The 2020 NBA Draft is approaching and despite the coronavirus pandemic, we need to start looking at prospects and where they might land. After the NBA Draft Lottery takes place, teams will know where they’re selecting in the first round. Even though we don’t know where each team will pick, there’s no reason we can’t start speculating where prospects will end up on draft night. In this segment, we’ll be looking at each top prospect and breaking down their best and worst possible destination in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Precious Achiuwa, PF, Memphis
Best possible destination: Miami Heat
Achiuwa did it all for Memphis after James Wiseman left the school. Achiuwa led the team in points (15.8), rebounds (10.8), and blocks (1.9) as a freshman while playing 30.4 minutes per game. The 6’9” forward is projected to go outside of the lottery, but will likely still be a top-20 pick in this year’s draft. His 7’2” wingspan and explosiveness make him a threat to impact games on both ends of the court.
The Heat could lose a ton of frontcourt players this summer. Derrick Jones Jr., Jae Crowder, and Meyers Leonard will be unrestricted free agents this offseason. Kelly Olynyk has a player option and could enter free agency as well. Jones is undersized at 6’6” and most of the other power forward options appeared to be short-term plugs. Achiuwa has the kind of athleticism and length to pair nicely with Bam Adebayo. Miami could have a quality group of players capable of playing with plenty of pace.
Worst possible destination: Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are still figuring out how to play the two talented small forwards they have on their roster now. Jaren Jackson Jr. was the No. 4 pick in the 2018 draft and made the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Brandon Clarke was selected in the first round the following season and could very well make this the All-Rookie First Team himself. There’s no need to add a third power forward in the first round when Memphis has already been able to compete for a playoff spot with its current personnel. Its young players will only continue to get better.