Welcome to the Bulls On Tap 2020 NBA Mock Draft! As the real deal approaches on November 18th, we’ll be predicting who we think each team will draft at their respective picks. Today’s edition covers the entire second round, the second installment will encompass picks 16-30 in the first round, and the final edition will wrap things up with the top 15 overall selections. Let’s jump right in.
31. DAL: Leandro Bolmaro, SG, Barcelona
Like many international players, there are several question marks surrounding Bolmaro. The Argentine did not play a vital role offensively for Barcelona, one of the best teams in Europe. Bolmaro is able to see the floor well at 6-foot-7 and averages a fair number of assists without seeing much of the ball. Defensively, Bolmaro is very versatile, guarding point guards all the way through to a stretch four. He would greatly bolster a Mavericks defense that ranked 22nd in defensive rating.
32. CHA: Paul Reed, PF, DePaul
Charlotte simply needs to add talent. After probably picking a guard with the third overall selection in this draft, the Hornets will go bigger but will stay on the path that leads them to talent. Reed is an excellent defender, as he averaged 2.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game last season. His shooting can certainly improve, but he did put up average numbers in that area so there is an offensive foundation to work from.
33. MIN: Xavier Tillman, PF, Michigan St.
The T-Wolves may want to add to their earlier pick and to their three/stretch four positions. Minnesota’s earlier selections will most likely be highly offensive-oriented. A Tillman pickup would match that on the defensive side, as he was the defensive anchor for Michigan State. Furthermore, he can space the floor. While he’s not the best shooter, he does make good decisions with the ball in his hands. All in all, however, Tillman brings defense, which is something Minnesota certainly needs.
34. PHI: Jordan Nwora, SF, Louisville
Nwora would improve Philly on the offensive side of the ball. He provides size and athleticism and is a very good shooter from long-range. Another player who can space the floor would greatly help Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Nwora can improve defensively, which would be the expectation while working with a Philly team that is sound in that area.
35. SAC: Cassius Stanley, SG, Duke
The Kings are in desperate need of athletic wingers and solid defensive players. Stanley fits both of those qualifications. He will provide some additional perimeter defense to help protect against drives to the middle of the floor. Stanley can also provide De’Aaron Fox with some athletic help in transition. The Duke product will need to improve his offense if he wants to stay in the league long-term, however.
36. PHI: Daniel Oturu, C, Minnesota
I believe Oturu may be one of the more underrated players in this draft when we look back on it in a few years. He can score in the paint, as he averaged nearly 22 points per game at Minnesota. He has a decent jump shot, although it can be improved upon. What I’m most interested in seeing is if and how he fits into the team with Embiid on the floor. If they click, I believe they can be a great 1-2 punch for years to come.
37. WAS: Malachi Flynn, PG, San Diego St.
Flynn is another player who may be severely underrated. He was set to be a sure first-rounder if he entered the draft after his last year at Washington State, but a lack of significant improvement after a transfer year and his junior season have caused him to slide down in this point-guard heavy draft. However, with John Wall coming off an Achilles injury and Bradley Beal potentially being traded, the Wizards will be looking for a backup guard to come in and perform. Flynn’s size is a major question mark as he only stands at 6-foot-1.
38. NYK: Zeke Nnaji, PF, Arizona
Nnaji adds to the Knicks’ frontcourt after their earlier pick. The Arizona product is a great rebounder and possesses stellar athleticism. However, Nnaji is a much better decision-maker than other players with similar traits, which can help the Knicks spread the floor. He does need to bulk up a bit as he’s slightly smaller than the average NBA center but not agile enough to guard small forwards and stretch four players.
39. NOP: Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona
If Jrue Holiday is traded, the Pelicans will be looking for primary ball-handlers. Lonzo Ball isn’t the answer in the long-term and Mannion could fill that role. Is Nico the answer at point guard for the next decade? Probably not. But he certainly has the ability to provide consistency on the offensive side of the ball and be a plus-defender, just like a J.J. Barea.
40. MEM: Elijah Hughes, SF, Syracuse
The Grizzlies will most likely be a perennial playoff team over the next 5-7 years as they essentially have four of their five starting spots filled with long-term answers. The small forward spot is the only question mark due to Justise Winslow’s injury history. Elijah Hughes fits the bill perfectly in that role. However, he will need to prove he can shoot the ball more consistently. Furthermore, playing at Syracuse means he rarely played man-to-man defense, something that is frequently employed in the NBA.
41. SAS: Jaden McDaniels, F, Washington
McDaniels is known for his raw but high potential. However, after an inconsistent freshman year at Washington, it is unsure whether or not McDaniels will grow into that potential. At times, he looks like a player with great measurements using his length on the floor and doing a little bit of everything. If he can grow into that, then he can become one of the steals in this interesting draft.
42. NOP: Udoka Azubuike, C, Kansas
The Pelicans are one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA. Azubuike offers solid depth at the center position as Jaxson Hayes looks to step into the starting role. The Kansas product is a bruiser down low, as he managed over ten rebounds per game and over 2.5 blocks per game in college. He is a more traditional big and has had injuries issues, but the talent is there.
43. SAC: Markus Howard, PG, Marquette
Markus Howard was one of the best scorers in college basketball for Marquette last season. He possesses the ability to score in the paint and as a three-point shooter as well. Howard’s biggest knock is his size, as he stands at just 5-foot-11. The Kings do not have much depth at the position, so Howard can be similar to their 2017 second-round pick, Frank Mason, who served them well for two years before parting ways with the team.
44. CHI: Killian Tillie, PF, Gonzaga
Killian Tillie is a modern-day stretch big man. He does not offer much on defense as a traditional big man, but he can play perimeter defense pretty well. Tillie can also be a great option to catch and shoot or to open up the lane by being out on the perimeter. He is very similar to a Ryan Anderson type of skillset.
45. ORL: Robert Woodard II, SF, Mississippi State
Robert Woodard II has solid three-and-D potential as he developed his shooting as a sophomore at Mississippi State by hitting 42% from the perimeter. He also managed to average just over a steal and a block per contest. Woodard is similar in play-style to Orlando’s Jonathan Isaac, and he can learn how to grow into that type of player in Orlando with Isaac.
46. POR: Cassius Winston, PG, Michigan State
Cassius Winston is a four-year starter out of Michigan State who is a good scorer and defender at the guard position. Portland needs more depth at the point guard position, as second-year guard Anfernee Simons has been struggling. Winston can provide a spark off the bench as a quality scorer with experience.
47. BOS: Kenyon Martin Jr., SF, IMG Academy
Kenyon Martin Jr. is one of the biggest mysteries in this draft. After finishing his post-grad season, Martin decided to pass up college for the NBA. Martin put together an excellent season in which he averaged around 20 points, eight rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. However, this was at the high school level. Given who his father is, he is worth a shot and the Celtics can afford to take big swings.
48. GSW: Abdoulaye N’Doye, SG, Cholet
Abdoulaye N’Doye has great length with a 7-foot-3 wingspan. For a guard that is very long, he can fill the point guard position on offense and guard multiple positions on defense. Golden State could use a lengthy guard who can play solid defense. N’Doye is still raw, but Golden State is an ideal organization to breed prospects in a winning culture.
49. PHI: Myles Powell, SG, Seton Hall
Myles Powell can score, drive to the basket well, and find the hoop. He will need to develop more on defense to become a more complete player, however. Powell also needs to work on his perimeter shooting, as that is one of the 76ers biggest needs. Improvement in that area will be a key if Powell wants to see more minutes on a playoff team.
50. ATL: Nick Richards, C, Kentucky
The Atlanta Hawks need more depth at the big man position. Richards can provide just that while protecting the paint more effectively than their current centers. Richards plays an old-school center role as a bruiser in the paint on both ends. As the Hawks are young and struggling, Richards can play a decent role and see some actual minutes despite being a late second-round pick.
51. GSW: Isaiah Joe, SG Arkansas
Nothing says Golden State basketball better than a player who threw up ten three-point attempts per 36 minutes. Joe is a great shooter off the dribble and his numbers exemplify that — 42.9% from two, 37.8% from three, and 82.7% from the free-throw line. The Warriors would have the perfect fit for a next-man-up scenario if a Splash Brother goes on the injured list for a period of time.
52. SAC: Jay Scrubb, SG, Trinity High School (Louisville, Kentucky)
With already having De’Aron Fox in transition, Jay Scrubb could be a great addition to complement the Kings’ offensive attack. His comp is somewhere in the ballpark of Terrance Ross. He would fit in as a rotational piece that would help when the Kings need that extra push in transition and they call upon their bench. Scrubb’s build gives him a shot at being a solid defender, but he needs to be coached up on positioning and rotations to make him useful at both ends of the floor.
53. OKC: Payton Pritchard, PG, Oregon
With OKC going into tank/rebuild mode, Pritchard is a solid guy to be considered as a leader and foundation piece. While his stat line from his four years at Oregon is stellar, he also is the Pac-12 record holder for minutes played. This experience will help ease his path to the NBA and earn himself a leadership role faster. He is a three-point sharpshooter and a facilitator, which would slot him in as a backup PG in most lineups. He could have the potential to break out and play an even bigger role, however.
54. IND: Skylar Mays, SG, LSU
Skylar Mays is not on most people’s draft boards but he could easily be one of the sleeper candidates in the latter stages of the second round. Mayes played all four years at LSU. He began as the point guard and floor general but then transitioned to a combo guard. His ability to play on- and off-ball paired with sound defensive skills makes him versatile to any backcourt rotation. As Victor Oladipo’s future with the Pacers up in the air, this may be a good pick to shore up a potential gap or add to the rotational depth.
55. BKN: Mason Jones, SG, Arkansas
With Brooklyn having Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as the star power in their lineup, they will need depth pieces and three-point shooters to spread the floor. Mason Jones is excellent beyond the arc, as he shot 35% from three. He had phases where he would find a hot streak and become practically unguardable. This wasn’t always consistent, however. He makes up for being streaky by being able to draw fouls and shoot at an 82% clip from the free-throw line.
56. CHA: Nate Hinton, SG, Houston
Over the past few years, Charlotte has developed a young backcourt with some strong potential. If the Hornets have a plan to fill out their frontcourt and Hinton is still on the board, this pick would be an avenue to add a depth piece who is elite on the defensive end. All his defensive metrics are well above average and he is an elite rebounder for being a SG/SF, as he averaged 8.7 boards per game. He lacks on the offensive end, but he is still young as he just finished his sophomore season. Hinton will likely be viewed as a raw prospect that could be a project for someone on the offensive end.
57. LAC: Devon Dotson, PG, Kansas
After the Clippers’ loss in Game 7 of the WCF, it was apparent they were a piece or two away from being a Finals team. A player with lightning speed like Dotson could help put them over the top. He was one of the leaders on a Kansas team that was projected as the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament last year. His slashing ability will keep defenses on their toes and his shooting ability is good enough to the point where the defense has to still play up on him. He is even projected in the first round of some mock drafts.
58. PHI: Ty-Shon Alexander, PG, Creighton
Alexander, a three-and-D guard, would be a nice fit for the Sixers. Shooting 38% from three in his last two years shows he is established and the mechanics on his shot are flawless even with a high volume of attempts. He is a smart defender and solid on the glass but not necessarily a physical force.
59. TOR: Lamar Stevens, SF, Penn State
Stevens spent his four years at Penn State slowly elevating the program to becoming a force in the Big Ten. Before the COVID-19 stoppage, Penn State was slated to make its first tournament appearance since 2011. As a combo forward and having a 6-foot-8, 230 lb frame, Stevens is a great option in the post and on the dribble. His athleticism should be enough to earn him a chance on an NBA roster. Toronto’s bench would get bigger and more versatile with this pick.
60. NOP: Malik Fitts, PF, St. Mary’s
Fitts is another swing forward. Although he excels in the low post, he still has the capability to catch and shoot from behind the arc. In transition, Fitts is described as a freight train. Pairing Fitts with Zion Williamson would make the Pelicans a force to be reckoned with in transition.
That will wrap things up for Part 1 of Bulls On Tap crew’s 2020 NBA Mock Draft. Check back for a rundown of the first round in the coming days.
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