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NBA Mock Draft 2020: Predicting the top 10 picks

Kunal Sethi
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Modified 10 Nov 2020, 11:31 IST
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No. 5 Pick - Cleveland Cavaliers - Deni Avdija

Israeli Forward: Deni Avdija
Israeli Forward: Deni Avdija

7.7 PPG | 0.9 APG | 4.1 RPG | 0.2 BPG | 0.3 SPG | 33.6 3P% | 60.0 FT%

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious need of a defensive wing player, which would make Deni Avdija ideal for this team. Avdija's greatest skill is his playmaking which is something the Cavs are sorely lacking. The forward is savvy in pick-and-roll situations and is fantastic at picking out cutters and shooters.

His impressive playmaking skills and finishing prowess pushes him ahead of most forwards in the NBA Draft 2020. He has a developed offensive game and multiple tricks in his arsenal along with the ability to score with either hand.

No. 6 Pick - Atlanta Hawks - Devin Vassell

Florida State sophomore: Devin Vassell
Florida State sophomore: Devin Vassell

8.4 PPG | 1.1 APG | 3.2 RPG | 0.6 BPG | 1.0 SPG | 41.7 3P% | 72.0 FT%

The Atlanta Hawks need forwards on their team who can relieve the pressure off their star guard Trae Young, who led the league in ball possession. Devin Vassell has taken many teams by surprise, with rumors linking him to the Golden State Warriors among other teams.

Vassell is a great team defender who is alert on rotations, disrupts opponents’ actions with timely digs, and deters shooters from firing with fundamental closeouts. The Hawks were poor defensively in the 2019-20 NBA season and Vassell could bring about a positive change.

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No. 7 Pick - Detroit Pistons - Killian Hayes

French guard: Killian Hayes
French guard: Killian Hayes

7.4 PPG | 3.4 APG | 2.0 RPG | 0.2 BPG | 0.9 SPG | 44.5 FG% | 84.0 FT%

According to multiple league sources, the Detroit Pistons have shown significant interest in playmakers and are hoping to draft one in this upcoming NBA Draft 2020. Killian Hayes' best skill is his playmaking and he can whip passes off the dribble with accuracy and hit cutters or rollers with precision.

He is creative in pick and roll situations and would be a serious boost for the Detroit Pistons, who could be looking to rebuild and need an injection of youth.

No. 8 Pick - New York Knicks - Tyrese Haliburton

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Iowa State sophomore: Tyrese Haliburton
Iowa State sophomore: Tyrese Haliburton

15.2 PPG | 4.7 APG | 4.4 RPG | 0.8 BPG | 1.9 SPG | 42.6 3P% | 77.5 FT%

The New York Knicks' dearth of playmakers is well documented. NBA trade rumors surrounding the team suggest the Knicks are looking to acquire a point guard. With the 8th overall pick in the NBA Draft 2020, we could see the Knicks draft Haliburton to fill that position.

He is an in-control playmaker, with extraordinary vision and ambidextrous handles, who can deliver passes at all angles. The young guard is also a great finisher and looks comfortable driving to the basket.

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Published 10 Nov 2020, 06:00 IST
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