After being postponed back in June, the 2020 NBA Draft is set to take place Wednesday, Nov. 18, kicking off a hectic month and a half of basketball events before the Dec. 22 start.
The talent is loaded and stakes are high for many teams, as they’re looking for prospects to elevate their team or relieve their playoff woes. While every team will be making moves in their roster, these five teams will be the most interesting to watch in this year’s draft.
5 NBA Teams To Watch In the 2020 NBA Draft
1. Golden State Warriors
For the first time since 2012, the Warriors have a top 10 draft pick, so all eyes will be on how the Warriors will approach this pick. The Warriors will be back to good graces soon once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson return from their injuries. Still, this pick can be the one factor that can make Golden State a championship contender again for consecutive years.
There are a few ways the Warriors can approach this pick: they can either keep the pick and go after one of the top prospects available. Drafting James Wiseman at No. 2 is a wise choice, as they need a center that can start right away.
They can always trade down, especially if they find a more appealing asset late in the first round or early second round. Or they can “trade out” of the draft, using their picks to attract a team to give away a star player in free agency.
2. Chicago Bulls
Chicago has a chance to add more young talent to their roster with the No. 4 pick and No. 44 pick (via Memphis Grizzlies).
The No. 4 selection will be their best chance of getting the best available that can start immediately. The Bulls, like the Warriors, have problems at the center spot. Lauri Markkanen is a steal, but as a big man, his strengths are his ability to score.
The Bulls need a center that can rebound and be a big body against other big men. If the Bulls are lucky, they might be able to pick Wiseman at No. 4. They should look at other alternatives, however, such as Onyeka Okongwu, a player who can score inside and post-up. As long as the Bulls address their main needs early with the 4th pick, they can use the same strategy in the second round.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 1 pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after selecting Karl-Anthony Towns back in 2015. They now have another chance to pick another star talent to accelerate into playoff success.
Considering that D’Angelo Russell can facilitate and shoot, Minnesota can pick a point guard that plays alongside Russell, possibly creating a potentially lethal backcourt. Minnesota also is not the best perimeter shooting team, so they can draft a wing that can shoot well from three and play defense. The good thing is that with Minnesota’s pick, they can pick the best available that can address more than one of their needs.
The obvious choice is to draft Anthony Edwards from Georgia. He arguably has one of the best upsides in the draft, and while he does need to improve his 3-point shooting, he is still a crafty scorer. Minnesota can also draft LaMelo Ball, as he has an edge in facilitating and scoring in many ways. Whatever route the Timberwolves decide to take, it’s based on which need is more important to them and which player they have the most trust in.
4. Detroit Pistons
Before the Draft Lottery, the Detroit Pistons had a high ceiling of grabbing a top 5 draft pick. After dropping to the seventh pick in the Draft Lottery, however, this doesn’t give Detroit the chance to draft a high-ranked prospect, as the majority will be picked early. There is still hope that the Pistons can get great talent for their rebuilding phase if they play their cards right.
The team’s point-guard options have been cloudy as of late, as Derrick Rose is not the most desirable option considering his age. So drafting a point guard that can facilitate is a top priority for Detroit. They can also draft a big-man that can rebound, although they might wait later in the second round.
According to Eric Woodyard of ESPN, the Pistons are looking to trade up in the draft, to land possibly Ball or whoever else they can grab. There has been lots of speculation around the possibility of drafting Ball, who has trained in Detroit numerous times. Ultimately, this seventh pick is a pick where Detroit has no choice but to be ready and prepared to make the right decision necessary.
5. New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans doesn’t have a high draft pick like last year, but they also have four picks (13, 39, 42, 60), which means there’s enough room to keep adding young talent to their roster.
Considering that the Pelicans invested a lot of time and trust in drafting Zion Williamson No.1, most of their decisions will be upon building around the future superstar. Some players can be built around Williamson like Jaxson Hayes. But as New Orleans is starting to clean house (ex: possibly trading Jrue Holiday) they should look at adding as many young assets as they can.
As far as finding the right prospects, the Pelicans have to focus on adding more defense, as well as more scorers and shooters to complement and assist in Williamson or even Brandon Ingram‘s strengths and weaknesses.
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