2020 NBA Mock Drafts: Kyle Boone

Kyle Boone
By Kyle Boone
NBA Draft writer


he 2020 NBA Draft cannot take place until the lottery order is officially sorted out. And the lottery order cannot officially be sorted out until the NBA season officially comes to a conclusion. And as we sit here, at the end of May, there's no concrete answer on when (or if) the NBA season will resume -- much less when it will conclude.

So consider the entirety of the NBA Draft process right now to be one giant shrug emoji.
NBA Mock Draft - 05/27/2020
Round 1
1. Golden State Warriors
James Wiseman, C, Memphis: Warriors GM Bob Myers said last week that he would consider trading the team's first-round pick. But if they get No. 1 and keep it, it's hard to imagine passing on a 7-footer in James Wiseman who has massive upside and fits a need. The former Memphis standout has a reported 7-6 wingspan and would mesh perfectly into Golden State's system as a rim-running lob threat who can protect the rim. With the core pieces of a championship contender in place, Wiseman could be a linchpin to keep its title-winning window pried open.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia: Cleveland needs a piece that can help complement first-round assets Darius Garland and Collin Sexton, and Anthony Edwards looks like a viable cog in that respect. He's a freakish athlete who can play off the ball but also create for himself in space when the shot clock is winding down. His youth, athleticism and shot-making ability combined make him one of the most intriguing high-upside prospects in this class; Cleveland can't afford to not take a huge swing from this position.
3. Detroit Pistons
LaMelo Ball, PG, USA: Detroit's depleted roster needs a major talent upgrade, and LaMelo Ball, the No. 1 prospect on the CBS Sports Big Board, is an ideal gamble here. The younger brother of Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball is a jumbo playmaker who has grown to 6-6 and has the playmaking chops to develop into a franchise-caliber lead guard in time. Despite some scoring inefficiencies from distance playing in the NBL, his high-level vision and feel for the game match where the NBA's moving.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
Onyeka Okongwu, C, Southern California: Okongwu projects to be a monstrous defensive post presence and Minnesota needs exactly that to pair with KAT. The 6-9 forward/center is an elite defender who can step out on the perimeter and slide his feet well and also disrupt shots in the paint. While he doesn't have much range yet he brings good value as a scorer inside the arc and could fit into what Minnesota needs to improve around its core.
5. Atlanta Hawks
Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn: Atlanta needs to add to its depth at wing and upgrade defensively, and here they can do both with Isaac Okoro. The 6-6 Auburn one-and-done is a Swiss Army knife-defender with a laser-sharp basketball brain who can impact winning without needing the ball. Consider that an ideal trait alongside the talented and ball-dominant Trae Young.
6. New York Knicks
Killian Hayes, PG, France: French prodigy Killian Hayes, at 18 years old, has already been a pro for two years and risen steadily in the international ranks among the NBA community. He has good positional size and great playmaking ability as a lead guard that could give the Knicks a foundational piece on which to build around long-term. Hayes doesn't have top-end athleticism but he's crafty with the ball in his hands and has a consistent jumper that should make him a safe bet to help New York at a position it so desperately needs to address.
7. Chicago Bulls
Deni Avdija, SF, Israel: To help maximize Chicago's young core, Deni Avdija is the smart bet if the board falls this way. The Israeli star is a point forward with great playmaking skills from his position who could help alleviate the offensive load in Chi-town. He's also been a winner everywhere he's been. At just 19 years old, he's a two-time Israeli League champion and a two-time FIBA European champ.
8. Washington Wizards
Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton: Washington took a below-the-rim forward last year in Rui Hachimura, and here they take an above-the-rim forward in Obi Toppin who can make a winning impact with his athleticism and skill level, as evidenced last season when he led college basketball in dunks for a top-10 Dayton team.
9. Charlotte Hornets
Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt: Before a season-ending foot injury in January, Aaron Nesmith, who shot 52.2% from 3-point range through 14 games, was on pace to be one of only three players in the last 20 years to shoot above 50% from deep on 200+ attempts, per college basketball reference. Simply put, he's the most lethal shooter in this draft. Charlotte needs wing depth and scoring, making Nesmith a perfect remedy for both.
10. Phoenix Suns
Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State: Scouts I've talked with have expressed pessimism about Tyrese Haliburton being the primary initiator for an NBA offense because the lack of athleticism and top-end burst in his game, so I can't think of a better draft marriage than Haliburton and Phoenix. There he could operate as the co-lead guard sharing the offensive burden with Devin Booker, and eventually taking over for Ricky Rubio when his contract comes up. The playmaking, smarts and sheer feel will eventually win out as he thickens his frame and becomes a bonafide starting point guard in the NBA.
11. San Antonio Spurs
Theo Maledon, PG, France: For a team like the Spurs that values versatility and has already had immense success scouting the international route before, Th?o Maledon seems like a win-win proposition. The French guard can play on or off the ball with a vastly improved jumper that should translate early, and I think he can play point guard or shooting guard, where his playmaking and scoring can both shine through. If not for a shoulder injury earlier this season that set him back, we may be talking about Maledon as a top-five-or-so prospect.
12. Sacramento Kings
Devin Vassell, SF, Florida State: The Kings are on the hunt for wings in this range of the draft, per The Athletic's Sam Vecenie, and Devin Vassell fits the mold of a high impact, low usage type player that could plug into their system right away. He's a 3-and-D prospect who shot above 41% from 3-point range in each of his two college seasons, and he took a huge leap as a defensive playmaker last season, averaging 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game -- one of only four guards in all of college last season to achieve such a productive defensive stat line.
13. Portland Trail Blazers
Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina: The inefficiency Cole Anthony had as a lead scorer for UNC last season can in part be attributed to a bad UNC team. But it's nonetheless a mark on his resume he must answer for. Still, the number of guards who can make shots in an array of ways the way he can should get him looks in the back half of the lottery. The versatility to play either guard spot should really open up his list of suitors.
14. New Orleans Pelicans
Saddiq Bey, SF, Villanova: The list of 6-8 wings who can defend 1-4 and shoot 3-pointers at an elite clip in this draft begins and ends with Saddiq Bey. That should be extremely valuable for a New Orleans franchise looking to add weapons around Zion Williamson. He's got a quick release and can thrive in a system where he's called upon to be a knockdown shooter who defends the opponent's best offensive weapon.
15. Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky: Shooting 29.2% from 3-point range in his lone college season at Kentucky dinged Maxey's stock, but he'll add instant value as an elite defender and driver even if the outside shot remains below average. That should be a complementary set of skills for a team with D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns in place.
16. Orlando Magic
Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama: Orlando's flier with Markelle Fultz is off to a good start, but even if he performs like the former No. 1 pick he was, depth at this position is bleak. Kira Lewis could be both an incredible depth piece (for now) and a hedge against Orlando's reclamation project with Fultz, should it fail. He's one of the youngest prospects in this class and still growing, but the speed and shot-making should give him a good base to become a productive NBA player.
17. Boston Celtics
Precious Achiuwa, PF, Memphis: Danny Ainge loves prospects who add versatility and in Precious Achiuwa he could find some. The Memphis product should be a productive power forward but could also be a devastating small-ball five in some situations with the way his motor always runs hot. He's a tenacious rebounder, rim-runner and shot-blocker.
18. Oklahoma City Thunder
R.J. Hampton, SG, USA: The Thunder tend to prioritize athleticism and projection over production, making RJ Hampton the ideal OKC target in this range. He's got plenty of bounce and upside as a pick-and-roll scorer who can create, though his production overseas in the NBL last season was largely inefficient. The first steps to him succeeding will be to fill out his frame and become a more consistent scorer.
19. Dallas Mavericks
Josh Green, SG, Arizona: Josh Green's 3-point shooting over the back half of the season solidified his standing as a 3-and-D archetype who can add value as a role player. That should be what the Mavs look to add in this draft as they surround Luka Doncic with more talent. He hit 69% of his 3-pointers over Arizona's final five games before the season ended, potentially disrupting a March Madness rise that would have showcased his skills on a broad stage.
20. Milwaukee Bucks
Jahmi'us Ramsey, SG, Texas Tech: Jahmi'us Ramsey is a very good shooter in pretty much every situation: off dribble handoffs, running off screens, and spotting up. There lies the value for a Milwaukee team predicated on spacing the floor with shooters around Giannis. He rated in the 91st percentile as a catch and shoot scorer last season in the half court at Texas Tech.
21. Denver Nuggets
Jaden McDaniels, PF, Washington: Jaden McDaniels' one-and-done season at Washington was a bust, but the combination of his size, versatility and shot-making should appeal to a Denver team that's been widely praised in recent years for its in-house development. And McDaniels' pro prospects remain promising yet. Add some meat to his big frame and sharpen his skills and he could become a jumbo wing with major boom potential. A year ago he was the No. 1 prospect at his position coming out of high school.
22. Brooklyn Nets
Cassius Stanley, SG, Duke: Remember that Zion Williamson fella? Cassius Stanley came to Duke and bested his vertical leap record the following year. The man's bunnies have bunnies. So his NBA athleticism coupled with his 3-and-D upside could be a valuable addition to a team like Brooklyn, where two stars are already in place. He rated in the 93rd percentile as a catch and shoot shooter last season, per Synergy, which could really complement an already-set core of a contender.
23. Miami Heat
Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona: The lack of athleticism in Nico Mannion's game is a sore spot among scouts, but few can read the floor, react and make quick plays as a lead guard the way he can, making his smarts one of his most invaluable assets. The Heat tend to value basketball brainiacs similar to him and could use depth at the position with Goran Dragic heading towards free agency.
24. Utah Jazz
Tre Jones, PG, Duke: As Mike Conley gets into his mid 30s and Donovan Mitchell hits his prime stride, the Jazz would do well to match their young star with a young point guard like Tre Jones who can defend the perimeter, run an offense, and make smart decisions playing to Mitchell's strengths. Jones can do that. In two seasons at Duke he led two top-10 offenses and managed to stand out with teammates like Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Vernon Carey and Cam Reddish.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder
Aleksej Pokusevski, C, Serbia: The Thunder have more draft capital over the next seven years than any other team, and thus they are uniquely positioned to take more risks than others. So here, I have them taking a raw-but-talented big man in Aleksej Pokusevski who, at 7-feet tall, has the mobility, shooting, dribbling and scoring of a wing. But he's also just over 200 pounds and physically a year or two (or three or four) away from contributing meaningfully at the NBA level. He's an investment that could pay off but it won't be immediate.
26. Boston Celtics
Patrick Williams, SF, Florida State: Everything about Patrick Williams' game right now is raw, but there's real potential he produces like a lottery pick in a few years when he eventually puts things together. And even with that in mind, I think defensively he can be an impact player sooner rather than later. He plays with good anticipation on that end, knows how to hijack passing lanes, and -- best of all -- has a 6-11 wingspan that he wields with force. Quintessential late-first flyer for Boston that can afford to take a bet on the upside.
27. Toronto Raptors
Elijah Hughes, SF, Syracuse: The more teams learn about Elijah Hughes the more they like. He soaked up a ton of defensive attention last season and yet still averaged 19 points on a fairly efficient volume for Syracuse, averaging 34.1% from the 3-point line on 228 attempts. His scoring coupled with his 6-6 frame could give the Raptors a real playmaking threat on the wing they lack.
28. New York Knicks
Paul Reed, PF, DePaul: It didn't get much attention on an underwhelming DePaul team, but Paul Reed was a bright spot. The big man rated seventh nationally last season in defensive plus/minus and showed a knack for being in the right spot in the right time as a playmaker on defense, both in the zone and in man-to-man. He was the only power conference player to average at least 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game on the season.
29. Los Angeles Lakers
Devon Dotson, PG, Kansas: Devon Dotson's not the most flashy guard in any one particular area, but he's good at everything and can make things happen with his speed and ability to get downhill. So for a Lakers team looking to supplement its depth at the position, he'd be a nice addition with real upside if the 3-point shot comes around.
30. Boston Celtics
Malachi Flynn, PG, San Diego State: Malachi Flynn is a lights-out offensive weapon who can create for himself and make shots in a variety of ways. Flynn led all of college basketball last season in win shares for 30-win San Diego State, acting as the catalyst on both ends for one of the best teams in the sport. For a Celtics team in need of point guard depth he could provide a spark with the success he's had operating as a scorer and facilitator.