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.
Saddiq Bey, PF, Villanova
Best possible destination: Oklahoma City Thunder
Villanova has been pumping out NBA-ready talent for a while now, and Bey might be the latest in a long line of quality players. He led the Wildcats in scoring with 16.1 points per game last season. He ended up shooting 45.1 percent from deep and was also one of the country’s most versatile defenders. The 6’8” forward switched onto quicker point guards and also held his own against power forwards. He might not be a star, but he could become a valuable role player is a rookie.
The Thunder essentially utilized a three-guard lineup with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander playing point forward. Terrance Ferguson and Luguentz Dort contributed on the wing, but combined for 10.4 points and both had PERs below 8.00 while shooting below 31 percent from deep. Bey could be much more impactful without demanding a ton of touches to get involved.
Worst possible destination: Orlando Magic
Orlando is developing plenty of talent at the forward spot. Jonathan Isaac is is developing into one of the NBA’s best perimeter defenders, and Chuma Okeke is waiting to hit the floor after sitting out for all of 2019-20 with an ACL tear. Then there’s Aaron Gordon, who has played both forward spots for the magic. Backcourt positions are more important Orlando right now, but that could change if Gordon — who is signed through 2021-22 — is traded.