2020 NBA Mock Draft 9.0: One month from draft day

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Roughly one month from the currently-scheduled NBA Draft date of Nov. 18, teams and talent evaluators are entering the home stretch.Prospects have spoken to media via the virtual combine put on by the league. Now, teams are allowed to conduct limited in-person meetings with potential picks, which include workouts and interviews.For most, that should represent the finishing touches on predraft prep. The Bulls' new front office regime, for their part, has had five-to-six months together to mull options. Two months have passed since securing the No. 4 overall pick, and it's been nearly a month since hiring Billy Donovan.Which direction will they go? What will the teams around them decide to do? Let's run back the mock draft machine in the wake of post-combine impressions and reports.*All ages as of draft night

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Stats: 32 G, 33 mpg

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19.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apg
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40.2% FG, 29.4% 3P, 77.2% FT

Measurements: 6-5, 225 lbs

Age: 19

Buzz is building that the Timberwolves could look to move out of the No. 1 slot. But if they stay put, Edwards adds to an exciting offensive core of D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns while filling a position of need on the wing. He has all the tools to grow into a two-way star, but will need to iron out shoddy shot selection and defensive inattentiveness at the next level.

4/30

Stats: 3 G, 23 mpg

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19.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.0 bpg
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76.9% FG, N/A 3P, 70.4% FT

Measurements: 7-1, 240 lbs

Age: 19

Similar to Minnesota above them, it wouldn’t surprise to see the Warriors move out of the No. 2 slot for a win-now player if the opportunity presents itself — with a healthy Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and well-cast role players in tow, their contention window is open.

Wiseman makes sense if no such trade occurs. He didn’t get the opportunity to fully showcase his abilities at Memphis, but a towering 7-footer (his wingspan is reported to be in the 7-5 range) that runs the floor fluidly, and pressures and protects the rim with force could be exactly what the Dubs need.

7/30

Stats: 12 G, 31.3 mpg

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17 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.6 spg
9/30
37.5% FG, 25% 3P, 72.3% FT

Measurements: 6-7, 190 lbs

Age: 19

Ball’s facilitating wizardry, positional size and scoring craft make him one of the highest-upside prospects in the class. He’d add superstar potential to a burgeoning Hornets core that features two score-first guards in Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier, a promising wing in Miles Bridges and 2020 NBA All-Rookie second team selection P.J. Washington.

The worst case? His jump shot never comes around, basketball IQ doesn’t translate to the defensive end and magical playmaking proves more flashy than substantive. Selecting Ball isn’t without risk, but is worth the swing for Charlotte.

10/30

Stats (I-BSL): 33 G, 27.6 mpg

11/30
12.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.7 apg
12/30
52.6% FG, 35.3% 3P, 59.4% FT

Stats (Euroleague): 26 G, 14.3 mpg

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4.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg
14/30
43.6% FG, 27.7% 3P, 55.6% FT

Measurements: 6-9, 215 lbs

Age: 19

In selecting Avdija, the Bulls can kill two birds with one stone. The slick-passing Israeli forward would add depth to a wing rotation that got shallow fast in an injury-riddled 2019-20, and advanced playmaking to a team that last season ranked near the bottom of the NBA in most measures of passing.

While the accelerated pace and wide-open space in the NBA will help Avdija in a number of facets, the question looms: Will his jump shot come around? He hit 41 percent of his 3-point tries in seven regular-season games (5.6 attempts per game) after Maccabi returned from the COVID-19-induced hiatus, but his season-long 33.3 percent mark across all competition and sub-60 percent free-throw shooting are ominous.

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Stats: 28 G, 31.5 mpg

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12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.9 bpg
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51.4% FG, 28.6% 3P, 67.2% FT

Measurements: 6-6, 215 lbs

Age: 19

The Cavaliers could use a dose of defensive focus after using their past two first-round picks on score-first guards in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Okoro has drawn Jimmy Butler comparisons for his tenacious defense, and is an explosive slasher and finisher to boot. If his jumper comes around, the star potential is easy to see.

18/30

Stats: 22 G, 36.7 mpg

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15.2 ppg, 6.5 apg, 5.9 rpg, 2.5 spg
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50.4% FG, 41.9% 3P, 82.2% FT

Measurements: 6-5, 175 lbs

Age: 20

The Hawks need a secondary ball handler to take pressure off Trae Young and man the controls when he sits. Haliburton fits the bill. The versatile guard’s tremendous spot-up shooting and pick-and-roll prowess make him a splendid fit playing off of Young and with John Collins, respectively. And though Haliburton is slight of frame, his length and smarts would improve a porous Atlanta defense that has nowhere to go but up.

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Stats (G-BBL): 20 G, 25 mpg

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11.6 ppg, 5.3 apg, 1.4 spg
23/30
49.7% FG, 21.8% 3P, 85.2% FT

Stats (EuroCup): 10 G, 26.8 mpg

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12.8 ppg, 6.2 apg, 1.5 spg
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45.5% FG, 39% 3P, 90.9% FT

Measurements: 6-5, 192 lbs

Age: 19

Planted firmly at Square 1 of their rebuild, a swing on Hayes may behoove the Pistons. The French guard is a smooth creator in the pick-and-roll, crafty scorer at all three levels and savvy defender with plus positional size. Bereft of talent, first and foremost, Detroit could do worse than handing Hayes the keys and seeing how he develops.

26/30

Stats: 31 G, 31.6 mpg

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20.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 bpg, 1.0 spg
28/30
63.3% FG, 39% 3P, 70.2% FT

Measurements: 6-9, 220 lbs

Age: 22

Toppin’s all-around scoring punch and atomic athleticism could appeal to a Knicks team likely looking for a quick turnaround under new head coach Tom Thibodeau. His advanced age and suspect defense have raised red flags for many throughout the predraft process, but he swept most Player of the Year awards for a reason.

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Stats: 28 G, 30.6 mpg

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16.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 1.2 spg
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