The 2020 NBA Draft has been shifted to October 16 and will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Teams will get a chance to select their favorite players after the NBA Draft Lottery, which will happen on August 25, and fans will get to see who is selected by their team.
Unlike last year, headlined by Zion Williamson, the number one overall pick for the NBA Draft seems to be unclear still. Many top prospects are playing overseas and in college.
Due to the coronavirus, players did not have the opportunity to improve their resume or show their full potential. The unexpected time away from the court has given teams time to review and dive further into their backgrounds and conduct interviews with the prospects.
After thorough research, here are my top 5 prospects for the 2020 NBA Draft.
1. LaMelo Ball
Playing for the Illawarra Hawks in New State Wales, Australia, LaMelo will be the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. When teams select the first overall pick, they do not pay attention to the need or fit for the team, but rather choose the player who is going to have the best career.
He has many strengths that make him a great basketball player. He is a 6’6” point guard with great vision and playmaking skills. His tight ball-handling and basketball IQ allows him to run the offense and be great at transition. Some of his weaknesses include poor jump shots and weak defense.
He has been famous since his high school years and for being Lavar Ball’s son, CEO of Big Baller Brand, and current NBA player Lonzo Ball’s younger brother.
2. Killian Hayes
Killian Hayes is a French basketball player who plays for the Ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga in Germany. He is a 6’5” point guard who is crafty with the ball and is able to create plays for his teammates. He possesses great court vision and passing skills and is great with pick-and-roll plays.
A major weakness he has is his shooting. He is a below-average 3-point shooter and teams have found out that he needs to work on his jump shots. Also, he is left-handed, making him lefty dominant as a dribbler and passer. So he needs to work on ambidexterity.
He has been playing in professional basketball since 2017, at the age of 16. The experience will make him a great player and allow him to thrive in the NBA.
3. Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards played for the Georgia Bulldogs and is a 6’5” shooting guard. His strengths are his explosiveness and athleticism. He has incredible shot-creation ability off the dribble and has a good frame and strength for his size. Where he needs improvement is his questionable shot selections in games and his defensive skills.
As a freshman, he averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds, the top scorer among freshmen nationally. He was also one of the five finalists for the Jerry West Award, recognizing the top collegiate shooting guards.
4. Obi Toppin
Power forward for the Dayton Flyers, Obi Toppin received multiple awards in 2020. He was the Naismith College Player of the Year, received the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, Consensus first-team All-American and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.
His ability to dunk and his athleticism is a great advantage as a basketball player, and he can shoot well inside and outside from the perimeter. He shot 41.7% from the 3-point line during his time in college. He is quick for his size and makes accurate passes. His weaknesses are rebounding and defense.
5. Deni Avdija
Deni Avdija is an Israeli-Serbian basketball player who plays for the Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. He is a 6’9” combo forward and has great playmaking skills for his size.
His rebounding allows him to start fast breaks and he is great at transition. He is a good shooter and shot blocker.
However, he is not as athletic as the other prospects and needs to work on his free throw as he only shot 52% from the line.
He won MVP in FIBA U20 European Championship in 2019 and has been playing professional basketball since 2017.