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2020 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

Welcome to the new Overtime Heroics NBA Draft page! As we start of 2020, we present our Mock Draft 1.0.

In this exercise, I make selections as the acting General Manager based upon team needs and my evaluations.

The order below was established concluding January 10th games.

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1 1. Atlanta Killian Hayes 6’5 with high basketball IQ, Hayes is versatile on both ends as a ball handler and defender. He’s incredibly smooth on offense, and has phenomenal PnR skills which could pair nicely with Trae. He’s flashed excellent instincts and vision, and his 90% FT shooting indicates welcomed improvement to his jumper, giving many evaluators a high-floor perception.
2 2. Golden State Anthony Edwards Edwards’ lack of consistency and repeated poor decision making, especially on defense, has made me back off from #1. Still arguably the highest offensive upside in the class and a top-5 lock.
3 3. New York LaMelo Ball With elite vision and passing, Ball would be the true point guard to pair with RJ. The Knicks don’t seem to have any plan at PG, so this gives them a young talent who can put pressure on the rim as well as create for others. I also like the size of the Ball/RJ backcourt.
4 4. Cleveland James Wiseman I don’t see Cleveland moving on from the guards they selected in recent drafts, so addressing the frontcourt should be a priority. Wiseman may have his flaws, but at 7’1 and 240 pounds, it’s tough not to take the freshman from Memphis.
5 5. Chicago Isaac Okoro Okoro has super high upside on both ends of the floor. He’s an excellent passer and defender who projects as a solid 2-way player as long as the shot develops. Chicago has a solid future core of  Lavine, Lauri, Carter Jr, and White, so I feel Okoro would be an excellent addition for the wing.
6 6. Washington Tyrese Maxey The Wizards backcourt has seen some dark days the last 2 seasons, so a combo guard with the potential of playing both the 1 or 2 makes sense to me here. He may be able to back up both positions, and if John Wall can’t return to form, Maxey would give Washington an young, athletic guard to run with Bradley Beal.
7 7. Detroit Nico Mannion Pistons need to find a PG to pair with Luke Kennard, and there’s none better in this class at finding the open man than Nico. He possess elite vision and ability to pass at all levels. On defense he has a high IQ and motor, but lacks switchability which can cause matchup issues. Even so, his skill set on offense makes him a solid pick for Detroit.
8 8. New Orleans RJ Hampton With Zion and Hayes as the future of the frontcourt, I imagine the Pels’ front office to acquire more combo guard talent in this draft. Hampton could fit very nicely in a system with some amazing athletes who like to run the floor, while providing strong on/off ball defense and potential as ball handler. He’s a tweener 1-2, which may actually play into the appeal for the pick here.
9 9. Charlotte Onyeka Okongwu Averaging nearly 18 points & 9 rebounds as a freshman, Okongwu is an awesome athlete and one of the most efficient players we’ve seen in a long time. I really enjoy his combination of motor, finesse, and power. At 6’9 it will be interesting to see if he can play the center position at the next level, but the thought of him and PJ Washington together is really attractive.
10 10. Phoenix Tyrese Haliburton Suns will need a PG in the near future, and Haliburton is one of the smartest players to enter the draft in years. He’s a unique prospect because we aren’t totally sure what he translates to yet, but he could be an excellent compliment to Booker as a distributor and three point shooter.
11 11. Sacramento Deni Avdija Avdija is ultra-competitive and it shows on both ends of the floor. He’s an excellent team defender and has shown to be an above average playmaker on offense. He’s not an elite athlete but his motor, anticipation, and ability to affect the game at multiple levels makes him a sensible pick for the Kings to pair with Fox, Buddy, and Bagley.
12 12. Minnesota Cole Anthony Timberwolves have been searching for a PG, and find the answer in the freshman out of UNC. While he has struggled at Carolina, his pre-college sample is awesome and his athleticism should translate nicely to the next level.
13 13. Portland Obi Toppin Even though Toppin is one of the older players in the class, he’s a late bloomer and still has plenty of room to develop. He’s shown the ability to score on multiple levels and is a plus athlete. Defensive footwork needs to improve, but his ability to defend the rim makes him a solid pick to pair with the Blazers’ cemented backcourt.
14 14. San Antonio Jaden McDaniels Personally I think he’s a high-risk selection, but the upside here is really high. McDaniels is going to need development for while, and I trust the Spurs to get the best out of him. He makes sense here as a high ceiling player who has potential to defend multiple positions. On offense he’s probably going to be a project as he’s shown lack of strength, but the tools are there as both a driver and shooter.
15 15. Boston Jeremiah Robinson-Earl A high IQ, 6’9 power forward who can step out and shoot? Sounds good to me. He plays under control but with a motor on the glass that can’t be beat. JRE shows solid decision making and can play both the roll man, as well as a floor stretcher.
16 16. Atlanta Isaiah Stewart After addressing the guard spot at #1, adding a strong, physical presence like Stewart would really round of the young ATL core. Stewart is a great kid & physical specimen, and has the tools to dominate the paint in the future.
17 17. Orlando Josh Green Green has had issues with his shot during this season, but his defensive versatility and transition offense makes him a viable option. He has the talent to become a true lockdown defender, so if his offense comes around this pick could end up being fantastic value paired with Fultz and Isaac.
18 18. Oklahoma City Aaron Nesmith Arguably the best shooter in the draft, Nesmith is hitting 52% of his threes on 8 attempts per game. A legit 6’6, he’s a strong presence and active on both ends of the floor. He’s not the flashiest guy, but a reliable, high floor pick.
19 19. Dallas Vernon Carey Jr. Dallas’ reported interest in Andre Drummond makes me think they’re looking for a strong, physical presence by the basket. Carey’s offensive efficiency and post scoring would allowing Porzingis to remain outside.
20 20. Milwaukee (IND) Paul Reed The long, lean power forward anticipates really well and uses his length on both ends of the floor. What I like most is his ability to collect blocks and steals, as he’s active at each level. Offensively he can playmake and has stretch 4 potential, which is why I see an ideal fit here with the Bucks.
21 21. Brooklyn (PHI) Jahmi’us Ramsey Ramsey has been shooting lights out this season at Texas Tech, up to 43% from deep. He’s a phenomenal athlete and adequate defender, so his all around versatility makes him a solid wing addition.
22 22. Toronto Theo Maledon The Raptors could be facing a question mark with VanVleet’s looming free agency, so the French point guard seems to be the call here. Maledon is functional on both ends of the floor, and is crafty for his size/length.
23 23. Houston Devin Vassell Vassell is one of my favorite prospects in the entire draft. Tall & long, he provides elite team defense and shoots an excellent deep ball. He needs to work on creating for himself and not rely solely on catch-and-shoot opportunities, but Houston snagging him as a 3&D and spot up shooter makes sense.
24 24. LA Clippers Kira Lewis Jr. The Clippers don’t have many legitimate long term options at the point guard position, so I take the Alabama standout. Lewis is an excellent athlete and if his shot develops, he could develop into a reliable starting PG.
25 25. Utah Devon Dotson With no true point guard for the future, I take the 6’2 sophomore from Kansas. He’s a quick, hard nosed playmaker averaging 18/4/4 through the first half of the season. Pesky on ball defense and the ability to push and score in transition makes him the pick here.
26 26. Boston Zeke Nnaji With Boston’s need for a big, I double down and select Nnaji along with JRE. He excels off motion with interior scoring and is active on the boards, but has also shown flashes of becoming a floor spacer. Averaging 22 and 12 per 40 minutes, he’s a good athlete and decision maker.
27 27. Oklahoma City Oscar Tshiebwe At 6’9 and 258 pounds, he’s a huge kid & his soccer background is evident as he’s quietly a quick-twitch athlete. Raw on the offensive end, but well worth the selection. Oscar could give OKC a solid, physical 4/5 option in the future.
28 28. Miami Cassius Stanley Herro has the SG position locked up in Miami for quite the future, but adding an ultra-athlete to run with Bam/Jimmy/Herro is enticing here. He’s 6’6 and jumped a 46 inch vertical when arriving at school last summer. In a small sample, he’s shooting 42% from deep, so I take a shot.
29 29. LA Lakers Aaron Henry Debated going point guard, but I land on Henry because he’s a solid athlete who projects well as a versatile addition at the next level. He lacks killer instinct but he’s efficient and makes good decisions.
30 30. Boston Scottie Lewis Boston’s future remains bright, and after addressing the need for bigs earlier in this draft, I went with the 6’5, high ceiling G from Florida. He has struggled during his freshman season but has incredible tools and instincts, with proper development we could look back and consider getting him at 30 an absolute steal.

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