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2020 NBA Mock Draft August 22

The NBA season may not be over, but it isn’t too soon to look ahead to the 2020 NBA Draft, whenever that might be. Here is the 2020 NBA Mock Draft August 22.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves- Anthony Edwards, G, Georgia

Edwards has great athleticism, but needs to shoot the ball better from deep. With D’Angelo Russell at the point and Karl-Anthony Towns down low, the Timberwolves need to continue to add talent on the wings, making Edwards the perfect selection.

2. Golden State Warriors- James Wiseman, C, Memphis

Wiseman was widely considered the best recruit in the 2019 recruiting class, but left Memphis after having eligibility issues. He is an athletic big, who can contribute for the Warriors right away.

3. Charlotte Hornets- Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC

With the emergence of Devonte’ Graham, the Hornets have good guard play. P.J. Washington is a good stretch-four, but the team could benefit from a better inside presence. Okongwu is a little undersized, but has the athleticism to make up for it.

4. Chicago Bulls- Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn

Chicago has several solid young players and can get an athletic small forward in Okoro.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers- Deni Avdija, SF, Israel

In order to keep Andre Drummond, the Cavs need to have better perimeter play. Avdija averaged over 12 points per game in Israel and is only 19 years old. With some development, he can become a solid NBA player.

6. Atlanta Hawks- Obi Toppin, F, Dayton

The Hawks loaded up on wing talent in last year’s draft. Now they can get another inside presence to go with John Collins. Toppin was one of the best players in college basketball last season and can do a little bit of everything in the NBA.

7. Detroit Pistons- LaMelo Ball, PG, USA

Detroit needs a point guard for the future and are lucky to have a few to choose from at the top of the draft. If Ball falls this far, they will be running to the podium. Ball impressed in his time overseas as he can shoot, drive and set up his teammates for buckets well.

8. New York Knicks- Cole Anthony, PG, UNC

North Carolina had a terrible season and part of the reason why was that Anthony was injured. He has good speed and can put a team on his back when asked to. If the Knicks get a good point guard, they can really improve next season.

9. Washington Wizards- Devin Vassell, SG/SF, Florida State

It looks like the Wizards will play Rui Hachimura at the four, which means that they can take another wing player. Vassell is a great “3 and D” prospect who can help the Wizards get back to the playoffs if John Wall is healthy.

10. Phoenix Suns- Killian Hayes, PG, France

For a long time now, the Suns have needed a franchise point guard. Ricky Rubio is a good placeholder, but the Suns should draft a player like Hayes to develop.

11. San Antonio Spurs- Precious Achiuwa, F/C, Memphis

The Spurs have an aging big man in LaMarcus Aldridge and need to find a future replacement. Achiuwa took over as Memphis’ best player once Wiseman left school.

12. Sacramento Kings- Tyrese Maxey, G, Kentucky

Buddy Hield was not happy with his role this season. The Kings should get another guard in case Hield leaves this offseason. Maxey was a very hot and cold player at Kentucky, but could be a key bench piece for the Nets when they get everyone back healthy.

13. New Orleans Pelicans- Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State

New Orleans should be searching for a point guard of the future in case Lonzo Ball can’t get back on track.

14. Boston Celtics- R.J. Hampton, G, USA

Danny Ainge loves selecting guards with upside in the draft. Hampton was once seen as one of the best players in the recruiting class, but went to Australia instead of college.

15. Orlando Magic- Theo Maledon, PG, France

Maledon is only 18 and has been playing professionally for years. He averaged 7.4 points per game in just 17.7 minutes played per game.

16. Portland Trail Blazers- Saddiq Bey, G/F, Villanova

Bey hit over 45 percent of his shots from deep this season and could develop into a solid wing player.

17. Minnesota Timberwolves- Aaron Nesmith, G, Vanderbilt

In his second year at Vanderbilt, Nesmith was one of the most improved players in the country and averaged 23 points per game. Due to a foot injury, Nesmith only played in 14 games this season.

18. Dallas Mavericks- Patrick Williams, F, Florida State

Williams only played in just over 22 minutes a game at Florida State, but almost averaged 10 points per game.

19. Brooklyn Nets- Jahmi’us Ramsey, G, Texas Tech 

Ramsey had a good year at Texas Tech, where he showed the ability to drive and shoot.

20. Miami Heat- Kira Lewis, PG, Alabama

Lewis can both shoot and pass, which makes him a great prospect to eventually take over for Goran Dragic at some point.

21. Philadelphia 76ers- Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona

The 76ers could use a point guard for when Ben Simmons plays off-ball or when he is on the bench.

22. Denver Nuggets- Jaden McDaniels, F, Washington

Gregg Popovich needs to get more size on his roster. McDaniels was a highly-touted recruit, but his season at Washington didn’t go too well.

23. Utah Jazz- Daniel Oturu, C, Minnesota

Oturu could take over for Rudy Gobert if the Jazz still have chemistry issues.

24. Milwaukee Bucks- Reggie Perry, PF, Mississippi State

Perry is a developmental big, who could turn into a solid role player for the Bucks.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder- Vernon Carey, C, Duke

Carey is a dominant inside player, but doesn’t offer much versatility.

26. Boston Celtics- Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington

Stewart was a good inside scorer and rebounder for Washington in his one season on campus.

27. New York Knicks- Jalen Smith, PF/C, Maryland

The Knicks could use some rotational bigs to go with a new starting point guard.

28. Los Angeles Lakers- Cassius Winston, PG, Michigan State

Winston is a good passer and scorer, but needs some serious work on defense.

29. Toronto Raptors- Aleksej Pokusevski, F/C, Serbia

Pokusevski is a very long prospect who has skill, but needs to add muscle to his frame.

30. Boston Celtics- Josh Green, G, Arizona

At Arizona, Green played well for his freshman season, averaging 12 points per game and shooting 36 percent from 3-point range.

 

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