Unlike most drafts, landing the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft doesn't necessarily guarantee you the chance of getting a franchise player, so it will be interesting to see how the Minnesota Timberwolves handle the choice that comes with having the No. 1 selection. Will they look to trade it and gather more win-now talent and/or future assets? Or will they fall in love with one of the top prospects?
The same conundrum lies for the Golden State Warriors, who expect to be a title contender once again next season, and might not have as much use for whichever player they can get at No. 2. No matter who ends up taking them, it seems likely that the top three picks will be Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball and James Wiseman -- we're just not sure which order yet.
My first mock draft was done before we knew the draft order, so things have changed quite a bit now that we can take team needs into account. Here we go with version 2.0.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Georgia • 6'3" / 235 lbs
At a certain point you just can't overthink it. Edwards has tremendous upside as a scorer but is also advanced enough to provide an immediate third option next to Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell. He's not the most active defender, but certainly has the capability to help you on that end down the road given his size and frame. LaMelo Ball will be tempting, but given his positional redundancy with Russell and potential defensive shortcomings, it's better to go safe here with Edwards.
Mock Trade from Golden State Warriors
Round 1 - Pick 2
The Warriors reportedly aren't as high on Ball as many of the other teams at the top of the lottery, and the Knicks were saddled with the worst of lottery luck with the No. 8 pick. A trade here makes sense for both teams as long as Golden State finds a deal it likes. Ball has the potential to be the best player in the draft and just the kind of franchise-changing talent New York has been craving. He certainly may never live up to those expectations, but for an organization struggling to get back to relevance, it's worth the risk.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Memphis • 7'1" / 240 lbs
This could be the lock of the draft, since the Wolves are set at center with Towns and the Warriors reportedly aren't as high on Wiseman as others. The Hornets are lacking at center and are in no rush to win now, so Wiseman is a perfect fit alongside a solid young core featuring Devonte' Graham, P.J. Washington and Miles Bridges. At the very least Wiseman is a rim-running, shot-blocking, athletic big. If he develops his offensive skill set and can eventually consistently hit 3-pointers, he could turn out to be the best player in the draft.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Iowa State • 6'5" / 175 lbs
When you look at the Bulls roster, Haliburton seems like a perfect fit. They have scoring guards in Zach LaVine and Coby White, and Haliburton can play alongside either or both of them perfectly given his shooting ability, size and defensive versatility. He's good as a pick-and-roll ball-handler so he's also more than capable of running the offense with Lauri Markkanen and/or Wendell Carter Jr. He may not be the fourth-best player in the draft, but he make sense for Chicago here.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Obi Toppin PF
Dayton • 6'9" / 220 lbs
The Cavs are constantly on the lookout for a Kevin Love trade partner and Andre Drummond doesn't appear to be in the team's plans beyond this season, so taking Toppin here -- a big man to pair with the young backcourt of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland -- would be a smart move. Toppin can contribute right away as a rim-runner and as a roll man, and his smooth shooting stroke will make him an immediate offensive weapon at the NBA level.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Southern California • 6'9" / 245 lbs
The Hawks need to get serious about defense if they're going to become a real contender anytime soon, and Okongwu and his 7-foot wingspan will provide that right away as one of the draft's best rim protectors. He's also more than capable of holding his own on switches, which should make him an impact defender right away. His offensive skill set is still developing, but there is plenty of potential there if his shot continues to improve.
Round 1 - Pick 7
A 6-5 point guard with nearly a 6-9 wingspan, Hayes is getting a lot of buzz as a potential franchise player, so the Pistons will be happy if he falls to them at No. 7. He'll struggle defensively to begin his career, as most young guards do, but his offensive potential is off the charts with his vision, pick-and-roll instincts and consistently improving shooting. Detroit is looking for any sign of hope, and Hayes might be the answer.
Mock Trade from New York Knicks
Round 1 - Pick 8
Avdija is tailor-made for the Warriors system as a big wing with excellent playmaking ability and the makings of a strong 3-point stroke. Golden State is obviously hoping to get contributions right away, and while Avdija will have a strong learning curve on the offensive end, his basketball IQ should earn him playing time from the jump. If the Warriors think they can add enough through free agency to get back into championship contention, taking Avdija would be a great way to start loading up for the future.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Isaac Okoro SF
Auburn • 6'6" / 225 lbs
The Wizards had a bottom-three defense in each of the last two seasons, and Okoro is arguably the best perimeter defender in the entire draft, so this is kind of a no-brainer if he's still around at No. 9. His offense at the NBA level is a big question mark, but with his 6-9 wingspan Okoro will be a lock-down defender, if not next season then very soon. He's a perfect fit alongside Bradley Beal and John Wall, with the ability to guard the other team's most prolific scorer every night.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Cole Anthony PG
North Carolina • 6'3" / 190 lbs
The Suns are on the cusp of a breakthrough after an undefeated performance in the bubble, and Anthony gives them someone to run the offense when Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio are on the bench. Anthony has tremendous potential as a scorer at the NBA level with his finishing ability and pull-up prowess. At this point Anthony appears to be more of a scorer than a playmaker, but those skills will continue to develop under Monty Williams.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Florida State • 6'7" / 195 lbs
The Spurs find themselves in the unique position of not only the lottery, but being at the precipice of a semi-rebuild. Their backcourt is in good hands with Dejounte Murray and Derrick White, so San Antonio should look for help on the wing. There should be some solid 3-and-D options at this stage of the draft, but Vassell provides the most upside at 6-6 with a 6-10 wingspan. He profiles as an elite wing defender and has proven he can hit catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, but his frame and athleticism should allow him to add more to his scoring package as he progresses in the league.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • 6'3" / 165 lbs
The new Kings front office will have a lot of decisions to make regarding personnel, but they'd be lucky to get Lewis at this stage in the draft. He's actually somewhat reminiscent of De'Aaron Fox given his blinding quickness and finishing ability, and Lewis should allow Sacramento to keep a torrid pace even with Fox on the bench. Lewis actually has a better jumper and deeper range than Fox did at the same stage, which means he should be an impact offensive player right away in the NBA.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Vanderbilt • 6'6" / 215 lbs
The mission for the Pelicans is to surround Zion Williamson with shooting, and adding Nesmith, an elite 3-point marksman, is a perfect way to do that. His body, along with his jump shot, is NBA-ready, so he should be able to help the Pelicans in what they hope is a jump from intriguing young upstart to playoff staple. Nesmith isn't ready to be a strong playmaker at the NBA level, but when it comes to hitting open shots and defending wings with that 6-10 wingspan, there aren't many better in this draft.
From Memphis Grizzlies
Round 1 - Pick 14
Saddiq Bey SF
Villanova • 6'8" / 216 lbs
Bey will fit right into the wing-heavy, switchy lineups that have brought the Celtics so much recent success. He's a knock-down 3-point shooter and has an NBA body at 6-8 with a 6-10 wingspan. At 21 years old, he should be able to contribute right away on a team that always seems to have at least one of its players injured. Bey will give Boston some much-needed depth and is a great pickup with the last pick in the lottery that they got from Memphis.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Tyrese Maxey SG
Kentucky • 6'3" / 200 lbs
Consistently falling in the bottom 10 in the NBA in offensive efficiency, the Magic are looking for someone who can create and put the ball in the basket. Orlando will be happy if a 3-and-D shooter like Vassell, Nesmith or Bey falls to them, but if not it should take a good look at Maxey. He's not a knock-down shooter and has an unorthodox low release, but shows tremendous potential as a shot maker. He's tenacious enough defensively to fit right into Steve Clifford's system, but can also provide the scoring punch they desperately need.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Memphis • 6'9" / 234 lbs
The Blazers aren't likely to retain Hassan Whiteside, so they'll happily snatch up Achiuwa if he falls to them at No. 17. An elite athlete and rim protector with a 7-2 wingspan, Achiuwa could be so much more than that if his offensive skills continue to develop. His shooting form suggests he might be able to hit 3s consistently at some point in his career, though that's probably a long way off. Mostly he'll bring energy and defense, two things the Blazers need off the bench.
From Brooklyn Nets
Round 1 - Pick 17
Tre Jones PG
Duke • 6'3" / 190 lbs
If the Wolves are going to make the leap they want to make, they're going to need players like Jones. Rock solid in every way, especially on defense, Jones can slot right in as Minnesota's backup point guard. The questions revolve around whether he can consistently hit NBA 3s, but if he can that raises his ceiling considerably. A Minnesota native, Jones makes sense in the same organization where his older brother Tyus started his career.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Sticking with the international flavor of the roster, the Mavericks will be happy to get the France product to place alongside Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis on one of the league's most promising rosters. Maledon is adept at pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop execution, giving the Mavs someone to run the show while Doncic is on the bench. He's a crafty finisher around the rim like his mentor Tony Parker, and Maledon displays good potential as a shooter, which could help him eventually space the floor next to Doncic.
From Philadelphia 76ers
Round 1 - Pick 19
Hampton probably won't help the Nets' goal of becoming a title contender next season, but general manager Sean Marks will never pass up an opportunity to build for the future. An elite athlete with All-Star-level scoring potential, Hampton could benefit from getting into Brooklyn's strong culture of player development. He has things you can't teach, but now he needs to work on the things you can.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Florida State • 6'8" / 225 lbs
Williams will defend and hit the offensive glass from the start of his career, which seems like a good fit in Miami. He profiles as a big 3-and-D wing or a stretch-four, but his shooting needs to improve if he's ever going to fulfill that potential. Williams is a Swiss Army knife who should be able to do enough to help out a Heat team on the rise, even if he's a bit of a project offensively.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Grant Riller PG
College of Charleston • Sr • 6'3" / 190 lbs
The 76ers clearly need playmakers and 3-point shooters, and their financial obligations to several players will limit their free-agency options, so Riller is a solid choice for them at this point the draft. The 23-year-old with an NBA frame is ready to jump right into a team trying to contend for a title, and his scoring package should allow him to provide an instant offensive boost. His playmaking and decision-making leave something to be desired, but he can score out of the pick-and-roll and has the mechanics to become a good NBA 3-point shooter both off the catch and off the dribble.
From Houston Rockets
Round 1 - Pick 22
Denver has a sparkling history of drafting international big men, and Pokusevski makes sense as a stash candidate at this juncture of the draft. He's a mobile 7-footer with guard skills, but he needs to add significant weight and get some seasoning before he's ready to contribute at the NBA level. The youngest major prospect in the draft, Pokusevski could end up becoming a serious asset down the road.
Round 1 - Pick 23
San Diego State • 6'2" / 185 lbs
The Jazz have gotten very little from backup point guards in recent years, but Flynn has a chance to change that. He's an efficient scorer and playmaker out of the pick-and-roll despite not being the most explosive athlete, and he'll fit right in to Utah's defensive scheme as the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. He can also space the floor as a shooter next to either Mike Conley or Donovan Mitchell in smaller lineups.
From Indiana Pacers
Round 1 - Pick 24
Washington • 6'9" / 250 lbs
The Bucks aren't going to find an impact player at this stage in the draft, so they might as well take a 19-year-old with intriguing potential in Stewart. His 7-4 wingspan combined with his strength, physicality and motor give him major defensive upside, but his offense is a long way off. Milwaukee will need to be patient, but it's in a great position to do so.
From Denver Nuggets
Round 1 - Pick 25
Michigan State • 6'8" / 250 lbs
OKC's backup center spot could be vacant this offseason, and Tillman is ready to step in and fill it right away. He certainly won't stretch the floor at this point in his career, but he's a good finisher around the rim with his 7-1 wingspan, and is also a capable playmaker from the high post.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Bolmaro is a good draft-and-stash candidate for the Celtics with their second first-round pick. An athletic slasher with good speed and finishing ability, Bolmaro could wreak havoc in transition when he matures, and could be a real offensive threat if his jumper, which looks good, continues to develop. He's a versatile wing who can also make plays for others, making him a worthwhile gamble.
From Los Angeles Clippers
Round 1 - Pick 27
Duke • 6'6" / 195 lbs
There could be real value in taking Stanley, an elite athlete with a smooth shooting stroke, at one of the later first-round spots. He profiles as just the type of player who thrives more in an open NBA system than he did in college. He struggles to create his own offense, but that can come with development, and at the very least he'll be a monster in transition with a pretty high ceiling on both ends of the floor.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Desmond Bane SF
TCU • 6'6" / 215 lbs
No matter what the rest of the roster looks like, the Lakers need to surround LeBron James and Anthony Davis with as much shooting as possible, and that's where Bane comes in. An absolute knock-down shooter with an NBA body, Bane is more of a known commodity than the other 3-and-D players higher up in the draft, but that's exactly what the Lakers need right now. He can knock down open shots, and has some sneaky playmaking ability to increase his upside.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Maryland • 6'10" / 225 lbs
The Raptors have question marks at the center position with Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka both hitting free agency, and Smith is an intriguing prospect given his ability to shoot 3-pointers in addition to his rim protection and athleticism. He may need time to improve his lateral quickness to avoid getting killed in the pick-and-roll, but Toronto has a history of player development that help turn a player like Smith into gold.
From Milwaukee Bucks
Round 1 - Pick 30
Josh Green SG
Arizona • 6'6" / 210 lbs
Green has a long way to go in the shot creation and playmaking department, but he's a tenacious defender with a 6-10 wingspan who can also knock down 3-pointers. He should be a terror in transition off the bat, and has the tools to develop into a well-rounded two-way player.