No consensus on who will go No. 1 in the 2020 NBA Draft
The 2020 NBA Draft is still off in the distance, but several teams around the league are already turning their eyes towards the NCAA in search of talented prospects. Unfortunately, though, there is no true consensus on who should be selected at No. 1 overall.
Over the course of the weekend, NBA evaluators and I went back-and-forth on who the No. 1 overall pick in the draft should be.
Unfortunately for teams that figure to be at the top of the draft, there is not an obvious consensus answer right now. I didn’t take a straw poll or anything, but anecdotally Anthony Edwards was the player mentioned most, with various evaluators singing praises for James Wiseman and the occasional strong belief in LaMelo Ball. No one brought up Cole Anthony for No. 1, but some acknowledged that he’s in the conversation.
Anthony Edwards is a 6-5 freshman guard playing for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. The Atlanta native started this season at the top of most NBA mock drafts, and it seems he has remained there thus far. He’s played in 11 games, averaging 19.7 points on 42.1 percent shooting from the field (32.5 percent from beyond the arc), 5.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals.
James Wiseman is a 7-1 freshman center at the University of Memphis. Though he was handed an 11-game suspension from the NCAA, he is a gifted big that could help a lot of NBA teams. According to a report from Sports Illustrated, Penny Hardaway, who’s currently serving as Memphis head coach, helped pay for Wiseman’s family to move from Nashville to Memphis, and thus to play for the high school team he coached in 2017.
LaMelo Ball is an intriguing prospect as well. Now playing for the Illawarra Hawks of the NBL in Australia, LaMelo is continuing to develop into a strong candidate for NBA consideration. His shooting percentage will need to be addressed, but he’s clearly a talented guard. He’s currently averaging 17.0 points on 37 percent shooting from the field, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists.
Let’s see who steps out from the crowd to claim the No. 1 spot.