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.
Robert Woodard II, SF, Mississippi State
Best possible destination: New Orleans Pelicans
Woodard unexpectedly entered the 2020 draft after finishing his sophomore season as his team’s fourth leading scorer with 11.4 points per game. The wing was second on the team in rebounds per game (6.5) and led the team in steals per game (1.1). This draft is full of versatile wings with more impressive skill sets, but Woodard’s 42.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc is above average.
The Pelicans could use a wing to play behind Brandon Ingram at small forward, as Josh Hart is backing him up right now. Woodard wouldn’t have to create much in New Orleans’ offense with Ingram, Jrue Holiday, and Zion Williamson leading the way. He could provide solid defense in a reserve role and help space the floor. He’s worth a second-round pick.
Worst possible destination: Orlando Magic
The Magic have enough 3-and-D players on their roster. Jonathan Isaac and Chuma Okeke are developing forwards and Al-Farouq Aminu has been an established 3-and-D supporting player for years. A player like Woodard, who struggles to create his own shot at times, wouldn’t be a good fit on a team with plenty of defensive potential and a plethora of swingmen.