Wiseman The Early Favorite To Be No. 1 Pick In The 2020 NBA Draft
Although the NBA season hasn’t even hit the All-Star break, the talk of the 2020 NBA Draft has begun thanks to Memphis’ James Wiseman declaring early. He’s among the favorites to be the top pick in the upcoming draft but is he the best bet? Let’s take a closer look at the 2020 NBA Draft props:
This is the favorite for the top pick at the moment and the placement is justified. Wiseman barely played college basketball at Memphis, which means teams won’t have a ton of film on him, but it also means he won’t get injured this season, unlike Cole Anthony of North Carolina, another contender for top-pick status. Wiseman will be physically fresh and what’s more is that he will have a chip on his shoulder as a result of the NCAA making him ineligible at Memphis. Wiseman, more than the other top pick candidates, has a lot to prove and will have considerable internal motivation. The Golden State Warriors are in the running for the top pick and they could use a strong presence on the inside. They are fairly set at the back-court positions.
The reality surrounding Edwards is that his offensive game is not as polished as one might expect or hope for in a top pick. Scouts are noticing some small but real limitations which make a difference when choosing between the top pick and the second pick in the draft. Edwards is still agile and talented, and it is clear that he knows how to create his own shots and do the things an elite scorer is able to do. However, is his two-way game fully developed to the point that teams will trust him more than James Wiseman? The big question is who’ll have the top pick in the draft? If it’s the Warriors, they don’t need a shooting guard. If it’s the Hawks, Edwards is likely to be the top pick in the draft as he’d slide in nicely next to Trae Young.
Ball’s draft status is very likely to be dependent on who is in position to have the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Ball, who has been compared to legendary point guard Penny Hardaway, isn’t going to get drafted by the Warriors or Hawks as both teams are set at point guard. Both teams need help in other positions. If it’s the New York Knicks, Ball makes a lot of sense as they need someone to run their offense and given how desperate they are for a star, Ball (and his dad) would at least get people talking about the Knicks once again.
The success of Coby White, a North Carolina product, with the Chicago Bulls gives credence to the idea that Cole Anthony, another North Carolina guard, will be able to handle the transition to the NBA quite well. The fact that Cole is the son of longtime NBA veteran Greg Anthony will help him in the draft process as Anthony will know exactly what to do.
The problem is his small body and the fact that he has suffered an injury this season at North Carolina which has significantly limited his playing time. He’s quite likely to go in the Top 10 but he’s not in the conversation for the top spot as of right now.
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