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2020 NBA Draft Big Board: Updated Top-75

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The last big board update for the 2020 draft. Finally.

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With the 2020 NBA Draft being just under one month away, the prospect debates and rumors should be heating up a bit soon. Here at At The Hive, we’ve been prepping for the draft for months, because it is our mission to stay on top of the game and provide our valued readers with the most detailed and up-to-date content possible — and also because the Hornets were bad and have not played basketball in seven months. Mostly the first part, though.

Like last time, this is my personal Big Board, ranking each prospect purely by how good I think they’ll be in the NBA. There will be a small notes section in between each tier for those who care to read them, otherwise, head to the comments and get to chattin’ about the 2020 draft class.

Tier 1 (All-star/All-NBA/All-Defense potential)

1.1 LaMelo Ball

1.2 Anthony Edwards

1.3 Killian Hayes

1.4 Onyeka Okongwu

Notes: Ball is still my No. 1 in the class, and I firmly believe the Hornets should just not overthink it and take whoever is available between Ball, Edwards, and Hayes with the third pick. Get a guy who could maybe be an All-Star and see what happens. Okongwu makes T1 as a potential All-Defense-caliber big. I love him.

Tier 2 (high-end/elite starters)

2.5 Devin Vassell

2.6 Deni Avdija

Notes: The first two tiers are small, because the top-flight talent in this draft is lacking. Vassell and Avdija are two of the only players at the top that I feel confident in them contributing on an NBA roster long-term. Vassell’s recent adjustments to his jump shot are not ideal, though.

Tier 3 (low-end starters/high-end role-players)

3.7 Tyrese Haliburton

3.8 Isaac Okoro

3.9 Cole Anthony

3.10 Tyrese Maxey

3.11 Patrick Williams

3.12 Kira Lewis Jr.

3.13 Aleksej Pokuševski

3.14 R.J. Hampton

3.15 James Wiseman

Notes: This is where this draft starts to get interesting. Haliburton fits well on nearly any roster, we could be looking at Pokuševski’s draft slot similar to how we look at teams passing on Giannis Antetokounmpo today, and Hampton and Anthony are talented but have underperformed. I’d feel comfortable taking Wiseman in the late lottery, not at three. Lewis Jr. to the Pelicans might be my favorite pairing in the lottery. Maxey is criminally underrated by mainstream draft analysts, he’s easily a top-15 player in the class.

Tier 4 (solid role-players/bench pieces)

4.16 Grant Riller

4.17 Desmond Bane

4.18 Xavier Tillman

4.19 Obi Toppin

4.20 Elijah Hughes

4.21 Aaron Nesmith

4.22 Saddiq Bey

4.23 Devon Dotson

4.24 Leandro Bolmaro

4.25 Theo Maledon

4.26 Isaiah Joe

4.27 Jalen Smith

4.28 Malachi Flynn

4.29 Josh Green

4.30 Tyrell Terry

4.31 Zeke Nnaji

4.32 Robert Woodard II

4.33 Nico Mannion

4.34 Killian Tillie

4.35 Precious Achiuwa

4.36 Tre Jones

4.37 Paul Reed

4.38 Tyler Bey

4.39 Isaiah Stewart

4.40 Jaden McDaniels

4.41 Daniel Oturu

4.42 Jahmi’us Ramsey

4.43 Mason Jones

Notes: This tier is huge because there are a lot of role-players in this class. Toppin’s offense-only game is barely enough to crack the top-20. Any one of Riller, Bane, Tillman, Joe, Hughes or Nnaji falling to the 32nd pick would be a gift from above. Oturu is not a good defender and McDaniels isn’t as good of a prospect as his brother, who was drafted 52nd. Flynn and Maledon are going to be good-but-not-spectacular rotation point guards. Really interested to see what team drafts Reed/how they utilize him. Woodard II or Tillie would also be nice at 32.

Tier 5 (high-end to low-end bench players)

5.44 Skylar Mays

5.45 Cassius Winston

5.46 Payton Pritchard

5.47 Nate Hinton

5.48 Reggie Perry

5.49 Immanuel Quickley

5.50 Yam Madar

5.51 Jay Scrubb

5.52 Udoka Azubuike

5.53 Lamine Diane

5.54 Ty-Shon Alexander

5.55 Ashton Hagans

5.56 Naji Marshall

5.57 Ömer Yurtseven

5.58 Boriša Simanić

Notes: Another large tier indicative of this class. Winston and Pritchard will find roles in the NBA as undersized, un-athletic point guards that excel at commanding an offense and can spot-up and shoot. Hinton, Alexander, and Madar are scrappy perimeter defenders and the Hornets need those. Yurtseven, Simanić, Azubuike and Diane would be ideal selections if Kupchak goes big with the 56th pick. Marshall and Scrubb are good ball-handlers that need to work on shot selection, but are worth the risk.

Rest (end-of-bench players)

6.59 Myles Powell

6.60 Abdoulaye N’Doye

6.61 Cassius Stanley

6.62 Marko Simonović

6.63 Kenyon Martin Jr.

6.64 Nick Richards

6.65 Saben Lee

6.66 Vernon Carey Jr.

6.67 Trevelin Queen

6.68 Jordan Nwora

6.69 Kaleb Wesson

6.70 Anthony Lamb

6.71 Sam Merrill

6.72 Rokas Jokubaitis

6.73 Paul Eboua

6.74 Markus Howard

6.75 Justinian Jessup

Notes: A smart team is going to take a chance on Jessup and turn him into something like Duncan Robinson. Richards, Powell, Lee, Martin Jr., or Lamb would be nice UDFA targets, assuming any of them go undrafted. It would be refreshing to see Kupchak go for a draft-and-stash guy late in the draft, too, since the Arnoldas Kulboka experiment hasn’t seemed to work out.