The 2020 NBA Draft is approaching soon. What would have to happen for each franchise to come away from it happy and satisfied?
When it comes to the NBA Draft picks, most of the attention tends to go towards the top-5 or so. But in reality, there’s already a consensus view as to how those selections are going to go. But what separates some franchises from others is how the rest of the draft goes.
Take the Memphis Grizzlies for example. Zion Williamson going No. 1 to New Orleans is a given, leaving Ja Morant for the taking at No. 2. Memphis didn’t have to do anything there but did have a choice to make at No. 21. They ended up taking Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke, who went on to average 12.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg off the bench in a quality campaign.
Morant and Clarke gave the Grizzlies arguably the best overall draft performance last season, setting them up for success in the next 10+ years. Other teams such as Miami with No. 13 Tyler Herro, Washington with No. 9 Rui Hachimura, and even in the second round, with Golden State selecting Eric Paschall at No. 41.
All 30 franchises hope that they can be “winners” this time around, with the 2020 NBA Draft set to start on Nov. 18. The upcoming combine and draft process will give us a better idea of where the prospects will likely end up, although the needs of each respective team will ultimately determine who goes where.
For this piece, I’ll be taking a look at what the “best-case” scenarios for all 30 franchises, even the ones without a pick currently. Using realistic projections for certain players here’s how I see each of them having the most success.