The virtual NBA Draft will take place on November 18th. It seems as if Melo Ball has risen to the top of the Draft heap, but there are other ballers who could emerge as franchise players.
Here are the 10 best players in the 2020 NBA Draft.
LaMelo Ball – IlIawara Hawks (Australia)
Guard – 6’7 (19 Years Old)
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 13, 2020
There are few players in the world with the unique blend of size and skill that LaMelo Ball offers. I see a guy who combines the flashiness of Jason Williams, with the court vision of Rajon Rondo and the size and length of Shaun Livingston. Ironically he’s still one of the hardest players in this draft class to determine what the finished product will look like.
2. Anthony Edwards – Georgia
Guard – 6’5 (19 Years Old)
NBA Comparisons – Donovan Mitchell, Eric Gordon, Dion Waiters
Top prospect Anthony Edwards needs no time to adjust. He's already NBA ready ♨️ pic.twitter.com/N5bOOSJOiA
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 11, 2020
Edwards’ elite athleticism and explosiveness give him a chance to distinguish himself as one of the players with the most star power in this draft class. He has the ability to score already, but as he continues to develop it could become something he can do in bunches as his shooting improves on the pro level.
3. James Wiseman – Memphis
Center – 7’1 (19 Years Old)
— Overtime (@overtime) November 6, 2020
Wiseman has a solid frame that he’s worked on since leaving Memphis after playing just 5 college games. He possesses great instincts that translate well to the defensive end of the floor. His size alone could make him a feared presence as a rim protector like Hassan Whiteside. He’s a little too reliant on his jump shot, but if he starts to utilize other aspects of his arsenal, I see Myles Turner. His AAU and college coach Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway compares the southpaw to Chris Bosh.
4. Deni Avdija – Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Forward – 6’9 (19 Years Old)
NBA Comparisons – Hedo Turkoglu, Nicolas Batum, Mario Hezonja
Rumor: Golden State high on Deni Avdija, but enough to draft him No. 2? https://t.co/GbQaUtKcVh
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) October 22, 2020
Avdija has a point forward mentality. He’s capable of leading the break in transition and the open court. He needs to become a better range shooter at the NBA level. If that happens he can be a more athletic version of Hedo Turkoglu, who was 6’10 and averaged 5.0 assists per game, while shooting 40.0 percent from the land of three in his best statistical season (2007-08).
5. Killian Hayes – Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
Guard – 6’5 (19 Years Old)
Hayes is a 6’5 left-handed combo guard, capable of playing on or off the ball as either a playmaker or a shooter. His style will immediately favor that of “DRuss”, which of course, would be very intriguing to teams selecting in the lottery and in need of backcourt help.
6. Obi Toppin – Dayton
Forward – 6’9 (22 Years Old)
Breaking down potential top-5 pick Obi Toppin last night on Prospect 2 Pro. The best player in college basketball and a perfect offensive fit in the modern NBA, Toppin is the draft's most ready prospct and my early favorite to win Rookie of the Year, depending on where he lands. pic.twitter.com/qP50lNsAtl
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) November 11, 2020
Obi will enter the league as the most offensively-polished rookie. Much like Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins, he has very impressive offensive pop for his 6’9 height. Toppin is a willing shooter from the position like Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma. Where he struggles is on the defensive end and that’s a bit surprising for a guy with his athleticism and length.
7. Tyrese Haliburton – Iowa State
Guard – 6’5 (20 Years Old)
Haliburton’s physical make-up is very similar to Shai Gilgeous- Alexander. He has excellent court vision, the same skill that scouts praised Lonzo Ball for having in his pre-draft evaluations. And he’s shown that he can be a high-impact player with low usage sort of like Monte Morris.
8. Onyeka Okongwu – USC
Forward – 6’9 (19 Years Old)
NBA Comparisons – Bam Adebayo, Montrezl Harrell, Tristan Thompson
Okongwu has been compared to Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo. That comparison may still be a bit premature as Okongwu doesn’t possess anywhere near the playmaking skills that Bam has developed. His NBA future could resemble that of a longtime pro and rotational staple in the frontcourt.
9. Isaac Okoro – Auburn
Wing – 6’6 (19 Years Old)
Isaac Okoro College Highlights | NBA Draft Prospects
this kid has elite defense, if the Warriors trade down at all this is 100% who I want them to take. His game resembles Iggy, Jimmy Butler ect
In his first & only year of college he averaged
13-4-2-1-1.. 51 FG% 60 2P% pic.twitter.com/pbeQTvPHbi
— ©️ h e f 👨🍳 (@ChefBetter) November 10, 2020
Okoro is a defensive-minded wing in the mold of Jimmy Butler. He’s an Uber-athlete, known for intensity, tenacity and speed. His college coach Bruce Pearl compared him to Andre Iguodala for his ability to affect the game in a multiplicity of ways. Okoro still needs to stretch his shooting range beyond five-feet. That will be the next developmental step he’ll have to take for long-term success in the league.
10. Cole Anthony – UNC
Guard – 6’3 (20 Years Old)
NBA Comparisons – Jamal Murray, Ben Gordon
— @ALOtv (@adriennelopeztv) August 23, 2020
Anthony didn’t have the impact many expected during his time in Chapel Hill. Many of his setbacks can be attributed to injury. Some have nitpicked his game, but he took the court 22 times for UNC in 2019 and averaged 19.5 points, 5,7 rebounds, and 4 assists per game and about 35% from 3 on a Tar Heels team that was not as talent-laden as past teams. His high school performances and on the AAU circuit showed some incredible productivity. There’s still a ton of belief he could be a star-studded combo guard at the NBA level.
Other Top Players To Be On The Lookout For:
Devin Vassell – Florida St/ 6’7 Wing/Compared To Robert Covington, Danny Green, and Mikal Bridges
Patrick Williams – Florida St/ 6’8 Wing/Compared To Jayson Tatum, Rudy Gay, and OG Anunoby
Tyrese Maxey – Kentucky/6’3 Guard/Compared To Lou Williams, Jarrett Jack, and Eric Bledsoe