2020 NBA Draft: Official Myla Mock

2020 has been a year like no other in NBA history. From the season being suspended, to the bubble in Orlando – many crazy things have happened. Thanks to Adam Silver and the rest of the NBA staff, we still got the see big events like the NBA Playoffs, Finals, and Draft Lottery. Now, it’s time for the biggest moment of the offseason – the 2020 NBA Draft.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Anthony Edwards (Georgia, SG, Freshman)

This pick could be on the move, with the Timberwolves trying to contend now after acquiring D’ Angelo Russell in February. If the pick stays with Minnesota, I think they will go with Georgia’s Anthony Edwards. Edwards is a 6’5″ guard at 225 pounds, with great explosiveness. He’s a three level scorer, who can also play off the ball. On the other hand, he’s a streaky shooter, and his defense is a question mark – but his offensive talent is way too good to pass up. The big three of KAT, D-Lo and Edwards should be enough to compete in a very tough Western Conference.

2. Golden State Warriors – James Wiseman (Memphis, C, Freshman)

Another pick that could also be on the move, with the Warriors finally getting back to full heath now with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry getting healthy. If the picks stays with the former dynasty, I think James Wiseman is a great fit with the Warriors. He’s got the perfect size for a center at 7’1″ 240 lbs, and he’s got great athleticism for someone of his size, a great skill set, and can block shots well.

3. Charlotte Hornets – LaMelo Ball (Australia, PG)

The Hornets have a couple solid guards in Graham and Rozier – however, they need a franchise player. Lamelo Ball would be a great pick for them. He’s a 6’6″ guard who controls the flow and pace of the game, plus his court vision is very good. He also can be a very solid defender just off his athleticism, size and IQ. He will need to become a more consistent shooter though.

4. Chicago Bulls – Obi Toppin (Dayton, PF/C, Sophomore)

I’ve seen some call Dayton’s Obi Toppin the most NBA-ready prospect in the draft. Toppin would give the Chicago Bulls a much-needed jolt of excitement as a rim runner, lob-catcher and floor spacer under their new coach, Billy Donovan. Colby White and Toppin will work well together in pick and roll plays, as I believe he can play the three, so you have Lauri at the four, and Carter at the five.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers – Deni Avdija (Maccabi Tel Aviv, SF/PF)

Deni Avdija is the best prospect from Israel since Omri Cassipi. The 6’9″ forward from Israel is a very good playmaker who can score from deep. He can play off the ball as well, so he can fit in with Sexton and Garland in Cleveland. With how great Luka has been already in his career, I believe it has really changed how scouts view international prospects.

6. Atlanta Hawks – Isaac Okoro (Auburn, SF/PF, Freshman)

The Atlanta Hawks general manager, Travis Schlenk, has a reputation of picking three and D players, with last year’s first two picks being Reddish and Hunter. In today’s NBA, you can never have enough players who can switch onto different positions and hold their own. Okoro has the tools to be an NBA wing, and has so much space to grow offensively.

7. Detroit Pistons – Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State, PG, Sophomore)

With Derrick Rose in trade talks , the Pistons will need a point guard, and Haliburton will be a good fit. Haliburton has great court vision, and with his size at 6’5″ he can defend either guard position. He has one of the highest basketball IQs in the draft and can shoot the ball effectively from deep. His shooting form is very odd, but is very effective.

8. New York Knicks – Killian Hayes (Ratiopharm Ulm, PG)

Will be this be the draft that Knicks fans remember for years? I hope so. Hayes game is very similar to D’Angelo Russell and Manu Ginobili. Both are left-handed and can create shots for themselves, and their teammates. He’s very creative with the ball, and can dominate in the pick and roll game with Mitchell Robinson. Hayes and Barrett should be a solid foundation for years to come.

9. Washington Wizards – Onyeka Okongwu (C, USC, Freshman)

Okungwu could go very high in this draft. Teams love his ability to switch on every position on defense due to his athleticism. He’s very good rebounder, and has great footwork in the post. Teams are trying to find the next Bam – Okongwu is a very similar.

10. Phoenix Suns – Devin Vassell (Florida State, SF, Sophomore)

The Suns are going all in after the CP3 trade. They’re going to need to fill out their roster with complimentary players for Booker, Ayton and CP3. Vassell has the potential to be a very good three and D player. His form is odd, and might have to change it at the next level, but he’s a very good defender and will make life easier for Booker, who can just focus on scoring.

11. San Antonio Spurs – Aaron Nesmith (Vanderbilt, SF, Sophomore)

It will take awhile to get used to the Spurs always being in the lottery. It’s clear – like the Patriots – the dynasty is over. They will need to rebuild. Nesmtih is a very good shooting wing and will fit in with Murray and Walkers game. He might be the best shooter in the draft, and he has great work ethic.

12. Sacramento Kings – Patrick Williams (Florida State, SF/PF, Freshman)

Another three and D player here for Sacramento. Sacramento has a bunch of talent, Williams will fit right in to their core of young players. He will be a complimentary piece to Fox on offense. Fox loves to drive, and when he does, he’ll find Williams in the corner for three. Williams can switch well on defense with his athleticism and height of 6’8″.

13. New Orleans Pelicans – Kira Lewis Jr. (Alabama, PG, Sophomore)

With Holiday on the way to the Bucks, the Pelicans will now try and replace him in the draft. Lewis’ speed is off the charts. Using that speed, he can get to the paint without a screen, and he’s very good finisher. His shot improved continually over his time at Alabama. He will need to get bigger, as his small frame might get exposed on the next level.

14. Boston Celtics – Precious Achiuwa (Memphis, PF/C, Freshman)

Achiuwa has ideal defensive versatility. He can play center in small ball lineups, and he’s very aggressive on offense, as he loves to drive to the rim. He showed improvement, but will need to improve his shot even more at the next level.

15. Orlando Magic – Saddiq Bey (Villanova, SF/PF, Sophomore)

The Magic could very take a point guard here, but I have them taking Saddiq Bey. Bey’s a very good defender, and can shoot the three ball very well. He’s got good size for a wing at 6’7″, and his wingspan of 6’11” is great. He has a solid feel for the game and has played multiple positions. He will need to work on his jumper, as well as learning to create his own shot.

16. Houston Rockets – Aleksej Pokusevski (Olympiacos II, PF)

The Rockets gained this pick after trading Robert Covington to the Trail Blazers. I have no clue what the Rockets’ plan is after their two MVP superstars have asked for a trade, but it seems like they plan to blow it up. I can see the Rockets drafting Pokusevki here, as he does fit their current roster as a three point shooting power forward.

17. Minnesota Timberwolves – Josh Green (Arizona, SF, Freshman)

The Timberwolves are going to need a good defender. I can see them drafting Green, who can compliment the stars on Minnesota. Green has good size for a wing at 6’6″, and is a very good defender, possessing the ability to switch onto multiple positions. He’s a very capable shooter, and will make smart decisions with the ball.

18. Dallas Mavericks – Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)

Tyrese Maxey is a versatile guard who’s a very solid scorer. He knows how to flow with the pace of the game, or change it into his favor. He’s a confident defender, but he needs to improve consistency on the offensive floor, as well as his shot sections. The Mavericks may draft a big here, but rumors are they will try to find one in free agency.

19. Brooklyn Nets – Jalen Smith (Maryland, PF/C, Freshman)

The Brooklyn Nets could have the three of the best iso scorers in the league soon. With that in mind, they will need defenders and players to rebound. Jalen Smith does that and more, to a very effective level. He can also shoot from anywhere on the floor, providing spacing on offense.

20. Miami Heat – Cole Anthony ( UNC, PG, Freshman)

There might be a chance that their point guard, Goran Dragic, leaves in free agency, and that will leave a hole at the position. Kendrick Nunn will probably take over as the starter if that happens, and Anthony will be become a very viable backup. Before the season he was expected to be a lottery pick, but Anthony still has very talented game on the offensive end, and a high ceiling.

21. Philadelphia 76ers – RJ Hampton (USA, PG)

RJ Hampton started off this year as a potential top five pick, but he fell off due to injury. At 6’5″, he can play either guard position, as well as taking the load off for Ben Simmons when he needs to rest. He’s a capable shooter, but will have to get better at that aspect off his game. He can run the floor in transition like the best of them in this draft.

22. Denver Nuggets – Jaden McDaniels (Washington, SF/PF, Freshman)

Denver has been known to take chances on draft picks before, and they’ve worked out for the most part. They took chances on players like Nikola ‘Joker’ Jokic, Michael Porter ‘MPJ’ Jr., and Bol Bol (No, that’s his real name.) To simplify it, yeah, it has worked out for them. McDaniels had an inconsistent season, but has tremendous amount of untapped potential.

23. Utah Jazz – Tyrell Terry (Stanford, PG/SG, Freshman)

Mike Conley will be on the final year of his contract this year, and the Jazz will need to find a replacement. Terry is a good shooter and a solid playmaker. He will compliment Donovan Mitchell well on the offensive side of the ball, but he will need to work on his defensive side of his game.

24. Milwaukee Bucks – Malachi Flynn (San Diego State, PG, Junior)

The Bucks have an elite starting lineup, but they have no bench. Literally, nobody. With this pick, they will draft a back up point guard to run the second unit. In the playoffs, they showed us they need another playmaker when the league MVP, Giannis, goes to the bench. Flynn is a very good shooter, and can create for others.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder – Isiah Stewart (Washington, PF/C, Freshman)

The Oklahoma City Thunder are tanking and gaining draft picks. Steven Adams will be on the move soon, and they will draft their replacement here. Stewart has great size for a center, and he can rebound amongst the best of those in this class. He can also defend the post well.

26. Boston Celtics – Theo Maledon (France, PG)

There were reports of Kemba being shopped for Jrue Holiday, so maybe general manager Danny Ainge wants a new point guard. France’s Maledon has great size for a point guard, and it will help him on the defensive end of the floor. He’s also a very good shooter from the three point and free throw lines.

27. New York Knicks – Desmond Bane (TCU, SF, Senior)

Here, the Knicks will try to fix their lack of shooting with TCU’s Desmond Bane. Bane is one of the best shooters in the draft, and has range well beyond the NBA’s three point line. He’s also a terrific perimeter defender, using his physical tools and basketball IQ very well on that end.

28. Oklahoma City Thunder – Leoandro Bolmaro (Argentina, SG)

Sam Presti and the Thunder have a lot of draft capital, all the way until 2026 . They will have plenty of chances to draft low risk, high reward level players, similar to the Nuggets. Bolmaro has good size and is a very good passer, knowing how to control the pace of the game. He doesn’t have the athleticism you would like to have in an NBA player, though.

29. Toronto Raptors – Cassius Winston (Michigan State, PG, Senior)

Fred Van Vleet is an unrestricted free agent who will most likely leave Toronto, and I believe this is where Toronto plans on replacing that position. Kyle Lowry is also turning 35, so Winston will step into a big role on a good team. He’s more than capable – a very smart player who uses screens to his advantage, and knows how to take advantage of his defender.

30. Boston Celtics – Zeke Nnaji (Arizona, PF/C, Freshman)

Zeke Nnaji is a physical big who is a tremendous defender and rebounder. With that, he makes more noise on the offensive glass. For a big man, he has solid range shooting the ball, and a good hook shot. He needs to become a more consistent shooter/scorer on offense, as well as becoming a better rim protector.

Why Bam Adebayo is the Perfect Center for the Modern NBA

“Making his All-Star debut, going hard in the paint is his style, from the Miami Heat, Bam Adebayo!”

In the modern NBA, traditional centers are losing their value more and more each day. NBA offenses do not use the post game as as much as they did in previous eras. They are primarily based off of shooting 3’s, or driving to the rim. The Rockets are going all in on this style, by trading Clint Capela and starting PJ Tucker, who is 6’5, at center. The game is changing, and some of these players have to adapt their games to this style. One player who centers should look to model their game after is Miami Heat star, Bam Adebayo.

Aside from superstars Karl Anthony Towns and Nikola Jokic, many starting centers have the same role. On offense, they are either setting screens, rolling to the basket off pick and rolls, rebounding or occasionally stepping out and attempting a 3 pointer.

Bam Adebayo is a 6’9 center out of Kentucky, who went 14th overall to the Miami Heat in the 2017 NBA draft. Looking back, this pick is looking like a steal, as he is arguably the third best player from that draft, after Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell. He didn’t get much playing time his rookie season, with Hassan Whiteside taking up most of his minutes. However, in the second half of his sophomore season, Bam took the starting job from Whiteside, and he’s never looked back since.

Miami Heat General Manager, Pat Riley, saw the potential in Adebayo, so he tried to clear cap space to pair him with former NBA All-Star, Jimmy Butler. Riley traded Whiteside in a four team deal, which sent Whiteside to Portland, center Meyers Leonard to Miami, and forward Maurice Harkless to the Clippers. 

There have been many surprises in the NBA season (not counting the fact the season got suspended).  Whether it’s how good Luka Doncic already is, in just his second season, or how the defending champion Toronto Raptors haven’t lost a step after losing their best player, Kawhi Leonard, to the Clippers in free agency. Now one thing that isn’t shocking is that the Miami Heat are a playoff caliber team after acquiring Jimmy Butler in a sign and trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. However, it is a surprise to many how good they were when the season started. They were tied with Boston for third in the eastern conference. Much of their early success was because of Butler, along with stellar work by their young players, like Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson and especially, Bam Adebayo

Adebayo’s been impressive this season, averaging 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks. He’s also shooting 57% from the field, and is a 69% free throw shooter. He’s up for the NBA’s most improved player award.

He’s also a physical freak. Adebayo is 6’9 and 255 pounds, has a 7 foot, 2 inch wingspan, and a 9 foot standing reach. He displayed his strength at the NBA combine, with 15 reps on the bench press, while also posting a 38.5-inch max vertical leap. He’s a beast.

Adebayo has become everything you want a modern center to be. He’s willing to both do the dirty work, and be capable of much more. He’s a great screen setter, creating countless opportunities for his teammates to score. He has a motor that never stops, displaying tremendous energy when he is on the court. He’s also a very good passer, with the ability to finish around the basket at will. Lastly, Adebayo is a fantastic defender. 

Though he doesn’t have the size to protect the paint like other centers, his size and athleticism does allow him to switch comfortably to defend any position. This actually helps the Heat become one of the better defensive teams in the league. His agility and mobility helps him defend smaller guards on the perimeter, something reigning, two time defensive player of the year award winner, Rudy Gobert, is unable to do. Adebayo can stay in front of players who are quick and shifty, as well as those who have high verticals. Even when he gets beat, he has great recovery speed and the athleticism to get off the ground incredibly quick to block or alter a shot. 

Adebayo’s ability to switch and handle himself when defending pick and rolls helps the Heat shut down opposing drivers before they gain the momentum to get to the rim. The Heat allow a fewer share of shot attempts to come from inside the restricted area and paint when Adebayo is on the floor, while also forcing opponent’s mid range attempts at a greater rate as well. 

Adebayo is the used a lot on offense for screens, on and off the ball.  His big frame allows his teammates to gain separation from his defenders. He has very good handles for a big man, allowing him to either beat his defender or find an open shooter. He’s a great offensive rebounder as well. One knock on his game is that he doesn’t have a consistent jump shot yet, but with his work ethic, I’m sure that he’ll develop one soon. For now, Miami will rely on their elite shooters in Herro and Robinson, and let Adebayo do what he’s good at, which is basically everything else.

Pat Riley knows how to pick them, as he nailed this pick he made when he took Bam Adebayo. His energy and work ethic screams the type of player that the Miami Heat organization produces. He’s the perfect center for the modern NBA.

Comparing NBA Teams to Disney Movies

In hopes to finish their season, the NBA has been looking for a remote location where they could control testing, players’ health and play basketball in a safe way. Throughout the process, three options came to light: Las Vegas, the Bahamas, and Disney World in Orlando. 

While Las Vegas and the Bahamas would’ve been interesting, Disney World HAS to be the move here.

It almost makes too much sense. There are plenty of hotels in the area not being used that could be occupied by teams; the state of Florida is allowing professional sports to resume; the NBA has a great partnership with ESPN/ABC (who are owned by Disney); there’s already an NBA team in Orlando (sponsored by Disney!). How many more reasons do you need?

We could get some amazing sights and sounds as well, as you know Disney characters are going to be making appearances during the broadcast. Plus, the NBA literally just opened up the NBA experience in Disney Springs (awesome, but expensive), this would be one of the most genius marketing moves ever. 

Naturally, if the NBA is going to be playing at Disney World, we have to compare teams to movies. Sorry, it’s just the way of the world. Let’s get to it.

Los Angeles Lakers: The Avengers

The Los Angeles Lakers are on an absolute mission this year. There’s no team in the NBA with more motivation to win the championship this year. They started the year on a mission to revitalize one of the great NBA franchises, with LeBron James also trying to prove he’s still the best player in the world. Then, with the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, winning a championship to honor the Lakers legend also became a factor. Finally, with the success of ‘The Last Dance’, Michael Jordan will expand his lead on LeBron as the greatest of all time in the minds of fans and experts alike. One way to close that gap? For LeBron to win another championship. Avengers, assemble.

Milwaukee Bucks: Lion King

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been learning how to become the best player in the NBA over the last couple seasons, much like how Simba learned how to become king in The Lion King. Can Giannis officially take his place as the NBA’s best player this year with a championship, or will he fail to make the finals for a second straight year? He could become king this year if he wins Milwaukee a championship, along with his second straight league MVP.

Memphis Grizzlies: Cinderella

You knew Cinderella was going to represent a young, hungry underdog team who can pull off some upsets, right? Duh. The slipper fits for the Memphis Grizzlies. This team isn’t scared of anyone. They have a young superstar in Ja Morant who’s been under-appreciated since high school, and he’s finally about to get his due. He’ll be awarded the 2019-20 NBA rookie of the year, and his squad could make a Cinderella run if they can shock the world in round one.

New York Knicks: Cars 2

Cars 2 was BAD. The movie forgot what made the first iteration of it so great. Despite it being a terrible movie, it still made millions, and Disney was okay with that. Does this sound familiar, maybe a little too familiar? The New York Knicks are BAD. The Knicks continue to make money despite them being terrible. In fact, they’re the most valuable team in the entire NBA. Why would Disney care about how bad Cars 2 was if it still makes millions no matter what? Why would Knicks owner James Dolan care about how bad the Knicks are if they still make money? Jeez. Was this movie based on the Knicks? What is going on here?

Brooklyn Nets: Wreck-It Ralph

In the movie Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph becomes so fed up with the work he’s doing that he tries to change everything. In doing so, he almost ruins a bunch of other video games that have nothing to do with him. Of course, in the end, it all works out for Ralph, but how does this relate to the Brooklyn Nets? If you haven’t caught on yet, Kyrie Irving IS Ralph. Kyrie enjoyed success in both Cleveland and Boston, but he wasn’t happy in either situation. Now in Brooklyn, where his head coach was fired after dealing with him for less than a year, will he continue to wreck teams, or will his story have a happy ending like Ralph’s did? Time will tell.

Utah Jazz: Chicken Little

In Chicken Little, the namesake believed the sky was falling, and nobody believed him. The NBA believed the Coronavirus was a serious threat, but Rudy Gobert didn’t believe them. He went around touching microphones and neglecting warnings, so naturally he got the disease, the NBA shut down and a game hasn’t been played since. If the citizens of Oakley Oaks believed Chicken Little, maybe they would’ve been more well prepared for the sky to fall. If Rudy Gobert believed the warnings about the Coronavirus, maybe he wouldn’t have sullied his reputation and gotten sick.

Los Angeles Clippers: Pirates of the Caribbean

If Disney was actually writing the script for this NBA season, the Lakers would be crowned champions. This isn’t the movies though, and the Clippers have had the Lakers number so far. The Clippers are the team that can come in and ruin the hopes of the Lakers dream championship run, much like how the Pirates scavenged the Caribbean seas throughout the Disney movie series. Kawhi Leonard can play a perfect Jack Sparrow, going around to different cities and stealing championship rings for them. He’s already graced San Antonio and Toronto with some treasure, Los Angeles could be next.

Toronto Raptors: Toy Story

Toy Story was a huge success for Disney, spawning some highly successful sequels as well. Last season, the Toronto Raptors got a shiny new toy in Kawhi Leonard, and even though he’s not with them any more, the success hasn’t stopped. Currently the two seed in the East, the Raptors could be looking at some pretty successful sequels to their championship season themselves. Also, what makes Toy Story so great isn’t just one toy, but the whole bunch of them. The Raptors are proving this year their success was due to more than just one toy.

Shaquille O’Neal Says His Lakers Would ‘Easily’ Beat MJ’s Bulls

Shaquille O’Neal went on Ariel Helwani’s Podcast and stated that his Lakers would ‘EASILY’ beat the greatest dynasty of all time, Michael Jordan’s Bulls.

The same Bulls who won six NBA championships. The same Bulls who featured the greatest player of all time in the midst of his prime. Yeah, those Bulls.

Shaq Diesel and the legendary Kobe Bryant’s Laker teams going up against those Bulls teams would’ve been insane, but beating them would’ve been anything but easy.

Personally, I think any basketball fan knows it would’ve been an amazing thing to see those two teams go up against each-other. Prime Jordan vs. Kobe, Shaq going up against Dennis Rodman (they went up against each-other when Shaq was in Orlando, but LA Shaq is a different animal), and Phil Jackson coaching both sides. What a vision.

We’re going to hear a lot more about the Bulls dynasty with ESPN’s ten part (ten part!!!) documentary airing its first episode this Sunday, so maybe we’ll learn some more about what Shaq thinks he could’ve exploited to help his team would win so handily.

Do you agree with Shaq, or do you think the Bulls would get the W?

NBA Draft Preview: Who Should Be the No.1 Pick?

We all wish we could’ve watched the top draft prospects perform in this year’s NCAA March Madness tournament, the Euroleague, CBA and NBL seasons. It’s the time of year where the best players make a name for themselves in front of NBA scouts. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that chance, but despite the Coronavirus shutting down sports for the time being, we got a good look at the top talents in basketball around the world going into the 2020 NBA Draft.

Some teams make their picks solely on positional need, targeting fit over talent, while others employ a best player available philosophy to draft a new face of the franchise. In this year’s draft, any team with a top 5 pick should do just that and build around the best player available. Whoever is blessed with the first overall pick, whether it’s the Golden State Warriors or the New York Knicks, should absolutely take this year’s top talent, Lamelo Ball.

Lamelo Ball

Lamelo Ball opted to play overseas this past season in Australia for the Illawarra Hawks after the NCAA told him he may not be eligible to play in college because of his time in Lithuania. The 6’8 point guard averaged an impressive 17 points, 7 assists, and 7.5 rebounds in the NBL. He has shown the ability to make tough shots in the lane and shoot from a deep range all throughout his career so far. We can all remember how he went viral pointing the half court line to start a game and drilling the shot in the defender’s face. However, his best skillset is his ability to get everyone in the offense involved, while also being a good scorer.

Dating back to his days at Chino Hills, Lamelo Ball has been a tremendous passer. He has the court vision of NBA greats like Magic Johnson, and plays a similar style to his older brother, Lonzo. In fact, during his last year at Chino Hills, he averaged a whopping 26 ppg and 10 assists per game. At the Spire Institute, he averaged 21.8 points and 8.9 assists, and put on shows against tough schools like the IMG Academy. In today’s NBA, we see a lot shooting and fast paced play that would allow Ball to play to his full potential, since he used to that fast paced game that is similar to how his brother Lonzo plays in New Orleans, constantly connecting on lobs and a football passes in transition to last year first overall pick, Zion Williamson.

His unselfish play would make him an amazing pick for any team, as his future NBA teammates would love a guy that will make sure they get ball. Keep in mind Ball is only 18 years old, but plays like an NBA veteran. He sees plays before they even develop and that kind of IQ will translate well to the league.

Aside from the great passing and court vision, Lamelo Ball has definitely matured as he has progressed throughout his career. Ever since highschool he has played against players much older and bigger than him. In his freshman year at Chino Hills he averaged 16.7 points at only 6’0 feet tall and went on to win a state title with his brothers. Now, he’s 18, coming off a season in which he averaged 17 points, 7 assists and 7.5 rebounds, in one of the toughest leagues around the world.

If there is any doubt that he will be able to handle the rigors of the NBA at 18 years old, let me tell you he’s not only the most talented player, but one of the more mature and league ready players entering the draft.

So, what exactly could cause a team to not select such a talent? For starters, many GMs are concerned about the noises that surround him, aka his father, Lavar Ball. His dad is known to very outspoken, as we saw during Lonzo’s time with the Lakers, where he was very critical of head coach Luke Walton. He also made claims that it was Lonzo’s team, which ultimately led his oldest son to play with a target on his back. So, there is an expectation NBA vets can welcome Lamelo the same way Patrick Beverly welcomed Lonzo in his debut.

Another knock on Lamelo’s game is he has shown to be a liability defensively, but he certainly has the IQ and instincts to wreak havoc with steals in transition. Also, he has the height to meet players at the rim.

Despite the noise that surrounds him and the lackluster defense, there may not be another talent in this draft better than Lamelo Ball. He has already played with tough professionals and showed promise in Australia at the age of 18. His ball IQ, handling, and passing should be enough for a team to take him at number one with no hesitation.

I’m sure that any team that passes on Lamelo Ball will regret it for years to come.