In the movie Draft Day, Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr., played by Kevin Costner, is discouraged by his staff’s inability to find a flaw in projected top pick Bo Callahan. He tells them that every top prospect has at least one perceived flaw, but the great players were able to overcome it or outright disprove it.
“You see where I’m going here, guys? We need to find out what Callahan’s ‘something’ is, then figure out if it matters or not,” Weaver said. “All right? Figure out if it’s something we can live with.”
The point is that there are no perfect draft prospects. And when NBA teams start looking at the top players in the 2020 NBA Draft, they aren’t just going to be evaluating what the player can do. They’re going to look at what he can’t, decide if it can be fixed or, as Weaver said, figure out if it’s something they can live with.
So we did the same. Looking at each of the 14 projected lottery picks in CBS Sports writer Gary Parrish’s most recent mock draft, it was time to take aim at just what each player’s ‘something’ was—the biggest weakness or hole in their game.
For some players, those gaps were bigger than others, and it’s worth pointing out that picking apart the top prospects in a draft is just that: nitpicking. You’re going out to find the weaknesses. But these are the issues that NBA teams will be discussing when deciding whether or not they’ll take each of these 14 players.
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