
0.9
3P%
36.8%
The ceiling on Memphis' season was lowered drastically when Wiseman quit — but it's hard to argue Achiuwa hasn't benefitted. The super-athletic forward is averaging 15.2 points and 10.3 rebounds through 20 games. He's terrific in transition, effective around the rim and comfortable away from it. All of that, combined with a great motor, should be enough to make him a lottery pick after he helps Penny Hardaway make the NCAA Tournament for the first time as a head coach.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Arizona • Fr • 6'3" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Phoenix
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
14.1
RPG
2.5
APG
5.8
3P%
34.8%
Mannion hasn't shot it terrificly this season — and his Wildcats have fallen out of the national rankings because of a 10-game stretch in which they went 4-6 with losses to St. John's, Oregon State and Arizona State. That's rough. But he's still a lottery talent, I think, based on his vision, ability to run an offense and pass. He's averaging 5.8 assists in 30.5 minutes per game.
Round 1 - Pick 13
R.J. Hampton SG
New Zealand • 6'5" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
San Antonio
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Hampton could be a difference-maker right now for Kansas, Texas Tech or Memphis, three of the schools he seriously considered. But it's hard to blame him for pursuing an opportunity to play overseas, make real money and prepare for the NBA Draft by competing against professionals. He'll be a combo guard in the NBA, probably for many years to come.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Washington • Fr • 6'9" / 250 lbs
Projected Team
Portland
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
18.2
RPG
8.9
APG
0.7
3P%
20%
Stewart is widely considered to be Washington's second-best NBA prospect — but he's undeniably been the Huskies' most productive player. He's leading Washington in points (18.2), rebounds (8.9) and blocks (2.1) while playing just the third-most minutes on the team. Scouts acknowledge guarding in space could be a problem. But Stewart's high motor, and incredible production, could lead to him cracking the lottery.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Auburn • Fr • 6'6" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
5th
PPG
12.9
RPG
4.5
APG
2.2
3P%
26.2%
Okoro was merely a borderline top-40 prospect coming out of high school, but he quickly emerged as one of college basketball's best freshmen. He's averaging 12.9 points and 4.5 rebounds for an Auburn team that started 15-0, then lost twice, but has now won three straight to move to 18-2. His athleticism and ability to shutdown opposing wings are his strongest attributes. He's the rare 18-year-old who can really, really guard.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Duke • Fr • 6'9" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
Boston
PROSPECT RNK
46th
POSITION RNK
6th
PPG
11.3
RPG
3.9
APG
1.0
3P%
42.3%
Hurt is a natural shooter with size whose mechanics are ideal for him to become a floor-spacing forward in the modern-NBA. He made 42.3% of the 3.9 3-pointers per game he's attempted through 20 contests while shooting 50.9% from the field. So while Hurt could be a liability defensively at the next level, his ability to shoot the way he shoots is plenty enough to offset any deficiencies.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Theo Maledon PG
France • 6'4" / 174 lbs
Projected Team
Orlando
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
4th
Maledon is a skilled athlete and interesting prospect — even if this season, while playing professionally in France, hasn't gone smoothly. He missed time with an injury and has mostly been underwhelming. Regardless, it's important to note, in 2018, he became the youngest LNB All-Star in history. And the talent that made that possible still exists.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Arkansas • Soph • 6'5" / 180 lbs
Projected Team
Oklahoma City
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
7th
PPG
16.8
RPG
4.5
APG
2.0
3P%
34.4%
Joe's 3-point percentage is noticeably down this season — but he's still making nearly four per game and is among the main reasons Arkansas is ranked inside the top 30 at KenPom and headed to the NCAA Tournament. He's made at least five 3-pointers in six of the 18 games in which he's played. So, on average, every third game, Joe is punishing an opponent from the arc in a way that'll earn him a lot of money for many years.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Alabama • Soph • 6'3" / 165 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
8th
PPG
16.7
RPG
5.6
APG
4.8
3P%
31.5%
Lewis is a sophomore but still just 18 years old. He's been incredibly productive this season — averaging 16.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists for an Alabama team that's in the top 50 of the NET rankings. The low 3-point percentage (31.5%) is tough to ignore. But Lewis is a good free-throw shooter, and he shot a higher percentage from beyond the arc last season, which are two things that suggest there's room for improvement.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Southern California • Fr • 6'9" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
Milwaukee
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
17.3
RPG
8.9
APG
1.1
BPG
3.1
Okongwu has mostly operated off of the national radar because he's playing for an unranked school on the West Coast. But he's been fantastic. The 5-star freshman is averaging 17.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. He's the main reason USC won 16 of its first 20 games. Is he an undersized center? Yes. But the NBA is now littered with undersized centers. So Okongwu should be able to find a role at the next level that allows him to do most of the things he's doing in the Pac-12.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Arizona • Fr • 6'11" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
16.9
RPG
8.7
BPG
1.0
3P%
33.3%
Nnaji has been the biggest surprise of Arizona's stellar freshman class. He was a borderline top-40 prospect coming out of high school, the Wildcats' third-best recruit on paper. But he's been Sean Miller's most productive player by averaging 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game. His true shooting percentage of 70.2 ranks fourth nationally.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Michigan State • Sr • 6'1" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
40th
POSITION RNK
12th
PPG
18.0
RPG
2.3
APG
5.9
3P%
38.6%
Winston is small and not the best athlete. So he'll never measure or test great — and that'll turn some franchises away. But he's super-smart, great in pick-and-roll situations and someone who has proven to be a high-level shooter in all four years of college in one of the toughest leagues in the sport. Bet against him at your own risk. I'm not going to do it.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Duke • Soph • 6'3" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Brooklyn
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
5th
PPG
14.9
RPG
4.0
APG
6.8
3P%
36.4%
There's nothing sexy about Jones. He doesn't create highlights. He's not a good shooter. But he remains a terrific run-the-team point guard who really defends on one end of the court, and really creates opportunities for his teammates on the other. He's averaging 14.9 points and 6.8 assists for a Duke team that is 17-3. If he helps the Blue Devils win a national title, and then carves out a role in the NBA, just like his older brother, Tyus, it won't be that surprising. He has a real chance to do both.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
Toronto
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
19.5
RPG
7.4
APG
1.4
3P%
43.9%
Not all underclassmen who enter the NBA Draft before ultimately deciding to return to school actually help themselves by doing it — but Nwora has. He's averaging a career-high 19.5 points while shooting a 43.9% from the 3-point line for a Louisville team that's 18-3, on a seven-game winning streak and in position to perhaps finish atop the ACC standings for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
Round 1 - Pick 25
LSU • Fr • 6'9" / 235 lbs
Projected Team
Boston
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
13.4
RPG
7.2
APG
1.9
3P%
28.2%
Watford, much like LSU, didn't get off to the best of starts this season. But he's now averaging 13.4 points and 7.2 rebounds for a team that's 16-4 overall, 7-0 in the SEC and on an eight-game winning streak. He's only shooting 28.2% from beyond the arc. So that needs inprovement. But there's still enough interesting stuff here to make Watford a first-round pick.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Arizona • Fr • 6'6" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Oklahoma City
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
5th
PPG
12.2
RPG
4.8
APG
2.4
3P%
30.2%
It's wild to think Arizona is 4-6 in its past 10 games with three likely first-round picks on the roster — but here we are. Green is an athletic wing with a great motor who is averaging 12.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.1 minutes per game. So he's getting a lot done even if his 3-point percentage of 30.2 leaves something to be desired.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Duke • Fr • 6'10" / 270 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Clippers
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
5th
PPG
17.4
RPG
8.5
BPG
1.7
3P%
45.5%
This same version of Carey would be a top-10 pick in a different era. But with big-bodied, non-athlete centers devalued and sometimes unplayable in today's NBA, there are a lot of things working against the Duke star even though he's having a super-productive freshman season — averaging 17.4 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 59.5% from the field and 45.5% from 3-point range.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Minnesota • Soph • 6'10" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Utah
PROSPECT RNK
51st
POSITION RNK
7th
PPG
19.7
RPG
11.3
APG
1.2
3P%
29.7%
Oturu has been one of college basketball's most productive players this season — averaging 19.7 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 58.8% from the field through 20 games. His Player Efficiency Rating ranks ninth nationally. He's a good enough athlete, and skilled enough big, to make an impact in the NBA on both ends of the court.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Kentucky • Soph • 6'3" / 198 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Lakers
PROSPECT RNK
49th
POSITION RNK
15th
PPG
13.2
RPG
4.3
APG
7.2
3P%
30.8%
Hagans is the best on-ball perimeter defender in college basketball, just an absolute nightmare for opposing guards who seems to always make big plays when Kentucky needs them. His shooting is clearly an issue; no denying that. But he's so tough, and so good with his hands, I genuinely believe he'll be in the NBA for many years to come.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Illinois • Soph • 6'5" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Boston
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
11th
PPG
16.2
RPG
4.3
APG
3.5
3P%
30.3%
Dosunmu has been on an absolute tear — averaging 19.2 points in Illinois' past five games while leading Brad Underwood's team to a six-game winning streak that secured a national ranking. The Chicago native's 3-point percentage isn't great, which is an issue that must be addressed. But, for what it's worth, he has made multiple 3-pointers in six of the Illini's 20 games.
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