/2020 NBA Mock Draft: No. 1 Spot Up for Grabs 1 Month Before NCAA Tournament

2020 NBA Mock Draft: No. 1 Spot Up for Grabs 1 Month Before NCAA Tournament

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21. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Josh Green (Arizona, SG/SF, Freshman)

Though Green makes an impact with his athleticism and defensive energy, teams will have to remain patient with his offense until his ball-handling and shot improve. Even if they don’t, his transition scoring, floater, passing and pressure defense should be enough for him to carve out a supporting role. 


22. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets): Theo Maledon (ASVEL Basket, PG, 2001)

Maledon’s production comes and goes overseas, but for an 18-year-old playing in Euroleague, he’s done an admirable job holding his own and running an offense. Even if it takes years to get results, teams could see an NBA guard based on his size (6’3″, 170 lbs), poise, finishing coordination, passing and shot-making capability.


23. Miami Heat: Jalen Smith (Maryland, PF/C, Sophomore)

A 2020 riser, Smith is on pace to become one of five players since 1992 to average at least 15 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and a three-pointer. He lacks a flashy face-up game, passing skills and explosive quickness, but his shooting (39.4 percent on threes), rim protection, improved upper body and energy have made it easier to envision an NBA fit. 


24. Utah Jazz: Kira Lewis Jr. (Alabama, PG, Sophomore)

Since Feb. 8, Lewis has gone for 37 points in a road win at Georgia, a triple-double against Auburn and 27 points in a win versus LSU. Average tools, athletic limitations and a suspect pull-up game could be problematic when projecting him to the NBA. But this level of production for an 18-year-old in the SEC will appear too enticing.  


25. New York Knicks (via Clippers): Patrick Williams (Florida State, PF, Sophomore)

Williams’ powerful frame, shooting touch and potential defensive versatility should lead to first-round interest even if his scoring and impact fluctuate at Florida State. With potential lottery pick Vassell out against Syracuse on Saturday, Williams led the Seminoles to a win with 17 points, seven boards, two steals and a block off the bench.

He’s a prime candidate to rise during workouts and persuade teams with his body, movement and shooting versatility.


26. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nuggets): Vernon Carey Jr. (Duke, C, Freshman)

With NBA teams looking for frontcourt shooters and switchable defenders, Carey might not receive the interest his 17.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game suggest he could. But he’s still a first-round prospect for his post scoring and offensive rebounding, which seem likely to carry over based on his strong body and hands.


27. Boston Celtics: Leandro Bolmaro (Barcelona II, SG, 2000)

NBA teams know to monitor Barcelona’s junior team, and Bolmaro has been highly productive for it in the Spanish LEB Silver league. The 6’7″ wing possesses a strong skill set of shot-making and ball-handling for playmaking.


28. Toronto Raptors: Isaiah Stewart (Washington, C, Freshman)

Stewart figures to be more of a Plan B option for teams than a target given his lack of scoring versatility, defensive range and athleticism. He does seem to have a high floor as an enforcer and energizer around the basket. He’d be a value pick this late for a team just hoping to land a rotation player on a rookie contract. 


29. Los Angeles Lakers: Jahmi’us Ramsey (Texas Tech, SG, Freshman)

Scouts have become interested in Ramsey’s mix of athleticism and consistent three-point shooting (45.5 percent). He’s not particularly creative as a scorer or playmaker, but his mix of tools and shot-making is appealing and likely to pop even more during predraft workouts.


30. Boston Celtics (via Bucks): Cassius Stanley (Duke, SF, Freshman)

Stanley needs his jumper to become a plus since it’s unlikely he offers value as a creator or playmaker. But he’s one of the draft’s most explosive athletes, and his 21 threes in 23 games and defensive effort could make him worth gambling on as a hit-or-miss first-round option.


Stats courtesy of Synergy Sports, Sports-Reference.com