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. You can see who we thought would go to each team in Round 2 here:
Today’s edition covers the back half of the first round — picks 16-30. Our final mock draft article will wrap things up with the top 15 overall selections. Let’s jump right in.
16. POR: Patrick Williams, PF, Florida St.
Patrick Williams has skyrocketed up many experts’ mock draft boards as of late. Many predict him going to a team in the top ten, but we think he may drop just below that projection. If that scenario comes to fruition, he would fit well in Portland. The Blazers are talented but weak at the 3/4 spot, which is a position that Williams can fill. Additionally, Portland touted a poor defense last season, as they allowed 120 points per 100 possessions. Williams’ length (7-foot wingspan) and athleticism make him a plus defender both on the perimeter and in the paint. However, he needs to improve his shooting and decision making (0.58 assist-turnover ratio).
17. MIN: Tyler Bey, SF, Colorado
If the T-Wolves end up selecting a guard with their first pick as we predict, they may look to add a player who can shoot and defend and the 2/3 guard positions. Bey fits both of these needs. He’s an extremely efficient scorer with a true shooting percentage of 61.1%. He also shot 42% from the three-point line. Bey has proven he is a plus defender, as exhibited by his .111 defensive win-shares. He also has length standing at 6-foot-7 — and a 7-foot-1 wingspan — which will help Minnesota’s porous perimeter defense. Bey would be a great pickup here for the Wolves.
18. DAL: Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Olympiacos B
Aleksej Pokusevski may be the prospect with the highest ceiling/lowest floor combination. He is 7 feet tall, can dribble and shoot like a guard, and touts plus post moves. However, he is only 200 lbs and lacks the speed and strength to defend quick guards and big men down low. He will also be only 19 years old when the NBA season begins. His talent is there, but it is raw. Overall, Pokusevski is a European unknown, something Dallas has gambled on in the past.
19. BKN: Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama
The comparisons to John Wall and De’Aaron Fox certainly stem from Lewis Jr.’s pace. He’s one of the fastest, if not the fastest, guard coming out of this draft. While there is room for improvement, Lewis Jr. did shoot 46% from the field and 36.6% from beyond the arc. He does need to bulk up a bit, which will help his finishing. Lewis Jr. can help Brooklyn by providing a different gear on offense, taking a load off of Kyrie Irving, and adding some much-needed perimeter defense, especially if they end up losing Spencer Dinwiddie.
20. MIA: R.J. Hampton, PG, New Zealand Breakers
The Heat made the NBA Finals last year but there is room for improvement. Specifically, Miami could use another ball-handler. Jimmy Butler is the #1 option on offense but he is not a true point guard. That is where the Heat could use an extra body, especially if Goran Dragic leaves. Hampton would be a nice fit for the Heat, especially given his professional experience. The Heat culture places high expectations on its players and Hampton may just be able to live up to those lofty goals.
21. PHI: Tyrell Terry, PG, Stanford
Terry is an excellent spot-up shooter, posting nearly a 41% clip from behind the arc. This will help spread the floor offensively for the 76ers, who don’t have many shooters throughout their lineup to begin with. Terry does have raw athleticism, which covers up his lack of strength on the defensive end. Getting in the weight room and learning from a Philadelphia team that has placed in the top of the league defensively should improve those issues.
22. DEN: Reggie Perry, SF, Mississippi St.
Perry offers frontcourt depth to a franchise that will most likely need it as Denver has four free agents that all come from frontcourt positions. The Nuggets will likely need to draft a player who can play effective defense around the rim and clean the glass effectively, something Perry does in spades. He is also a decent passer, averaging 2.7 assists per game.
23. UTA: Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina
Anthony was a projected top-ten pick before his freshman season at North Carolina, but a poor Tar Heel team and injuries see him fall to Utah at pick 23. The Jazz are in need of a player who will be the point guard of the future. Anthony will fall under the tutelage of Mike Conley as the Jazz aim to make him their ball-handler for the next decade.
24. MIL: Jahmi’us Ramsey, SG, Texas Tech
The Bucks put up the fourth-most three-point attempts in the league last season but were only the 17th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA. They will need a guard who is an effective shooter, thus spacing the floor for Giannis. Ramsey shot over 42% from three-point range. This seems like a good fit for Milwaukee.
25. OKC: Theo Maledon, PG, ASVEL (France)
With Chris Paul most likely leaving Oklahoma and the Thunder seemingly entering a rebuild, Maledon makes perfect sense. First, Maledon will play one more season in Europe and the Thunder are certainly not in win-now mode. Second, the Thunder will be looking to throw things at the wall to see what sticks regarding a primary ball-handler. Maledon would be a great option at 25 if he falls that far.
26. BOS: Desmond Bane, SG, TCU
If the Celtics can nab a big man earlier in the first round, they solidify their frontcourt scoring and defense. The focus in Boston should then shift to adding backcourt depth. Desmond Bane fits that bill. He will provide an excellent backup option to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and will most likely end up being a better shooter. Bane shot over 44% from beyond the arc last season.
27. NYK: Isaiah Stewart, PF, Washington
We assume the Knicks will pick a point guard with the eighth pick. Given this, they will look to add to their frontcourt later in the first round. Stewart may likely be the best power forward available at this point in the draft. The Washington big man will be an effective rim-runner, providing defensive cover in the paint while being efficient on the glass and within ten feet of the rim. He will have to improve his decision making as his assist-turnover ratio is a dreadful 0.38.
28. LAL: Tre Jones, PG, Duke
Last season, the Lakers aggressively searched for a point guard who could take on some of the ball-handling duties that LeBron ended up taking upon himself. They settled on Rajon Rondo, who was a great addition for the playoffs but is 34 years old. The Lakers will be looking for a future point guard who can help space the floor, provide good defense, and take some of the ball-handling load from LeBron. Tre Jones fits that bill.
29. TOR: Josh Green, SG, Arizona
The Raptors will be in need of guard depth in the near to very near future. They run the risk of losing Fred VanVleet to free agency, and franchise point guard Kyle Lowry is now 34 years old. Green, who is from Australia, is still very young but has raw talent. While he needs to improve his shooting if he wants to be an NBA starter, his basketball IQ is high. He has a nice assist-turnover ratio, he can handle the ball, and he plays excellent defense on the perimeter, something the Raptors lean on in the playoffs.
30. BOS: Vernon Carey Jr., C, Duke
Carey Jr. has the talent to the best big man out of this draft when it’s all said and done. He averaged 25.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game during his freshman year at Duke. Offensively, he is NBA ready. The other end of the floor is where the concerns come into play. He is not agile enough to guard a 3 or stretch 4, and he is slightly undersized to guard a traditional center. He will have to improve his agility and rim-protection to be an elite player.
That will wrap things up for Part 2 of Bulls On Tap crew’s 2020 NBA Mock Draft. Check back for a rundown of picks 1-15 in the coming days.
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