NBA Draft 2020 Recap: Pick by Pick Analysis

Shoot or Pass presents the Baseline Times’ 2020 NBA Draft Recap featuring a breakdown of each pick in the first round as well as a look at each player selected in the second round.

For more details on trades during the draft, visit our Offseason Tracker page with recaps of each move made on draft night.

WITH THE FIRST PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES SELECT…

Who: 18-Year-Old Shooting Guard from Georgia (Freshman)
Good: Explosive, Athletic, Talented Scorer
Bad: Inconsistent, Defense, Passion for the Game
Shoot or Pass: Pass. I see bust all over Edwards. He may have a few break out games, but I feel in the long run, he won’t be one of the top five players to come out of this draft.

WITH THE SECOND PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS SELECT…

Who: 18-Year-Old Center from Memphis (Freshman)
Good: Rim Protector, Low Post IQ, Rebounding
Bad: On-Ball Defense, Conditioning
Shoot or Pass: Shoot! A great fit in the Golden State system especially in the inside-out game with players like Stephen Curry and, hopefully, Klay Thompson. Will have time to adapt to the NBA pace playing with an already established group.

WITH THE THIRD PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE CHARLOTTE HORNETS SELECT…

Who: 18-Year-Old Point Guard from the Illawarra Hawks via Chino Hill, California
Good: Playmaker, Passing, Great Scorer
Bad: Defense, Inconsistent Shooting
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Charlotte needs someone to become the “face of the franchise.” While it may take LaMelo some time to adjust to the NBA game, he has the most potential of any player in the 2020 NBA Draft.

WITH THE FOURTH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE CHICAGO BULLS SELECT:

Who: 18-Year-Old Small Forward from Florida State (Freshman)
Good: High Energy Athlete, High Basketball IQ, Well Rounded
Bad: Awkward Shot, Turnover Prone
Shoot or Pass: Pass. I love the pick, but I had Williams at #15 on my Big Board. The Bulls likely could’ve moved down and still had Williams and a pick later on. Good fit nonetheless for Chicago.

WITH THE FIFTH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Small Forward from Auburn (Freshman)
Good: Versatile Defender, Strong Finisher, High IQ
Bad: Needs to Improve Handling, Jump Shot, Quickness
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Just happy Cleveland didn’t draft another shooting guard. Okoro will help defensively immediately.

WITH THE SIXTH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE ATLANTA HAWKS SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Center from USC (Freshman)
Good: Explosive Big Man, Two-Way Player, NBA Ready
Bad: Lacks Shooting Touch, Needs to Add Size to Lower Body
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. A fantastic big man who may end up the best big man in this year’s draft. Has many scouts comparing him to Miami star Bam Adebayo.

WITH THE SEVENTH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE DETROIT PISTONS SELECT…

Who: 18-Year-Old Point Guard from ULM via Lakeland, Florida)
Good: Pure Point Guard, Playmaker, Underrated Defender
Bad: Left-Hand Dominant, Needs To Become Better Finisher at the Basket
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Hayes attracted a ton of attention late in the scouting process including some saying he should be a top five pick. A great get for the Pistons at No. 7.

WITH THE EIGHTH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE NEW YORK KNICKS SELECT…

Who: 22-Year-Old Small Forward from Dayton (Sophomore)
Good: Great Scorer, Point-Forward Potential, Aggressive
Bad: Not a Great Defender or Rebounder
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. The Knicks lucked up having the best NBA-ready player falling down to them at No. 8. Major steal for New York. Will be interesting to see how he meshes with R.J. Barrett.

WITH THE NINTH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Small Forward from Maccabi Tel Aviv via Israel)
Good: Outstanding Playmaker, Terrific Defender, Fundamentally Sound
Bad: Athleticism, Inconstant Shooting From the Outside
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. I had questions about Avdija in the top five, but I like the pick at No. 9 to Washington to pair him with a solid group ready to make the jump to a playoff contending team in the East.

WITH THE TENTH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE PHOENIX SUNS SELECT…

Who: 20-Year-Old Center from Maryland (Sophomore)
Good: Face-Up Big Man With Great Offensive Game, High Motor
Bad: Struggles on Defense Both On and Off the Ball
Shoot or Pass: Pass. Phoenix has a solid squad and needed depth here, but more-so at the wing rather than in the low post. Smith has a sweet offensive game, but is really green on defense. I’d rather the Suns take a player like Vassell or Bey here.

WITH THE 11TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Shooting Guard from Florida State (Sophomore)
Good: Elite Defender, Good Spot-Up Shooter, Ideal Three-And-D Player
Bad: Needs To Protect the Basketball, Struggles To Create His Own Shot
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Coach Pop loves strong defenders who checks all the boxes. Vassell could one day be a candidate for NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

WITH THE 12TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE SACRAMENTO KINGS SELECT…

Who: 20-Year-Old Point Guard from Iowa State (Sophomore)
Good: High Basketball IQ, Very Good Spot-Up Shooter, Playmaker
Bad: One-on-One Defense, Not Great Off the Ball, Quickness
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Haliburton fell in the draft which worked out great for the Kings. Haliburton will be a great co-pilot with Fox in the Sacramento backcourt.

WITH THE 13TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Point Guard from Alabama (Sophomore)
Good: Great Off the Dribble, Athleticism, Can Finish at the Rim
Bad: Must Improve as a Playmaker to Play PG in the NBA
Shoot or Pass: Pass. Losing Jrue Holiday means there’s an opening in the backcourt, but I like a few guards better than Lewis here at No. 13. Maxey, Anthony, or even Theo Maledon makes more sense here than Lewis.

WITH THE 14TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE BOSTON CELTICS SELECT…

Who: 20-Year-Old Small Forward from Vanderbilt (Sophomore)
Good: Great Shooter, High Basketball IQ, Defense
Bad: May Struggle to Get Shot Off Against Long Defenders, Not Great Off the Dribble
Shoot or Pass:
Shoot. Boston will have some decisions to make with so many players on their roster and still a ton of draft picks. Nesmith may be the best shooter in the draft, so he’ll find some playing time behind his jump shot alone.

WITH THE 15TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE ORLANDO MAGIC SELECT…

Who: 20-Year-Old Point Guard from North Carolina (Freshman)
Good: Great Scoring Off The Dribble, Dangerous In Transition, On-Ball Defense
Bad: Forces the Shot at Times, Will Need To Become Better Playmaker, Injury Concerns
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Anthony was a projected top five pick before the season and I still think the potential is there. Anthony will be able to rotate with some other guards in Orlando, but I believe he’ll eventually become the go-to PG for the Magic.

WITH THE 16TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (VIA HOUSTON FROM PORTLAND) SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Center from Washington (Freshman)
Good: Vintage Back-To-Basket Big Man, High Energy, Rim Protector
Bad: Shooting Needs to Improve, Poor Passer from the Low Post
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. After a great pick at guard earlier, now the Pistons take an impressive big man who would’ve been a top five pick a few years ago, but low-post-style centers aren’t a commodity nowadays.

TRADE: MINNESOTA TRADES THE 17TH PICK TO OKLAHOMA CITY FOR RICKY RUBIO (PG), THE 25TH, AND 28TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT

WITH THE 17TH PICK IN THE NBA DRAFT, THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER SELECT…

Who: 18-Year-Old Power Forward from Olympiacos B via Serbia)
Good: Long & Tall Sharpshooter, High Potential, Creates Floor Space
Bad: Must Add Some Muscle, Inconsistent Defender and Rebounder
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Pokusevski has a high ceiling due to his size and the new style of the NBA. He’s long and tall and can shoot both spot-up and off the dribble. If he can add some size, he’ll be a great NBA player.

WITH THE 18TH PICK IN THE NBA DRAFT, THE DALLAS MAVERICKS SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Shooting Guard from Arizona (Freshman)
Good: 3-And-D Player, Well Rounded
Bad: Needs To Cut Back On Turnovers, Must Improve at the Rim
Shoot or Pass: Pass. Way too many guards and wings on the board who have more to offer than Green. Green is going to be a heck of a 3-And-D player, but he would be available likely late in the draft.

TRADE: BROOKLYN TRADES THE 19TH PICK TO THE LA CLIPPERS FOR LANDRY SHAMET (SG); THE CLIPPERS THEN TRADE THE 19TH PICK TO DETROIT FOR LUKE KENNARD (SF)

WITH THE 19TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE DETROIT PISTONS (VIA THE LA CLIPPERS FROM BROOKLYN) SELECT…

Who: 21-Year-Old Power Forward from Villanova (Sophomore)
Good: High Basketball IQ, Great Defender Who Can Guard Multiple Positions
Bad: Needs to Improve Off the Dribble, Explosiveness
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Villanova always produces pro-ready role players and Bey seems to be the next guy. Detroit has had an outstanding draft moving some pieces around to add three great prospects.

WITH THE 20TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE MIAMI HEAT SELECT…

Who: 20-Year-Old Power Forward from Memphis (Freshman)
Good: Rim-Runner Who Is Explosive, Impactful on Defense, Great Frame
Bad: Poor Shooter, Turnover Prone
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Achiuwa may not be able to play side-by-side with Bam, but the two will be trouble for teams in a rotation. This is a great fit for the Miami Heat.

WITH THE 21ST PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Shooting Guard from Kentucky (Freshman)
Good: Tremendous Scorer, Can Create His Own Shot, Very Good On-Ball Defender
Bad: Has To Improve as a Playmaker, Shot Selection
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. The 76ers entered the draft needing some more shot-makers and Maxey is one of the best all-around scorers in the 2020 Draft. Great pick-up at No. 21 for Philadelphia.

WITH THE 22ND PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE DENVER NUGGETS SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Power Forward from Arizona (Freshman)
Good: Great Finisher, High Motor
Bad: Not Great as a Rim Protector Even With Size and Frame, Still Improving Everywhere
Shoot or Pass: Pass. There’s some potential for Nnaji to grow into a very good player, but at No. 22, there were some better options for the Nuggets.

WITH THE 23RD PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (VIA THE NEW YORK KNICKS) SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Point Guard from Barcelona via Argentina)
Good: Excellent Passer, Slick Handles, High Energy on Both Sides of the Ball
Bad: Jumpshot is Very Questionable, Struggles Against Small, Quick Defenders
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. Bolmaro is a unique player who I loved watching film on. His ball handling is very good and he can make some slick plays off the dribble. Not sure he’ll ever become a scorer in the NBA, but he’ll be a nice addition as a reserve guard.

WITH THE 24TH PICK IN THE NBA DRAFT, THE DENVER NUGGETS (VIA NEW ORLEANS FROM THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS) SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Point Guard from the New Zealand Breakers via Little Elm, Texas)
Good: Dynamic Athlete, Very Good Playmaker
Bad: Jumpshot Is Still Not Great, Raw Potential Was Frame Worries Some
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. I love R.J. Hampton, just not in the top ten. Falling down to No. 24 makes him a steal and Denver traded in the draft to get a solid future point guard.

WITH THE 25TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Point Guard from Kentucky (Freshman)
Good: Quick, Electric Scorer, Great Frame for a PG
Bad: Must Continue to Improve His Playmaking and Shot-Creation Ability
Shoot or Pass: Pass. This is way too early for Quickley. There are still numerous guards on the board I like better than Quickley, but the Kentucky-bias leads to a reach here.

WITH THE 26TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE BOSTON CELTICS SELECT…

Who: 21-Year-Old Point Guard from Oregon (Senior)
Good: Great Shooter, Even Better Leader, Hard-Nosed Defender
Bad: Not a Great Athlete, Struggles to Create His Own Shot at the Basket
Shoot or Pass: Shoot, but only because it’s Boston and anybody they draft is going to help them instead of hurt them. I also love an established team drafting a senior leader like Pritchard.

WITH THE 27TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE UTAH JAZZ SELECT…

Who: 22-Year-Old Center from Kansas (Junior)
Good: Physical and Dominant Underneath the Basket, Although Older, Still Young in the Game of Basketball
Bad: Not a Good Shooter Including at the Free Throw Line, Inconsistent
Shoot or Pass: Pass. Azubuike is easy to cheer for as he’s awesome to watch, but I’m not sure he warrants a first-round pick. A reach here for Utah, but at least you know exactly what you’re getting with the big man.

WITH THE 28TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (VIA THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS) SELECT…

Who: 19-Year-Old Power Forward from Washington (Freshman)
Good: Versatile On Both Sides of the Ball, Very Good Potential
Bad: Turnover Prone, Fouls Too Much, Extremely Inconsistent
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. McDaniels was a projected top ten pick coming into the season, but his play and attitude rubbed many scouts and pro teams the wrong way. Nonethless, the Timberwolves draft him towards the end of the first-round after selecting two other prospects earlier in the night.

WITH THE 29TH PICK OF THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE TORONTO RAPTORS SELECT…

Who: 21-Year-Old Point Guard from San Diego State (Junior)
Good: Well-Rounded, Tough to Slow Down in Transition and At The Rim
Bad: Smaller Frame, Needs to Improve Playmaking Ability to Stay at PG
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. If Flynn was 6’4 or 6’5, he’d be a top ten pick since he’s so well-rounded. Nonetheless, even as a shorter guard, Flynn will provide some solid depth for a great Toronto team.

WITH THE 30TH PICK IN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT, THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (VIA THE BOSTON CELTICS FROM PHOENIX) SELECT…

Who: 21-Year-Old Shooting Guard from TCU (Senior)
Good: Great Shooter, Great IQ, Excels at the “Little Things”
Bad: Not Very Explosive, Lacks Great Frame with Shorter Wingspan Than Most Guards
Shoot or Pass: Shoot. I had Bane in my top twenty, so this is a great pick up by the Grizzlies to trade back into the first round. Bane is undersized which is why he fell in the draft, but he’s a smart player who just makes things happen. He’ll be able to do that in the NBA as well if he can work into a rotation.

SECOND ROUND – Let’s try to stay awake!

31ST PICK: Dallas Selects Tyrell Terry (PG out of Stanford)
– Sharp-shooter who can contribute as a shooter, but could become a key rotation player if he develops as a playmaker

32ND PICK: Charlotte Selects Vernon Carey Jr (C out of Duke)
– Great interior scorer and rebounder who is a bit of a throwback style big man. Does have a soft touch from mid-range and outside, but needs to find more consistency with his shot to stay in a rotation.

33RD PICK: New York (Via Minnesota) Selects Daniel Oturu (C out of Minnesota)
– Can stretch the floor with his nice shooting touch. Great length and can play both ways. Felt he should’ve been a late-first round pick, but it’s a nice pick up in the early-second by the Knicks.

34TH PICK: Oklahoma City (Via Philadelphia) Selects Theo Maledon (PG out of France)
– Protégé of Tony Parker, a hard-working point guard who will one day find a home in the NBA. Maledon has a great frame, just needs to continue to work on finding consistency in both his scoring and playmaking.

35TH PICK: Sacramento Selects Xavier Tillman (PF out of Michigan State)
– Undersized and a bit older, but those are the only things holding Tillman out of the first round. He’s a great finisher, especially off the pick-and-roll and a strong rebounder. A very solid second round pick.

36TH PICK: Philadelphia Selects Tyler Bey (PF out of Colorado)
– Athletic, two-way player who may move over to more of a small forward role in the NBA which means he’ll need to develop a better jump shot as well as improve his ball handling.

37TH PICK: Washington Selects Vit Krejci (SG out of Strakonice of Czech)
– Mostly unknown guard from Zaragoza, well-rounded with some good size. Can score well internationally, but we’ll see if it can translate to the NBA.

38TH PICK: Detroit (via Utah) Selects Saben Lee (PG out of Vanderbilt)
– Great speed and ball control skills, but not a great shooter which will hold him back in making an impact in the NBA.

39TH PICK: Utah (via New Orleans) Selects Elijah Hughes (SG out of Syracuse)
– High volume scorer who led the ACC in points per game last season. Very good off-the-ball as well and great at creating his own shot. If he improves his defense and becomes a most consistent shooter, Hughes is a second-round steal.

40TH PICK: Sacramento (via Memphis) Selects Robert Woodard II (SF out of Mississippi State)
– Versatile defender already built like an NBA player. Has a smooth shot, but doesn’t always make the best decisions when it comes to shooting and playmaking. With his size and dimensions, can help out on defense right away.

41ST PICK: San Antonio Selects Tre Jones (PG out of Duke)
– Great ball handler who can control the pace of the game. A very good shooter and an underrated defender. May take a few years, but I can see Tre working into a rotation.

42ND PICK: Charlotte (via New Orleans) Selects Nick Richards (C out of Kentucky)
– Richards has sky-high potential, but has been inconsistent in college. Good shot blocker and defender who is an impressive athlete. Outstanding physical tools will see him work into a rotation at some point this season.

43RD PICK: Sacramento Selects Jahmi’us Ramsey (PG out of Texas Tech)
– A wonderful grab in the second-round as many believe Ramsey could jump to the mid-first round, but he slid instead to the Kings at 43rd. Three-level shooter who can get red hot and make nearly anything he puts up. At the same time, he can force the shot and get cold as well. Improving his ball handling and defending will be the question marks going forward.

44TH PICK: Chicago Selects Marko Simonovic (C out of Montenegro)
– Traditional European stretch-big who can shoot the ball very well. Small frame and wingspan plus questions about him defensively and on the low post are what dropped him out of the first-round.

45TH PICK: Milwaukee (via Orlando) Selects Jordan Nwora (PF out of Louisville)
– Lights out shooter with a high motor, Nwora is a guy who will last in the league as a role player. If he can become more consistent as a defender and passer, he may end up a starter down the line.

46TH PICK: Portland Selects C.J. Elleby (SG out of Washington State)
– A very good scorer from Portland’s back yard. Elleby was a question mark on if he would be a draft pick or undrafted signing, but Portland clearly saw something they liked.

47TH PICK: Boston Selects Yam Madar (PG out of Israel)
– One of my favorite international players in this year’s draft, Mader may not play in the NBA for a couple more years, but he’s a name to remember. Great length with outstanding passing and playmaking ability.

48TH PICK: Golden State Selects Nico Mannion (PG out of Arizona)
– Mannion was projected to be a top ten pick one year ago, but his physical limitations were on display this season at Arizona. You know who else had “physical limitations?” Stephen Curry…and now he can take Nico under his wing. I love this pick and fit.

49TH PICK: Philadelphia Selects Isaiah Joe (SG out of Arkansas)
– Pure sharpshooter. If you need much else outside of his long-range shooting, you won’t get it. Joe is a pure off-the-bench-need-a-quick-three style player, which means he’ll likely bounce around the league for a few years.

50TH PICK: Atlanta Selects Skylar Mays (SG out of LSU)
– Very versatile on both sides of the ball with a great frame. Quick feet and can knock down the occasional three-point shot. Will likely be a better pro than he was a college player.

51ST PICK: Golden State Selects Justinian Jessup (SG out of Boise State)
– Jessup jumped up the draft boards in recent weeks due to his ability to everything pretty good. He’ll be a stash-prospect as Jessup will play in the Austraian NBL next season with a chance to continue to improve.

52ND PICK: Houston (via Sacramento) Selects Kenyon Martin Jr. (SF out of IMG)
– Labeled as many as the best athlete in the entire draft. While that’s a reach, Martin at No. 52 isn’t and a solid addition to the Rockets. He’s explosive on both sides of the ball and is a long-term project that could be a major steal late in the second-round.

53RD PICK: Washington (via Oklahoma City) Selects Cassius Winston (PG out of Michigan State)
– Great with the ball in his hands especially in pick-and-roll situations. Winston is NBA-ready, but isn’t likely to change too much as a player. What you see is what you get…which isn’t a bad thing! He could help the Wizards this season especially if Wall can’t play every night.

54TH PICK: Indiana Selects Cassius Stanley (SG out of Duke)
– Explosive scorer who can blow people away with his leaping ability. Will likely become a 3-and-D style player in the NBA, but has potential to grow into even more.

55TH PICK: LA Clippers (Via Brooklyn) Selects Jay Scrubb (SG out of USA)
– Raw prospect who’s best in the open floor or one-on-one situations. Built like a great defender, but it’ll take some time to get there. A project still a few years away from contributing.

56TH PICK: Charlotte Selects Grant Riller (PG out of College of Charleston)
– The mid-major star in the draft, Riller was projected to go anywhere from late-first round to the end of the second. Riller isn’t the most athletic guard in this draft, but he’s very efficient and can shoot the ball with ease especially off screens with or without the basketball. Not sure if he’ll be able to retain that scoring ability in the NBA, but he scored over 2,400 points in college with warrants a late-second round pick.

57TH PICK: Brooklyn (via LA Clipprs) Selects Reggie Perry (C out of Mississippi State)
– Was a dark-horse to sneak into the first-round, but instead Perry slid all the way to the bottom of the second round. Averaged a double-double in the SEC last season, but also makes too many mistakes. Has shown the ability to adapt and if that continues, he’ll eventually be a key role player in the NBA.

58TH PICK: Philadelphia Selects Paul Reed (PF out of DePaul)
– Long and lanky forward who must improve his quickness because he’s not built to be a center in today’s NBA. If can improve his quickness and start defending on the outside and also continue to evolve shooting the ball, Reed may be a good pick up late in the second-round.

59th PICK: Toronto Selects Jalen Harris (SG out of Nevada)
– Led the Mountain West in scoring last season and is a good shooter from the outside. Smaller frame will make it hard to score on the drive and doesn’t have the build to defend NBA guards.

60TH PICK: Milwaukee (via New Orleans) Selects Sam Merrill (SG out of Utah State)
– A very good scorer who can create his own shot from outside or at the basket. The issues with Merrill is his age (25) and questions about his athleticism will be what prevents him from making an impact in the NBA.


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