Every year, right after a new basketball world champion is crowned, the NBA Draft is set to follow. Just as fans watch the NBA playoffs packed with lots of excitement, the draft is treated the same as it is this event that serves as the starting point for NBA players' careers. While it may not seem so, a team's draft night selection is rigorously prepared for through the use of scouting and analysis. A good team scouting report on a certain prospect may mean the difference between picking a franchise player or a bust. Historically speaking, most teams have found success in the draft as a total of eleven first-overall selections have ended up becoming NBA MVPs. This includes Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and Lebron James, to name a few. If you're wondering where's Michael Jordan, well, he was selected third overall by the Bulls during the 1984 draft. This is proof that not all top picks end up as the best players from a certain draft class. This is why any prospect will remain one until he becomes a full-blown superstar.
With rebuilding teams fighting for the top spots in the draft lottery, fans can somehow predict most of the selections based on talent, fit, or even a team's draft history. However, draft day trades are inevitable as some clubs look to move up the board to really go after a prospect of their choice. As you've been looking regularly at different NBA mock draft sites, there are tons of intriguing names to be followed. Will your favorite be the number one pick? We know you're excited for your team to select its next building block, and so are we. In this list, we have some of the top prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft. Take a closer look at each one of them as they may be the league's faces in the near future.
For those people who are still in doubt of LaMelo Ball's increasing draft stock, there are obvious reasons why he would potentially go number one come draft night. His 6'7 frame and overall length, combined with already-elite passing abilities give the young point guard an edge over other top prospects. He has already shown flashes of his greatness with stints in various overseas leagues, most notably in the ABL by way of the Illawarra Hawks. If he caught the attention of scouts with his pro-league performances, what other reasons are left to doubt the younger Ball's ability? Well, his shooting woes are still a concern but we've seen pure athletes turn into snipers upon entering the NBA, haven't we?
A lot has been said about Anthony Edwards' case as the top prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft and just by looking at his athletic ability, fans will understand the hype. The 6'4 Georgia standout has received tons of praise for his over-the-rim finishing skill as well as his insane motor. Scouts have mentioned the young guard to be in the mold of Victor Oladipo and Zach Lavine and based on his highlights, we totally get the comparison. Despite Edwards' underwhelming efficiency in the collegiate ranks, it is hard for lottery teams to pass on such a physically-gifted athlete with tons of room to grow to able to fit the modern NBA.
There are a lot of positives that can be said about Deni Avdija, the most talked-about international prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft. However, along with the looming potential comes doubts as to how his game will transition to the NBA's bright lights. During his stint in the EuroLeague, he only averaged around 4 points a game in limited playing time. However, he will be a great addition to any team that is willing to develop him. The former Israeli Fiba U20 European MVP boasts of a 6'9 frame that fits the prototypical modern wing. Add his smooth shooting stroke and amazing court vision to the list and you've got a top-five prospect right in front of you.
The tools that Onyeka Okongwu has are exactly what NBA scouts look for in a prospect. His 6'9 length and 7-foot wingspan justify his obvious interior presence and scoring ability. The USC big man looks primed to be one of the top picks in the draft as he has already secured First Team All-Pac-12 and the All-Freshman Team honors. Some things that need to be addressed is his upper body strength and overall court vision, but other than those, Okongwu looks like an interior monster in the making, with his shot-blocking prowess alone.
Cole Anthony may not have the length and explosiveness of other prospects but that doesn't make him any less of a potential NBA star. Standing at a ready 6'3 frame, Anthony has arguably the most pro-ready skillset among all eligible ballhandlers. Just by watching UNC highlights, one will see how much of a natural-born scorer Cole is. Although he may not have the burst which other guards possess, he makes up for it with his elite shooting and excellent playmaking. While a knee injury has sidelined the New York native for most of the college basketball season, his previous accolades as an AAU gem and Team USA standout is enough for a lot to hail him as one of 2020's top draft prospects.
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