This is Erik Weiss’ edition of the 2020 NBA Mock Draft. Currently, the only betting market available for the draft is a First Overall Pick prop, which you can bet on over at DraftKings Sportsbook. For this piece, I’ll give my first opinion on how I think the draft will play out.
Date & Time: Friday, October 16th, Time: TBD
Erik’s Mock Draft - 1st Edition
Order based upon current NBA standings
- Warriors - Anthony Edwards (SG, Georgia)
- Cavaliers - Obi Toppin (PF/SF, Dayton)
- Timberwolves - LaMelo Ball (PG, Illawarra)
- Hawks - Deni Avdija (SF, Israel)
- Pistons - James Wiseman (C, Memphis)
- Knicks - Killian Hayes (PG, France)
- Bulls - Isaac Okoro (SF/SG, Auburn)
- Hornets - Onyeka Okongwu (PF/C, USC)
- Wizards - Aaron Nesmith (SF/SG, Vanderbilt)
- Suns - Tyrese Haliburton (PG, Iowa State)
- Spurs - Devin Vassell (SG/SF, Florida State)
- Kings - Tyrese Maxey (SG, Kentucky)
- Pelicans - Cole Anthony (PG, North Carolina)
- Trail Blazers - Precious Achiuwa (PF, Memphis)
- Magic - RJ Hampton (PG/SG, New Zealand)
- Timberwolves (via Nets) - Saddiq Bey (SF, Villanova)
- Celtics (via Grizzlies) - Jalen Smith (PF/C, Maryland)
- Mavericks - Josh Green (SG, Arizona)
- Bucks (via Pacers) - Kira Lewis (PG, Alabama)
- Nets (via 76ers) - Patrick Williams (SF, Florida State)
- Nuggets (via Rockets) - Theo Maledon (PG, France)
- 76ers (via Thunder) - Tyrell Terry (PG, Stanford)
- Heat - Jaden McDaniels (PF/SF, Washington)
- Jazz - Aleksej Pokusevski (PF/C, Serbia)
- Thunder (via Nuggets) - Elijah Hughes (SG, Syracuse)
- Celtics - Nico Mannion (PG, Arizona)
- Knicks (via Clippers) - Robert Woodard (SF, Mississippi State)
- Raptors - Jahmi’us Ramsey (SG/PG, Texas Tech)
- Lakers - Cassius Winston (PG, Michigan State)
- Celtics (via Bucks) - Isaiah Stewart (PF/C, Washington)
Warriors Select Anthony Edwards at #1
We’ve never seen a first overall pick situation quite like the Warriors. They’re still an elite team with three superstars in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Alas, an injury-riddled 2019 season puts them in this spot. With this pick, the rich become richer, as Golden State adds another superstar scoring guard in Anthony Edwards. He has the ability and confidence to take over a game whenever he wants. His frame is built like a football player, which allows him to bully his way inside and fly through the lane in transition. His elite blend of strength, speed, vertical, and shot-making is a perfect blueprint for a future All-Star.
Knicks Select Killian Hayes at #6
In a perfect world, LaMelo Ball is the new face of the Knicks. Unfortunately, he’s off the board, so the Knicks settle for the #2 point guard in the draft in Killian Hayes. To the average fan, Hayes isn’t a well-known name. On the other side, to the true basketball fans, Hayes could very well be the steal of the draft. The 18-year-old French point guard is a near clone of D’Angelo Russell. He’s a crafty lefty whose unique feel for the game makes up for his subpar athleticism. He’s equally as good a scorer as he is a passer. This is an excellent addition to a backcourt that already includes RJ Barrett.
Pelicans Select Cole Anthony at #13
Cole Anthony can score at will and has been doing it at an elite level since he was in high school. He’s a good ball handler, great shooter and finisher, and can score equally as well off the dribble or catch-and-shoot. Scoring-wise, he’s the full package, showing flashes of Kemba Walker or Jamal Murray. The question with him is decision-making and shot selection. He can often get overconfident in his shot, which can take away from his distributing. Luckily, the Pelicans don’t need a pass-first point guard since they already have Lonzo Ball. Instead, Anthony can be a great perimeter scoring threat to go along with an up and coming Pelicans team.
76ers Select Tyrell Terry at #22
It’s no secret that the Sixers need perimeter scoring upgrades. Between their core of Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid, none really pose as a threat scoring from the perimeter. Shake Milton came onto the scene late and showed a glimpse of that, but I think Philly can afford to add more guards who are capable of scoring at will. Enter Stanford’s Tyrell Terry: an undersized quick and crafty guard and arguably the best shooter in the draft. He shows flashes of Trae Young at times. If Philly can get anything close to that out of him, that’s a huge upgrade to their rotation.
Heat Select Jaden McDaniels at #23
McDaniels is one of the biggest wildcards in the draft. Based upon pure potential, he can easily be a lottery pick. But after an underwhelming freshman season at Washington, he may slide down to the end of the round. For a 6’10 wing, he can handle the ball very well and can score off the dribble. His long frame gives him the versatility to defend all five positions. I see him as a better offensive, slightly less defensive version of Jonathan Isaac. If the Heat lose Derrick Jones Jr in free agency, McDaniels would be a good replacement as that athletic/defensive wing player.
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