He makes the game easy for teammates and also shows terrific touch on floaters and free throws, leading you to believe he'll continue to progress with his shooting.
- Schmitz. Biggest NBA draft takeaways • Cunningham continues to make major strides with his perimeter shooting, knocking down several 3-pointers this weekend. He set the tone for the team on the defensive end, getting in passing lanes, showing great timing rotating for blocks, igniting fast breaks and making the extra pass to create easy looks. Add that the Hornets have a huge hole at center and are in desperate need of a rim-protecting anchor to bolster their defense, and Okongwu is clearly an excellent fit on this roster.
He spaces the floor as a deadeye shooter while protecting the rim at a high level, two areas in which Williamson is still improving.
Some of these issues could be solved with added strength, experience, more talented teammates and better coaching.
Williams' athleticism and scoring instincts were on full display, as he's one of the most dynamic shooters in the class. The youngest player in this draft, Pokusevski is likely several years away from being able to hold his own on an NBA floor physically. Smith flashes his ability to catch on the hop with great rhythm and balance, which should allow coaches to shift him all over the floor. This figures to make him a nightmare for opponents with the spacing the NBA provides. - Pelton, Bane is one of the best shooters in the draft, with an effortless release and range that extends well beyond the NBA line, which should play a big role in unlocking his underrated playmaking ability once teams start running him off his spots.
• The 14-year-old Dajuan Wagner Jr. doesn't get the same amount of attention as some of his brethren in the freshman class, but he looked like a clear candidate to emerge as one of its best long-term prospects. Lewis is younger than several freshmen but has two years of high-level experience running a team in the SEC, blossoming into one of the best guards in the country as a sophomore.- Givony, Lewis is as shifty as any guard in the draft, with the ability to go from completely relaxed with the ball to shot out of a cannon in pursuit of the rim. (1:53). Vote for the all-time best, Mike Tyson might not stop after Roy Jones Jr. fight, loves Teofimo Lopez and other stars of 2020, Divisional rankings: Gervonta Davis, Devin Haney shake up lightweight division, Brook confident in Crawford upset by using size, experience to his advantage. Which player should every team take in the 2020 NBA draft? Our experts update their rankings of the 100 best prospects for the 2020 NBA draft. Who are the best prospects and promising stars in the NBA draft?
3 player in our mock, played two games, turning in inconsistent performances in a pair of losses. - Schmitz, McDaniels is incredibly fluid for a 6-foot-10 wing and is at his best when he is decisively attacking closeouts.
The fact that he is a tough and competitive defender as well gives him a great framework as his perimeter shooting and decision-making continue to evolve. With very few roster spots available, the Celtics can afford to be patient, especially if they are able to stash him in the G League or in Europe for a year or two. Boxing real or not: Can Crawford KO Brook and get a unification fight? His effort level here is inconsistent, though, and he tends to gamble for turnovers.
If he continues to improve his playmaking ability and grow, he'll become a very impressive prospect. - Givony, Azubuike puts fear into the hearts of weakside defenders with his ability to barrel down the lane at 260 pounds, explode off the floor and high-point lobs thanks to his massive wingspan. - Schmitz, Power forward-sized with the skills of a guard, Avdija brings two-way versatility that should allow him to play any wing position, making him a strong positional fit on this roster. But he's one of the best slashers in the class and has impressive body control, power and explosiveness finishing around the rim. More than the other categories, rebounding peaks at a young age. It's also worthwhile to get a baseline for how valuable draft picks might be moving forward, particularly with the 2020 NBA trade deadline coming up Feb. 6. - Schmitz, Not only is Edwards a freight train to the rim at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, he has outstanding footwork slamming on the breaks with these pull-back moves to create space, giving him the potential to become one of the league's premier shot-creators at some point. While he's not considered a consensus five-star prospect and he's on the borderline to make this year's McDonald's All American game, he's a safe bet to draw considerable interest from pro scouts early in his college career thanks to his offense.
This is an important skill for him considering he's not blessed with the quickest first step and hasn't yet developed the ability to decelerate and explode past defenders like his most frequently mentioned comparison -- Luka Doncic -- possessed at the same stage. Cunningham's impact on winning is unmatched in this class, which gives him the edge at the moment for the No. Still thin and narrow in the hips and lower body, Williams is going to need time to fill out his frame. He gives the Sixers a potential point guard of the future with a two-way mentality, passing creativity and continual improvement as a shooter. He fills a positional need for the Kings at the increasingly important combo forward position. Although he shows flashes of court vision and playmaking, he makes questionable decisions at times, something he'll have to improve. His size and versatility should allow him to play either of the backcourt positions, which could be helpful for a Portland team that might be looking to bolster its depth after having Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum log heavy minutes. -Pelton, For Wiseman to be at his best, he needs to focus on being an elite rim protector, rebounder and finisher first.
A young core of Ball, Russell, Towns, Bey, Jarrett Culver, Josh Okogie and Malik Beasley (who is a restricted free agent this offseason) offers a nice blend of offensive firepower and defensive flexibility.
There is no consensus about the No.
His scoring instincts, ability to change speeds gracefully, body control as a shot-creator and the touch on floaters/jumpers were extremely impressive. - Givony, We know Anthony is a dynamic, three-level scorer, but what can really make him a valuable asset to a playoff team is fully tapping into the flashes of defensive toughness on display here as he meets the 6-foot-7 Shakur Juiston at the rim in transition. Barnes' fit in the modern game isn't seamless, as he's just an average athlete and his limitations offensively make him somewhat of a situational player who needs to find the right fit. Full methodology, Ball's court vision is his superpower. He's been hobbled by leg and foot problems this season, but he is a prospect to monitor regardless, as he's the youngest American player in this mock. He frequently elects not to insert himself into plays defensively, he isn't a great rebounder and he gets buried in the post by stronger players, showing a concerning lack of toughness. - Givony, Okongwu has picture-perfect verticality technique, excellent timing and quick leaping ability, which pairs well with the foot speed and feel to be an asset as a ball-screen defender. - Schmitz, Utah doesn't have a long-term option at point guard behind 33-year-old Mike Conley. - Pelton, Hayes is outstanding at picking weakside defenses apart when he is able to get downhill to his left hand against drop coverages. But this has been the scouting report on Mobley for several years now, and some scouts are beginning to wonder if he simply lacks the aggressive approach for a top pick. Despite defensive concerns alongside D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns, Ball would electrify the Minnesota fan base and give the Timberwolves one of the league's most skilled 25-and-under trios. Maxey is a tough, long-armed defender with deep range and excellent touch in the paint.
Anthony could be next. He's doing a much better job of utilizing those gifts on the defensive end.
But transition bust-outs like this give him more upside than your traditional run-and-jump center. Once a projected top-10 pick, the Lakers could end up stealing one here if Mannion continues to improve his shooting consistency, defense and finishing. He is capable of creating offense for himself and others in the half court as well, though his feel for the game is still a work in progress. Williams showed off his versatility by posting 29 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 turnovers, 4 blocks and 8 steals in 50 minutes for Sierra Canyon over the two contests. Green is considered the most athletic guard in the class and he was too quick for La Lumiere's defenders, fouling out the opposing team's backcourt while drawing 10 free throws (and making all of those attempts). But Hampton also is a blur in the open court, as you'll see here with him creating two points without even needing any dribbles by running the lane and making the extra pass.
- Schmitz, Ideally, the Heat would add a versatile frontcourt prospect in the Jae Crowder mold. He should fit the timetable of a Hawks team looking to take the next step with a playoff berth. His unselfishness and feel for the game -- which you can see here, with his extra pass to the corner -- figure to shine alongside other good players. He has prototypical physical tools for a wing at 6-foot-6 with a shredded frame, long arms and explosive athleticism, and he showed versatility as a passer, shooter, defender and rebounder.