The 2020 NBA Draft is just hours away, set for Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
With rumours and reports ramping up and workouts and interviews slowing down, landing spots are beginning to take shape for prospects. With a number of trades happening already, the draft order has changed with different teams sliding into the first round. Up to date with the repercussions of the latest moves like Dennis Schröder to the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, both Milwaukee Bucks trades and more, the draft order you see below will represent where each team is currently expected to make a selection.
One thing that you'll notice is different from the first and second edition of my Mock Draft - there will be a "the rundown" section underneath each pick with potential rumours surrounding that team or player, or a reasoning behind my selection, so be sure to check that out.
For a different perspective, take a look at NBA.com's other draft expert Eric Fawcett's Mock Draft 3.0.
Without further ado, with the first pick of the 2020 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select...
1. Minnesota Timberwolves - LaMelo Ball, Illawarra Hawks (NBL, Australia)
Nationality: United States
Plays like: Jason Kidd, Jason Williams
The rundown: Ball reportedly had a personal workout for the Timberwolves, being the only team that he had worked out for in the pre-draft process at the time. The next day, it was reported that he later had workouts with the Hornets, Warriors and Pistons, as well as an interview with the Bulls. While Minnesota is apparently still fielding offers for the top pick, it's becoming increasingly likely that Ball lands at No. 1.
Profile: Ball is the most talented playmaker in this draft class. He excels as a pick-and-roll ball handler and has next-level court vision in finding open teammates with even the slightest window of availability. He has the potential to lead the league in assists one day. He's a terrific rebounder and a true triple-double threat, although his most glaring weakness is his inability to score efficiently. While he has a wide range of floaters with great touch in the paint, he needs to improve at finishing through contact at the rim. His jumper also needs work, shooting 25% from 3 in the NBL. He has the physical attributes to be a good defender in the NBA but a more keen focus on that end of the floor, as well as packing on some weight (as his brother Lonzo did) would help that come to fruition.
2. Golden State Warriors - James Wiseman, Memphis
Plays like: DeAndre Jordan, Nerlens Noel
The rundown: The Hornets want Wiseman but they'll have to leapfrog (or trade with) the Warriors to get him. Golden State is still shopping its pick but if it makes a selection, Wiseman seems like the guy.
Profile: Wiseman is a super athletic big man who has flashed a ton of potential as a rim protector and rim-runner in the NBA. Even in an age where some teams look to play smaller and faster, his game still translates because of his speed and potential as a perimeter shooter. He brings a ton of energy on the glass and on the defensive end, although his defensive IQ and positioning could use some improvement. He doesn't have an arsenal of post moves and his passing needs work, but he should thrive as a lob target and has both the strength and touch to become an effective post scorer.
3. Charlotte Hornets - Anthony Edwards, Georgia
Plays like: Donovan Mitchell, Victor Oladipo
The rundown: As mentioned above, the Hornets are interested in moving up to take Wiseman. Should they stay put, Edwards could fall into their lap here. Edwards won't drop out of the top three, but if Charlotte is determined to land a centre, Onyeka Okongwu is also in play.
Profile: Edwards is an explosive guard with the body of a 6-foot-5 NFL running back, punishing defenders when he attacks the basket. He has a tight handle with the ability to create his own shot off the bounce and should thrive as a shotmaker, even at the NBA level. He can finish in a variety of ways and is confident enough with the ball in his hands to play the 1 or the 2, but his playmaking could use some polishing. His effort on the defensive end leaves much to be desired at times, but he has the physical attributes to become a solid defender in the league.
4. Chicago Bulls - Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv (EuroLeague, Israel)
Plays like: Gordon Hayward, Hedo Turkoglu
The report: The Bulls are expected to look for a playmaker. Avdija fits that bill perfectly and has arguably the most potential in this class.
Profile: Avdija turns heads with his playmaking skills as a player who stands at 6-foot-9. He's confident with the ball in his hands and has no trouble pushing the ball up the floor in transition or working in a pick-and-roll setting in the halfcourt. He's a true point-forward. Avdija is a savvy defender who overcomes his limitations athletically with a high defensive IQ. His biggest concern is his jump shot, shooting 33.6% from 3 and 52.0% from the free-throw line this past season with Maccabi Tel Aviv. If he can find a pure shooting stroke in the league, he has the potential to be the best player in this draft class.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers - Obi Toppin, Dayton
Plays like: John Collins, Amar'e Stoudemire
The rundown: Toppin has worked out for the Cavaliers and played his college basketball right down the road at Dayton. It's hard to believe the NCAA's best player last season falls out of the top five. I consider him one of the safest prospects in this class.
Profile: Toppin was a force this past season at Dayton, earning Naismith Player of the Year for his efforts. He's a high-flying forward who runs the floor and cuts extremely well, which should suit him nicely in the NBA. While he doesn't have an array of post moves, Toppin will likely do the majority of his damage attacking from the perimeter to the rim. He can also spot up as a shooter, converting 39% of his 3s last season. His biggest question is his ability to switch pick-and-rolls on defence, as he's a bit stiff on that end of the floor. He's strong and explosive and fits the mold of a power forward in today's NBA.
6. Atlanta Hawks - Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
Plays like: Dejounte Murray, Lonzo Ball
The rundown: The Hawks have reportedly discussed trading this pick with a few different teams - the Timberwolves and Celtics to name a few. Minnesota could offer players and picks and Boston could offer all three of its 2020 first-round picks to move up, so it's possible one of those teams will be picking here instead of Atlanta on draft night. If the Hawks keep their pick, grabbing a secondary ball handler to Trae Young makes sense, and Haliburton could be the one.
Profile: Haliburton is a true two-way point guard. He's a great decision-maker and passer, finding open teammates in pick-and-rolls, off of screens and on cuts to the basket. His length is an asset on both ends of the floor, using it to his advantage on offence to get to the rim and on defence to disrupt ball handlers and fill passing lanes. His jump shot is a bit unorthodox, but he was an efficient scorer in two seasons at Iowa State and shot 43% from 3 for his collegiate career. His athleticism won't wow you and he struggles to create offence for himself on the perimeter, but he's a high-IQ player who should make a good floor general with a splash of shooting.
MORE: Haliburton is the most overlooked prospect in the draft
7. Detroit Pistons - Patrick Williams, Florida State
Plays like: OG Anunoby, PJ Tucker
The rundown: Williams' draft stock has been on the rise and according to The Athletic's John Hollinger, "the hottest draft rumour is Williams has a promise from the Pistons."
Profile: Williams' combination of size and ability to score the ball has him rising up mock draft boards. The 6-foot-8 forward can create his own shot, attack the rim off the dribble, work as a screener to roll to the hoop or pop to the perimeter and uses his athleticism to finish at the basket. He's a versatile defender who can serve on the wing or in the paint. While he only shot 32% from 3 in his lone season at Florida State, his mechanics are there to be a good spot-up shooter in the NBA. The team that selects him should find no trouble plugging him into various positions in any lineup.
8. New York Knicks - Isaac Okoro, Auburn
Plays like: Matisse Thybulle, Andre Iguodala
The rundown: Although Okoro has only spoken with the Knicks, not worked out for them, I like this fit as the best defender in the draft playing under a newly appointed defensive-minded head coach in Tom Thibodeau.
Profile: Okoro is regarded by many as the best wing defender in this year's draft class. He's versatile on that end of the floor and will have no trouble guarding 1-through-4, inside or out. His strength makes up for his height (6-foot-6) in defending bigger players. He's ideal defensively for the free-flowing, small-ball, positionless basketball we're starting to see in the NBA. Okoro is not much of a factor on offence outside of his athleticism and physicality carrying his ability to finish at the basket. His ball handling needs work and he shot 28.6% from 3 in his one season at Auburn. Polishing his jumper will be the key to his development into a 3-and-D threat in the league.
MORE: Best defenders in the draft
9. Washington Wizards - Onyeka Okongwu, USC
Plays like: Brandon Clarke, Bam Adebayo
The rundown: If the Celtics believe Okongwu will fall to No. 9, this could be another destination for them to move all three of their draft picks to move up and get their potential centre of the future. Whether or not the Wizards would be willing to move the pick is uncertain, as Okongwu would also be a great fit as a much-needed versatile centre to pair with John Wall, Bradley Beal and last year's lottery pick Rui Hachimura.
Profile: Okongwu is a big man who can do a little bit of everything. He runs the floor, has a nice touch around the rim, passes out of the post, works well as the roll man in pick-and-roll situations and is a good shot blocker and rim protector. His mobility on both ends is what separates him with an ability to handle the ball on offence and successfully switch pick-and-rolls on defence. His jump shot is inconsistent and adding some weight would help him hold his own in the paint against grown men, but both are things that could come with time. His versatility and vast skill set as a centre is what makes him so intriguing.
MORE: How Okongwu compares to Bam Adebayo
10. Phoenix Suns - Devin Vassell, Florida State
Plays like: Trevor Ariza, Mikal Bridges
The rundown: With Kelly Oubre Jr. included in the trade package to OKC for Chris Paul, Vassell makes even more sense here as one of the best 3-and-D prospects in this draft. The Suns would get another marksmen to make life easier for new floor general Paul and prolific scoring Devin Booker, just as they did in last year's draft with Cameron Johnson.
Profile: As the 3-and-D player grows more valuable with every season that passes in the NBA, a player like Vassell becomes that much more desirable. At 6-foot-7 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, Vassell's physical attributes complement his elite defence perfectly, although he's under 200 lbs., limiting his ability to guard wings at the NBA level for now. He has a nose for the ball and is a pest on that end of the floor, averaging over one steal and block per game this past season at Florida State. He's a sharpshooter, converting over 40% of his 3s in each of his two collegiate seasons. He could improve at creating his own shot, but we've seen plenty of wings make a living off of defence and spot-up shooting.
MORE: This year's draft class has a different type of potential
11. San Antonio Spurs - Saddiq Bey, Villanova
Plays like: Jaylen Brown, Jimmy Butler
The rundown: This might be higher than Bey lands on most Mock Draft boards but with a rumour that the Spurs love the NBA-ready wing and my belief that he's one of the most underrated prospects in this class, the pairing makes too much sense to pass it up.
Profile: Bey is another prototypical 3-and-D wing who is built for the NBA, except he's more than capable of scoring from all three levels of the floor. Averaging 16.1 points per game in a breakout sophomore season, he showcased his ability to score off the dribble, as a spot up shooter and as a cutter, using his size to finish at the basket. His ball handling could use improvement and he's not going to blow you away with his athleticism or first step. He's a talented and intelligent defender who makes winning plays. He could end up being the steal of the draft, consistently projected outside of the top-10.
12. Sacramento Kings - Killian Hayes, Ulm (Bundesliga, Germany)
Plays like: Goran Dragic, Jamal Murray
The rundown: A reported sign-and-trade sending Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Bucks leaves a playmaking void in Sacramento aside from De'Aaron Fox, even after receiving Donte DiVincenzo in return. If Hayes is available here at 12, it would be the steal of the draft in selecting a player with top-10 potential, although he may still be available with the way things are shaping up ahead of the Kings in the draft.
Profile: Hayes is a playmaker first but he's not afraid to score. He thrives in the pick-and-roll and often makes the right decision on whether to set up a teammate or score the ball himself. He can create his own shot off the dribble and has true potential as a three-level scorer despite shooting 29% from 3 for Ulm this past season. His size as a 6-foot-5 and 215 lbs. point guard gives him an edge against most players at his position. He's not a superb athlete, which hinders his ability to beat his opponent to the rim or create separation on jumpers, but his instincts on offence and defence can make up for that.
13. New Orleans Pelicans - Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt
Plays like: Danny Green, Wesley Matthews
The rundown: The three future first-round picks and two pick swaps were the highlight of the trade that sent Jrue Holiday to Milwaukee, but receiving Eric Bledsoe and George Hill in return gives the Pelicans even more of a reason to target a wing here. I've had Nesmith slotted at this pick to New Orleans in all three editions of my Mock Draft, giving Ball, Williamson and Ingram another knockdown shooter to kick out to, which is now a necessity with Holiday moving on.
Profile: Nesmith is one of the best 3-point shooters in this draft class. Burying a blistering 52.2% of his 3s this past season at Vanderbilt, he saw his scoring average jump from 11 points per game as a freshman to 23 points per game as a sophomore. He can shoot off screens, off the dribble or spotting up. He doesn't excel at attacking the basket and his playmaking is nothing to write home about. He's a solid defender and there's room for improvement there. All in all, he's a sniper with potential in other areas.
14. Boston Celtics - RJ Hampton, New Zealand Breakers (NBL, New Zealand)
Nationality: United States
Plays like: Jamal Murray, Jordan Clarkson
The rundown: The Celtics are expected to be among the most active teams in the league around the draft and general manager Danny Ainge said himself that it wouldn't be "ideal" to use all of their picks, as they don't have the roster space. Expect this pick (and potentially their other two first-rounders) to be on the move, but should no trade go through, Hampton has both worked out for and spoken with Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens. He'd give them a much-needed playmaker and scorer for their lacking second unit.
Profile: Hampton is a combo guard who uses his explosive first step to score at the rim. He's a plus athlete with reliable handles and shows flashes of a player who could become a solid playmaker and passer in the NBA. He can do damage as a cutter when playing off-ball, but his inconsistent jump shot puts a limit on his ceiling until he gets that figured out. He has the potential to be a great perimeter defender.
15. Orlando Magic - Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky
Plays like: Lou Williams, Dennis Schroder
The rundown: The Magic could use a scoring guard to slot alongside Markelle Fultz with DJ Augustin hitting free agency and Evan Fournier sitting on a player option that he may or may not pick up.
Profile: Maxey is one of the best pure scorers in this draft class. He's best when playing off-ball as his playmaking skills are lacklustre, but he has no problems creating his own shot on the perimeter. He's a tough shot maker who can pull up on a dime to score, using a variety of dribble moves or stepbacks to get open looks, but his shot selection can leave you scratching your head at times. He's a solid finisher because of his craft and his effort on defence makes him an on-ball pest. As seen at the Klutch Sports Pro Day, he's put on good weight since we last saw him in a Kentucky uniform with a body that looks much more ready for the NBA.
16. Detroit Pistons - Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama
Plays like: Darren Collison, De'Aaron Fox
The rundown: After the Rockets received this pick from the Trail Blazers, they are reportedly sending it to the Pistons for a future first-round pick. Should Lewis fall this far, Detroit's return on investment for a future first-rounder would be instantly justified in acquiring a playmaking guard that fits one of the franchise's most immediate needs.
Profile: Lewis Jr. is a blazing fast guard who can use his speed to help him get to anywhere he wants on the floor. He's a good decision maker in pick-and-rolls but his playmaking and ball handling could improve. He's a solid enough shooter to keep opponents weary of him and has no trouble creating his own shot. On defence, his quickness comes in handy but his size (6-foot-3, 165 lbs.) makes him a target in pick-and-roll switches. Sometimes he's moving too fast for his own good, but it's a plus more than a minus.
17. Minnesota Timberwolves - Precious Achiuwa, Memphis
Plays like: Montrezl Harrell, Kenneth Faried
The rundown: There's a rather big range of where Achiuwa could land, from as high as the lottery to a few slots beyond this one. His versatility to play the 4 or the 5 makes him playable with or without Karl-Anthony Towns on the floor, giving Minnesota some necessary frontcourt depth.
Profile: Athleticism and energy is what you're going to get from Achiuwa. He has the physical tools at 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan to sit back and protect the rim, but he's athletic enough to hold his own on the perimeter. He also averaged over one block and one steal per game his freshman season at Memphis. He's a great rebounder, exerting a lot of effort on the glass. Offensively, he has good footwork that makes him effective in pick-and-rolls and in the post, as well as a lob target. His shooting touch could use some work and he's not a known passer but he handles the ball well for his size. He could play the 4 or the 5 in today's NBA.
18. Dallas Mavericks - Aleksej Pokusevski, Olympiacos (EuroLeague, Greece)
Plays like: Toni Kukoc, Dragan Bender
The rundown: The Mavericks have a history of taking a big swing on international unknowns and Pokusevski is just that. Dallas needs help on the wing next to Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and if the Serbian forward reaches his full potential, he could be the steal of the draft.
Profile: Pokusevski is a 7-footer with a variety of skills, making him an interesting option for teams that can afford to wait for his development. He has a thin frame (201 lbs.) but very long arms (7-foot-3 wingspan). His playmaking and ball handling is more than just impressive for a player of his size. His decision-making is a plus, in addition to his court vision and passing. His shooting touch is solid and his size allows him to shoot over the top of defenders. If he fills out, Pokusevski could become a versatile forward in the league.
19. Brooklyn Nets - Jaden McDaniels, Washington
Plays like: Jonathan Isaac, Andrew Wiggins
The rundown: The Nets have plenty of pieces in place to compete for a title and while they could look to land an upperclassmen that would make more of an immediate impact, I like them taking a stab at a project here. McDaniels drew some comparisons to Kevin Durant out of high school but couldn't live up to the hype in college. What veteran could be better to learn from than KD himself on how to maximize his potential as a pro?
Profile: McDaniels is one of the more raw prospects in this draft class but possesses massive upside potential. At 6-foot-9, he's capable of scoring off the dribble as an attacker or shooter - that's not something you see every day. His length, quickness and athleticism make him an enticing defender in the future, although he's still thin at just 200 lbs. Patience will be key for the team that rolls the dice on McDaniels.
20. Miami Heat - Josh Green, Arizona
Plays like: Gary Harris, Josh Richardson
The rundown: With Goran Dragic set to enter unrestricted free agency and Tyler Herro's development as a combo guard, I like the Heat shoring up their backcourt depth with a shooter and scorer like Green.
Profile: Green is a reliable 3-and-D wing who brings consistent shooting on offence and great energy on defence. He shot 36.1% from 3 in his one season at Arizona but has a crisp shooting stroke that should translate to the NBA's extended 3-point line. On defence, he has the size at 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan to defend any guard or wing and is an on-ball pest with a knack for filling passing lanes when he's off-ball. He's not a great ball handler or finisher at the rim, but in the right role, Green should thrive in doing what he does well - shoot and defend.
21. Philadelphia 76ers - Cole Anthony, North Carolina
Plays like: Austin Rivers, Jerryd Bayless
The rundown: The 76ers desperately need another playmaker and offensive threat behind Ben Simmons, and Anthony is exactly that. There are other upperclassmen options available here (like Malachi Flynn), but with an already talented roster, I could see the new tag-team of Elton Brand and Daryl Morey taking a roll of the dice on a player who was once considered a potential No. 1 pick before his college season.
Profile: Anthony was a top prospect coming out of high school but never quite put things together in his one and only year at UNC before an meniscus injury ended his season. He has all the tools to be a scorer off the bench for an NBA team, but his shot selection needs improvement. His handle is tight, he's good at changing pace and he's an athletic finisher at the rim. He has a variety of moves he can use to create an open shot and plays hard on the defensive end. His playmaking and defensive versatility - again, a target for pick-and-roll switches - are other areas for concern.
22. Denver Nuggets - Jalen Smith, Maryland
Plays like: Serge Ibaka, Luol Deng
The rundown: With Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee hitting unrestricted free agency, the Nuggets could have a void in their frontcourt. Smith has lottery potential and getting him outside of the top-20 would be a huge win for Denver.
Profile: Smith is a power forward with a soft shooting touch and soft hands. He can score with his back to the basket with a variety of post moves or face up and knock down jump shots. He's a threat as a roller or popper after setting a screen. He has a high motor, runs the floor with a purpose and chases down rebounds. He's not necessarily a bad passer, his reads just come a tad slow at times. His length helps him as a shot blocker and rim protector, but he could run into some trouble switching onto guards on the perimeter. He's a bit stiff and his athleticism isn't anything that jumps off the page. Smith has bulked up since we last saw him take the floor, but he could still struggle against NBA size at first.
23. New York Knicks - Malachi Flynn, San Diego State
Plays like: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Brunson
The rundown: The Knicks have reportedly traded up from pick No. 27 to No. 23 and while it could be a smaller chess move to make a bigger move, should they stay put here, Flynn gives them a more certain than I had them targeting with their previous pick. Flynn is poised to make an immediate impact as a secondary floor general at the next level as a four-year college basketball player. He'd give New York someplaymaking stability in their lacking backcourt.
Profile: Flynn is a reliable decision-maker and defender perfectly suited for a team looking for a piece to help them win now. He's a confident ball handler who works well in pick-and-rolls and rarely forces offence. He's a quality shooter who can spot-up, knock down shots off the dribble or off of a catch-and-shoot. He brings an attitude on the defensive end and moves well laterally, fighting around screens. While there are questions about his athleticism, the rest of his game is polished for the NBA.
24. New Orleans Pelicans - Tyler Bey, Colorado
Plays like: Trevor Ariza, Dorian Finney-Smith
The rundown: This pick now reportedly belongs to the Pelicans in the deal that sent Holiday to the Bucks. With their two-way guard being replaced by a pair of guards in Bledsoe and Hill, I like New Orleans adding some forward depth in Bey. Registering a 43.5-inch vertical at the combine with a wingspan over 7-feet, he'd give the Pelicans a much-needed versatile defender that can run the floor alongside Ball, Ingram and Williamson.
Profile: Bey's defence and athleticism are his most redeeming qualities as a draft prospect. He's a versatile defender who can switch out onto the perimeter but also has the size and strength to defend bigger players in the paint. At 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, he's a forward but could play centre in a small-ball lineup and has elite leaping ability to catch lobs running in transition or as a cutter in the halfcourt. His shot will have to improve if he's going to make an impact in the NBA, but he showed promise by converting 42% of his 31 3-point attempts this past season at Colorado.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder - Tyrell Terry, Stanford
Plays like: CJ McCollum, Seth Curry
The rundown: Trading Schröder to the Lakers and Paul to the Suns leaves two holes in the Thunder's offence for a playmaking shot creator, even after getting Ricky Rubio in return. Terry is a perfect match for OKC's newest need as one of the best pure scoring guards in this draft class.
Profile: Terry is a creator who can score from all over the floor. He shot over 40% from 3 in his one season at Stanford, and that doesn't begin to describe all the different ways he can put the ball in the hoop. He's a point guard, but he works well off-ball because of his score-first mentality. He's smaller at 6-foot-2 and 174 lbs., but his crafty package of layups and floaters helps him finish amongst the trees. He's a solid passer when he's looking for his teammates, but he'll surely be targeted in pick-and-roll switches because of his size.
26. Boston Celtics - Desmond Bane, TCU
Plays like: Gary Trent Jr., Allen Crabbe
The rundown: See: "the rundown" on Boston's pick No. 14. The Celtics likely won't make all three draft selections, but if they do pick here, they'd have a chance at adding an upperclassmen ready to make an immediate impact. Bane fits Boston's timeline perfectly as a trustworthy shooter and defender to come off the bench and give impactful minutes when needed.
Profile: Bane is a veteran compared to the rest of these first-round prospects, playing four seasons at TCU. He's not the most athletic or most explosive player, but his well-rounded game is well-suited for a team late in the draft, looking to add an NBA ready prospect. He shot over 40% from 3 in three of his four seasons at TCU, proving to be a knock-down perimeter shooter, finishing his career at 43% from long range. He's not going to beat you off the dribble but can shoot off the bounce if necessary. He's a strong defender with the potential to be a quality role player.
27. Utah Jazz - Leandro Bolmaro, Barcelona (Liga ACB, Spain)
Plays like: Joe Ingles, Evan Turner
The rundown: The Jazz have reportedly moved back to No. 27 in a trade with the Knicks, also acquiring a second-round pick (No. 38) in this year's draft. With a need for a secondary ball handler, Utah could target an offensive-minded playmaker like Bolmaro. There's no harm in taking a swing at an international prospect late in the first round and the Jazz would be smart to roll the dice.
Profile: Bolmaro brings a playmaking savviness to the floor as a 6-foot-7 point guard. He makes his teammates around him better with a high IQ and elite passing skills. He has great touch around the hoop with an arsenal of finishes but his jump shot isn't quite there yet. He's lacking in athleticism but uses his intelligence to make up for that on defence. If he can become a consistent shooter, his game will round out nicely.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder - Cassius Stanley, Duke
Plays like: Iman Shumpert, Rodney Hood
The rundown: This pick reportedly belongs to the Thunder as a piece of the trade that sent Schröder to the Lakers. Here is where OKC can take its typical shot at a raw, athletic wing as Stanley fits that bill perfectly with a ridiculous vertical leap and upside potential to develop into a solid NBA player.
Profile: At 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan, Stanley doesn't provide abnormal size or length on the wing, but his freakish athleticism and quickness helps make up for that. He registered the third-highest vertical in NBA Combine history at 44 inches, making him a terror in transition as a lob target or fast-break finisher. His ball handling and playmaking both need to develop, but he's solid as an off-ball scorer as a cutter or spot-up shooter. He plays the passing lanes well on defence but could certainly utilize that speed and athleticism to become a better on-ball defender. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and still has plenty of untapped potential.
29. Toronto Raptors - Tre Jones, Duke
Plays like: Fred VanVleet, Jevon Carter
The rundown: While there has been no formal reports linking Jones to Toronto, this is one of my favourite fits - I've had him slotted here for all three mock drafts. With Fred VanVleet entering unrestricted free agency and the future of Terence Davis unknown, Jones is a textbook Raptor who could be trusted to run the second unit behind Kyle Lowry immediately.
Profile: Doubling as the ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Jones brings everything a team could want in a late first-round draft pick. He's a trusty ball handler and floor general who can keep the wheels turning on offence, whether it's finding open teammates or creating his own shot. He's an aggressive and physical perimeter defender who takes pride on that end of the floor. Jones is a player who could make an immediate impact as a backup point guard.
30. Boston Celtics - Xavier Tillman Sr., Michigan State
Plays like: Al Horford, Marc Gasol
The rundown: See: "the rundown" on either of Boston's other first-round picks. It remains to be seen if the Celtics still have this pick, but if they do, it would be a great chance to try and add some frontcourt depth with an experienced player like Tillman who's playmaking and defence fit Boston's mold nicely.
Profile: Tillman only stands in at 6-foot-8 but his 7-foot-1 wingspan and 245-pound frame makes up for what he lacks in height. He's the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year averaging over two blocks and one steal per game last season. He has quick feet and great defensive instincts, positioning himself well as a rim protector or pick-and-roll defender. He's the best passing centre in this draft class and has a soft shooting touch, which pairs well with his body to make him a great pick-and-roll man at the next level. His perimeter shooting could be more consistent and he lacks explosiveness or elite leaping ability, but he'd be a great get in the late first round.
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