2020 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Round 1 of the NBA Draft (V. 5)

From LaMelo Ball to the Cleveland Cavaliers to Anthony Edwards to the New York Knicks, here are the 2020 NBA mock draft predictions.

Lamelo Ball

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Lamelo Ball

We’re almost back to real basketball. All the teams that have been invited to Orlando have arrived there to quarantine and start practicing for the first time in what feels like five years. We’ll see if this thing gets off the ground and actual games actually start at the end of this month. If nothing else, there’s hope. 

The NBA Draft hasn’t changed in the last couple of weeks in terms of news. The lottery is still slated for August 25, and the draft is set to be held on October 16. It’s fair to expect both those dates are subject to change if things don’t go according to plan in Orlando with the bubble. 

In our fifth version of the mock draft, the Cavs give up the first pick (really starting to doubt their lottery magic after they’re just 1-for-5 in grabbing the top pick) to Detroit, with Atlanta sliding in second, the Cavs falling to third, and Phoenix jumping up all the way to fourth. 


NBA Draft Order


2. Detroit Pistons - LaMelo Ball, G

Lamelo Ball of the Hawks celebrates hitting a three point shot

3. Atlanta Hawks - Anthony Edwards, G

Anthony Edwards

4. Cleveland Cavaliers - Deni Avdija, F

Deni Avdija

5. Phoenix Suns - James Wiseman, C

james wiseman

6. Golden State Warriors - Obi Toppin, F

Obi Toppin

7. Minnesota Timberwolves - Devin Vassell, F

Devin Vassell

8. New York Knicks - Killian Hayes, G

Killian Hayes

9. Chicago Bulls - Aaron Nesmith, F

Aaron Nesmith

10. Charlotte Hornets - Tyrese Haliburton, G

Tyrese Haliburton

11. Washington Wizards - Isaac Okoro, F

Isaac Okoro

12. San Antonio Spurs - Onyeka Okongwu

Onyeka Okongwu

13. Sacramento Kings - Saddiq Bey, F

Saddiq Bey

14. New Orleans Pelicans - Tyrese Maxey, G

Tyrese Maxey

15. Portland Trail Blazers - Josh Green, F

Josh Green

16. Orlando Magic - Tyrell Terry, G

Tyrell Terry

17. Minnesota Timberwolves - Cole Anthony, G

Cole Anthony

18. Boston Celtics (Via Memphis) - Kira Lewis Jr., G

Kira Lewis Jr

19. Dallas Mavericks - RJ Hampton, G

RJ Hampton Slam Summer Classic 2018 Getty

20. Milwaukee Bucks (Via Indiana) - Patrick Williams, F

Patrick Williams

21. Brooklyn Nets (Via Philadelphia) - Robert Woodard II, F

Robert Woodard

22. Denver Nuggets (Via Houston) - Theo Maledon

Theo Maledon

23. Philadelphis 76ers (Via Oklahoma City) - Jahmi'us Ramsey, G


24. Miami Heat - Precious Achiuwa, C

Precious Achiuwa

25. Utah Jazz - Jalen Smith, C

Jalen Smith

26. Oklahoma City Thunder (Via Denver) - Jaden McDaniels, F

Jaden McDaniels

27. Boston Celtics - Isaiah Stewart, C

isaiah Stewart

28. New York Knicks (Via Los Angeles) - Tyler Bey, F

Tyler Bey

29. Toronto Raptors - Devon Dotson, G

Devon Dotson

30. Los Angeles Lakers - Cassius Winston, G

Cassius Winstons

31. Boston Celtics (Via Milwaukee) - Daniel Oturu, C

Daniel Oturo

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