Mock Draft 1.0

Mock Drafts

Using the Tankathon draft simulator, I created my first 2020 mock draft. My rule was that I would simulate until the same team got the first pick three times. The winner of this year’s mock lottery was the New York Knicks, who currently possess the 5th worst record in the NBA. The Pistons also jumped 4 spots to number 2, the Cavaliers slipped one spot to 3, the Timberwolves stayed at 4, and the two victims of the Knicks & Pistons’ jump were the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks.

This mock is simply what I predict would happen if the draft happened today. Private workouts, the remainder of regular season play, and postseason tournaments will greatly impact draft position, meaning this is likely to consistently change over the next 4 months until draft day.

Expect several players given first round grades by both myself and others to slip into the second round, meaning players with second round grades are likely to climb into the first round. On my board and in the mock, I see a drop off once Portland is on the clock. 14 to 40 are likely to be similarly talented and bunched in the same tiers. Expect the unexpected with players rising and falling, similar to the 2019 draft.

I recommend using my big board as a guide. If there are any questions, feel free to mention me @MavsDraft on Twitter.

My first attempt at a first round mock for 2020:

  1. New York Knicks: Anthony Edwards, G, Georgia
  2. Detroit Pistons: LaMelo Ball, G, USA
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers: James Wiseman, PF/C, USA
  4. Minnesota Timberwolves: Nico Mannion, G, Arizona
  5. Golden State Warriors: Onyeka Okongwu, PF/C, USC
  6. Atlanta Hawks: Cole Anthony, G, North Carolina
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Obi Toppin, F, Dayton
  8. Chicago Bulls: Killian Hayes, G, France
  9. Washington Wizards: Tyrese Maxey, G, Kentucky
  10.  Sacramento Kings: Isaac Okoro, Wing, Auburn
  11. Phoenix Suns: Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa State
  12.  New Orleans Pelicans: Deni Avdija, F, Israel
  13.  San Antonio Spurs: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, F, Villanova
  14.  Portland Trail Blazers: RJ Hampton, SG, USA 
  15.  Orlando Magic: Kira Lewis, G, Alabama
  16.  Minnesota Timberwolves: Josh Green, Wing, Arizona
  17.  Boston Celtics: Theo Maledon, G, France
  18.  Milwaukee Bucks: Devin Vassell, Wing, Florida State
  19.  Dallas Mavericks: Vernon Carey, C, Duke
  20.  Oklahoma City Thunder: Jordan Nwora, Wing, Louisville
  21.  Brooklyn Nets: Jaden McDaniels, F, Washington
  22.  Denver Nuggets: Saddiq Bey, Wing, Villanova
  23.  Miami Heat: Isaiah Stewart, PF/C, Washington
  24.  Utah Jazz: Tre Jones, PG, Duke
  25.  New York Knicks: Aaron Nesmith, Wing, Vanderbilt
  26.  Oklahoma City Thunder: Trendon Watford, Wing, LSU
  27.  Boston Celtics: Paul Reed, F, DePaul
  28.  Toronto Raptors: Jahmi’us Ramsey, Wing, Texas Tech
  29.  LA Lakers: Precious Achiuwa, F, Memphis
  30.  Boston Celtics: Jalen Smith, F, Maryland