What should we expect heading into the 2020 NBA draft lottery on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN following Bucks-Magic)?
While there’s some consensus among teams surrounding the top three prospects — including guards Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball, along with big man James Wiseman — we won’t have a clear picture until the final draft order is established. This was already considered a wide-open class back in February, and now teams will be selecting with less information than ever before.
Heading into this week’s drawing, let’s update our full, two-round mock draft based on the latest intel, including a look at the draft ranges for first-round prospects and how they might fit in their likely landing spots.
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Edwards’ draft range: Nos. 1-3
Edwards would add instant offense to an already high-powered nucleus with his ability to get downhill and rise up from anywhere on the floor. Small-ball lineups featuring Stephen Curry, Edwards, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green would blend skill and versatility. Edwards also has the long-term upside to grow into the face of the franchise down the line. His freshman season was inconsistent, but he’s a powerful athlete with tremendous shot-making prowess who has significant upside to grow into on both ends of the floor.
Full Edwards scouting report
Wiseman’s draft range: Nos. 1-3
Though Andre Drummond signaled his intent to pick up his $28 million player option, the Cavs are likely to be in the market for a long-term franchise frontcourt player. That’s why Wiseman, a physical marvel with both offensive and defensive potential in the middle, makes sense here, even if his sparse résumé has left some questions regarding his feel for the game, efficiency and defensive impact.
Full Wiseman scouting report
Ball’s draft range: Nos. 1-3
A backcourt of Ball and D’Angelo Russell might be one of the worst defensive pairings in the league, but to speed up their rebuild, the Timberwolves need to continue to stockpile star power. No one in this draft class has more of that than Ball. His size makes him easy to pair with another guard, and teammates will love his tremendous passing creativity and the way he empowers others. Ball does not turn 19 until the end of August, leaving considerable room for him to improve his perimeter shooting and defense.
Full Ball scouting report
4. Atlanta Hawks | No. 1 pick odds: 12.5%
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Avdija’s draft range: Nos. 3-7
Avdija is a power forward-sized wing with the skill set of a guard, giving him unique positional versatility to tap into on a Hawks team that will be looking to take the next step toward a playoff berth. He played more than 60 games this season, far beyond what teams have seen from most of his fellow prospects. His stellar international résumé indicates he could impact winning almost immediately.
Full Avdija scouting report
Okongwu’s draft range: Nos. 3-10
Okongwu could give Detroit a switchable, bouncy rim protector who finishes everything, with outstanding touch and plenty of offensive upside. Considered by some to be the best defender in the draft, Okongwu has maturity and versatility that should appeal to Pistons coach Dwane Casey. Okongwu would boost Detroit’s potential small-ball frontcourt of the future alongside Sekou Doumbouya.
Full Okongwu scouting report
Toppin’s draft range: Nos. 3-10
The best offensive player in college basketball, Toppin brings high-flying dunks and deep pick-and-pop 3s that would infuse a level of excitement to Madison Square Garden. On a franchise that has never shown any interest in a lengthy rebuilding process, there will likely be a comfort level with a 22-year-old who was named national player of the year. The point person in Toppin’s recruitment to his agency was now-Knicks president Leon Rose, who should be intimately familiar with him on and off the court.
Full Toppin scouting report
7. Chicago Bulls | No. 1 pick odds: 7.5%
Okoro’s draft range: Nos. 5-14
The Bulls’ new front office has some big decisions ahead, starting with hiring a coaching staff to help guide the franchise’s direction. Setting the tone by selecting the prospect many consider to be the best perimeter defender in the draft in Okoro would surely be a step in the right direction. Okoro has the toughness, unselfishness, versatility and athleticism to play a role immediately on the wing for the Bulls, where there is a clear need on the roster.
Full Okoro scouting report
Achiuwa’s draft range: Nos. 7-14
After starting Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller at center this season, the Hornets likely will be looking to upgrade the position long-term, especially on the defensive end. Enter Achiuwa, one of the best athletes in the draft, who has the strength and length to contain centers with the lateral quickness to stay in front of guards. — Givony
Full Achiuwa scouting report
Haliburton’s draft range: Nos. 5-14
Even with the Wizards having big money committed to guards Bradley Beal and John Wall, Haliburton can fit in multiguard lineups thanks to his size, spot-up shooting and quick decision-making. The skilled guard is comfortable playing on or off the ball and loves to empower teammates with his passing.
Full Haliburton scouting report
10. Phoenix Suns | No. 1 pick odds: 3.0%
Hayes’ draft range: Nos. 7-14
Finding a guard who complements Devin Booker should be a priority for the Suns, who made significant progress this past season. Ricky Rubio is a good fit, but he turns 30 in October. Hayes’ positional size, passing creativity and off-the-dribble shooting potential give him significant upside to grow into considering he just turned 19.
Full Hayes scouting report
Nesmith’s draft range: Nos. 8-15
Given DeMar DeRozan’s player option and age, finding a long-term starting wing will surely be a priority for the Spurs. Nesmith is arguably the best shooter in this class, especially off movement, and would fit seamlessly into the Spurs’ culture with his work ethic.
Full Nesmith scouting report
Williams’ draft range: Nos. 8-15
Williams has tremendous physical tools in terms of size, length, strength and athleticism, and he’s the second-youngest player in this draft class. His shooting indicators are promising, even if he’s still a fairly raw player overall on both ends of the floor. Adding another versatile combo forward could certainly make sense long-term for the Kings.
Full Williams scouting report
Vassell’s draft range: Nos. 8-15
Surrounding Zion Williamson with 3-point shooting is the best way to unlock his game, but adding more defensive versatility on the wing will also likely be a priority for the Pelicans, who struggled badly on that end of the floor in Orlando. Vassell has 3-and-D potential, hitting 42% of his 3-pointers at FSU while racking up steals, blocks and rebounds at a high rate.
Full Vassell scouting report
14. Boston Celtics (via MEM) | No. 1 pick odds: 0.5%
Hampton’s draft range: Nos. 10-20
With Kemba Walker at age 30 and a lack of depth behind him at guard, the Celtics could look at adding some backcourt talent, which is considered the strength of this draft class. Hampton is one of the best athletes in this draft and has significant upside to grow into long-term.
Full Hampton scouting report
Anthony’s draft range: Nos. 10-20
With D.J. Augustin and potentially Evan Fournier entering free agency, the Magic could look at adding backcourt talent who can play either alongside or behind incumbent starter Markelle Fultz. Anthony is an explosive scorer with impressive shot-making prowess who brings an aggressive approach on both ends of the floor. Having come into this draft as a projected top-five pick, Anthony has plenty of upside to tap into long-term as well.
Full Anthony scouting report
Maxey’s draft range: Nos. 10-22
Portland might be looking to bolster its backcourt depth after seeing Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum finish in the top three in the NBA in minutes played. Maxey is a versatile guard with the size, strength and length to play either backcourt position, and he’s an instinctual scorer who brings physicality and toughness to the defensive end.
Full Maxey scouting report
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (via BKN)
Bey’s draft range: Nos. 10-22
The Timberwolves might look to shore up their wing depth here if they draft a guard with their lottery pick. Having a bigger wing who can also slide to the 4 and space the floor for Karl-Anthony Towns would help. Bey is a competitive, efficient two-way player who made 45% of his 3-pointers this past season and showed at Villanova he knows how to play a role and make winning plays.
Full Bey scouting report
Maledon’s draft range: Nos. 12-25
At 6-5 with a strong feel for the game and the ability to play on or off the ball, Maledon would be a seamless fit alongside Luka Doncic while also being able to give him a breather and run the offense in spurts. The Mavs have an affinity for international players, and Maledon is one of the more tested players in this draft despite his age.
Full Maledon scouting report
Smith’s draft range: Nos. 15-30
The Nets will be making a push for the Eastern Conference title next season when Kevin Durant returns to action, and surrounding him with talented role players will likely be a major priority for the front office. Smith can space the floor from the power forward position behind or alongside Durant, but he also has the length to slide over and see some minutes as a stretch-5 in smaller lineups.
Full Smith scouting report
Kira Lewis Jr.
Lewis’ draft range: Nos. 15-30
Goran Dragic, at 34, is the only pure point guard on Miami’s roster, which could prompt the team to explore adding a player at this position (considered the strength of this draft). Lewis is one of the fastest end-to-end players in the class and made major strides with his perimeter shooting this past season.
Full Lewis scouting report
Mannion’s draft range: Nos. 15-30
After electing to move Ben Simmons to power forward, the Sixers could stand to shore up their depth at point guard. Mannion can play on or off the ball thanks to his perimeter shooting and basketball aptitude, and has some upside to grow into as well at just 19.
Full Mannion scouting report
Pokusevski’s draft range: Nos. 15-30
Denver likes to swing for the fences, even for players who might take several years to pan out. The Nuggets are especially fond of international prospects. A 7-footer who can dribble, pass and shoot, Pokusevski is the youngest player in the draft, being barely draft-eligible with his late December birthdate.
Full Pokusevski scouting report
Green’s draft range: Nos. 18-35
Adding depth on the wing is something the Jazz will look to do in free agency or the draft. The Australian Green would fit their style as an athletic 3-and-D prospect with strong role-playing potential.
Full Green scouting report
Bolmaro’s draft range: Nos. 18-35
The NBA’s top defensive team would likely appreciate the intensity and versatility that Bolmaro brings on that end of the floor. He’s a creative guard who plays an unselfish and energetic style and has the added benefit of being a stash option, in a strong development situation in Barcelona where he can continue to work on his game under coach Sarunas Jasikevicius.
Full Bolmaro scouting report
McDaniels’ draft range: Nos. 15-35
McDaniels was once projected as a potential top-five pick, but an uneven season at Washington — along with concerns regarding his frame, efficiency and inconsistent approach — caused his stock to slide. This late in the draft, a team with a strong development system in place, such as the Thunder, might be intrigued by the positional size, length and two-way versatility McDaniels offers.
Full McDaniels scouting report
26. Boston Celtics
Robert Woodard II
Woodard’s draft range: Nos. 20-35
At 6-7, 230 pounds with a 7-1 wingspan, huge hands and a greatly improved shooting stroke, Woodard could give Brad Stevens additional depth at the combo forward spot. Woodard’s weaknesses as a shot-creator would be mitigated on a Celtics team that is flush with ballhandling, allowing him to lock into a role as a 3-and-D forward.
Full Woodard scouting report
27. New York Knicks (via LAC)
Stewart’s draft range: Nos. 20-40
The Knicks hold team options on backup centers Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson, potentially opening a path to draft a player like Stewart, who brings tremendous toughness and intensity. Stewart’s physicality would be a welcome attribute for a Knicks team that wasn’t always competitive last season.
Full Stewart scouting report
Bey’s draft range: Nos. 20-40
The Lakers hang their hat at the defensive end and may look to shore up their frontcourt depth late in the first round. Bey, the Pac-12 defensive player of the year, is a tremendous athlete who is a more consistent jump shot away from being a valuable role player.
Full Bey scouting report
Winston’s draft range: Nos. 20-40
Starting Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet together means there is room to draft for depth at the point guard spot, especially with VanVleet entering free agency. Winston is an All-American and one of the best pick-and-roll players in this draft class, meaning he may be able to contribute relatively early in his NBA career.
Full Winston scouting report
30. Boston Celtics (via MIL)
Azubuike‘s draft range: Nos. 20-40
When Al Horford walked, the Celtics experimented by turning to undersized Daniel Theis to start at center. Danny Ainge might look to add a different dimension to the frontcourt in Azubuike, a unique physical presence with at 270 pounds with a 7-foot-8 wingspan and 9-foot-4 standing reach.
Full Azubuike scouting report
31. Mavericks (via GSW)
Jahmi’us Ramsey | Texas Tech | G | Age: 19.1
32. Hornets (via CLE)
Vernon Carey Jr. | Duke | C | Age: 19.4
Zeke Nnaji | Arizona | C | Age: 19.6
34. 76ers (via ATL)
Daniel Oturu | Minnesota | C | Age: 20.9
35. Kings (via DET)
Devon Dotson | Kansas | G | Age: 21.0
36. 76ers (via NYK)
Tre Jones | Duke | G | Age: 20.6
37. Wizards (via CHI)
Payton Pritchard | Oregon | G | Age: 22.5
38. Knicks (via CHA)
Malachi Flynn | San Diego St. | G | Age: 22.2
39. Pelicans (via WAS)
Grant Riller | Charleston | G | Age: 23.5
40. Grizzlies (via PHX)
Xavier Tillman Sr. | Michigan St. | C | Age: 21.5
Desmond Bane | TCU | G | Age: 22.1
Tyrell Terry | Stanford | G | Age: 19.8
Elijah Hughes | Syracuse | G/F | Age: 22.4
44. Bulls (via MEM)
Jordan Nwora | Louisville | F | Age: 21.9
Skylar Mays | LSU | G | Age: 22.9
Isaiah Joe | Arkansas | G | Age: 21.1
47. Celtics (via BKN)
Yam Madar | Hapoel Tel Aviv | G | Age: 19.6
48. Warriors (via DAL)
Abdoulaye N’doye | Cholet | G | Age: 22.4
Reggie Perry | Mississippi St. | F/C | Age: 20.4
50. Hawks (via MIA)
Cassius Stanley | Duke | G/F | Age: 21.0
51. Warriors (via UTA)
Paul Reed Jr. | DePaul | F | Age: 21.1
52. Kings (via HOU)
Immanuel Quickley | Kentucky | G | Age: 21.1
Killian Tillie | Gonzaga | F/C | Age: 22.2
Ashton Hagans | Kentucky | G | Age: 21.1
55. Nets (via DEN)
Kenyon Martin Jr. | IMG Academy | F | Age: 19.6
56. Hornets (via BOS)
Paul Eboua | Pesaro | F/C | Age: 20.5
Nick Richards | Kentucky | C | Age: 22.7
58. 76ers (via LAL)
Nate Hinton | Houston | G | Age: 21.1
Josh Hall | Moravian Prep | F | Age: 19.8
60. Pelicans (via MIL)
Karim Mane | Vanier Prep | G | Age: 20.2
Jonathan Givony is an NBA Draft expert and the founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a private scouting and analytics service utilized by NBA, NCAA and international teams.
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