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.
James Wiseman, C, Memphis
Best possible destination: Golden State Warriors
A lot of teams could use a center right now, and Wiseman is arguably the top big man prospect in the draft. The Warriors have the best shot at nabbing the Memphis product, who averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds on 76.9 percent shooting in the three collegiate games he took part in. Golden State has added Andrew Wiggins to a core group that’s made up of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. The center spot is the only weak link in the Warriors’ starting five. Why not add a player with major upside?
Wiseman was dominant in college before withdrawing from school and has a lot in his tool box. He runs the floor well and is good in pick-and-roll sets, but there are there’s not much tape of him facing elite competition. There are also questions about his motor, shot selection, and defensive tendencies. Picking Wiseman seems like the obvious play, but it seems more likely that Golden State will use the top pick to swing for the fences and acquire a more experienced veteran. The Warriors don’t need a new building block, but Wiseman could definitely flourish in their system.
Worst possible destination: Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Hornets and Cavaliers are both bad fits for Wiseman. Although the Hornets were among the league leaders in pick-and-roll frequency last season, they’re .95 points per pick-and-roll possession ranked last in the NBA. A pick like Wiseman would be expected to step in and become a scorer, but he has limited moves and Charlotte has been a bottom five team in terms of fast break points in four of the last five seasons.
Cleveland has made it clear that Collin Sexton is running the show. Although it seems like Andre Drummond and Kevin Love are headed out the door, Sexton has proven that he’s a volume shooter rather than a willing passer. He and Garland combining for 6.9 assists per game doesn’t bode well for a big man — especially without better playmakers in the fold.