TOP 5 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS
We might only now be heading into the NCAA post-season, which means there is still plenty of basketball to be played, but most fans already have one eye on the NBA draft that gets underway on the 25th June at New York’s Barclays Center.
This years’ draft is widely regarded to be lacking a wide array of talent with no standout number one pick in the NBA betting odds, according to most gambling apps on BestAppBet.com.
Nonetheless, in our opinion, there is still some genuine quality that will be on show come the first tip off in October.
Here we look at five players we expect to arrive early on in the draft.
NUMBER 5 – ISAAC OKORO
Okoro is very much an all or nothing player but when he’s on his game he has proven himself to have the ability to pull the Auburn Tigers through almost by himself and that’s something not everyone on this list can boast. He is physically strong with good pace and agility and, hopefully, the post-season fixtures will prove that Okoro is over the hamstring niggle he picked up last month.
NUMBER 4 – JAMES WISEMAN
A lot of people will have center Wiseman amongst their first couple of picks but we see it ever so slightly differently. Wiseman has had a tumultuous year with his suspension at Memphis but it’s likely to end on a bright note with a place in the NBA. His technical game needs fine tuning but at 7’1 and with a fair amount of bulk behind him he has both the natural instinct and frame that will attract a lot of interest and with a little bit of work he could become a real asset on the defensive side.
NUMBER 3 – TYRESE HALIBURTON
Haliburton might have sat higher in this list if it wasn’t for an injury looming over him but once he’s fully recovered from the wrist fracture he suffered last month then he’s unquestionably a player who will take to the NBA with relative ease. The Iowa State man isn’t going to beat players on his own but his ability to knit an attack together with his passing is undeniable – as is evidenced from his 6.5 assists per game for the Cyclones – and the more quality he gets around him, the better he’ll become.
NUMBER 2 – LAMELO BALL
LaMelo Ball is perhaps an odd ball amongst the other names on this list purely for his alternative route to NBA draft contention. Ball starred at High School where he played alongside his two brothers and since then he’s been plying his trade in Lithuania’s pro league, with the LA Ballers in the JBL and, most recently, with the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League where he scooped the Rookie of the Year award after recording over 200 points.
There are a few question marks over Ball's mentality and teamwork but he has huge potential, which will be more than enough for someone to take an early punt on him.
NUMBER 1 – ANTHONY EDWARDS
Edwards joined the Georgia Bulldogs after being named an All-American and featuring in the Pro-Bowl at High School level and his first appearance saw him bag the most points by a debutant (24) for nearly 40 years. It wasn’t a one off though as Edwards finished the season with a 19.6 average points per game giving him a total of 587 and he’s got all the right abilities to improve on defense too, which should see him develop into a solid talent in the NBA.
There you have it, five names to keep a close watch on in the 2020 draft. It’s true that there isn’t a standout star this year but the draft is far from talentless and, if nothing else, it will be an interesting watch.