That does it for the first CBS Sports HQ NBA Mock Draft Monday of 2020. Thanks for tuning in and following along!
It was almost unthinkable a few months ago that James Wiseman would fall to No. 8 in the NBA Draft. But that's what happed Monday in the first CBS Sports HQ NBA Mock Draft of the year as a team of analysts served as general managers and offered a preview of what the real NBA Draft could entail.
Wiseman dropped to the Hornets at No. 8 after playing just three game at Memphis this season before withdrawing from the university. Meanwhile, LaMelo Ball's unorthodox path to the NBA was rewarded in a major way. The Warriors selected Ball with the No. 1 overall pick, sending the rangy point guard to an immediate title contender with a strong culture in place.
"He has developed into something really, really interesting that I think has the chance to become an All-Star many times over," CBS Sports college basketball columnist Gary Parrish said after making the selection.
CBS Sports analyst Tim Doyle gave the pick a "B" grade for the pick.
Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards and French point guard Killian Hayes rounded out the top three by going to the Timberwolves and Pistons, respectively.
Here are the full results of the mock draft with analysis of each pick below.
2020 CBS Sports HQ NBA Draft
|1||Warriors||LaMelo Ball, PG||Australia|
|2||Timberwolves||Anthony Edwards, SG||Georgia|
|3||Pistons||Killian Hayes, PG||France|
|4||Hawks||Onyeka Okongwu, C||USC|
|5||Cavs||Cole Anthony, PG||N. Carolina|
|6||Knicks||Obi Toppin, PF||Dayton|
|7||Bulls||Tyrese Haliburton, PG||Iowa St.|
|8||Hornets||James Wiseman, C||Memphis|
|9||Wizards||Aaron Nesmith, SF||Vanderbilt|
|10||Suns||Deni Avdija, SF||Israel|
|11||Spurs||Isaac Okoro, SF||Auburn|
|12||Kings||Precious Achiuwa, PF||Memphis|
|13||Pelicans||Saddiq Bey, SF||Villanova|
|14||Trail Blazers||Leandro Bolmaro, SF||Argentina|
|15||Magic||Tyrese Maxey, F||Kentucky|
|16||Timberwolves (via Nets)||R.J. Hampton, SG||New Zealand|
|17||Celtics (via Grizzlies)||Jalen Smith, C||Maryland|
|18||Mavericks||Kira Lewis Jr., PG||Alabama|
|19||Nets (via 76ers)||Devin Vassell, SF||Florida State|
|20||Bucks (via Pacers)||Jahmi'us Ramsey, SG||Texas Tech|
|21||Nuggets (via Rockets)||Theo Maledon, PG||France|
|22||76ers (via Thunder)||Zeke Nnaji, C||Arizona|
|23||Heat||Vernon Carey, C||Duke|
|24||Jazz||Nico Mannion, PG||Arizona|
|25||Thunder (via Nuggets)||Josh Green, SG||Arizona|
|26||Celtics||Daniel Oturu, C||Minnesota|
|27||Knicks (via Clippers)||Isaiah Stewart, C||Washington|
|28||Raptors||Tre Jones, PG||Duke|
|29||Lakers||Jaden McDaniels, PF||Washington|
|30||Celtics (via Bucks)||Patrick Williams, SF||Florida St.|