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Wendell Moore, Jr. SF-Duke, NBA Draft Prospect Snapshot

Moore’s ball handling in transition leads to easy scoring opportunities for the Blue Devils. It is a big reason why the 11-game starter begins the 2020-21 campaign as a preseason All-ACC selection.

Dating back to his days as a prep level star with Cox Mill High School (N.C.), he has been a clutch player. In fact, he won back-to-back state finals MVP honors for the Chargers.

Moore (pictured) posted 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 113-101 double overtime loss to Wake Forest on February 25, 2020.

The former five-star wing has the frame to dribble-drive left or right and pull-up over defenders from the baselines. In the open floor, he uses his body to lean into defenders while creating space for himself. His deft euro steps often attack the opposite shoulder of opponents while going up strong to the cup.

Keyontae Johnson SF-Florida, NBA Draft Prospect Snapshot

Johnson’s best contest in 2019-20 was his double-double performance versus LSU on February 26th. In terms of consistency, he impresses with his ability to crash the boards despite just standing a tad over 6-foot-5 (7.1 RPG as a sophomore).

Johnson’s offensive efficiency (54.4-percent FG) makes him an intriguing prospect for NBA teams due to his skill on both ends of the floor. In fact, he posted two or more steals in 11 contests a year ago, including an eye-opening total of four versus Providence in the 2019 Orange Bowl Classic.

His aggressiveness serves as both a positive and negative. Despite not fouling out of any contests as a sophomore, he had 11 games with four or more fouls in 2019-20. This came one season after fouling out of two games as a freshman.

DraftNasty’s 2020 NBA Draft Recap: Pick-by-Pick

SelectionPlayer/PositionSchoolDRAFTNASTY TAKE
Round 1 Pick 1: Minnesota TimberwolvesAnthony Edwards/ Shooting GuardGeorgiaEdwards was the best player on our board and should be an instant upgrade at the shooting guard position for Minnesota.
Round 1 Pick 2: Golden State WarriorsJames Wiseman/Center-PFMemphisOne thing the Warriors didn’t have during their championship runs was a center with this much raw talent. He should take the rebounding load off of Draymond Green.
Round 1 Pick 3: Charlotte HornetsLaMelo Ball/ Point GuardAustralianAs point guards continue to get bigger and stronger, the Hornets add their own version of the modern guard.
Round 1 Pick 4: Chicago BullsPatrick Williams/ForwardFlorida StateHead coach Billy Donovan has valued scrappy undersized big men in the past like Udonis Haslem (Florida), Williams fits the mold.
Round 1 Pick 5: Cleveland CavaliersIsaac Okoro/Small ForwardAuburnCleveland grabs a defensive specialist who doesn’t need a bevy of offensive touches. He reminds us of a young Jimmy Butler coming out of Marquette.
Round 1 Pick 6: Atlanta HawksOnyeka Okongwu/ ForwardUSCThe Hawks finished dead last in points allowed (119.7 per game) last season, Okongwu should improve that figure with his energy alone.
Round 1 Pick 7: Detroit PistonsKillian Hayes/ Point GuardFrenchAs we predicted here at DraftNasty, the Pistons select Killian Hayes to pair with fellow countryman Sekou Doumbouya.
Round 1 Pick 8: New York KnicksObi Toppin/ForwardDaytonNew York needed a marquee prospect, Toppin has the offensive game to help RJ Barrett lead the rebuild.
Round 1 Pick 9: Washington WizardsDeni Avdija/ WingIsraeliWashington sticks to their M.O. of choosing international players in the first round. His versatility will help the Wizards in the frontcourt.
Round 1 Pick 10: Phoenix SunsJalen Smith/Forward MarylandThe Suns get a 3-and-D prospect, who doesn’t need to touch the ball on every possession as Chris Paul and Devin Booker will handle the bulk of the ball-handling.
Round 1 Pick 11: San Antonio SpursDevin Vassell II/WingFlorida StateSan Antonio gets a two-way player, who is a deadly corner shooter (a staple in the Spurs offense).
Round 1 Pick 12: Sacramento KingsTyrese Haliburton/ GuardIowa StateHaliburton can take some pressure off of Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox, both of whom aren’t long term guarantees to stay in Sacramento
Round 1 Pick 13: New Orleans PelicansKira Lewis, Jr./Point GuardAlabamaExpect the Pelicans moves to continue as they currently have Eric Bledsoe, Lonzo Ball, Lewis Jr. and George Hill on the roster at point guard.
Round 1 Pick 14: Boston CelticsAaron Nesmith/ WingVanderbiltThe former Vanderbilt wing should provide a scoring punch off the bench for the Celtics, who already feature a roster full of talented wings.
Round 1 Pick 15: Orlando MagicCole Anthony/Point GuardNorth CarolinaOur mock draft stated the Magic needed some offensive scoring from the guard position, with Lewis Jr. off the board, Anthony was a solid option (averaged 18.5 PPG).
Round 1 Pick 16: Detroit Pistons (From Portland)Isaiah Stewart/PF-CenterWashingtonDetroit gets a big man with an NBA-ready frame, who brings a physical presence that the Pistons lacked in 2019.
Round 1 Pick 17: Minnesota Timberwolves (From Brooklyn)Aleksej Pokuševski/ ForwardSerbianThe youngest eligible player in the draft has a polished game that belies his age (18 years old).
Round 1 Pick 18: Dallas MavericksJosh Green/ Shooting GuardArizonaGreen is a two-way prospect that will help Dallas on the perimeter with his athleticism.
Round 1 Pick 19: Detroit Pistons (From Brooklyn)Saddiq Bey/ Small ForwardVillanovaThe Pistons select a willing defender and a do it all prospect who should be able to contribute sooner rather than later.
Round 1 Pick 20: Miami HeatPrecious Achiuwa/ Power ForwardMemphisAchiuwa's effort and energy will fit right in with the Heat, who are in need of power forward help behind Bam Adebayo.
Round 1 Pick 21: Philadelphia 76ers (From OKC)Tyrese Maxey/GuardKentuckyAs we mentioned in our scouting report, Maxey would fair best with a taller point guard and there isn’t one taller than Ben Simmons.
Round 1 Pick 22: Denver Nuggets (From Houston)Zeke Nnaji/ Power Forward/ CenterArizonaNnaji is a developmental prospect, who could spell Nikola Jokic off the bench down the road.
Round 1 Pick 23: Minnesota Timberwolves (From New York)Leandro Bolmaro/ Small ForwardArgentinianBolmaro fits the mold of a draft and stash player but the versatility of his game is a reason to like him as a prospect.
Round 1 Pick 24: Denver Nuggets (From Milwaukee)R.J. Hampton/ Shooting GuardAustralianAt this spot in the draft, Hampton was the best available prospect. Denver has created a culture of cultivating young talent, this is a good landing spot for Hampton.
Round 1 Pick 25: New York Knicks (From OKC)Immanuel Quickley/ GuardKentuckyQuickley shot 42% from the 3-point line last season, his shooting should immediately improve the Knicks floor spacing.
Round 1 Pick 26: Boston CelticsPayton Pritchard/ Point GuardOregonThe steady 22-year-old prospect will bring a mature game to the Celtics roster.
Round 1 Pick 27: Utah Jazz (From LAC)Udoka Azubuike/ CenterKansasAzubuike gives the Jazz a more traditional center behind Rudy Gobert.
Round 1 Pick 28: Minnesota Timberwolves (From LAL)Jaden McDaniels/ForwardWashington The former consensus five-star recruit will join a crowded wing position in Minnnesota. His length and shot blocking prowess impressed scouts.
Round 1 Pick 29: Toronto RaptorsMalachi Flynn/ Point GuardSan Diego StateIn our mock draft, we had Toronto taking a smaller point guard with a high basketball IQ in Stanford's Tyrell Terry. Flynn also fits this mold.
Round 1 Pick 30: Memphis Grizzlies (From Boston)Desmond Bane/ GuardTCUBane is a career 43% 3 point shooter. Memphis has a young nucleus in Ja Morant, Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. that can attack defenses on all three levels.
Round 2 Pick 1: Dallas Mavericks (From Golden State)Tyrell Terry/ Point GuardStanfordLook for Terry to take some ball handling pressure off Luka Doncic if he makes the opening day roster similar to Trey Burke's role in the NBA bubble.
Round 2 Pick 2: Charlotte Hornets (From Cleveland)Vernon Carey, Jr./CenterDukeCarey Jr. is a throwback big man, and it will be interesting to see how his back to the basket game translates to the next level.
Round 2 Pick 3: Los Angeles Clippers (From Minnesota)Daniel Oturu/CenterMinnesotaThe Clippers have a roster ready to compete now and Oturu is one of the more polished players in this class.
Round 2 Pick 4: Oklahoma City Thunder (From Philadelphia)Theo Maledon/ GuardFrenchMaledon can do a little bit of everything on the court but will have to improve his shooting splits in order to crack the rotation.
Round 2 Pick 5: Memphis Grizzlies (From Sacramento)Xavier Tillman/PF-CenterMichigan StateIn Memphis, Tillman will be reunited in the frontcourt with his former college teammate Jaren Jackson Jr., the two should be a force to reckon with on defense and in transition.
Round 2 Pick 6: Dallas Mavericks (From Philadelphia)Tyler Bey/ WingColoradoBey is a slasher, who could learn a lot from Dallas' Dorian Finney-Smith, who has created a niche as a former undrafted prospect.
Round 2 Pick 7: Oklahoma City Thunder (From Washington)Vít Krejčí/ Point GuardCzech RepublicKrejci is a 6'8 point guard, who has room to fill out his frame. His ability to get to the rim is his calling card.
Round 2 Pick 8: Detroit Pistons (From Utah)Saben Lee/ Point GuardVanderbiltLee has the potential to stick at the next level, he got better year after year in virtually every statistical category for the Commodores.
Round 2 Pick 9: Utah Jazz (From New Orleans)Elijah Hughes/ Small ForwardSyracuseHughes is a tough shot taker and a tough shot maker. Look for him to spend some time on a two-way contract because of the crowded field of forwards in Utah.
Round 2 Pick 10: Sacramento Kings (From Memphis)Robert Woodard II/ WingMississippi StateWoodard II will help to make his name by running the floor and hitting open shots for his guards that can get in the lane. It will be interesting to see if he can move from his normal shooting guard position to a forward slot.
Round 2 Pick 11: San Antonio SpursTre Jones/Point GuardDukeJones played a lot of minutes in his two years at Duke and fits the Spurs culture of acquiring high basketball IQ prospects.
Round 2 Pick 12: Charlotte Hornets (From New Orleans)Nick Richards/ CenterKentuckyGeneral manager Mitch Kupchak still believes in throwback centers, look for Richards and Carey Jr. to compete for a backup spot.
Round 2 Pick 13: Sacramento KingsJahmi'us Ramsey/ Shooting GuardTexas TechRamsey is a bit undersized for the two guard position (6'4") in today's NBA, his ball handling and shooting will have to propel him if he hopes to stick in the pros.
Round 2 Pick 14: Chicago Bulls (From Memphis)Marko Simonović/ CenterMontenegroSimonovic is young (20 years old) but has experience in the overseas circuit, look for him to be a draft and stash prospect.
Round 2 Pick 15: Milwaukee Bucks (From Orlando)Jordan Nwora/ Small ForwardLouisvilleNwora got better year over year at Louisville and can rebound from his position. If he can continue his offensive efficency then he has a chance to succeed at the next level.
Round 2 Pick 16: Portland Trail BlazersC.J. Elleby/ Shooting GuardWashington StateElleby could've benefited from another year of college, he will have to find consistency in his shooting splits.
Round 2 Pick 17: Boston Celtics (From Brooklyn)Yam Madar/ Point GuardIsraeliMadar will have to get a little stronger but he is someone who will compete on defense, which could give him an edge.
Round 2 Pick 18: Golden State Warriors (From Dallas)Nico Mannion/ Point GuardArizonaMannion in time could take over that backup point guard role in Golden State, his midrange game and shooting touch around the rim is similar to an older Shaun Livingston.
Round 2 Pick 19: Philadelphia 76ersIsaiah Joe/ Shooting GuardArkansasJoe could make the opening day roster for a team that is in desperate need of outside shooting (38% 3 point shooter in college)
Round 2 Pick 20: Atlanta Hawks (From Miami)Skylar Mays/ Shooting GuardLouisiana StateA four year starter, Mays will have to make this roster with his on the ball defense.
Round 2 Pick 21: Golden State Warriors (From Utah)Justinian Jessup/ WingBoise StateJessup will spend the start of his career overseas but his shooting and size could help the Warriors who will have to find help to compensate for Klay Thompson's season ending Achilles injury.
Round 2 Pick 22: Sacramento Kings (From Houston)Kenyon Martin Jr./ WingIMG AcademyA tad shorter prospect than his father (6'7" as opposed to 6'9") but his explosiveness is impressive. He will have to show that he can shoot at the next level.
Round 2 Pick 23: Washington Wizards (From OKC)Cassius Winston/Point GuardMichigan StateWinston should be able to compete for a backup point guard role behind John Wall. This could be a good fit as head coach Scott Brooks was an undersized guard himself.
Round 2 Pick 24: Indiana PacersCassius Stanley/WingDukeA prospect that can literally jump out of the gym, Stanley has the tools to make it at the next level but will need more reps. He will probably start in the G League.
Round 2 Pick 25: Los Angeles Clippers (From Brooklyn Nets)Jay Scrubb/ WingJohn A. Logan (JUCO)Scrubb showed he can make plays in the pick and roll at the JUCO level. If he can continue to rebound at his size, it would be a boost to his longterm prospects at the next level.
Round 2 Pick 26: Charlotte Hornets (From Boston)Grant Riller/ GuardCollege of CharlestonFor a team with a bevy of young guards, Riller brings experience as he spent five years total at the College of Charleston.
Round 2 Pick 27: Brooklyn Nets (From LAC)Reggie Perry/ Power ForwardMississippi StateThe former McDonald's All American is heavily decorated and will have a chance to make this opening day roster off his ability to rebound.
Round 2 Pick 28: Philadelphia 76ers (From LAL)Paul Reed/ ForwardDePaulWe had Reed as a first rounder, his game will remind fans of Montrezl Harrell, who Doc Rivers coached in Los Angeles.
Round 2 Pick 29: Toronto RaptorsJalen Harris/ Shooting GuardNevadaHarris could be an intriguing prospect if he can show he can handle the ball at the next level.
Round 2 Pick 30: Milwaukee Bucks (From New Orleans)Sam Merrill/ Shooting GuardUtah StateMerrill in time could be a scoring option off the bench to replace Donte Divincenzo and Kyle Korver.

2020 NBA Draft Preview: Obi Toppin 6’9 220 F- Dayton


What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths):
Athletic. Willing passer from the post (Kansas ‘19). Toppin is very engaged in offensive sets and moves well without the ball. His three years at Dayton made him a seasoned player. Gets easy buckets at the rim before expanding his range (Miss. State ‘18). Runs the floor and manufactures points in transition when his shot isn’t falling. Excellent body control. Makes passes with his off hand while in the air avoiding defenders.  Productive weak side shot blocker.

Weaknesses: What is his positional fit defensively? Lateral quickness was a problem for him. Looks stiff when in his defensive stance.  He was posted up and struggled against Kansas center Udoka Azubuike. The Jayhawks actually attacked him late in the game and targeted him through isolation off pick and rolls or post-ups. FT shooting percentage is troublesome as opposed to other shooting splits. 

Other Notes: Attended four high schools: Heritage (Fl.), Melbourne Central Catholic (Fl.), Ossining (NY), Mt. Zion Prep (Md.).Redshirted his freshman season at Dayton after being deemed academically ineligible.  • 2x First Team All Atlantic 10 (2019, 2020), Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (2020), National Player of the Year (2020)Brother, Jacob, plays college basketball for Kentucky. • 2018-2019 (33 games, 15 sts): 14.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.8 AST, 66% FG, 71% FT, 52% 3-PT, 0.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG  • 2019-2020 (31 games, 31 sts): 20 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.2 APG, 63% FG, 70% FT, 39% 3-PT, 1.0 SPG, 1.2 BPG • Career:  17.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 65% FG, 70% FT, 42% 3-PT, 0.8 SPG, 1.0 BPG

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): Like many prospects, Toppin will have to be selected into the right situation to flourish. In an ideal scenario offensively, Toppin would be paired with shooters that can spread the floor. This would allow him to use his athleticism unabated around the rim. Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce is defensive- minded and has a roster full of young shooters like Kevin Huerter and Trae Young. On the other end a marriage between him and a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves -who lack shooting and defense- would concern me when trying to project Toppin’s NBA prospects.

2020 NBA Draft Preview: Devin Vassell 6’6 180 SG/SF- Florida State

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Long arms. Stride covers ground. Has the frame to add more muscle. Plays stronger than he looks at first glance. Solid offensive rebounder. Effective slasher going to the rim (Florida ‘19). Most effective in the corners, where he can back cut to the basket or be the recipient of a drive and kick for jumpers. Defensively, he’s long enough that he doesn’t have to jump on a ball fake to contest a shot (Louisville ‘20). Uses his length to disrupt passing angles. Can also front the big in the post. 

Weaknesses:  What more can he add to his offensive arsenal? Vassell wasn’t a high volume scorer at FSU, nor was he asked to be, but as a projected high pick, he might be asked to cover more of the offensive burden in the NBA. He averaged just four points in his freshman season and 12.7 in his sophomore campaign. Release on his jumper is slow and a bit elongated. Could improve his free throw shooting. 

Other Notes: Attended Peachtree Ridge High School (Ga.) • Father, Andrew, played college basketball at Stony Brook • 2018-2019 (33 games, 0 sts): 4.5 PPG, 44% FG,  42% 3-PT, 68 % FT,  1.5 RPG,  0.6 APG,  0.5 STL, 0.3 BPG • 2019-2020 (30 games, 30 sts, 2nd Team All-ACC): 12.7 PPG, 49% FG, 42% 3-PT, 73% FT, 5.1 RPG,  1.6 APG,  1.4 STL, 1.0 BPG • Career stats: 8.4 PPG, 48% FG, 42% 3-PT, 72% FT,  3.2 RPG,  1.1 APG, 1.0 STL, 0.6 BPG

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): Vassell’s frame and unorthodox jump shot is reminiscent of former Wizards first round draft pick, Otto Porter. Like Porter, Vassell’s best fit will be in offense that pre-defines his role. Spurs head coach and team president Gregg Popovich has had success taking players with length who can operate in the corners of an offensive set. Vassell would fit the mold and provides some positional versatility for a team with aging wings such as Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli.

2020 NBA Draft Preview: Patrick Williams 6’8 225 F- Florida State

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Carries an NBA frame. Moves his feet well on the perimeter when playing defense and can also serve as a rim protector (Florida ‘19).  Has a lethal second jump that make up for his lack of ideal height. Provides some lineup flexibility. Can defend both of the forward positions. Shot 32-percent from the three- point line in limited attempts. Excellent free throw shooter.  Drives to the hoop with both hands.

Weaknesses: Williams didn’t start a game for FSU this past season and averaged just 22 minutes a game. The Seminoles were talent-laden and didn’t ask for Williams to ever be a focal point in the offense. What will be his offensive niche at the next level? This is a player who scouts will have to make a projection on in the future rather than rely on game film. 

Other Notes:

  • Attended West Charlotte High School (NC) and played in the Jordan Brand Classic Game in 2019
  • Named the 2019-20 ACC Sixth Man of the Year and earned ACC All-Freshman honors
  • The third one-and-done in the school’s history: Malik Beasley and Jonathan Isaac were the others
  • Both parents, Janie and Eddie, played basketball at Johnson C. Smith University
  • 2019-2020 (29 games, 0 sts): 9.2 PPG, 46% FG, 84% FT, 4.0 RPG,  1.0 APG, 1.0 BPG, 1.0 SPG

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary):

Williams plays with a nastiness and a competitive spirit that allows him to overcome his match ups with taller players. In an ideal world, the freshman forward would have played more minutes than he did as a Seminole. Williams’ willingness to crash the glass and his above average shooting mechanics should serve him well early in his career as he carves out a role in an NBA rotation. 

2020 NBA Draft Preview: Xavier Tillman 6’8 245 PF/C-Michigan State

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Shed more than 20 pounds from his freshman season. Played both the PF and center positions in school. Excellent passer out of the short roll and in 4-on-3 offensive situations. Defensively, he can guard wings and big men in the post (vs. Luka Garza, Iowa ‘20). Improved year after year in minutes played, blocks per game, rebounds and points per game.  

Weaknesses: Will miss layups and dunks on occasion (Wisconsin ‘20). Scouts will question how well he can finish at the rim at the next level.  Undersized for the power forward and center position at the next level. Can he overcome his physical limitations? Shot just 27.3% from three- point range during his three-year career in East Lansing. Saw his free throw percentage dip from 73% in his sophomore season to 66% as a junior. 

Other Notes:

  • Attended Forest Hills Central High School for his freshman year and for his last three years attended Grand Rapids Christian High School
  • Mother, Tanya, was a four-year letterwinner in women’s basketball at the University of Michigan and finished her career as the school’s all-time leading rebounder
  • Named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2020 and the Big Ten’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2019
  • Michigan State’s all-time leader in blocked shots
  • 2017-2018 (35 games, 0 sts): 2.8 PPG, 65% FG, 66% FT, 2.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.7 BPG
  • 2018-2019 (39 games, 14 sts):  10 PPG, 60% FG, 73% FT, 7.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.7 BPG
  • 2019-2020 (31 games, 31 sts): 13.7 PPG, 55% FG, 67% FT, 10.3 RPG, 3 APG, 2.1 BPG
  • Career:  8.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.6 AST, 58% FG, 69% FT, 1.5 BPG

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): College basketball fans could see why former Spartan and current Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green allowed Xavier Tillman to wear his now retired number 23 Michigan State jersey.  Both players contain high basketball IQs and compete with intensity on both ends of the floor.

The maturity served the Grand Rapids native well, as he was usually tasked with quarterbacking the defense and handling the opposition’s toughest frontcourt player. Look for Tillman to be a contributor for a playoff team in the mid-to-late first round. His toughness and conditioning will remind hoops enthusiasts of Udonis Haslem and Tillman’s makeup would pair well in Miami under the leadership of Pat Riley. 

2020 NBA Draft Preview: Tre Jones 6’3 185 PG-Duke

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): The ACC Player of the Year put together a solid sophomore campaign that was spearheaded by his defense. Big game player. Jones took it to fellow 2020 NBA Draft point guard prospects: Devon Dotson (Kansas), Cassius Winston (MSU), Cole Anthony (UNC) as he led his team to a 4-0 record vs. the trio. Against the three, Jones averaged 21 points and had a near 3:1 assist-to- turnover ratio. Jones offensively does his best work out of the Blue Devils “horns” set, where he operates with two players up top and two in the corner. He is capable of making the right read in the pick and roll as well as pulling up in the midrange (UCF ‘19, 1st Half ). Defensively, his length bothers opposing guards (averaged just under two steals per game for his career). Jones’ feet and arms are always in motion, which leads to deflections.

Weaknesses: Jones saw his three-point shooting percentage improve from 26% to 36%, was his sophomore numbers indicative of his outside shooting long term or a fluke? Jones is best when setting others up, look at his work a season ago with three lottery picks. If he joins a team with subpar talent does he have the ability to make other players around him better? Jones has good length for the position but it remains to be seen how he handles the more physical NBA point guards with his lean frame.

Other Notes:

  • Attended Apple Valley High School (Mn.) and was a consensus five-star recruit. He was also named Minnesota’ Mr. Basketball
  • He has two older brothers that played college basketball: Tyus and Jadee. Tyus also attended Duke, and now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.  Jadee played at Furman University.
  • 2020 ACC Player of the Year recipient as well as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2018-2019 (36 games, 36 sts): 9.4 PPG, 41% FG, 26% 3-PT, 76% FT, 3.8 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.9 SPG
  • 2019-2020 (29 games, 29 sts): 16.2 PPG, 42% FG, 36% 3-PT, 77% FT, 4.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 1.8 SPG
  • Career stats: 12.4 PPG, 42% FG, 31% 3-PT, 77% FT, 1.8 SPG, 4 RPG, 5.8 APG,

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): Jones played a lot of basketball during his two years at Duke. Despite being just a sophomore, he is one of the more experienced players in the draft. DraftNasty projects Jones being most successful with a team where he can create for others that has talented wings and big men. Look for an organization like the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat or Los Angeles Lakers to target the former Duke point guard at the bottom of the first round. 

2020 NBA Draft Preview: Vernon Carey Jr. 6’10 270 C- Duke

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Carey has wide shoulders and should be able to finish through contact at the next level. On tape, there weren’t other centers that pushed Carey around on the block or looked as strong as he did in the paint. He showed himself well, employing a drop step against Georgetown’s 7-foot center Omer Yurtseven in an early season matchup at Madison Square Garden.  Rebound machine. Averaged almost nine boards in 24 minutes of action. Shows promise with his ability to pass from the elbow (Miami, ‘20). 

Weaknesses: 

Carey is strong but can he play effectively in the NBA at 270 pounds? The Duke center averaged 24 minutes a game and he looked on tape like he could’ve played more if he wasn’t fatigued. It’s no coincidence that Carey scored 26 points and 13 rebounds against Pittsburgh when he played 35 minutes. The more he plays, the more effective a player he is. Left-hand dominant. The Florida native is best as a back to the basket big man, has the modern NBA game passed him by? 

Other Notes:

  • Attended the University School of Nova Southeastern University (Fla.) and  was named Florida’s Mr. Basketball in 2017 and 2018. 
  • Father, Vernon, played offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins
  • Named to the 2019-2020 All ACC Freshman team and was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year
  • 2019-2020 (31 games, 30 sts, Consensus 2nd Team All-American): 17.8 PPG, 58% FG, 38% 3-PT, 67% FT, 8.8 RPG, 1 APG

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary):

Staying in shape and out-hustling the NBA competition will be how Carey survives in the NBA. If the former Duke freshman can perfect running rim-to-rim and sealing the opposing team’s center underneath the basket, he has a chance at a long career. Carey showed he can maneuver from the elbow so there is a possibility he could play some power forward. His game is reminiscent of former Michigan State Spartan Zach Randolph. Randolph enjoyed his best success defensively when paired with a shot blocking center: Theo Ratliff (Portland) and Marc Gasol (Memphis). Carey would benefit equally with rim protection. Right now, it’s hard to find a first round fit for the center.

2020 NBA Draft Preview: Cassius Stanley 6’6 193 SG- Duke

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): 

Cassius Stanley is one of the best leapers in this year’s draft and could be a future NBA Dunk Contest participant. The athleticism shows on tape when he shoots the passing gap for steals and runs on the wing (Central Arkansas, ‘19).  When he gets a chance to set his feet on three-point attempts, he is almost automatic (36% from the three-point arc). Another subtle strength in his game is the ability to make the entry passes into the post and make hard cuts to the basket afterwards for finishes in the lane. Quick healer. Stanley was expected to miss a month in December with a leg injury but missed just one game. 

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Weaknesses: 

What is Stanley’s go to offensive move? Tre Jones was the table-setter at Duke, which meant the Duke shooting guard rarely had a chance to showcase his skills with the ball. Stanley could struggle in the lane if he is met against true seven-foot shot blockers (Georgetown, ‘19). He could aid his game with a consistent floater to complement his high-wire acts. The California native has a smooth shooting stroke but his free throw shooting percentage did not reflect that on a consistent basis (73%).

Other Notes:

  • Attended Harvard-Westlake School and Sierra Canyon School (Calif.). Participated in the Jordan Brand Classic and was a consensus four star recruit. 
  • Registered a 46” vertical jump, breaking former No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson’s Duke vertical jump record of 45”
  • Mother, Tonya, ran track and field at UCLA 
  • Named to the 2019-2020 All-ACC Freshman team 
  • 2019-2020 (29 games, 29 sts): 12.6 PPG, 47% FG, 36% 3-PT, 73% FT, 4.9 RPG, 1 APG

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary):

Stanley could carve out a long NBA career if he can channel his athleticism into becoming a premier lockdown defender. The foot speed is there, but can he play defense consistently with his feet rather than his hands? Offensively, Stanley would be best served with a point guard that can get steals, push the ball and find him on the wing. The Pelicans have three total draft picks and Stanley would fit well with the often underrated Jrue Holiday, who also happened to be in the Top 10 in steals per game this past season. Worth noting, Lonzo Ball is an excellent passer and also finished in the Top 20 in steals per game. Stanley and Zion Willamson would be a nightmare for opposing teams’ transition defenses.