TOP FIVE 202O NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS
Article written by Dylan Devine (7/15/20)
1) Lamelo Ball (PG) (USA)
Ball came into the basketball scene through social media a few years back along side his brother Lonzo Ball. Lamelo was known for his crazy range and three point shots. Over the years he has become much more than just a three point shooter. He is now a 18 year old 6’6 PG who has become an incredible passer and playmaker. Just look at his highlights from when he played in Australia. Ball averaged 17 PPG, 1.6 SPG, 6.8 APG, and 7.6 RPG. A kid his age putting up stats like that is incredible. I’m not sure what pick Ball will go at, I think it really depends on who has the first pick. I think he’d be a great fit on the Timberwolves if they can move D Lo to SG.
2) Anthony Edwards (SG) (Georgia)
Edwards is a 6’5 guard who I believe draws comparisons to someone like Russell Westbrook. He averaged 19.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 2.8 APG. He needs to work on his passing and field goal percentage as he was a bit inefficient with on 40.2 FG% and 29.4% from three point range. I see the potential that everyone else sees in Wiseman. I could see him being a good fit in Golden State. He is one of four players I could see going first or second overall.
3) Obi Toppin (PF) (Dayton)
This 6’9 PF has a CBS Sports National Player of the Year award under his belt. Toppin won this award after averaging 20.0 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 2.2 APG on 63.3 FG percentage. I believe his playing style is similar to Zion Williamson’s. He dunks everything and is a big strong PF who is a terrific rim protector and can rebound the ball at ease. Along with these attributes as a PF Toppin is a great and consistent pick and pop shooter. He has potential to be one of the most impactful players in this years draft class. I can see him fitting in well on the Cavaliers alongside Andre Drummond and the young group of guys they have.
4) James Wiseman (C) (Memphis)
Wiseman is a big man. He is a 7’1 Center with a 7’5 wingspan. In his brief time at Memphis he averaged 19.1 PPG and 10.7 RPG. He’s not a great passer but has a great ability to run the floor as a big man, he has fantastic athleticism, rebound ability, and shot blocking skills. He would be a great fit on any team as a big man starting or coming off the bench. A lot of analysts and experts have him going to Golden State.
5) Onyeka Okongwu (PF) (USC)
Another great big man in this years draft. Okongwu averaged 16.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, and 1.1 APG as a freshman at USC. He has proven he has the ability to play at pretty much any position as a 6’9 somewhat undersized big man and a lot of teams in the NBA could use that. That’s why I’m putting him as my number five prospect.