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2020 NBA Draft big board (V2)

1) LaMelo Ball (PG)

Strengths:

  • Excellent court vision 
  •  His Size will give him an advantage against most Point Guards in the NBA
  • Elite handles that will wow you
  • His playmaking ability is
  • Ball possesses a quick first step that will help him on the break

Weaknesses:

  • Maturity
  • Shooting
  • Shot selection
  • Shooting from beyond the arc has room to improve

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

19.6 PTS 7.9 AST 8.7 REB

2) Anthony Edwards (SG)

Strengths

  • NBA ready frame
  • Edwards’s leadership will help get the best out of his teammates
  • Has elite level athleticism 
  • His handles allow him to create separation on the perimeter
  • Semi consistent stepback

Weaknesses 

  • 3-Point shot, shooting 29.4% from beyond the arc
  • Has occasional defensive lapses that get him burnt on the drive
  • Edwards needs to improve his patience to allow screeners to get in position to set a screen
  •  Despite his strength, Edwards struggles with absorbing contact at the rim
  • Anthonys’ shot selection has been nothing less than atrocious, however, being the only superstar at Georgia he was forced to take unnecessary shots

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

20.8 PTS 3.1 AST 5.7 REB

3) Deni Avdija (SF)

Strengths

  •  Deni is one of the best passers in this draft; he’s up there with Killian Hayes and others, great feel for the game at the age of 19
  • Deni is good on both ends of the PnR and could be utilized however the team wants and still be successful in whatever he gets put into
  • Extremely crafty around the rim, much like James Harden
  • He does have a good looking shot but needs to utilize it more in C&S to be more successful in the league

Weaknesses

  • Low level competition being that he played in Isreal
  • Small frame
  • He often seems skittish with the ball in his hands
  • He transitioned from the euro league to Isreal which concerns me that he can’t compete with better talent

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

15.3 PTS 3.3 AST 7.5 REB

4) Killian Hayes (PG)

Strengths

  • Killian has elite Free Throw shooting, shooting 91% from the line in 2019.
  • Extreme athleticism that will excite fans.
  • Great open court speed that will make him a force on the break.
  • Killian finishes strong at the rim and frequently puts defenders on posters
  • A lethal stepback and if it gets consistent may rival James Hardens
  • Creative handle that allows him to create shots for himself and others

Weaknesses

  • Often ignores his right hand when driving
  • Turnovers, Killian needs to secure the ball more when passing as he averaged 4.7 turnovers per 36 minutes
  • Gets in foul trouble consistently
  • Needs to build muscle
  • Occasional defensive lapses 

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

16.8 PTS 7.8 AST 4.1 REB

5) Onyeka Okongwu (PF/C)

Strengths 

  • Okongwu is a Self-named excellent shot-blocker
  • He manages to keep himself out of foul trouble
  • Very dominant in the paint on the offensive side
  • Great rebounder
  • Very athletic 

Weaknesses

  • He is a horrific passer
  • He needs to space the floor better as all NBA big men now do
  • Can improve his shooting
  • Occasional defensive lapses
  • He needs to improve his shooting range

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

19.0 PTS 1.3 AST 10.2 REB 3.2 BLK

6) Isaac Okoro (SF)

Strengths

  • Great rebounder
  • Arguably the best if not the second-best defender in this class
  • Finishes strong at the rim
  • Extremely athletic 
  • He can comfortably finish with both hands while driving to the rim 
  • Solid euro step that creates space from defenders

Weaknesses 

  • Isaac is very inconsistent from deep shooting only 29% from behind the arc last year
  • Horrible shooting mechanics ( One of the worst I’ve ever seen) 
  • He needs to learn more moves that will help him create space, for example, a snatch back or step back.
  • Offensive inconsistency 

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

14.7 PTS 2.3 AST 5.2 REB

7) Tyrese Haliburton (PG)

Strengths

  • 3-Point shooting, shooting an extraordinary 42.65% from beyond the arc.
  • Jack of all trades, Haliburton is known to be at least okay at everything.
  • Great facilitator, Tyrese averaged 5.9 assists in his Sophomore year at Iowa State.
  • An extremely efficient shooter, while at Iowa State Haliburton never shot below 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc.
  • Active hands while defending. 

Weaknesses

  • Jack of all trades but master of none.
  • Haliburton has a small frame that allows him to occasionally get bodied down low.
  • Awkward shooting mechanics. His shot appears to be more of a push shot rather than an arc.
  • Less effective shot when contested. 
  • Lacks explosiveness. 

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

14.9 PTS 6.3 AST 5.8 REB

8) Kira Lewis Jr (PG)

Strengths

  • Kira possesses blazing speed that gives him an edge on the break. 
  • He is great at finding his teammates off the dribble.
  • Lewis Jr is very creative and shifty when attacking the rim.
  • His shooting is solid, shooting 36.6% from downtown and 80.2% from the foul line in 2019.
  • Burst that will excite fans and make it much easier for him to attack the rim.

Weaknesses

  • A small frame that allows him to get bodied often in the post. 
  • With his small size, you would expect Kira to have a consistent floater but he has yet developed one.
  • Kira often attempts to make passes that are obviously not there.
  • Often lacks focus when on defense.
  • His shot selection often infuriates me. 

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

17.7 PTS 5.0 AST 4.6 REB

9) Obi Toppin (SF/PF)

Strengths

  • Good frame for a modern Power Forward
  • Runs the floor well in transition
  • Has the potential to be a stretch big with a more developed 3-Point shot
  • Good efficiency shooting 63% from the field in 2019
  • Cuts extremely well 
  • Great athleticism

Weaknesses

  • Struggles in grabbing offensive rebounds
  • Attempts to make passes that are not there
  • For Obi to not be a defensive liability he needs to improve his footwork
  • Obi Toppin is one of the oldest players in this Draft
  • For Toppin to succeed he will need a good point guard to create shots for him.

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

22.8 PTS 2.5 AST 8.6 REB 1.4 BLK

10) Devin Vassell (SG/SF)

Strengths

  • Like Ibaka in OKC, Jalen is a very aggressive shot blocker but is very good at not committing fouls
  • The man runs very well for his size, he knows how to run to court very well and could beat most NBA centers down the court
  • Another ability that will make his transition easy is the point he’s a really big lob threat, with his athleticism gives him the potential to be a very lethal threat to the opposing defense
  •  Great lateral quickness that allows him to completely destroy PnRs with smaller Guards
  • Jalen has a high shooting potential ceiling

Weaknesses

  • Jalen needs to add some more weight to be a more commanding force in the paint
  • He has horrible vision as a passer (Yes I know he’s a big man)
  •  His post game isn’t the greatest and relies on his above average athleticism to get to the rim
  • Jalen often absorbs most of the contact when colliding with other players

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

17.8 PTS .9 AST 12.1 AST 2.7 BLK

11) Jalen Smith (PF/C)

Strengths

  • Like Ibaka in OKC, Jalen is a very aggressive shot blocker but is very good at not committing fouls
  • The man runs very well for his size, he knows how to run to court very well and could beat most NBA centers down the court
  • Another ability that will make his transition easy is the point he’s a really big lob threat, with his athleticism gives him the potential to be a very lethal threat to the opposing defense
  •  Great lateral quickness that allows him to completely destroy PnRs with smaller Guards
  • Jalen has a high shooting potential ceiling

Weaknesses

  • Jalen needs to add some more weight to be a more commanding force in the paint
  • He has horrible vision as a passer (Yes I know he’s a big man)
  •  His post game isn’t the greatest and relies on his above average athleticism to get to the rim
  • Jalen often absorbs most of the contact when colliding with other players

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

17.8 PTS .9 AST 12.1 AST 2.7 BLK

12) Tyrese Maxey (SG)

Strengths

  • Maxey has a very smooth jump shot and has the confidence to shoot from 30+ feet out, and has the mechanics to become a lethal shooter in the league
  • Maxey is excellent at finishing at the rim and loves to embrace contact and has a great touch with either hand
  •  He has is the ability to use both hands and show weakness in being one hand dominant
  •  One of the staples of his game is his floater which is the most efficient aspect of his offensive game
  • Maxey is a very tenacious defender and uses all his energy to force turnovers and wreak havoc

Weaknesses

  • Maxey needs to improve on his shot selection, this could be a confidence thing because he does settle for a lot of unnecessary floaters and a lot of tough shots
  •  Now if he’s gonna be an NBA Point Guard he needs to improve on his passing vision and be more aware of who’s open in certain situations
  • Inconsistent point totals
  • Horrible efficiency

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

14.6 PTS 3.3 AST 4.5 REB

13) James Wiseman (C)

Strengths

  • Wiseman has long arms that will be helpful when blocking shots
  • Great agility that allows him to run the floor at an elite level
  • Very good defensively altering and blocking shots left and right
  • Smooth shooting form, with proper coaching, may be able to shoot 3’s
  • A large frame that will help him guard the stronger Centers in the NBA

Weaknesses

  • Needs to fill out his frame
  • Occasionally forgets to seal his man on the offensive end
  • Wiseman’s footwork often gets sluggish and clunky
  • To be a top Center in the league he will need to improve his finishing with his right hand
  • Needs to play more aggressive and use his size

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

30.8 PTS .5 AST 16.7 REB 4.7 BLK

14) Jahmi’us Ramsey (SG/SF)

Strengths

  • Ramsey is an elite 3 point shooter as you can see from his percentages, he averaged 5 3PA per game in college
  • He also brings the best footwork into this draft, he’s just very smooth on the offensive side of the ball
  • Extremely confident on the offensive side of the ball
  • Ramsey has great body control with his floaters and pulls ups which makes him a very advanced 19 year old
  • He has a real scoring mentality when he gets the ball
  • He’s a very good athlete as well, he’s explosive when he has space but mostly a two foot jumper

Weaknesses

  • Ramsey is an awful defender
  • Although he a is a very good 3PT shooter he’s a bad free-throw shooter
  • He tries to get too flashy with the passes or he sees the open man too late
  • His shot selection can improve

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

17.4 PTS 2.6 AST 4.6 REB

15) Saddiq Bey (SF)

Strengths

  • His form is smooth and quick, it could look a little strange but it’s effective
  •  Saddiq possesses elite off-ball movement to get himself open, he runs the court well, he can corner lift well
  • Saddiq has shown flashes of a great finisher despite his lack of elite athleticism 
  • Lanky 6’10 wingspan that allows him to be a great perimeter defender

Weaknesses

  • His lack of athleticism can hurt him on both sides of the ball
  • He can’t get around a defender and has to rely on his off ball movement to get him open
  • He settles for a lot of ISO shots, and he takes a lot of shots off the PnR
  • Saddiq needs to learn more offensive moves to make up for his lack of athleticism. For example, he needs to learn a step or snatch back.

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

17.1 PTS 2.5 AST 5.0 REB

16) Aaron Nesmith (SF)

Strengths

  • Aaron is an incredible shooter, arguably the best shooter in this class knocking down 4.3 3 pointers out of 8.2 attempts
  • Great 6’10 wingspan that will allow him to be a solid perimeter defender 
  • Extremely smooth shooting mechanics 
  • Very good free throw shooter, shooting 82.5 from the line in his sophomore campaign 
  • Nesmith closes out on shooters better than most prospects his age

Weaknesses

  • He appears to not be able to create his own shots
  • He struggles in isolation 
  • has an extremely slow first step that creates little no space from defenders
  • Aaron struggles to adjust to the defense’s speed, prefers to play at his own pace (like most players I know)
  • Seems skittish and shy’s away from contact when attacking the rim

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

23.2 PTS .9 AST 4.9 REB

17) Patrick Williams (PF)

Strengths

  • Good length with a 7’0 wingspan
  • NBA ready frame
  • Patrick gets off the ground very well
  • He’s a solid shot-blocker, blocking 1.2 blocks per game in his freshman campaign 
  • Possesses okay athleticism 

Weaknesses

  • He’s not very aggressive, often allows the game to come to him and doesn’t impose his will onto other players
  • Takes WAY too many contested shots when it would be best for him to take it to the rim 
  • He can be a much better rebounder considering his size
  • Patrick is a HORRIBLE 3PT shooter, shooting only 32% from behind the arc last year
  • Inconsistent motor. He seemingly plays at 110% against stronger competition but against weaker competition, he plays with significantly less energy 

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

14.8 PTS 1.6 AST 6.4 REB 1.7 BLK

18) Alekej Pokusevski (PF/C)

Strengths

  • Pokusevski is an excellent defensive rebounder
  • He’s a very crafty finisher at the rim and possesses great body control and footwork
  • Very quick closing out on shooters, almost like a wing player
  • Alekej is an okay at best shot creator with all right handles
  • Good at shooting off the dribble

Weaknesses

  • Lacks athleticism
  • Often neglects to follow through with his jumper
  • He often has defensive lapses that leave you shaking your head
  • Possesses a Tiny frame that makes worried about injuries
  • He has many Julius Randle like turnovers

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

16.7 PTS 4.8 AST 12.2 REB 2.8 BLK

19) Cole Anthony (PG)

Strengths

  • Cole Anthony is a bonafide scorer to the bone, the guy can basically do it all on the offensive side
  • He is an extremely crafty and creative scorer 
  • Cole possesses an NBA ready jump shot
  • Score first type Point Guard ( which can be both a strength and a weakness)
  • Elite Athleticism 

Weaknesses

  • Horrendous shot selection
  • A score-first mentality which often leads him to take bad shots while there is an open man
  • Injury history, getting injured multiple times last year in his freshman campaign
  • Doesn’t have amazing size standing at only 6’3 190LBS
  • A weak frame which often gets bodied on the defensive end

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

19.1 PTS 4.1 AST 5.9 REB

20) RJ Hampton (SG)

Strengths 

  • His handles are elite
  • Plays with constant intensity on the offensive side
  • Smooth Shooting stroke
  • Hampton is a very good slasher
  • Draws fouls well once in the paint
  • Solid mid-range jump shot

Weaknesses

  • Small frame
  • Not a very good rebounder
  • Shot selection is atrocious
  • Needs to get stronger to be a better defender
  • Can improve his 3-POINT shot only shooting 29.5% from beyond the arc last year
  • Needs to improve playing without the ball in his hands

Stats (Per 36 minutes)

15.4 PTS 4.2 AST 6.8 REB

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