NBA Draft prospect rankings: Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball top updated 2020 big board

Written By Chris Stone
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This was supposed to be a 2020 NBA Draft big board about the NCAA Tournament. And now, it's not. The spread of the coronavirus has rightfully shut down the sports world, including March Madness, triggering an early end to the college basketball season and live game evaluations of NBA prospects. 

This is now a 2020 NBA Draft big board about the end of the season. It feels weird. Of course, its evaluations and proclamations aren't final. There will still be some modified pre-draft process. There will also be plenty of time to draw final analytic conclusions and pore over prior game tape to find things that were missed. 

In that spirit, it's worth looking at a few prospects who made progress up the board in the last few months and others who could climb higher with a deeper analysis of their games.

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Killian Hayes, Ulm

The top of the 2020 draft class is rough. There are few, if any, prospects who project to be legitimate NBA stars. At some point, it becomes about finding guys who might just be good enough.

Hayes is a reasonable bet, especially at just 18 years old. He's got lead guard potential thanks to his ability to probe defenses with a change of pace and high level vision. The shooting potential is also intriguing despite a poor 3-point percentage. He's consistently been a very good free throw shooter, and his mechanics could improve with added strength.

Quality passers who are productive at Hayes' age against professionals are a worthy bet.  

Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

Haliburton is a prospect who benefits from a retroactive look at the numbers and suffers somewhat from a rewatch of the film. Nearly three steals per 40 minutes and a 2.33-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio stick out for a sophomore prospect younger than some of the freshmen in this class. The shooting numbers appear real, too.

However, the film on Haliburton tells a tougher story — he's not a noticeably great athlete, and the functionality of the jumper is questionable both from a speed of release perspective and in terms of its potential as a pull-up threat. Still, Haliburton seems likely to be a useful contributor to a good NBA team. If you could get some version of Lonzo Ball at the top of this draft, I think you'd be happy.  

Onyeka Okongwu, USC

In some circles, Okongwu is viewed as a top-five prospect in this class. He was extremely productive as a freshman, averaging 21.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per 40 minutes. He's got a diverse offensive arsenal and some rim-protecting chops as well.

I just haven't come around yet. It's hard to imagine a 6-9 center who isn't a great passer being the focal point of an NBA offense. If he's not that, is there a realistic value proposition for him as a top-five pick? Perhaps some additional film review will lead to a re-evaluation.  

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Devin Vassell, Florida State

By the time the draft rolls around, there's a chance Vassell is viewed as the best 3-and-D prospect in this class. He's a career 41.7 percent 3-point shooter over 168 attempts and bumped his free throw percentage up to 73.8 this season, suggesting a bit more sustainability to his shooting numbers.

He also checks the boxes defensively. Over two seasons, Vassell averaged 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per 40 minutes. He excels as a team defender. Although not much a creator, the 19-year-old is an offensive piece who can slot into a role at the next level. 

Devon Dotson, Kansas

Relative to consensus, this board may be higher on Dotson than any other prospect. There's a good chance the Kansas sophomore is being undervalued in large part because he shot just 30.9 percent from deep this season. However, dig into the numbers surrounding that percentage, and they reveal a different story.

Dotson is a career 80.8 percent foul shooter, and he hoisted 4.7 3-point attempts per 40 minutes this season. It's likely he's a solid 3-point shooter who hit a cold streak. If he can figure out the shot, he's a complete prospect. Dotson was one of the best point of attack defenders in college basketball this season, and he's lightning quick as a slasher.

Avoid the pitfalls of focusing on a small sample size when it comes to the soon-to-be 21-year-old. 

Udoka Azubuike, Kansas

By most metrics, Kansas was the best team in college basketball this season, so the Jayhawks are getting two players on this list. Azubuike is a prospect I once viewed as unlikely to make the NBA. His senior season has caused me to do a full 180.

The 20-year-old is now an elite defensive anchor. He averaged 3.7 blocks per 40 minutes this season as the centerpiece of one of the nation's best defenses. He also flashed much better skill navigating ball screens, including switching onto guards. The rise of drop coverages in the NBA should help Azubuike's prospects as well.  

Now, a look at the top 60 ...

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2020 NBA Draft big board of top 60 prospects

Rank Player Team Pos. Height Weight Age
1. Anthony Edwards Georgia Wing 6-5 207 18.6
2. LaMelo Ball Illawarra Point 6-6 180 18.6
3. Killian Hayes Ulm Point 6-5 176 18.6
4. Tyrese Haliburton Iowa State Wing 6-5 172 20.1
5. James Wiseman Memphis Big 7-0 230 19.0
6. Tyrese Maxey Kentucky Point 6-3 198 19.4
7. Deni Avdija Maccabi Tel Aviv Forward 6-9 210 19.2
8. Isaac Okoro Auburn Wing 6-5 215 19.1
9. Obi Toppin Dayton Forward 6-9 220 22.0
10. Onyeka Okongwu USC Big 6-9 245 19.3
11. Cole Anthony North Carolina Point 6-3 185 19.8
12. RJ Hampton New Zealand Wing 6-5 185 19.1
13. Theo Maledon ASVEL Combo 6-4 174 18.8
14. Precious Achiuwa Memphis Forward 6-9 210 20.5
15. Devin Vassell Florida State Wing 6-7 194 19.6
16. Isaiah Stewart Washington Big 6-9 250 18.8
17. Saddiq Bey Villanova Forward 6-8 216 20.9
18. Patrick Williams Florida State Wing 6-6 215 18.6
19. Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt Wing 6-6 213 20.4
20. Nico Mannion Arizona Guard 6-3 185 19.0
21. Jaden McDaniels Washington Big 6-9 185 19.5
22. Devon Dotson Kansas Point 6-2 185 21.0
23. Kira Lewis Alabama Point 6-3 165 19.0
24. Jahmi'us Ramsey Texas Tech Point 6-3 190 18.8
25. Paul Reed DePaul Wing 6-9 215 20.8
26. Tre Jones Duke Point 6-3 185 20.2
27. Jalen Smith Maryland Big 6-10 195 20.0
28. Xavier Tillman Michigan State Big 6-8 245 21.2
29. Vernon Carey Duke Big 6-10 269 19.1
30. Grant Riller Charleston Point 6-3 190 23.1
31. Aleksej Pokusevski Olympiacos B Big 7-0 205 18.2
32. Josh Green Arizona Wing 6-6 209 19.3
33. Cassius Winston Michigan State Point 6-1 185 22.1
34. Tyrell Terry Stanford Point 6-2 170 19.5
35. Daniel Oturu Minnesota Big 6-10 240 20.5
36. Udoka Azubuike Kansas Big 7-0 280 20.5
37. Ayo Dosunmu Illinois Combo 6-5 185 20.2
38. Zeke Nnaji Arizona Big 6-11 240 19.2
39. Leandro Bolmaro Barcelona Wing 6-7 180 19.5
40. Abdoulaye N'doye Cholet Wing 6-7 205 22.0
41. Cassius Stanley Duke Wing 6-6 193 20.6
42. Scottie Lewis Florida Wing 6-5 180 20.0
43. Matthew Hurt Duke Big 6-9 214 19.9
44. Robert Woodard Mississippi State Wing 6-7 235 20.5
45. Jared Butler Baylor Combo 6-3 190 20.6
46. Isaiah Joe Arkansas Wing 6-5 168 20.7
47. Ashton Hagans Kentucky Point 6-3 180 20.7
48. Trendon Watford LSU Big 6-9 236 19.4
49. Myles Powell Seton Hall Combo 6-2 195 22.7
50. Elijah Hughes Syracuse Wing 6-6 215 22.0
51. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl Villanova Big 6-9 231 19.4
52. Malachi Flynn San Diego State Point 6-1 185 21.9
53. Desmond Bane TCU Wing 6-6 215 21.7
54. David Johnson Lousiville Point 6-5 210 19.1
55. Romeo Weems DePaul Wing 6-7 209 18.8
56. Marcus Garrett Kansas Wing 6-5 194 21.4
57. Markus Howard Marquette Point 5-11 180 21.0
58. Ochai Agbaji Kansas Wing 6-5 209 19.9
59. Corey Kispert Gonzaga Wing 6-7 215 21.0
60. Nick Richards Kentucky Big 6-11 274 22.3

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