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2020 NBA Draft Big Board: Final Top 80 Prospect Rankings

With the 2020 NBA draft approaching, The Crossover presents its final updated list of the Top 80 prospects.

The longest pre-draft process in NBA history has come to a close, and as teams wrap up their preparation and Nov. 18 nears, we’ve finalized our Top 80 rankings. As usual, the Big Board is meant to illustrate the draft’s talent hierarchy regardless of which teams are picking where. You’ll notice some mostly small changes to the list, based primarily on intel from teams and additional time to watch film and adjust my own evaluations.

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1. Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia | Freshman

Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Previous Rank: 1

There’s less consensus surrounding this year’s No. 1 pick than in any draft since 2013, but if you believe Edwards can shape himself into a more efficient scorer, then the case for him atop the board is relatively simple. He made plenty of freshman mistakes in his lone season at Georgia, but there were myriad moments of offensive brilliance during which he looked like a potential star. His pre-college pathway involved high school reclassification and a lower level of competition than many of his peers, and helps put his performance into a more encouraging context. Doubters question Edwards’ feel; optimists believe he simply needs time and coaching to refine his game. There’s not much he can’t do on the court, and his flashes of high-level passing and quality on-ball defense point to real upside in those areas. Edwards will require time, patience and attention, but the ceiling here is substantial.

2. LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks

Height: 6' 6" | Weight: 180 | Age: 19 | Previous Rank: 2

Ball’s his rare combination of size, ball-handling and passing chops make him arguably the draft’s most entertaining player, and one with a clear pathway to being a starting point guard. There remains a degree of skepticism in NBA circles surrounding his haphazard jump shot and ability to truly lead a team, and his unusual path to the draft has made him polarizing. But in a league dominated by gifted playmakers, it’s easy to at least understand the case here. Bottom line, Ball will have to score efficiently to lead a winning offense in ball-dominant fashion, and the types of shots he favors aren’t statistically the most conducive in that regard yet. He’ll have to gradually shift his style toward winning games and not piling up stats. Fit here matters, as a team will need to hand Ball the keys to maximize his potential, a process that will inevitably lead to some rough patches. Still, the upside is tantalizing.

3. James Wiseman, C, Memphis | Freshman

Height: 7' 1" | Weight: 245 | Age: 19 | Previous Rank: 3

Gifted with an ideal basketball body, Wiseman’s physical tools and room for growth in the skill department make him a solid prospect. He checks some key boxes that still matter in the NBA, even as teams have experimented successfully with different approaches at center. Wiseman will probably be a quality starter, but investing in him with an early pick comes with the hope he’ll be more than that. His size will make him a defensive deterrent in the paint, he’ll run the floor and rebound, and should be competent finishing around the rim. He has potential to shoot, but will need to take a huge leap in skill to be worth playing through on offense. Wiseman played just three games at Memphis before an NCAA suspension led to his eventual exit and will be more than a year removed from his last game when he makes his NBA debut. But bigs with his type of athletic framework don’t come around often.

4. Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa State | Sophomore

Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 175 | Age: 20 | Previous Rank: 4

Although nearly everything about Haliburton’s game is unorthodox, his advanced on-court intellect, winning-conducive skill set and rapid trajectory are noteworthy, and set him apart in a lottery where the talent gap between prospects is narrow. It’s easy to harp on the holes in his game—unusual shooting mechanics, unremarkable explosiveness, and a still-developing handle—but there’s a chance that those weaknesses are effectively masked by his savant-like ability to to grease the wheels of an offense. Haliburton doesn’t actually need to be a full-time point guard to wind up as one of the best players in this draft, and at worst, he profiles as a highly usable bench piece on a winning team. His real value lies in what his presence does for everyone else on the floor, as a ball-moving facilitator who hits open threes and can augment any lineup.

5. Killian Hayes, PG, Ratiopharm Ulm

Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Previous Rank: 7

After taking a huge leap this season as a full-time point guard in Germany, Hayes will be a lottery selection thanks to his advanced decision-making skills and improving all-around game. Questions about his jump shot and average athletic ability have suppressed his stock to an extent, but he’s a crafty scorer and intelligent player with a degree of on-court self-awareness, which helped lead to professional success at a young age. His size and impressive footwork allow him to change speeds and be deceptive, and point to real room for growth as he adds strength and continues to hone his shooting. Teams in need of a lead guard should be able to place a premium on Hayes’ strengths and bet on the upside, but he’s still likely a couple years from making serious contributions to a winning team.

6. Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC | Freshman

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 245 | Age: 19 | Previous Rank: 8

Okongwu is ready to help an NBA team right now from a defensive standpoint, and teams view him as a winning-conducive player, with to a strong understanding of his role and willingness to do the dirty work inside. He runs the floor well, covers ground defensively, and was a consistent positive for USC. Okongwu lacks elite size and length for his position, but that should matter less as the league trends toward smaller lineups, and he has a good chance to end up as a solid starter. But taking him early in the draft requires belief in him expanding his offensive skills, whether it’s as an interior playmaker or floor-spacer. Still, Okongwu’s productivity and the fact he doesn’t need his number called to impact a game should make him a valuable supporting piece.

7. Obi Toppin, F/C, Dayton | Sophomore

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 220 | Age: 22 | Previous Rank: 5

Toppin’s offensive versatility and athletic gifts will make him a rare 22-year-old lottery pick, after a breakout year at Dayton. Many teams view him as more of a sure thing in a relatively thin lottery class, and have been willing to overlook his age and prioritize the likelihood of his immediate contributions. Keeping perspective here is important—Toppin needs to add lower body strength and doesn’t move all that well laterally, which may eventually lead to him getting hunted on defense. He’s going to be more of a face-up big than low-post scorer, and his continued ability to hit corner threes and finish at a good clip is essential to his long-term success. He’s best off playing power forward alongside a defensive-minded big. But there’s a good chance Toppin is ready to contribute immediately, and if everything translates, he could certainly justify an early pick.

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8. Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 210 | Age: 19 | Previous Rank: 9

Avdija is almost certain to be the first international player drafted, with plus positional size and a diverse skill set for a combo forward. Teams are intrigued by Avdija’s potential to run pick and roll and also space the floor long-term, and there’s a pathway for him to be very useful, particularly if he figures out how to survive defensively. But some of that versatility remains theoretical, and improving his jumper and handle to ensure he can run secondary offense will be critical. It’s fair to question how much of that he’ll be able to do at an NBA level right away, and if Avdija ends up as just an average shooter and gets targeted on the other end of the floor, it would be limiting long-term. Still, many teams view him as a probable starting-caliber player, which is good value in the Top 10.

9. Patrick Williams, F, Florida State | Freshman

Height: 6' 8" | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Previous Rank: 11

You could argue Williams has as much, if not more upside than most other players in the lottery, with a big frame and base set of skills that should add versatility on both ends of the floor. The drawback here is that he’s simply not a great player yet, and a lot of his value involves optimistic projection. Williams is the youngest college player in the draft, which makes it easy to take that stance if as a team can afford him the proper time to develop. He’ll hold up fine defensively with his body type and mobility, and should be able to guard slower wings as well smaller bigs. Williams’ offensive future is a bit less clear and tied to how well his handle develops, but he’s shown encouraging signs as a shooter and has enough feel to fit in without issue. For a team that doesn’t need its first-round pick to play immediately, he’s a high-upside project.

10. Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn | Freshman

Height: 6' 6" | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Previous Rank: 6

Okoro is slightly polarizing due to the fact he’s a below-average shooter, but the rest of his skill set is pretty convincing. He’ll be able to hang his hat on defense immediately, with a great combination of strength, balance and agility that should enable him to keep up with the league’s top perimeter scorers. He’s a powerful athlete with a quality feel for decision-making and passing, and doesn’t need a heavy diet of shots to impact the game. Okoro’s jumper isn’t broken, but he’s far enough off as a shooter to give teams a degree of pause. He’s a very good finisher, but if he can’t make enough threes to keep defenses honest, it’s going to be problematic for his long-term value. But Okoro’s impeccable functional athleticism and defensive acumen are a strong starting point, and the risk-reward play here remains intriguing.

11. Devin Vassell, SF, Florida State | Sophomore

Height: 6' 7" | Weight: 195 | Age: 20 | Previous Rank: 10

Vassell should be able to help his next team in relatively quick fashion, as a quality defender and three-point shooter who doesn’t need heavy touches to be effective. Wings in his mold are in high demand, and although his upside might be limited by his lack of explosiveness and struggles creating shots for himself, Vassell brings enough to the table that it’s relatively easy to pencil him in as a useful role player at worst. He has a knack for blowing up plays and taking away passing lanes, and despite his unorthodox shooting release should be able to keep defenses honest and space the floor. Vassell won’t be the biggest upside play in the back half of the lottery, but makes sense on most any roster as a long-term rotation piece and potential starter.

12. Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky | Freshman

Height: 6' 3" | Weight: 200 | Age: 19 | Previous Rank: 15

Although there remains some difference of opinion surrounding Maxey after an underwhelming statistical year at Kentucky, it’s still difficult to see him falling far out of the lottery, and he’s a more than justifiable option in this range. He’s a crafty scorer with above-average potential on the defensive end who consistently supplies energy, and the hope is that the whole package adds up into a starting-caliber off-guard. He’s undersized, but has a strong build that should help compensate. Maxey isn’t a creative passer and can be a little too sticky with the ball in his hands, but if he can refine his decision-making and start to hit outside shots with consistency, there’s some real ceiling here. If he can improve as an off-ball player and continue to supply energy on both ends of the floor, he could be a real bargain outside the Top 10.

13. Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama | Sophomore

Height: 6' 3" | Weight: 170 | Age: 19 | Last Rank: 12

A breakout year vaulted Lewis into the lottery conversation, with upside tied to his blazing speed, playmaking chops and ability to shoot from outside. He has yet to turn 20, which puts him in an age bracket with college freshmen and points to a promising future. Lewis is slight of build and still learning how to run a team, but he can put a lot of pressure on defenses in transition, and the threat of his shot will help him be effective in the halfcourt. He may get picked on a bit defensively, and there will be a learning curve as the game speeds up around him. But with continued growth and patience, there’s a pretty good chance he sticks as a long-term rotation player, and potentially a starter on some teams.

14. Aaron Nesmith, G/F, Vanderbilt | Sophomore

Height: 6' 6" | Weight: 215 | Age: 21 | Last Rank: 16

Nesmith’s season was cut short by a foot fracture, but he did put together a pretty convincing 14 games, in which he hit a remarkable 52% of his threes on 115 attempts.He’s one of the better pure shot-makers in the draft, can attack a closeout fairly well, and is competent if not jaw-dropping from an athletic perspective. If Nesmith’s shooting plays up in an elite capacity, which it very well could could, the rest of his game should accessorize that skill pretty well. His ability to catch and shoot under duress and off movement is a pretty rare, and capable floor spacing tends to come at a premium. He has a chance to at least be an average defender thanks to his body type and base athleticism. The entire package is well worth a look in the late lottery.

15. Tyrell Terry, G, Stanford | Freshman

Height: 6' 3" | Weight: 170 | Age: 20 | Last Rank: 20

After using the extended predraft process to add 15 pounds of muscle, Terry answered some of the questions about his physical readiness and has played his way into consideration in middle of the first round. The success of guards like Seth Curry and Landry Shamet points to a baseline role for Terry, who has work to do to become a truly elite shooter but has the right set of skills to be a threat on and off the ball. His compact release, feel for moving the ball around the perimeter, and strong finishing skills are all selling points. Terry has to improve playing off the bounce and stay vigilant working on his body type, but it’s hard to discount his smarts and shooting potential, and he should be able to play both guard spots situationally. His size will likely be an obstacle on defense, but at least he competes hard on that end. Terry has a clear path to being a high-end role player, and potentially more if things break correctly.

16. Saddiq Bey, F, Villanova | Sophomore

Height: 6' 8" | Weight: 215 | Age: 21 | Last Rank: 13

While Bey won’t be a sexy pick who alters a team’s long-term fortunes, he projects as a solid rotation player who will knock down shots, contribute defensively, and engender lineup flexibility at either forward spot. Last season’s 45% three-point clip is unsustainable, but he made legitimate strides as a shooter and makes good decisions with the ball. He projects as a solid rebounder and opportunistic scorer, as well. Although he’s not particularly dynamic playing off the dribble or vertically explosive, he’s trustworthy enough to make early contributions, and his floor as a bench piece is fairly sound. Villanova has earned its reputation as a factory for solid pros, and Bey should be next in line.

17. Precious Achiuwa, F/C, Memphis | Freshman

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 225 | Age: 21 | Last Rank: 14

Achiuwa certainly looks the part in terms of tools and athletic ability, and while there are valid doubts about his overall feel, teams are enticed by his productivity, and there’s a chance he ends up in the lottery. He’s not a natural perimeter player, but the simple solution seems to be playing him in a lower-leverage role at center, at least to start, and asking him to run the floor, rebound, and cover ground defensively. Achiuwa has always been a little too interested in moonlighting as a wing, but at least there’s skill potential here, and there’s a decent chance he shoots effectively and can attack closeouts. He’s still mistake-prone on both ends, and he’s almost two years older than some of the college freshmen in this draft. But his mix of size and athletic ability set him apart from the other bigs in this class.

18. R.J. Hampton, G, New Zealand Breakers

Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Last Rank: 23

Hampton is one of the most athletic guards in the draft, but his stock cooled after a challenging season in Australia’s NBL illustrated how far he was from contributing value in the pros. He fits on an NBA floor physically without question and optimists view him as a useful combo guard who can put pressure on defenses in transition and off the drive. Hampton is going to have to shoot the ball much better in order to play away from it, and doesn’t have the natural instincts to be a full-time point guard, so there’s some room for error without big strides in those areas. He has a ways to go defensively as well, but has the tools to do it. There’s a ton of room for improvement here, and whether that glass is half-full or half-empty is up to the beholder. Hampton is an interesting project in the mid first-round.

19. Théo Maledon, G, ASVEL Basket

Height: 6' 4" | Weight: 175 | Age: 19 | Last Rank: 19

Once viewed as a possible top-ten selection, Maledon’s stock ran somewhat aground during a rocky campaign hampered by injuries and an inconsistent role. He still projects as a useful jack-of-all-trades combo guard, but lacks one elite skill to hang his hat on at this stage. Maledon is a good shooter, plus athlete and should be able to hold his own defensively, and although he lacks some dynamism off the dribble, he should do enough to fit into a rotation in some capacity. He’s also universally regarded as a hard worker with strong intangibles, and remains a solid first-round option. Maledon’s upside may tied more to his own desire to improve than anything else, and he checks enough boxes to draft him with some confidence.

20. Aleksej Pokusevski, F, Olympiacos

Height: 7' 0" | Weight: 200 | Age: 18 | Last Rank: 21

Oftentimes the “mystery man” designation feels cliché and unhelpful; Pokusevski wears it particularly well. He’s the youngest player in the draft and has unusual ball skills and shooting proficiency for someone his size, but he spent the past season in Greece’s second division, which is not a particularly challenging level. His upside is tied more to the impressive splash plays he makes than his actual productivity, and his physical frailty is a stumbling block for some scouts, as he’ll likely be ill-suited to playing on the interior. Pokusevski has a clear knack for passing the ball, and there’s potential for his shot-blocking to translate if he adds enough strength, but he also takes a lot of bad shots and will need time to adjust from both physical and competitive standpoints. He’s likely to be drafted in the back half of the first round, and the expectation is that he’ll come to the NBA immediately to take advantage of a team’s weight room and resources.

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21. Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina | Freshman

Height: 6' 3" | Weight: 190 | Age: 20 | Previous Rank: 18

Scouts widely cooled on Anthony over the course of a rough college season, but he remains on track for a mid-to-late first-round selection. He’s unquestionably a better player than he showed at North Carolina, but scouts are less concerned about his talent than his tendencies. Anthony is a capable outside shooter who has to improve his finishing at the rim and reduce his bouts of scoring tunnel vision—it’s not so much that he’s a bad passer, but that he’s a somewhat predictable decision-maker who prefers to hunt shots. He didn’t make a consistent impact defensively either, and his frame has always been smaller than his listed height. When Anthony gets fully healthy and is placed in a context where he doesn’t have to make every play, it’s easy to see his efficiency issues improve. But his overall profile wasn’t befitting of an elite prospect, no matter how bad the situation was, and he’s a better bet later in the first round where the risk is mitigated.

22. Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington | Freshman

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 250 | Age: 19 | Last Rank: 25

Stewart’s willingness to do the dirty work, unrelenting motor and elite length for his position make him a pretty solid bet to be a longtime role player. His intangibles have long endeared him to scouts, and he was the productive bright spot on a bad Washington team. While Stewart isn’t the most naturally gifted athlete, which manifests in some occasional struggles at the rim, he’s developing a playable jumper and won’t ever require heavy touches to make his presence felt. Even though he’s more of a throwback big, the overall package here is appealing as teams fish for reliable contributors in the back half of the first round. Stewart should be an energy-bringer and positive presence wherever he lands.

23. Jaden McDaniels, F, Washington | Freshman

Height: 6' 9" | Weight: 200 | Age: 19 | Last Rank: 29

McDaniels was far more flash than substance this season, but those flashes, given his long frame and ball skills, have always been enough to intrigue scouts. He remains on track as a first-rounder, with the perception being that he was often asked to do too much on a Washington team that lacked quality guard play. His inconsistency (and negative assist-to-turnover ratio) is alarming, but it’s tough to find players with his size and all-around skill set. If he can add strength and improve his shot selection, McDaniels has a chance to be a late-blooming piece. But there’s also some bust potential here, and he’ll be better off in a situation where he doesn’t have to play much as a rookie.

24. Malachi Flynn, PG, San Diego State | Junior

Height: 6' 1" | Weight: 185 | Age: 22 | Last Rank: 28

San Diego State’s unexpected dominance was due in large part to Flynn, who appears well-suited for an NBA role with his rock-solid guard play. His feel and toughness leave some room for optimism that he can be more than just a great college player, particularly given how good he’s been operating in ball screens, and the fact he can also operate effectively off the catch. Flynn’s perimeter shooting can improve, but he’s dangerous enough to set up the drive, and comfortable finishing with both hands. There are no huge holes in his game, and he offers an appealing degree of floor as a backup guard who can give a team minutes early on, as well as some upside due to his savvy and intangibles. He’s endeared himself to teams during the predraft process with strong interviews and appears to have worked his way into the first round.

25. Leandro Bolmaro, G, Barcelona

Height: 6' 6" | Weight: 180 | Age: 20 | Last Rank: 17

Bolmaro’s size, toughness, and inventive playmaking give him intriguing upside, but he’s somewhat divisive among teams given the concerns about his athleticism and below-average shooting. He’s already begun his season at Barcelona, where he’s joined the senior team full-time and is expected to stay for the rest of the season. Some scouts see Bolmaro as a first-round talent, while others are more hesitant given the limited evaluation sample and his struggles putting pressure on the rim. But big guards with his skill set and IQ aren’t easy to find, and the ability to stash him for a year broadens his appeal. There aren’t many big playmaking guards outside the lottery in this draft, and he’s a worthy flier.

26. Xavier Tillman, C, Michigan State | Junior

Height: 6' 8" | Weight: 245 | Age: 21 | Last Rank: 26

There may not a better big in the draft than Tillman when it comes down to the small details, and his hard-nosed, smart approach to interior play is tailor-made for an NBA role. His strength and balance help compensate for his lack of height, and should be able to give teams immediate help off the bench with his defensive chops, rebounding, playmaking and screen-setting. Tillman doesn’t have much of a track record as a jump shooter, nor is he a particularly skilled scorer, but he does so many other things well that it may not matter a ton. Some scouts are optimistic he’ll eventually stretch the floor, noting his work ethic and shooting touch. In a draft heavy on role player types, he’s one of the safer bets.

27. Vernon Carey Jr., C, Duke | Freshman

Height: 6' 10" | Weight: 240 | Age: 19 | Last Rank: 35

While Carey is not a model for where the NBA is headed, his size, strength and rebounding ability should help him remain productive in the pros. He’s shed a significant amount of weight since the end of the college season, and any additional mobility might be a difference-maker for him on the defensive end. Improving his jumper and adding more perimeter functionality is also within the realm of possibility, as Carey’s base skill set is more diverse than he showed at Duke. He’s not a particularly natural post-up player and relies heavily on his left hand, but you’re probably not playing through him much regardless. Despite relatively minimal fanfare, he has a pretty strong chance of landing in the first round.