2020 NBA Draft

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  1. white lightning

    white lightning Hall of Famer Staff Member

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    I know it's a half year away but I wanted to start a thread for the 2020 nba draft. Here is an interview
    with Nico Mannion of AZ who is expected to be a top 5 lottery pick in round 1. The kid can be another
    Steve Nash type only with more athletecism. Notice how they describe Nico as having sneaky athletecism and he laughs about it and says that he is athletic and they can call it whatever they want. Love it!

    https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/28453206/nba-mock-draft-likely-lottery-teams-do-no-1
     
  2. Shadowlight

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    A few developments. First I won't shy away from this I am a little disappointed in PG Nico Mannion's play. His AZ team will be on TV later tonight. I like his handle and passing and basketball IQ. He looks the part. I wish he was more aggressive in getting into the lane though. But his shooting has been very inconsistent either from deep or on drives. I think with some seasoning and added strength those areas can improve. Still he is seen as a near lottery type first round pick.

    The biggest riser is Israeli SF Deni Avdija who is listed as high as the second pick in the draft. Again I am not sure about his shooting touch but the best comparison is Gordon Hayward because of his all around play and superb passing abilities. And he is a smooth underrated athlete too.

    Another name that might sneak into the first round is big man foreigner Aleksej Pokushevski who at 7'0" can jump and block shots and looks like he has a high ceiling.
     
  3. Bucky

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    Appreciate the heads up on Avdija and Pokushevski!

    Here's a very comprehensive article with viedoes breaking down Pok's game.

    https://www.thestepien.com/2019/05/06/2020-international-guide-curious-case-aleksej-pokusevski/

    I'll agree also a little disappointed in Mannion. Let's hope he can improve his play with March only a month away!

    Mentioned before but Transfer Justin Pierce is struggling with UNC. Thought he had some potential when Transferring from William and Mary.
     
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    Leandro Bolmaro is another name to watch, and seems to be getting some attention from media your way. His best work has come from the Barce B , but he has athletic ability that ticks all boxes.

    Like Pokushevski ceiling looks high..
     
  5. white lightning

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    Nice footage. Steve Nash couldn't jump like that. Ha.

    Despite his erratic shooting at Arizona it is worth noting he shot 80% from the free throw line which indicates his mechanics are in place to shoot better as he progresses. His jump shot form looks good to me but for some reason he had trouble shooting at Arizona. Although his three point shooting while not great wasn't bad.

    Most mock drafts now have Nico out of the top half of the first round but I think he has lottery talent. He has top notch skills with excellent ball handling and vision. Top flight passer. Very smart player that just needs to find a more consistent jump shot and added strength to finish better near the rim. Often players with his pedigree get better in these areas as they mature. And naturally the media underrates his athleticism.

    To me the top black players in this draft all have major question marks. All of them have noticeable flaws. I think overall this isn't a great draft.

    The only projected white lottery player is Deni Avdija. He has been getting a lot of publicity. Even SI just did a feature story on him. A very exciting all floor player who might remind some of Gordon Hayward. My biggest worry with him is shooting. His free throw shooting is poor and that raises a red flag but most indications are his shooting will improve and he could become if not an all star, ( possible though) a very solid NBA player.

    The only other white players projected to be chosen in the first round are Bolmaro and Pokusevski who are mentioned in an above post.
     

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