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2020 NBA Free Agency Winners & Losers

Who is setting themselves up for a memorable 2020-21 NBA season? The Shoot or Pass podcast crew announces who their 2020 NBA free agency winners and losers are in a little segment they like to call STUDS & DUDS!

STUDS – 2020 NBA FREE AGENCY WINNERS

CHEVY – LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Just when you thought the Los Angeles Lakers could get any better than the team just crowned the NBA Champions in the bubble, they do. LA is adding Montrezl Harrell, Wes Matthews, Dennis Schroder, and Marc Gasol. This crew brings the team some spot-up shooters and fill the defensive voids left behind by some notable departures.

Undoubtedly so, Danny Green wasn’t coming back, Dwight Howard is now in Philly, Rajon Rondo took off to the ATL, and yet still, you can bet money this team remains a top contender. Somehow, Rob Pelinka managed to bolster this roster up for a repeat and this team has put the entire league on notice!

GABE – LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Piggy-backing here. Looks like Chevy and I are on board with who the real NBA Free Agency Winners and STUDs are this time around. The Lakers are about to have 6th Man of the Year winner MONTREZL HARRELL coming off the bench this season. That is not only the best free agency move of the off-season, but it’s absolutely UNFAIR to the rest of the league!

RHOBY – THE 2017 NBA DRAFT CLASS

NBA teams have been rolling out the BRINKS TRUCKS for some of the biggest names in the 2017 NBA Draft. Rightfully so, these guys have earned some big rookie max extensions for their contributions to professional basketball over the last three years.

  • JAYSON TATUM
  • DONOVAN MITCHELL
  • DE’AARON FOX
  • BAM ADEBAYO

All of these guys can find themselves making over $195 million if they get voted onto an All-NBA team (or if the 2020-21 salary cap rises above $112.4 million)! Someone, ANYONE get me in touch with one of them, please?! I have some school loans I need to get paid off!

DUDS – 2020 NBA FREE AGENCY LOSERS

CHEVY – BOSTON CELTICS

You lose Gordon Hayward, add Jeff Teague, and sign Tristan Thompson. YIKES! We are going to need Tommy Freezepops to explain these strange Ainge moves. It’s safe to say we were all expecting these trade rumors to come to fruition, but it never did happen. And I know a lot of teams were calling and asking for Jaylen Brown. Look, I get it, that’s a tough one because I wouldn’t want anyone to have Brown. He’s on a great contract at the moment – 4 years, $115 million and is proving (with Jayson Tatum) to be a cornerstone for this franchise for many years to come. 

What do you do here, Danny Ainge? Other teams in the East are making moves to catch up to your team! Milwaukee makes a move for Jrue Holiday (which to me is a nice upgrade at point guard over Eric Bledsoe). The Atlanta Hawks are getting a boost with Rajon Rondo and Danilo Gallinari joining them. What have the newest NBA team (for this season), the Tampa Bay Raptors done? While they lost Serge Ibaka, they cemented their team’s foundation by resigning Fred Van Vleet. Don’t forget about Miami, who signed Avery Bradley and Mo Harkless to address their defensive issues while saving some precious cap money!

Needless to say, if I am a Celtics fan, I am anxious, nervous, disappointed – ALL OF THE ABOVE. On all accounts, this team is still one that can win, and win now. However, are these roster moves enough to get them back to the NBA Finals? I don’t think so.

RHOBY – DWIGHT HOWARD

Why is Dwight Howard taking the biggest L for me in this free agency, you ask? Because he almost got me into a damn car accident! I’m driving around Tucson and because I don’t know my ass from my elbow when it comes to driving directions, I LIVE AND DIE BY GOOGLE MAPS. To add, I also have notifications turned on for Twitter so I can stay up-to-date on the latest NBA news (like every true fan does, obviously).

So I get a notification about Dwight’s tweet where he’s like “I’m staying right where I belong, purple and gold never gets old”. Just a few minutes later, my phone starts SPAZZING out with notifications! Shams Charania’s tweet pops up first, saying the following:

Soon after, my Google Maps goes to shit and my life starts spiraling out of control. I am now lost, making all sorts of illegal U-turns somewhere in the desert and without the great Mike Ehrmantraut to save me (sup, Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul fans)! At this point, it was safe to say that Dwight Howard had just committed involuntary manslaughter on my ass. And then an hour later, he signs with the Sixers. Just the most Dwight Howard shit ever.

Sounds like he had a “hypothetical” deal with the Lakers, but they were on the market for other options and he saw the writing on the wall. I am curious to see how he fits in with the likes of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. But even then, I don’t think his new team will be doing any ring-chasing this upcoming season.

GABE – MICHAEL JORDAN

It’s hard to question he is the G.O.A.T. on the court, but off it, there is A LOT to question. I know he technically isn’t the General Manager or President of Basketball Operations for the Charlotte Hornets, but he is the face of the franchise and needs to be held accountable. What in the hell is he doing signing an aging, oft-injured Gordon Hayward to a $120 million deal?! This is essentially Nicolas Batum all over again!

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2020 NBA Offseason & Free Agency Tracker: Up To Date Trades and Signings

The 2020 NBA offseason is officially underway and this is your one-stop place for all the latest trades, free agency signings, and more! Refresh for updates.

2020 NBA Free Agency Winner & Losers
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November 26th, 2020

  • Kostas Antetokounmpo has signed a two-way contract to return to the Los Angeles Laker

November 24th, 2020

  • The Miami Heat plan to sign All-Star Bam Adebayo to a five-year, $163M contract extension
  • Denver’s Bol Bol has agreed to a new two-year, $4.2M deal with the Nuggets

November 23rd, 2020

  • Matthew Dellavedova has agreed to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers,

November 22st, 2020

  • Free-agent Markieff Morris has agreed to a minimum deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Free-agent center Aron Baynes has agreed to a two-year, $14.3M deal with the Toronto Raptors
  • Free-agent F Solomon Hill has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks
  • Dario Saric has agreed to a three-year, $27M deal to stay with Phoenix
  • Chris Boucher has agreed to a two-year, $13.5M deal to stay with the Toronto Raptors
  • Free-agent G Damyean Dotson has agreed to a two-year, $4M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Free-agent DeMarcus Cousins and the Houston Rockets agree to a deal
  • Free-agent center Alex Len has agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors

November 22st, 2020

  • Lakers trade JaVale McGee and a future second-round pick to Cavaliers
  • Free-agent Austin Rivers has agreed to deal with the Knicks
  • Jayson Tatum has agreed to a five-year, $195M extension with the Celtics,
  • The 76ers are trading G Zhaire Smith to the Pistons for C Tony Bradley
  • Free-agent C Damian Jones has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns
  • Free-agent center Willie Cauley-Stein has agreed to a two-year, $8.2M deal to return to the Dallas Mavericks
  • Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell has agreed to a five-year, $195M designated rookie max extension
  • Free-agent Harry Giles has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • Free-agent center Willy Hernangomez has agreed to a one-year, minimum deal with the New Orleans Pelicans
  • Free-agent Serge Ibaka plans to sign a 2-year, $19M deal with the Clippers
  • Free-agent C Nerlens Noel has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Knicks
  • Free-agent G Brad Wanamaker has agreed to a one-year, $2.25M deal to join the Golden State Warriors
  • Free-agent Marc Gasol has agreed to a deal with the Lakers

November 21st, 2020

  • Real Madrid guard Facundo Campazzo has agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets
  • Free-agent Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a deal to return to the Orlando Magic
  • Free-agent Kris Dunn has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal with the Atlanta Hawks
  • Free-agent Moe Harkless has agreed to a one-year, $3.6M deal with the Miami Heat
  • Jae Crowder has agreed to a 3-year, $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns
  • Free-agent Jeff Green has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets
  • Free-agent Avery Bradley has agreed to a two-year, $11.6M deal with the Miami Heat
  • Fred VanVleet has agreed to a four-year, $85M deal to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors
  • Free-agent Gordon Hayward is signing a 4-year, $120M deal with Charlotte
  • Free-agent DJ Augustin has agreed to a three-year, $21M deal with Milwaukee
  • Free-agent Bobby Portis has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Free-agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a three-year, $40M deal with the Lakers
  • Free-agent Carmelo Anthony is finalizing a deal to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • Free-agent Gary Clark has agreed to a two-year, $4.1M deal to stay with Orlando
  • Free-agent Paul Millsap has agreed to a one-year, $10M-plus deal to return to the Denver Nuggets
  • Rajon Rondo has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal with Atlanta Hawks
  • Free-agent Jeff Green has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets
  • Elfrid Payton has agreed to a one-year, $5M deal with Knicks
  • Free-agent Brad Wanamaker has agreed to a one-year, $2.25M deal to join the Golden State Warriors
  • Free-agent Nerlens Noel has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Knicks
  • Free-agent Serge Ibaka has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers
  • Free-agent Wes Iwundu is close to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks

November 20th, 2020

  • Free-agent Goran Dragic has agreed to a two-year, $37.4M deal to re-sign with the Miami Heat
  • Free-agent center Mason Plumlee has agreed to a three-year, $25M deal with the Detroit Pistons
  • Free-agent Patrick Patterson is returning to the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year deal
  • Free-agent Wes Matthews plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • The Sacramento Kings have agreed to a five-year extension deal with De’Aaron Fox, worth $163M
  • Free-agent Dwight Howard has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Free-agent Garrett Temple has agreed to a one-year, $5M deal with Chicago
  • Free-agent Joe Harris has agreed to a four-year, $75M deal to return to the Brooklyn Nets
  • Free-agent Alec Burks has agreed to a one-year, $6M deal with the New York Knicks, agent Alex Saratsis
  • Free-agent Davis Bertans has agreed to a 5-year, $80M deal to return to the Washington Wizards
  • Free-agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons
  • Free-agent Anthony Gill has agreed to a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards
  • Free-agent Danilo Gallinari is finalizing a three-year, $61.5M contract with the Atlanta Hawks
  • Free-agent Rodney Hood is returning to the Portland Trail Blazers on a two-year, $21M deal
  • Free-agent Jordan Clarkson has agreed to a four-year, $52M deal with the Utah Jazz
  • Malik Beasley has agreed to a four-year, $60M deal to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Free-agent Montrezl Harrell has agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Free-agent Jerami Grant has agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with the Detroit Pistons
  • Free-agent Derrick Jones has agreed to a two-year, $19M deal with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • Free-agent Marcus Morris has agreed to return to the Clippers on a four-year, $64M deal
  • Free-agent James Ennis has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Orlando Magic
  • Free-agent Christian Wood has agreed to a three-year, $41M deal with the Houston Rockets,
  • Free-agent Justin Holiday has agreed to a three-year, $18.1M deal to return to the Indiana Pacers
  • Free-agent Jakob Poeltl is finalizing a three-year, near $27M deal to return to San Antonio, per agents Mike Tellem, Aaron Mintz, and Steven Heumann
  • Free-agent Pat Connaughton has agreed to a two-year, $8.3M deal to return to the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Free-agent JaMychal Green has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal with the Denver Nuggets
  • Free-agent Denzel Valentine has signed a one-year, $4.7M (qualifying offer) deal with the Bulls

November 19th, 2020

  • Devon Dotson signs with the Chicago Bulls
  • Killian Tillie signs with the Memphis Grizzlies
  • Nate Darling signs with the Charlotte Hornets
  • Jahill Tripp signs with the Memphis Grizzlies
  • Mason Jones signs with the Houston Rockets
  • Nate Hinton signs with the Dallas Mavericks
  • Markus Howard signs with the Denver Nuggets
  • Naji Marshall signs with the New Orleans Pelicans
  • Ashton Hagans signs with the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Lamar Stevens signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Sean McDermott signs with the Memphis Grizzlies

November 18th

  • New York has agreed to trade the 27th pick and 38th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Utah for the 23rd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
  • Philadelphia has agreed to trade Al Horford, a 2020 first-round pick, a 2025 first-round pick, and a second-round pick to Oklahoma City for Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson.
  • Houston has agreed to trade Trevor Ariza and the 16th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Detroit for a future first-round pick.
  • Oklahoma City has agreed to trade Ricky Rubio, the 25th pick and 28th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Minnesota for the 17th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers trade Landry Shamet to Brooklyn for the 19th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Detroit also traded Luke Kennard to the Clippers for Rodney McGruder.
  • Minnesota has agreed to trade the 25th pick and 33rd pick to New York for the 23rd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
  • New Orleans has agreed to trade the 24th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Denver for a 2023 lottery-protected first-round pick
  • Utah has agreed to trade Tony Bradley and the 38th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Detroit for a future draft pick and cash considerations.
  • Boston agrees to trade the 30th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Memphis for two future second-round picks.
  • New York has agreed to trade the 33rd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to the LA Clippers for a 2023 second-round pick.
  • Dallas has agreed to trade Seth Curry to Philadelphia for Josh Richardson and the 36th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
  • Washington has agreed to trade the 37th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Oklahoma City for the 53rd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and a future second-round pick.
  • New Orleans has agreed to trade the 39th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Utah for a future second-round pick.
  • New Orleans has agreed to trade the 42nd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Charlotte for a future second-round pick.
  • Sacramento has agreed to trade the 52nd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to Houston for a 2021 second-round pick and cash considerations.
  • Brooklyn has agreed to trade the 55th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to the LA Clippers for the 57th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

November 16th

  • Oklahoma City has agreed to trade Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to Phoenix for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a 2022 first-round pick.
  • Milwaukee has agreed to trade Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, and multiple draft picks to New Orleans for Jrue Holiday.
  • Sacramento has agreed to trade Bogdan Bogdanovic and Justin James to Milwaukee for Donte DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson, and Ersan Ilyasova.
  • Houston has agreed to trade Robert Covington to Portland for Trevor Ariza, a 2020 first-round pick, and a 2021 protected first-round pick.
  • Detroit has agreed to trade Bruce Brown to Brooklyn for Dzanan Musa and a 2021 second-round pick.
  • Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade Danny Green and a 2020 first-round pick to Oklahoma City for Dennis Schroder

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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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NBA Draft 2020: Cody’s Big Board

It’s officially DRAFT DAY!

Which means it’s time for my official 2020 NBA Draft Big Board!

Each player (50 in total) has been scouted on a scale of 0-100 based on key attributes from scoring ability to defense as well as size, potential, and personality. (I also included my 2K rating because I want that gig!)

Of course, to each their own as you know! Remember to join Baseline Times tonight for LIVE Draft Analysis including up to the minute picks, grades, and trades through out the evening.

  1. LaMelo Ball, Guard (Illawarra Hawks via United States)
    Age: 18 Height: 6’7 Wingspan: 6’10 Weight: 190
    Strength: Outstanding playmaker who could lead the NBA in assists one day. Streaky scorer who can light it up when hot, but must improve consistency.
    Question Marks: Unknown on defense, must improve if he expects to guard fellow PGs in the league. Still not proven against top notch competition which may make first few months in the NBA difficult.
    Player Comparison: A better scoring Jason Williams if he develops as a point guard.
    Grade: 90 (2K Rating: 77)
  2. James Wiseman, Center (Memphis – Freshman)
    Age: 18 Height: 7’1 Wingspan: 7’6 Weight: 235
    Strength: Great shot blocker due to massive wingspan and low post IQ. Tremendous athlete who will provide some big plays underneath the basket. Shows promise to develop into very good low post as well as mid-range scorer.
    Question Marks: Still not seen much of Wiseman, so not sure how he’ll adapt to the NBA pace as at times he struggled to keep up in his few games at Memphis. As good as a shot blocker as he it, he struggles one on one defensively.
    Player Comparison: DeAndre Jordan due to his athletic ability and defense. More-so Chris Bosh in terms of offensive game.
    Grade: 89 (2K Rating: 77)
  3. Onyeka Okongwu, Center (USC – Freshman)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’9 Wingspan: 7’1 Weight: 245
    Strength: Explosive big man who is already a tremendous two-way player. High energy center with outstanding interior scoring ability. NBA ready today.
    Question Marks: Will be a bit undersized as a NBA center, but lacks the outside shooting ability to be a PF in today’s NBA. Will need to put on some more size or develop a better mid-range or outside shot to secure his place as a consistent NBA starter.
    Player Comparison: Bam Adebayo
    Grade: 88 (2K Rating: 75)
  4. Anthony Edwards, Guard (Georgia – Freshman)
    Age: 18 Height: 6’5 Wingspan: 6’8 Weight: 215
    Strength: Explosive with very good strength on his drives to the basket. Has the athleticism to make the difficult shots look easy especially off the dribble.
    Question Marks: There’s flashes of greatness, but Edwards is also very inconsistent especially as a projected top five pick. Still questions about his defense, pure shooting ability, and mentality to win.
    Player Comparison: Victor Oladipo at his best.
    Grade: 88 (2K Rating: 77)
  5. Devin Vassell, Guard (Florida State – Sophomore)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’7 Wingspan: 6’10 Weight: 194
    Strength: Elite defender out of college who will likely chase multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards down the line. Solid spot up shooter with potential to be much more than just a “three-and-D” type of player.
    Question Marks: Lacks a true position as he’s undersized to play the three, but not a dynamic scorer making it difficult to play as a true shooting guard. Still needs to tighten up a bit as a ball handler.
    Player Comparison: Robert Covington with potential to develop into more of a Khris Middleton.
  6. Grade: 86 (2K Rating: 74)
  7. Obi Toppin, Forward (Dayton – Sophomore)
    Age: 22 Height: 6’9 Wingspan: 6’11 Weight: 220
    Strength: Great scorer. Likely to help a team offensively immediately. If drafted into the proper situation, can lead a team in scoring as soon late this season. Underrated as a playmaker as well and could develop into a solid point-forward down the line. If 18 or 19-years-old, would likely be the top pick.
    Question Marks: Not very well rounded. Doesn’t have near the aggressiveness on defense or rebounding as he does on offense. Struggles against good athletes one-on-one.
    Player Comparison: A prime Blake Griffin or Amar’e Stoudemire.
    Grade: 86 (2K Rating: 78)
  8. Deni Avdija, Guard (Maccabi Tel Aviv via Israel)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’9 Wingspan: 6’9 Weight: 215
    Strength: Great playmaking forward who can score at the basket very well. Also a terrific defender and has very good intangibles including his pump fakes and creating contact on layups.
    Question Marks: Lacks athleticism which will hurt him on both offense and defense. Also is very inconstant shooting especially from outside.
    Player Comparison: Danilo Gallinari with better playmaking and worse shooting.
    Grade: 85 (2K Rating: 76)
  9. Killian Hayes, Guard (Ulm via France)
    Age: 18 Height: 6’5 Wingspan: 6’8 Weight: 215
    Strength: Maybe the best pure point guard in the draft. Great on the pick-and-roll and has excellent touch with his passes and shots. Off the ball, Hayes is a solid catch-and-shoot skillset and is an underrated defender.
    Question Marks: Doesn’t have the best handles and won’t make many too many plays one-on-one. Still left-hand dominant and lacks the athletic ability to play through contact against bigger defenders.
    Player Comparison: Manu Ginobili
    Grade: 85 (2K Rating: 75)
  10. Tyrell Terry, Guard (Stanford – Freshman)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’2 Wingspan: 6’4 Weight: 175
    Strength: Elite shooting ability who can score on the catch-and-shoot or off the dribble. Reminds me of Rip Hamilton with his off the ball movement finding his spot to find his shot. Very competitive defender who will likely develop even further as a defender in a couple years.
    Question Marks: Undersized as a shoot guard and lacks the playmaking ability to be a pure point guard. May struggle early to defend larger guards.
    Player Comparison: C.J. McCollum
    Grade: 85 (2K Rating: 74)
  11. Tyrese Haliburton, Guard (Iowa State – Sophomore)
    Age: 20 Height: 6’5 Wingspan: 6’8 Weight: 175
    Strength: High basketball IQ with great playmaking ability. Can make some great plays especially in transition. Has a very good spot-up shot as well with deep range. Haliburton, similar to Tobbin, would be a top five pick if a bit younger.
    Question Marks: Not a great athlete and lacks the ability to create at the rim. Many questions remain as a defender especially in one-on-one situations.
    Player Comparison: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    Grade: 83 (2K Rating: 75)
  12. Isaac Okoro, Forward (Auburn – Freshman)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’6 Wingspan: 6’9 Weight: 225
    Strength: Versatile defender who can finish at the rim on offense. Okoro is well rounded with a high basketball IQ.
    Question Marks: Not a great shooter and doesn’t have the best handles especially once he faces a talented NBA defender. Questions about his quickness and true athletic ability may harm him in the NBA.
    Player Comparison: Justise Winslow
    Grade: 82 (2K Rating: 72)
  13. Cole Anthony, Guard (North Carolina – Freshman)
    Age: 20 Height: 6’3 Wingspan: 6’4 Weight: 190
    Strength: Very good scorer who can score from everywhere. A great shooter from both long range and mid-range with the ability to finish with both hands at the rim. Underrated one-on-one defender who is also dangerous in the passing lanes.
    Question Marks: Not a pure playmaker and struggled to get North Carolina into their offensive sets at times. Questions about his shot selection remain as well.
    Player Comparison: Austin Rivers, but ceiling could be more like a Kemba Walker or Trae Young.
    Grade: 82 (2K Rating: 74)
  14. Tyrese Maxey, Guard (Kentucky – Freshman)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’3 Wingspan: 6’6 Weight: 198
    Strength: Great scorer with the ability to create his own shot. Also a very good on-the-ball defender who is outstanding at getting steals and breaking out in transition.
    Question Marks: Forces his shot at times. Will need to improve his shot selection and his handles to be a consistent scorer in the NBA. Lackluster playmaking ability will lead to him not playing much PG in the league.
    Player Comparison: Kyle Lowry
    Grade: 82 (2K Rating: 75)
  15. Patrick Williams, Forward (Florida State – Freshman)
    Age: 18 Height: 6’8 Wingspan: 6’11 Weight: 225
    Strength: Great athlete who is high energy and can make players everywhere on defense. Great scorer at the rim who is still developing the scoring ability off the dribble. Maybe the most potential in the draft.
    Question Marks: Awkward shooting form leading to a low percentage outside shot. A bit turnover prone who struggles against top tier defenders.
    Player Comparison: Rudy Gay
    Grade: 82 (2K Rating: 73)
  16. Saddiq Bey, Forward (Villanova – Sophomore)
    Age: 21 Height: 6’8 Wingspan: 6’10 Weight: 215
    Strength: The ideal 3-and-D player with potential to earn a starting role down the line with the ability to play multiple positions. Very high basketball IQ as with most Villanova pros.
    Question Marks: Not the best off the dribble and struggles to create his own shot. Lacks the explosive ability to make plays at the basket.
    Player Comparison: Jae Crowder
    Grade: 81 (2K Rating: 72)
  17. Jalen Smith, Center (Maryland – Sophomore)
    Age: 20 Height: 6’10 Wingspan: 7’1 Weight: 225
    Strength: Great offensive player especially as a face-up big man. Great off the pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop. Finishes well at the rim and has a very high motor.
    Question Marks: Struggles defensively against strong, low post players and quick, stretch forwards. For all he brings on offense, Smith will be a liability on defense for at least his first year in the league.
    Player Comparison: Kelly Olynyk
    Grade: 81 (2K Rating: 74)
  18. Aleksej Pokusevski, Center (Olympiacos B via Serbia)
    Age: 18 Height: 7’0 Wingspan: 7’3 Weight: 201
    Strength: Well-rounded offensively with a great shot from the outside. Can space out the floor and use his size to jump-start possessions. Very high potential as he gets more floor time.
    Question Marks: He’s a skinny big man who will have to put on some size regardless of how he plays. Very inconsistent on defense and as a rebounder. Scoring ability may not translate to the NBA.
    Player Comparison: Dragan Bender
    Grade: 80 (2K Rating: 72)
  19. Kira Lewis Jr., Guard (Alabama – Sophomore)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’3 Wingspan: 6’6 Weight: 165
    Strength: Pick-and-roll specialist who can score well off the dribble with explosiveness at the rim. Has superb athleticism which helps him on both sides of the ball.
    Question Marks: Will need to improve his playmaking and outside shot to contend for a starting spot in the NBA. Very undersized as a shooting guard.
    Player Comparison: Darius Garland
    Grade: 79 (2K Rating: 74)
  20. Desmond Bane, Guard (TCU – Senior)
    Age: 21 Height: 6’6 Wingspan: 6’5 Weight: 215
    Strength: Dangerous shooter with high basketball IQ. Excels at the “little things” which will lead to Bane being a consistent rotation player in the NBA.
    Question Marks: Will struggle to find a true position, but his versatility will help that not be a major issue. Not the most explosive and is on the shorter-side of most players with a similar frame.
    Player Comparison: Malcolm Brogdon
    Grade: 78 (2K Rating: 71)
  21. Precious Achiuwa, Forward (Memphis – Freshman)
    Age: 20 Height: 6’9 Wingspan: 7’2 Weight: 225
    Strength: Rim-runner who is sensational in the pick-and-roll. While he’ll make some highlight plays on offense, he’ll be most useful on defense with his impressive physical frame and explosiveness.
    Question Marks: Very poor shooter and shows no signs of it improving with time. Also is a bit turnover prone with the basketball. Still very much in development.
    Player Comparison: Montrezl Harrell
    Grade: 78 (2K Rating: 72)
  22. Aaron Nesmith, Guard (Vanderbilt – Sophomore)
    Age: 20 Height: 6’6 Wingspan: 6’10 Weight: 213
    Strength: One of the best long-range shooters in the draft. Can known down the long ball either as a catch-and-shoot player or off the dribble. Also has a nice side step and step-back. High basketball IQ including on defense.
    Question Marks: Outside his jump shot, Nesmith struggles to finish at the rim and at times, has trouble getting his shot off against tight defense. Not the best playmaker when running the point.
    Player Comparison: Danny Green
    Grade: 77 (2K Rating: 73)
  23. Nico Mannion, Guard (Arizona – Freshman)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’3 Wingspan: 6’2 Weight: 190
    Strength: Pure scorer with good outside shot and finishing ability at the rim. Smooth mid-rang game as well including a very sweet floater. Very good playmaker especially out in the open floor in transition.
    Question Marks: Not great defensively and may struggle to adapt to the NBA game due to physical limitations. Shot can become streaky at times. Very hot and cold at Arizona.
    Player Comparison: Landry Shamet
    Grade: 77 (2K Rating: 71)
  24. R.J. Hampton, Guard (New Zealand Breakers via United States)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’5 Wingspan: 6’7 Weight: 188
    Strength: Dynamic athlete with turbo-boost quickness. Very fundamentally sound and has the potential to become an outstanding playmaker. Will also likely develop into a very good defender down the road.
    Question Marks: Bad jumpshot that’s not developed over the last few years. Smaller frame will make it difficult to convert at the rim and is under 70% at the free throw line. Raw potential, but still a couple years very being a consistent player in the NBA.
    Player Comparison: Dante Exum
    Grade: 77 (2K Rating: 70)
  25. Isaiah Stewart, Center (Washington – Freshman)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’9 Wingspan: 7’4 Weight: 250
    Strength: Vintage big man with solid inside game who will contribute right away on the glass. With high-motor and aggressiveness, will be a solid shot blocker at the next level.
    Question Marks: Vintage isn’t always a good thing. Poor passing ability will lead to teams passing if they’re looking for a solid inside-out big. While Stewart has a soft touch, his shooting is inconsistent at best. Potential though is there to become a starting NBA center.
    Player Comparison: Derrick Favors
    Grade: 77 (2K Rating: 74)
  26. Robert Woodard II, Forward (Mississippi State – Sophomore)
    Age: 20 Height: 6’7 Wingspan: 7’1 Weight: 235
    Strength: Very well-rounded. Good at everything, but great at nothing. Always on the move and is high energy. Will strive if placed in the right system like with a contending team.
    Question Marks: Not a great athlete and lacks quickness to defend great athletes. Shooting numbers improved last season, but still needs to improve to become more consistent.
    Player Comparison: DeMarre Carroll
    Grade: 76 (2K Rating: 70)
  27. Leandro Bolmaro, Guard (Barcelona via Argentina)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’7 Wingspan: 6’8 Weight: 180
    Strength: Excellent passer and can find open teammates anywhere on the floor. Also has slick handles, good touch on layups and floaters, and has high energy on defense.
    Question Marks: It’s all about the jumpshot. Very poor shooter from the outside which changes the way he’ll be guarded in the NBA. Struggles against smaller, quicker defenders. Questions about how he’ll defend at the NBA level as well.
    Player Comparison: Evan Turner
    Grade: 75 (2K Rating: 72)
  28. Yam Madar, Guard (Hapoel Tel Aviv via Israel)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’3 Wingspan: 6’4 Weight: 180
    Strength: Very crafty ball handler and finisher around the basket who can create against the biggest defenders. Beautiful passer who make slick passes to open teammates. Very hard worker on both sides of the floor. Darkhorse steal late in the draft.
    Question Marks: Similar to Bolmaro, his jumpshot will hold him back. Bad form led to shooting only 27% last season. While he is tenacious on defense, his size will add limitations to his defensive ability in the NBA.
    Player Comparison: Patrick Beverley
    Grade: 73 (2K Rating: 69)
  29. Paul Reed, Forward (DePaul – Junior)
    Age: 20 Height: 6’9 Wingspan: 7’2 Weight: 220
    Strength: Very good athlete with solid frame which will lead to him being an multipositional defender in the NBA. Averaged a double-double at DePaul, could one day do it again in the NBA if he continues to develop.
    Question Marks: At times, is over-aggressive on defense and makes questionable decisions on both sides of the ball. Also is very inconsistent shooting the basketball from mid-range and long range.
    Player Comparison: Taj Gibson
    Grade: 73 (2K Rating: 70)
  30. Josh Green, Guard (Arizona – Freshman)
    Age: 19 Height: 6’6 Wingspan: 6’10 Weight: 210
    Strength: High potential 3-and-D style player who can shoot the ball well from the outside and play outstanding defense both on and off the ball.
    Question Marks: Not great with the ball in his hands and needs to improve finishing at the rim when his shot isn’t falling. Shot selection must improve to be consistent on offense.
    Player Comparison: Hamidou Diallo
    Grade: 72 (2K Rating: 71)
  31. Ty-Shon Alexander, Guard (Creighton – Junior)
    Grade: 72 (32K Rating: 70)
  32. Jahmi’us Ramsey, Guard (Texas Tech – Freshman)
    Grade: 72 (2K Rating: 70
  33. Isaiah Joe, Guard (Arkansas – Sophomore)
    Grade: 71 (2K Rating: 70)
  34. Devon Dotson, Guard (Kansas – Sophomore)
    Grade: 71 (2K Rating: 72)
  35. Vernon Carey Jr, Forward (Duke – Freshman)
    Grade: 71 (2K Rating: 69)
  36. Cassius Winston, Guard (Michigan State – Senior)
    Grade: 70 (2K Rating: 72)
  37. Daniel Oturu, Forward (Minnesota – Sophomore)
    Grade: 70 (2K Rating: 69)
  38. Jaden McDaniels, Forward (Washington – Freshman)
    Grade: 70 (2K Rating: 68)
  39. Malachi Flynn, Guard (San Diego State – Junior)
    Grade: 69 (2K Rating: 67)
  40. Theo Maledon, Guard (ASVEL via France)
    Grade: 69 (2K Rating: 68)
  41. Zeke Nnaji, Center (Arizona – Freshman)
    Grade: 69 (2K Rating: 68)
  42. Udoka Azubuike, Center (Kansas – Junior)
    Grade: 69 (2K Rating: 69)
  43. Tyler Bey, Guard (Colorado – Junior)
    Grade: 68 (2K Rating: 66)
  44. Reggie Perry, Forward (Mississippi State – Sophomore)
    Grade: 68 (2K Rating: 67)
  45. Tre Jones, Guard (Duke – Sophomore)
    Grade: 67 (2K Rating: 69)
  46. Payton Pritchard, Guard (Oregon – Senior)
    Grade: 67 (2K Rating: 67)
  47. Jordan Nwora, Forward (Louisville – Junior)
    Grade: 67 (2K Rating: 68)
  48. Grant Riller, Guard (Charleston – Senior)
    Grade: 66 (2K Rating: 65)
  49. Immanuel Quickley, Guard (Kentucky – Sophomore)
    Grade: 66 (2K Rating: 69)
  50. Killian Tillie, Forward (Gonzaga – Senior)
    Grade: 65 (2K Rating: 67)

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NBA Draft 2020: Wise-Decision Leads Golden State Back To Championship

Not too many teams picking at the second spot in the NBA Draft are NBA Championship contenders, but that’s where the Golden State Warriors find themselves in 2020.

The chaotic 2019-20 NBA season wasn’t one to remember for the Warriors and it feels like decades ago we were talking about the “Curry Era” and the Golden State Dynasty.

So, it’s crazy to think the Warriors could be a draft pick away from taking back the top spot in the league.

While, as of today, there is still talk of the Warriors looking to move the second pick in the 2020 draft and while that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, I feel there is significant production available at that spot via the draft itself.

As long as Minnesota doesn’t do anything crazy, it seems the Timberwolves will take LaMelo Ball at number one meaning the Warriors would have maybe the most impactful player in this year’s draft fall right into their lap.

That player is Memphis center James Wiseman.

Wiseman didn’t play much at Memphis due to some recruiting issues, but in three games, we were able to see some glimpses of his potential including his 28 point, 11 rebound performance against South Carolina State.

In high school and on the traveling circuit, Wiseman had all the intangibles to be a straight-to-the-league player if that was still available.

Nonetheless, Wiseman has drawn comparisons to players like DeAndre Jordan, Chris Bosh, or even a Kevin Garnett in terms of what he’s able to do on the floor both on offense and defense.

Of course, the big issue with Wiseman in this year’s draft is how little everyone has actually seen him play. Again, Wiseman hasn’t played an actual basketball game since November of last year.

That’s where Golden State comes in.

Wiseman is the perfect fit for the Warriors as he wouldn’t be option one, two or even three in his first season with Golden State.

He would be able to adapt to the NBA speed and style at his own pace while still doing the things he does well: rebound, play defense, and create inside-out opportunities for the sharpshooting Warriors.

Those three skills alone make Wiseman, in my opinion, the obvious choice for the Warriors at the two-spot in this year’s draft. Even trading away the pick doesn’t bring in as much value as Wiseman does in year one.

Now, as usual, the Warriors will shop around and may land a few veteran players to fill their roster, but the one good thing about the struggles of last year is the Warriors have had a bunch of time to recover from injuries and rest before the start of the next season while many playoff teams have had less than four months of an offseason.

With a healthy Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green plus the option of not trading away Andrew Wiggins and keeping Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Marquese Chriss, and Ky Bowman under contract with the addition of Wiseman make the Warriors the team to beat in the NBA in 2020.

Whether the Warriors have plans to pursue a big name in the free agent market next season or not, drafting Wiseman this year make Golden State yet again the elite of the NBA.


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NBA Draft 2020: Hey, Minnesota! Don’t Mess This Up

We get it. There’s a ton or pressure on the Minnesota Timberwolves again picking at the top of the NBA Draft.

But, let’s face it…they’re not a very good drafting team.

Since 2010, the Timberwolves have picked 12 times inside the top twenty of the NBA Draft. How many of those players have made an All-Star team? One.

And don’t get me started on how many games those draft picks have won with Minnesota (hint: not many).

Regardless, Minnesota has some options in 2020 with this year’s draft not featuring that one can’t miss player. Still though, only one player makes sense for a team that has made some moves the last two decades that don’t make any sense.

That player? LaMelo Ball.

Now, this pick isn’t necessarily a “franchise changer” as there are still some question marks about Ball and how he’ll fare in the NBA.

This pick also won’t likely result in a deep playoff run next season.

What it is though is the right pick to made.

Over the years, at least on paper, it seems Minnesota has over-thunk their draft picks.

Need some examples?

How about Kris Dunn over Buddy Hield and Jamal Murray in 2016 or Trey Burke over CJ McCollum in 2013?

Oh, and how about Derrick Williams at No. 2 overall over Enes Kanter, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, and Kawhi Leonard in 2011 and who could forget the Timberwolves selecting two point guards (Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn) over Stephen Curry in 2009.

Of course, I’m reaching a bit here since we didn’t know how good some of those players would end up being, but some times, it’s not rocket science.

LaMelo Ball has the highest ceiling in the draft. Ball is also a recognizable name that can bring some much needed fanfare and media attention to Minnesota that already features two all-stars on the roster.

Oh yeah, did you forget? Many people do.

The Timberwolves still feature one of the best duos in the NBA as both Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell are locked in heading into the 2020-21 NBA season.

With Ball, the Timberwolves add a guard to combo Russell. The two will have potential to be one of the best “push-the-pace” guard combos in the NBA in the coming years.

This also improves your overall line-up. With two talented offensive players at guard, you can freely rotate defensive specialist Jarrett Culver around one through three to guard the best opposing players.

Plus, Ball doesn’t have to average 20 points per game this season for the Timberwolves to be successful. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

I mean, if LaMelo Ball is the team’s leading scorer, this likely means Minnesota either traded both Towns and Russell, both are hurt, or Minnesota will pick in the top five again in 2021.

The focus of Minnesota should always be to build round Karl-Anthony Towns as he’s the best player on the team and still has the potential to be the best center in the NBA. Period.

Everyone else is a piece of the puzzle.

As soon as that is established in Minnesota, the Timberwolves can actually compete in the west instead of competing for a top ten draft pick year in and year out.

It all starts with selecting LaMelo Ball with the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday.


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NBA Offseason: Chris Paul Traded to the Suns

The 2020 NBA offseason started with a big trade on Monday as Oklahoma City agreed in principle to trade All-Star and future Hall of Fame player point guard Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal will see the Suns trade multiple players including Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Abdel Nader will also be included in the deal from Oklahoma City to Phoenix.

The 35-year-old Paul played well in Oklahoma City as he led the Thunder to a playoff birth, was chosen as an All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Second Team. Paul finished the season averaging 17.6 PPG and 6.7 APG in 70 total games played.

Outside of his ability, Paul will also bring a large contract to Phoenix. Chris Paul still has two years and over $80 million still on the books. Nonetheless, Paul will reconnect with former coach Monty Williams and will be a key member of a team that already features two primary scorers in Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.

Oklahoma City moves further into a rebuild mode yet again after trading Russell Westbrook and Paul George in previous years. The Thunder also hold the keys to the future with over 15 first-round draft picks between the 2020 and 2026 NBA Drafts.


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The Future of the NBA: Top Ten Prospects In The Next Three NBA Drafts

The NBA Draft is next week and features some key prospects that will help many struggling teams improve for the 2020-21 season. With that said though, this is one of the weaker drafts in recent memories.

Outside the top ten, it’s hard to see any player in this year’s draft making a big impact in year one in the league. On top of that, there are currently multiple players about to begin college or even still in high school that many general managers would likely take in the top five over some of the prospects eligible that will be selected in this year’s draft.

The future of the NBA is extremely bright though with many players having superstar potential entering the league over the next three seasons and while I only see two players with that high of a ceiling in the 2020 NBA Draft, I want to look at my favorite ten prospects over the next three NBA Drafts.

First, here’s a few players that didn’t quite make the cut, but that I feel could be very good down the line. Starting with one of the top projected picks in the 2020 Draft: Anthony Edwards. Explosive with potential to be a top ten scorer in the NBA, but at Georgia, Edwards didn’t blow people away each and every night. Worries about his drive and discipline concern many including myself keeping him outside my top ten.

Jalen Johnson and Jonathan Kuminga are both projected top ten picks in the 2021 NBA Draft and I feel both are going to very good, but still stuck outside my top ten. Same with 2021 prospects Patrick Baldwin Jr and international sensation Victor Wembanyama.

Now, to the actual list of players:

10) Brandon Boston Jr, College Freshman (Kentucky) – 2021 NBA Draft
Top tier scorer who’s draw comparisons to Brandon Ingram due to his smooth style of play, Boston will be a go-to player almost immediately once he hits the league. Working on defense and putting on some size at Kentucky this season will likely lead to him shooting up draft boards for 2021.


9) Evan Mobley, College Freshman (USC) – 2021 NBA Draft
A fast, agile big man with an advanced skill set. Mobley is a coordinated athlete with great length and a lot of upside. Very good back-to-the-basket defender who can average 3-5 shot blocks a game at any level. Can handle the ball well in the open court and can score both inside as well as outside. High IQ player with a chance to impress as the “man” at USC this season as long as his body holds up.


8) Paolo Banchero, High School Senior (Committed to Duke) – 2022 NBA Draft
Like many Duke big men before him, Coach K’s offense will likely be ran through Banchero once he arrives next season. With his powerful frame, there’s times currently Banchero seems unguardable. With his high motor and ability to score underneath, off the dribble, or even stretching the floor from three, Banchero will wow many once he arrives at Duke.


7) James Wiseman, One & Done (Memphis) – 2020 NBA Draft
Outstanding big man with a great frame, long arms and excellent agility for a 7-0 center. His face-up game is as good as they come with the ability to score under the basket but also with a great mid-range game with the ability to gain the ability to shoot the three once in the league. Although will be a top pick, he’s still underrated as a defender and passer. Can disappear at times and is left-hand dominant, but those are things that will be fixed once he hits the NBA.


6) Jaden Hardy, High School Senior – 2022 NBA Draft
Hardy is a scoring machine who can fill it up against anyone at any time. He’s got too much size and quickness for most guards to handle. He can get to the rim, dominate from mid range and get streaky-hot from downtown. A guard who one day will likely lead the NBA in scoring. Hardy may go the G-League route following his senior year of high school and be a high draft pick in 2022.


5) Chet Holmgren, High School Senior – 2022 NBA Draft
Nicknamed “The Unicorn” due to his size and ability, Chet Holmgren is impressive to watch, but will without a doubt need to add some size before he’s an NBA superstar. Currently, he’s a triple threat machine with his scoring ability, rebounding over the top of his opposition, and, of course, his shot blocking ability. Holmgren is still undecided on his college, but with his unique blend of size and ability, he’ll be a top ten pick in a couple years as long as he stays healthy.


4) Cade Cunningham, College Freshman (Oklahoma State) – 2021 NBA Draft
Think of a smaller, more well-rounded, better shooting version of Ben Simmons. That is Cade Cunningham’s potential. He does everything on the court including scoring, assisting, defending, and he completely controls the pace of the game. Will be a “keys to the car” style player and will be a franchise-changer to whoever drafts him. Will likely be a triple-double machine one day in the NBA and likely the top pick in next year’s draft.


3) LaMelo Ball, International-American – 2020 NBA Draft
The star of the class of 2020, but still has may question marks around him. In the limelight since he was a high school freshman, LaMelo Ball impressed many with his play and growth at the international level the last couple seasons. Without question an outstanding scorer, but his true position has yet to be determined whether he’ll be able to play at the point or have the size to be a true shooting guard. Still worth the top pick though this season especially if it’s to Minnesota where he won’t have to be option one immediately.


2) Jalen Green, G-League – 2021 NBA Draft
All around star who has drawn comparisons to Kobe Bryant with his scoring ability. Ideal slashing-style shooting guard with a quick first step and the quickness to blow past even elite defenders. Also an outstanding shooter with a deadly step back. Not just a scorer as he’s an underrated defender and rebounder and will likely improve in those categories with time as he plays top tier talent in the G-League. Green will likely be an NBA Scoring Champion somewhere down the line.


1) Emoni Bates, High School Junior – 2022/2023 NBA Draft
If you don’t know by now, you’ve not been paying attention. There’s nobody that’s the “next LeBron,” but Emoni Bates has potential we’ve not seen from a high school player since, well…yeah, LeBron James. To be blunt, Emoni’s floor as an NBA prospect: superstar. He’s ceiling? There isn’t one.

Bates can score from anywhere on the floor with a high-set shot similar to Kevin Durant. Bates can score off the dribble with the best guards in the nation and use his wide arsenal of offensive moves to score against taller or larger defenders. Well-rounded as well with the ability to defend one through five due to his length and basketball IQ.

The one negative? He’s not eligible for the draft yet because if he was, the 16-year-old would be the top overall pick this year…and I’m not kidding. Emoni Bates is the next big thing and there’s no way around it.


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(2) Toronto Raptors vs (7) Brooklyn Nets: Series Preview

We the North are defending champs

While the NBA is playing during an unusual time of year, it seems that most people have forgotten that the Toronto Raptors are the defending champions.

Of course, this is due to the fact that their star player last season, Kawhi Leonard is now a Los Angele Clipper. Toronto finished second place in the East with a 53-19 record.

Their bubble play ended with a four-game win streak. Some of their bubble wins happened against the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and Milwaukee Bucks( without Giannis Antetokounmpo).

Despite losing Leonard, the Raptors were able to finish 2nd in defensive rating overall in the league. This clearly shows that no drop off of defense for the defending champs has kept them among the top-seeded teams in the Eastern Conference.

Brooklyn will have to go hard

On the other hand, the Brooklyn Nets are coming into the NBA Bubble as one of the most depleted teams. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan are three of Brooklyn’s top players who are not in Orlando.

Furthermore, the expectation for Brooklyn was to just hold on enough to the 7th seed and they did just that. Posting a 5-3 record in the bubble is more than impressive for a group of young hopeful players.

Caris LeVert played in six games for the Nets in their seeding games. He averaged 25 points per game, 6.7 assists per game, and shot 48 percent from the field.

Some of the Nets other young players that will show some fight are Jarrett Allen, Garrett Temple, and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. Brooklyn tried to add veteran leadership coming into the bubble by adding Jamal Crawford. However, Crawford suffered a hamstring injury in the Nets’ first seeding game. No update on his immediate availability has been given.

Back to the north for Brooklyn

While Brooklyn’s young and motivated team has shown signs not to give up easily, there is no answer for Pascal Siakam. I’m a fan of experience in these early first-round match ups and the defending champions have appeared as good as they were in the regular season.

Kyle Lowry is playing arguable some of the best basketball this year averaging 19.4 points per game, rebounds per game, and 7.5 assists per game. All career-highs this year alone.

The Nets could make this series a little more hard-fought-for Toronto but the deal gets closed in four games still. my series prediction? Bring out the brooms and bet on the Toronto Raptors in 4 games.


(2) Raptors vs (7) Nets East First Round Schedule

Game 1BKN @ TORESPN8/17/20 | 4:00 PM EST
Game 2BKN @ TORNBA TV8/19/20 |1:30 PM EST
Game 3TOR @ BKNNBA TV8/21/20 | 1:30 PM EST
Game 4TOR @ BKNTNT8/23/20 | 6:30 PM EST
Game 5*TBD If Needed
Game 6*TBD If Needed
Game 7*TBD If Needed


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