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DraftNasty’s NBA 2020 1st Round Mock Draft

As draft night approaches next month (Nov. 18), DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson takes a look at how he believes the first round will pan out.

Editor’s note: The mock draft doesn’t necessarily reflect the top 30 players on the DraftNasty Big Board but takes a peek into how each individual team will draft based on their need(s).

1. Minnesota Timberwolves- Anthony Edwards 6’5 225 SG- Freshman Georgia 

Anthony Edwards is the most NBA-ready prospect in the draft. Georgia head coach Tom Crean has had success with slashers like Dwyane Wade and Victor Oladipo, Edwards is poised to be the next all-star in that crop. 

2. Golden State Warriors- Lamelo Ball 6’7 181 PG- Australia

An often overlooked player in the Warriors dynasty was Shaun Livingston, as his length and high basketball IQ provided a valuable asset off the bench. Lamelo Ball fits this mold if Golden State opts to keep this pick. 

3. Charlotte Hornets- James Wiseman 7’1 240 C-  Freshman Memphis 

Wiseman (No. 32 pictured) attempted just one three-point shot for the Tigers in three games this past season.

The Hornets have opted for wings like P.J. Washington and Miles Bridges in past drafts. With the emergence of Devonte’ Graham, the Hornets add to their young core with a big man.

4. Chicago Bulls-  Isaac Okoro 6’6 225 SF-  Freshman Auburn 

The Bulls bevy of scoring guards includes Coby White and Zach LaVine. It’s time to get a two-way prospect who could remind scouts of Miami’s Jimmy Butler. 

5. Cleveland Cavaliers- Deni Avdija 6’9 220 SF- Israel 

The Cavaliers have filled out their roster with international talent like Ante Zizic, Cedi Osman and Dante Exum. With the fifth pick, Cleveland adds an all-around offensive weapon from Israel. 

6. Atlanta Hawks- Obi Toppin 6’9 220 F- Sophomore Dayton 

Lloyd Pierce is the coach best suited to improve Toppin’s defensive fundamentals. The Hawks also have the roster to surround the Dayton sophomore with shooters who can spread the floor for his monstrous attacks at the rim. 

7. Detroit Pistons- Killian Hayes 6’4 216 PG- France 

If Hayes is still here, it will be a choice between him, Tyrese Haliburton and Cole Anthony. Seeing as how Detroit seems to be building around a young nucleus which includes Hayes countryman Sekou Doumbouya, look for Hayes to get a long look from the Pistons.

8. New York Knicks- Tyrese Haliburton 6’5 175 PG- Sophomore Iowa State

The Knicks have struggled to find the right point guard in years past with names ranging from Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith, Jr. and Elfrid Payton. Haliburton could become the most offensively gifted of the bunch. 

9. Washington Wizards- Onyeka Okongwu 6’9 245 F- Freshman USC

The Wizards haven’t been athletic in the frontcourt in a long time. Ian Mahinmi, Marcin Gortat and Dwight Howard have patrolled the lane in recent years. Okongwu is a defensive-minded presence, who pairs well with John Wall and his breakneck pace. 

10. Phoenix Suns- Devin Vassell 6’6 185 SG/SF- Sophomore Florida State 

The Suns look to be an up-and-coming team led by guard Devin Booker and center Deandre Ayton. This is an ideal spot for Vassell’s continued development. 

11. San Antonio Spurs- Jalen Smith 6’10 225 F- Sophomore Maryland

Smith is graded as more of a late round talent but the fit is clear with the Spurs. Unlike other lottery teams, San Antonio won’t need Smith to develop immediately and can clearly define his role.

12. Sacramento Kings- Aaron Nesmith 6’6 213 Wing- Sophomore Vanderbilt 

The Kings have a total of six players up for free agency, three of which are shooting guards/ wings. Nesmith could be a spark off the bench and provide a fill in for Buddy Hield if he is traded. 

13. New Orleans Pelicans- Josh Green 6’6 210 SG- Freshman Arizona

Green is a two-way prospect that in time could take the Pelicans’ perimeter defense to the next level. His ability to get out in transition pairs well with their talented wings.

14. Boston Celtics (from Memphis)- Cole Anthony 6’3 190 PG- Freshman North Carolina 

Like they did with Romeo Langford last year at Pick 14, look for Boston to take the best available prospect and have them spend 2021 as a learning year. Anthony could use the time to learn behind incumbent Kemba Walker. 

15. Orlando Magic- Kira Lewis 6’3 165 PG- Sophomore Alabama

The Magic have opted for defense with acquisitions like Mo Bamba, Markelle Fultz and Michael Carter-Williams. It’s time for Orlando to add some scoring punch (Lewis averaged 18 PPG in 2019).

16. Portland Trail Blazers- Patrick Williams  6’8 225 F- Freshman Florida State

Williams was one of the glue players for the ACC Champion Seminoles in 2019-20.

As we saw in the bubble, this team’s achilles heel is defense. Williams would be an instant upgrade and energy player. 

17. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Brooklyn)- Saddiq Bey 6’8 216 F- Sophomore Villanova 

Bey does a little bit of everything and doesn’t need the ball with a roster full of offensive-minded players like Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell.

18. Dallas Mavericks- Tyrese Maxey 6’3 198 G- Freshman Kentucky

Maxey (No. 13 pictured for the Houston Hoops AAU squad in 2018) converted on 83% of his free throw attempts for Kentucky in 2019-20.

Maxey would benefit from being paired with a bigger guard like Luka Doncic. Look for the former Wildcat to be used much like HC Rick Carlisle employed Trey Burke in the bubble.

19. Brooklyn Nets (from Philadelphia)- R.J. Hampton 6’5 181 G-Australia 

The Nets, if healthy, have a roster ready to compete for a championship. With this pick the Nets take the best talent left on the board.

20. Miami Heat- Xavier Tillman 6’8 245 PF/C- Junior Michigan State

Tillman’s toughness was a huge factor for the Spartans over the course of his three-year career.

Tillman fits the Miami Heat culture and could be a long term replacement for Udonis Haslem. His willingness to play defense and crash the glass will be a welcome addition for a team that lacked depth once Bam Adebayo went down with an injury in the 2020 NBA Finals. 

21. Philadelphia 76ers (from OKC)- Vernon Carey 6’10 270 PF/C- Freshman Duke

Doc Rivers is one of the few coaches left that still values traditional big men. Carey could also see early minutes if Joel Embiid is dealt this offseason. 

22. Denver Nuggets (from Houston)- Daniel Oturu 6’10 240 C- Sophomore Minnesota

Minnesota’s Daniel Oturu averaged 2.5 blocked shots per game in 2019-20 for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Oturu can take pressure off of Nikola Jokic to handle the scoring load and provides a boost off the bench. 

23. Utah Jazz- Cassius Winston 6’1 185 PG- Senior Michigan State

With Jordan Clarkson and Emmanuel Mudiay heading for free agency, Quin Snyder selects a point guard that plays in the mold of veteran Mike Conley. 

24. Milwaukee Bucks (from Indiana)- Jahmi’us Ramsey 6’4 195 G- Freshman Texas Tech

The Bucks select Ramsey, a shooter (42-percent from 3-point range), in case Kyle Korver (39 years old) is not retained.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Denver)- Paul Reed Jr. 6’9 220 F- Junior Depaul

Reed Jr. is a defensive anchor and an insurance policy to Nerlens Noel.

26. Boston Celtics- Tyler Bey 6’7 218 G- Junior Colorado 

The Celtics already have a young core, so look for them to take at least one older draft entrant with their plethora of picks, much like they did last year with Grant Williams. 

27. New York Knicks (from Clippers)- Precious Achiuwa 6’9 225 F- Freshman Memphis

After choosing a point guard earlier in the draft, New York takes a chance on an athletic power forward prospect.

28. Los Angeles Lakers- Nico Mannion 6’3 190 G- Freshman Arizona

We saw how instrumental Rajon Rondo was in the Lakers’ championship run. With this pick, Los Angeles adds a developmental playmaker. Mannion averaged 5.3 assists and 2.6 turnovers per game in his lone season with the Wildcats. 

29. Toronto Raptors- Tyrell Terry 6’1 160 G- Freshman Stanford 

This could be a steal for Toronto at this spot. Despite his thin frame, Terry plays with a toughness and IQ that head coach Nick Nurse covets from his guards.

30. Boston Celtics (from Milwaukee)- Jordan Nwora 6’7 225 F- Junior Louisville

Boston has the team already assembled to compete deep into the playoffs. Nwora is a polished ‘tweener, who plays to his strong suits.

2020 NBA Draft Preview: Jalen Smith 6’10 225 F- Maryland

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Three-point shooter. Has NBA size. Consistent presence. Doesn’t force bad shots. Scores most of his points via open threes and layups. Smith was first in the Big Ten and third in the nation with 21 double-doubles in his sophomore year (recorded five in 2019). Strong rebounder. Smith recorded eight offensive rebounds in Maryland’s 2019 NCAA Tournament victory over Belmont. 

Weaknesses: He can be overpowered in the post due to his thin base. Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman used his weight against him and spinned off of him for an easy bucket (MSU ‘20). Not strong enough to guard NBA centers but can he guard power forwards? Lateral movement is a question mark. Needs to expand his offensive skills beyond shooting and dunking. Smith didn’t get much of a chance to show his ability to put the ball on the floor and it ranks as a question mark.

Other Notes: Attended Mt. Saint Joseph (Md.).Won the Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland twice and played in the 2018 McDonald’s All-American GameFirst team All-Big Ten (2020), Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2020), Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2019)  • 2018-2019 (33 games, 33 sts): 11.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49% FG, 66% FT, 27% 3-PT, 0.4 SPG, 1.2 BPG  • 2019-2020 (31 games, 31 sts): 15.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 54% FG, 75% FT, 37% 3-PT, 0.7 SPG, 2.4 BPG • Career:  13.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 52% FG, 71% FT, 32% 3-PT, 0.6 SPG, 1.8 BPG

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): Jalen Smith’s offensive game fits well for the NBA’s new trend of drive and kick basketball. The former Terrapin has excellent length and can finish at the rim. Look for him to compete for a bench spot on a playoff team as he seems like a fit in the bottom of the first round.  His ability to improve his on-ball defense and round out his offensive repertoire will determine his NBA future.

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. 

2020 NBA Draft Preview: Anthony Edwards 6’5 225 SG- Georgia

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths):  Edwards possesses an NBA-ready body for a shooting guard. The Georgia freshman showed the potential to take over games by himself with his scoring (MSU ‘19).  Against the Spartans, Edwards had 33 points in the second half, thanks to an explosive first step which in turn set up his jab step to create space for jumpers. NBA defenders will have to be prepared to stop Edwards left-to-right crossover, one of his signature moves. He is also a willing rebounder and can start the fastbreak once he crashes the glass. His leaping ability not only allows him to get rebounds at a 5.2 per game average, but he also can finish at the rim with the best of them. At his size, he moves in transition with fluid motion.  Defensively, Edwards plays with active hands (Delaware State ‘19) but does fall asleep occasionally off the ball. 

Weaknesses: Edwards can fall in trouble with settling for the three-point shot (29% shooting on 7.7 attempts per game). The Atlanta native had five games with at least 29 points but also had four games where he only scored six points in each game. Can he find a more consistent offensive game at the next level? He will have to improve his decision making even at the off-guard position (2.8 assists-to-2.7 turnover ratio). Not a natural point guard but was asked to play the position at times, which caused indecisiveness.  

Other Notes:

  • Attended Therrell and Holy Spirit Prep High School (Ga.). Participated in the Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All- American game.
  • Wears No. 5 to honor his mother and grandmother who both died on the fifth of the month during an eight-month span when Edwards was in the eighth grade. From then on, he was raised by his siblings.
  • 2019-2020 ( 32 games, 32 sts, SEC Freshman of the Year): 19.1 PPG, 40% FG, 29% 3-PT, 77% FT, 5.2 RPG, 2.8 APG,

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary):

Edwards was coached at Georgia by Tom Crean and his game is reminiscent to some of Crean’s former guards: Victor Oladipo and Dwyane Wade. Oladipo and Wade, however, were grizzled college veterans, and Edwards played just one year in college. The Georgia freshman will have to polish his ball handling abilities and ability to play off the ball in order to garner the same success as the aforementioned NBA All-Star guards. Edwards would be best served paired with a point guard who can take the ball handling responsibilities off of him. In addition, he needs a capable pick-and-roll type of center to play beside him. The Minnesota Timberwolves would be an intriguing option for Edwards at the top of the draft.