Here at Basketball Society, we will be providing you with plenty of draft coverage leading up to it in June. Today, while early, we have for you our rankings for the top 5 prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft.
We averaged the rankings given by our following writers:
5. Obi Toppin – Sophomore F, Dayton
Obi Toppin is having a spectacular 2nd season with Dayton and has showed his fantastic versatility. He can stretch the floor, play in the post or on the perimeter, and has shown an above average passing IQ. He’s arguably the best all around player in this draft.
We are probably higher on Toppin than most Draft sites, but there is just so much uncertainty in this draft. Someone like Obi Toppin should deservedly get drafted in the top 10, and maybe even the top 5 in this draft because you know that you are going to get someone ready to contribute right away.
Current Stats: 19.8 PTS, 7.9 REB, 2.3 AST, 1.3 BLK, 1.1 STL, 62.7 FG%, 36.8 3PT%, 68.3 FT%
4. Tyrese Maxey – Freshman G, Kentucky
Tyrese Maxey may very well be the most gifted offensive player in this draft. The only reason why he is not in the top 3 in our rankings right now is because of his inability to be consistent from beyond the arc. He’s shown us the quickness, defensive ability, and playmaking prowess to be able to be a star in the NBA.
There’s so much to like about Maxey’s game already and he hasn’t even gotten close to reaching the potential that we see in him.
Current Stats: 13.8 PTS, 4.1 REB, 2.9 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, 42.0 FG%, 27.6 3PT%, 83.9 FT%
3. Cole Anthony – Freshman G, North Carolina
Cole Anthony is one of the most athletic guards we’ve ever seen at this level. He’s got incredible leaping ability and is just an all around talented scorer. The injury he suffered this year has forced us to drop him slightly after being our, for most of us, number one prospect before the season.
If Cole does not return this season, because of UNC’s subpar play during his absence, we still can easily see him being drafted in the top 3 in this draft. Cole will be able to score at the next level, he has proven that much to us already.
Current Stats: 19.1 PTS, 6.3 REB, 3.4 AST, 1.9 STL, 0.4 BLK, 36.8 FG%, 35.5 3PT%, 67.9 FT%
2. LaMelo Ball – G, Overseas
We all knew about LaMelo Ball before he became the guard that he is today. Try to forget about his family for a second and just think about the prospect. Because he is a very good prospect in his own right.
LaMelo Ball is one of the best passers in this draft without question and while he still needs to work on his shot and defense, he has proven that he can positively contribute despite that fact. He has great height for the point guard position, can rebound extraordinarily well, and rarely turns the ball over (2.5 per game) despite his high assist numbers. There’s a very solid argument that he is the best point guard in a point guard heavy draft this year.
Current Stats: 17.2 PTS, 7.9 REB, 6.8 AST, 1.5 STL, 0.2 BLK, 38.9 FG%, 27.9 3PT%, 70.0 FT%
1. Anthony Edwards – Freshman G/F, Georgia
In our first edition of the top 5 prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft, Anthony Edwards comes in at number one. He is built to be number one on this list as he seems to be the most NBA ready at this point. Ant can handle the ball extraordinarily well, shoot the rock off the dribble better than almost anyone in this draft class, and has the physicality of an NBA player. He is the best player on Georgia and has been one of the best players in college basketball this season.
We have plenty of basketball left before we claim Anthony Edwards as the top prospect leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft, but he is definitely up there currently.
Current Stats: 18.4 PTS, 4.9 REB, 3.2 AST, 1.6 STL, 0.6 BLK, 40.9 FG%, 31.8 3PT%, 74.2 FT%