The 2020 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 25, 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.
Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn
Best possible destination: Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have two scoring guards in Zach LaVine and Coby White. Then there’s Lauri Markkanen filling it up from all three levels at the power forward spot. Offense isn’t what Chicago needs. Both LaVine and White are volume shooters who could improve significantly on the defensive end. Chicago attempted to address its defensive needs by trading for Otto Porter Jr., but the wing has been injured for most of his time with the team and hasn’t been able to have much impact. Playing three guard lineups that utilize Shaquille Harrison and Kris Dunn on the wing hasn’t helped the Bulls succeed, as they’ve won 42.7 percent of their games in the last two seasons.
Okoro might be an undersized wing art 6’6” but he’s arguably the best and most versatile defender in the 2020 draft class. He’s an elite athlete and averaged 12.9 points, 24.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists through 28 games as a freshman at Auburn. He has the potential to develop into a Swiss army knife with a more developed jump shot. Okoro has skills assets similar to those of Andre Iguodala and Jimmy Butler. The Bulls could use a player like that.
Worst possible destination: Boston Celtics
The Celtics always seem to have a ton of draft capital, and this year is no different. They’ll have room to address multiple needs in the 2020 draft, and could consider adding a wing with upside if Okoro slides out of the lottery. Boston will likely use its first pick on a big man, but a promising wing could be enticing, despite its abundance of swingmen.
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward will make minutes hard to come by at the the small forward spot. Okoro could help out here and there, too much young talent in front of him would limit his opportunities for growth — especially since Tatum and Brown are quality defenders.