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2020 NBA Draft: Final Big Board of Prospect Rankings

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The longest 17-month stretch in the history of the universe finally ends this Wednesday as the 2020 draft cycle culminates with the NBA draft.

The 2020 class is weaker than most, largely due to its lack of high-end talent. There is no true primary initiator or franchise-changing star. It does, however, feature quite a few good complementary pieces, prospects of many varieties that could be anywhere from the second- to fourth-best pieces on a contending team with a primary creator already in place.

Therefore, I prioritized the prospects who can add value in the playoffs and bring teams closer to titles in my rankings. Think lower usage complementary guards/wings who shoot, defend and make great decisions (Robert Covington, Danny Green) or bigs with versatile defense and playmaking (Marc Gasol) over high usage scoring guards not good enough to be a primary engine (Zach LaVine) or bigs who add counting stats but bleed defensive value and aren’t offensive drivers (Andre Drummond).

The most valuable commodity for primary creators is advantage creation. Advantage generation comes in many forms, manifesting as first-step burst, ball-handling, strength on drives, pull-up shooting and more. Whatever it is, bending a defense and generating easy looks for a player and his teammates is the key to an effective NBA offense.

For all prospects, not just primary creators, basketball intelligence is the most important trait to me. For initiators, they have to make the correct decision to compromise the defense once they create an advantage. For off-ball players, they have to make good and quick decisions, especially as defenses tighten and offenses sharpen in the playoffs, in the form of passing, team defense, screening, cutting and more.

My definition of upside is less about athletic and physical tools than it is functional application of those tools. Athletic tools are critical, but they must exist in conjunction with decision-making and the ability to apply those tools. A prospect with a high max vertical that can’t jump quickly or time rotations well renders that athleticism useless, for instance. Upside is a combination of many traits like age, basketball intelligence and functional, special skills.

A big board on its own lacks nuance, as the draft is far more complex than an ordinal ranking of all the players. It can’t fully account for context and fit, trade value, scarcity and different outcomes. Thus, I use a tier system to add more depth, as the primary purpose of tiers is to delineate large gaps in value that a straight numerical ranking fails to show. At a basic level, every player in a tier is largely interchangeable, with slight preference towards the top. Tiers aren’t set in stone, though, as there are certain scenarios where I’d draft a prospect in a lower tier with a prospect in a higher tier on the board.

A tier system also helps illustrate the talent curve because the difference in value between the top prospect in any given draft and the 10th best is massively larger than the 60th and 100th best prospect, despite there being a bigger gap between the latter two.

This board does have use as a tool showcasing how much I like prospects relative to others in the class, but despite this piece nearing 10,000 words, is overly simplistic. If you prefer a prospect to another I have ranked higher, there’s likely a good case for it, especially in a draft like this one. For more in depth content on these prospects and access to me directly, find me on Twitter.

I’ve marked my favorite targets for the Pelicans at 13 with an asterisk (*) and in the second round in bold. I’ve also marked my least favorite targets for the Pelicans at 13 with italics.

And for reference, here’s a link to my preseason board and parts one and two on my process for evaluating shooting, which I reference many times throughout the board.

Tier I: Flawed engine/elite secondary piece

1.1 LaMelo Ball

As the only prospect with a real chance to reach primary engine status, LaMelo Ball sits atop the class. Significant roadblocks to that ceiling exist in Ball’s path, though, primarily improving his frame, which currently limits his drive creation, finishing, jumper range and defense. The jumper has to be efficient enough — 34-36% on high volume should be sufficient — and he has to be better defensively, which I have fair confidence in given LaMelo’s age, size and savant-level basketball intellect.

The good outweighs the bad, as Ball is one of the best passers in the world at 6’7, facilitating with a one-of-a-kind flair, creativity and ambition, as well as seeing, trying and connecting on passes few other players can make on the planet. His elite handle enables that passing, allowing him to deliver passes at funky angles and get to spots like no one else in this draft class. Ball’s floater is his most reliable scoring tool, as his touch extending as far as the elbow is special.

Ball’s history is integral to understanding his future, as he never played basketball defense until this season but showcased improvement — even if he’s a tragic defender at the moment. Few players have been able to mature playing with the freedom and creativity Ball has, but it’s resulted in developing a special basketball thinker. Questions about Ball’s character are far overblown in my opinion, as there’s no substantial evidence to doubt his drive or worth ethic.

Even if Ball doesn’t hit a high-end outcome, his floor is high due to the passing. He could settle into a connecting role at his median, which is useful, though not a top-pick level outcome. That ceiling outcome for Ball is real though, as he likely tops out as an ideal second-best player on a title team — there’s arguably no other players in this class who can match that.

1.2 Killian Hayes

There’s no better example of the importance of a longitudinal approach to scouting and valuation of development arc than Hayes. For much of his youth career, Hayes profiled as a wizard playmaker with serious athletic and defensive limitations. But in his season at Ulm, many of those concerns evaporated.

The passing didn’t change, despite his right hand weakness, as Hayes is a highly manipulative and anticipatory passer, seeing actions unfold before they do in real time. The longstanding concern with Hayes’ passing was how his scoring gravity limited its impact but athletic and shot improvements have largely abated those concerns. He’s still not the quickest or bounciest, but Hayes wins with change of direction moves like he never could, adding newfound shiftiness to his overwhelming 6’5 frame, strength, touch and deceleration craft to form a capable slasher and shot creator.

Hayes’ range on his mid-range pull-up has expanded out to the three-point line. He’s a legitimate space creator, breaking out step-backs and side steps with regularity. I don’t have the slightest concern about Hayes’ shot despite his 29% three-point percentage due to his volume and versatility, touch and consistently elite free-throw percentage over many years.

Defensively, Hayes has transformed from a liability on the ball and a good team defender to arguably the best guard defender in the class at his position. He is now a capable point-of-attack stopper, adding refined technique to improved lateral movement and strength. His team defense is elite, disrupting actions at the nail and on rotations while avoiding mistakes.

Hayes likely lacks Ball’s advantage creation ceiling because of a basic handle and a lack of top-end quickness, but I wouldn’t rule out more athletic improvement given his rapid development curve. As he learns to play without the ball, Hayes has the ceiling of a second-best player on a title team as a secondary offensive engine and near All-NBA defensive guard.

Tier II: Elite complementary pieces with secondary upside

2.3 Devin Vassell*

Elite team defenders on the wing with real size aren’t common and Vassell is one of the best team defenders I’ve ever scouted. His ground coverage, playmaking instinct, and stunts, digs, closeouts and effort are all unmatched defending off of the ball, paving a path for Vassell as a true defensive game-wrecker. He’s just fine on the ball, unspectacular laterally with average strength. That defensive package on the wing is worth a lot, but not a top three pick.

In the first game of Vassell’s sophomore season against Pitt, he nailed a flurry of pull-up jumpers, something totally unseen by a freshman. That pull-up shooting was sustained through the whole season, powering his top three case by way of genuine difficult shotmaking upside. His shot profile compares to that of the Kawhi Leonards and Khris Middletons of the world, wings who weren’t spectacularly efficient off-dribble shooters in college, especially from range, but developed into that in the league. Pull-up development unlocks his capable passing, which is hindered by an inability to create advantages.

In the short-term, Vassell can plug into any team as a spot-up shooting fifth offensive starter with high impact defense from day one. His offensive ceiling isn’t as high as Edwards’s or even Maxey’s, but the chance to add shot creation to his All-NBA defensive ceiling makes for a prospect worthy of top five consideration for the right team.

2.4 Anthony Edwards

Some might be surprised to find Edwards excluded from my top tier — and I’ve spent many hours grappling with that myself, but I’m partly ignoring my own philosophy with this ranking.

Edwards sports fringe primary scorer upside with an elite first step and vertical explosion along with shotmaking and horizontal space creation flashes nobody else in this class matches. Add some blips of basic playmaking off of his immense gravity and you have a player who probably can’t be the best player on a good offense but can play second fiddle as a volume scorer.

All of that comes with a massive asterisk, though, as Edwards’ wiring and decision-making could render all of that goodness obsolete. For every highlight, there are three equally as frustrating plays, with Edwards passing up rim attempts for difficult shots and missing passing windows.

His future team has to commit him to barging to the rim (his bad handle has a part in that, but he’s explosive enough to overcome that limitation with basic improvement) and making smart decisions if Edwards is to avoid the ‘wrong initiator’ trap — meaning he’ll elevate a bad team, but he won’t be good enough to lead a great team or add enough value next to great players. I do think Edwards is potentially scalable, though, as he’s a deadly cutter, creating space with his first step and speed.

This train of thought, however, doesn’t extend to the defensive side of the ball. Despite Edwards’ tools providing glimpses of on-ball goodness, his horrific effort and team defensive awareness give me pause that he’ll ever become a real plus defender.

To what extent can a team alter Edwards’ approach? He’s never played any role but primary initiator — how will he adjust to a large off-ball role? These are questions most salient to which outcome in his wide range he hits and they’re questions I can’t answer. A lot has to go right for Edwards to reach his star ceiling and avoid ending up as a proto-Dion Waiters, but that ceiling undoubtedly exists as a low-end star scorer.

2.5 Isaac Okoro

Big wing initiators increasing in number has made counters to them a valuable commodity and Isaac Okoro is the best wing stopper in the class. At 6’6 and about 225 pounds, Okoro is a rock, walling off everyone from Kira Lewis Jr. to Anthony Edwards and vaporizing screens with his lateral quickness and strength. He didn’t flash the uber-elite off-ball defense that he did in high school — it was good, not amazing — largely because his defensive role at Auburn was that of a shutdown corner, shadowing opposing offenses most dangerous threats for entire games.

Optimizing Okoro offensively requires some ingenuity as his spotty outside shot means teams can ignore him if an offense stations him in the corner. Every other aspect of Okoro’s offensive game is great, notably his slashing. A powerful athlete, Okoro wins with inundating burst, strength and a much improved handle and finishes ambidextrously/draws fouls with touch and vertical explosion. (Okoro traded some bounce for added strength before his freshman year, but that isn’t a real issue.) One of the best wing passers in the class, his upgraded handle unlocks the live dribble passes Okoro sees and now executes.

While I value team defense over point of attack defense (partly reflected in Okoro landing below Vassell), Okoro is a good enough man defender at a scarce position to add real, game-changing value without sacrificing off-ball defense. The offense might never be good enough to reach true star heights, especially if a team doesn’t deploy him correctly, but the offensive skills he does possess present a valuable floor on a team with other offensive creators.

2.6 Tyrese Maxey*

Please ignore the low three-point percentage. Please ignore the low stock numbers. A secondary prospect with three-level scoring upside and better defense than any other non-primary guard prospect in this class, Tyrese Maxey is criminally overlooked.

Despite his shooting percentages, his volume, shot versatility, elite touch and free-throw percentage make for an excellent shooting projection. Maxey isn’t a primary due to his sup-par handle and passing, but he’s an elite secondary attacker due to a dynamic, decisive first step and strength, balance, body control and touch as a finisher. And despite a steal and block rate under two, Maxey is evidently a good team defender on stunts, closeouts and rotations, and stymies guards and even some wings on ball with his strength and lateral quickness.

Again, Maxey lacks the primary creation upside to vault him higher. The playmaking consistency and vision along with his creation in isolation and pick-and-roll craft are problematic. But for a team with a jumbo creator in place like the Pelicans, Mavs or Nets, Maxey’s scoring punch and strong defense give him potential for all-star level impact as a complementary guard.

2.7 Aleksej Pokusevski

Aleksej Pokuseveki’s strengths and weakness are polarizing. He’s a true seven footer and the youngest player in the class — he turns 19 in about a month — with perimeter skill and preternatural feel for the game. An audacious shooter, Pokusevski acts like an oversized wing, bombing off of movement and even off of the dribble at times. The efficiency isn’t spectacular and may never be, but the volume and versatility at his size make for an excellent shooting projection. He’s a special passer for his size, trying and connecting on some ridiculous deliveries in pick-and-roll and in transition. Defensively, he’s a rare playmaker, with rim protection instincts few players rival. His lack of strength is debilitating on both ends as, defensively, he’s not strong or technically sound enough to hold up at the five, and he’s a bad finisher on the offensive end.

Conceiving Pokusevski’s role might be an exercise in futility; he makes sense as an off-screen bomber, transition playmaker and secondary pick-and-roll attacker, but a prospect as young, tall, skilled and intelligent might develop in ways we can’t expect. In order to iron out his flaws and maximize Pokuseveki, his future team has to emphasize patience and a plan for his deployment and a plan for his development. If so, the reward could be higher than any prospect in this class.

Tier III: Very good to solid, flawed complementary pieces/upside swings

Note: This is functionally one tier, but there’s enough of a difference between the top and bottom halves to make a small demarcation.

Tier 3A: Very good, flawed complementary pieces

3.8 Onyeka Okongwu

As offenses improve in spacing and movement, few traits trump coverage versatility for big men and that’s Onyeka Okongwu’s specialty. He excels in drop, show, hedge, late switches and more, dictating offense with his elite hip mobility and ground coverage in space. With strong rim protection instincts and quick leaping, Okongwu is a strong help defender, even if his ceiling on defense is likely limited to below all-defense because of his 6’9 height.

Offensively, that same gracious mobility and quick leaping combined with ambidextrous, feathery finishing touch will make Okongwu an excellent roll-man with some face-up utility. Passing improvement will be something to track as he progressed as a short roll and post passer as the season went on.

Unlike some of the bigs later on this board, Okongwu raises the ceiling of a great team and excels in high-leverage moments which non-star bigs have to bring. He’s likely not good enough to be the second best player on a title team which drops him to this tier, but Okongwu’s safety — his median outcome is the highest in the draft — and scalable skills could lend Okongwu to seriously impact a title-contending team.

3.9 Patrick Williams*

As the NBA spaces out further and the court widens, defenses counter that with ground coverage, breeding the “three-and-rim-protection four”, an archetype increasing in popularity. Patrick Williams is the best of that in this class, with bankable skills on both ends. A defense first prospect, Williams’ rim protection ranks at the top of the class. Beyond his built 6’8 frame, length and vertical explosion, Williams protects the hoop with impeccable timing and verticality. His total lack of hip mobility and lateral mobility means he can’t guard the perimeter, but I’m intrigued by the idea of Williams sliding up to play the five in spurts.

A versatile offensive forward, Williams mid-range pull-up track record indicates a positive shooting projection. Genuine flashes of pick-and-roll playmaking and interior finishing power and craft form a useful ancillary offensive skillset. While Williams lacks high-end upside — he is the youngest NCAA prospect in the class, he makes sense as a valuable fourth or fifth starter on a title-contending team. His skills elevate good teams and scale with high-end talent, which is exactly what I’m looking for along with savvy general managers.

3.10 Deni Avdija

Widely touted for his versatility, Deni Avdija’s aptitude in a few areas builds his case as a complementary four, projecting into a similar role as Williams despite a different playstyle and different skills. I can’t start anywhere but his shot; Avdija’s three-point efficiency has improved over the years, but his free-throw percentage still hovers in the 50s. He’ll never be a great shooter, but he’s not a non-shooter either. The larger offensive concern is his lack of self creation, dropping him down my board, as Avdija lacks the pull-up, handle or burst to generate advantages without a ball screen. Avdija’s speed and passing translates beautifully to transition and he’s best offensively off of the ball, where his elite cutting and secondary pick-and-roll playmaking shine. He’ll require a threatening enough shot to force closeouts, which is the swing skill for Avdija.

While Avdija’s defensive ceiling is below all-defense due to his lack of vertical explosion and length, he’s a high level weak side rim protector with instincts, range and fiery effort. If Avdija does improve his shot, he slots in as a ‘star role player’ next to other creators. His passing, cutting and rim protection are all valuable, scalable skills that elevate great teams and help teams win in the playoffs.

3.11 Cole Anthony*

The pendulum swings wildly in one of two directions for Cole Anthony: some believe his college struggles make him more of a mid/late first prospect while others view what he did before UNC carries his top five case. I fall closer to the latter side with Anthony, who undoubtedly disappointed at UNC, even accounting for abysmal spacing and injury concerns.

One area of no concern is Anthony’s shooting projection, as he’s arguably the best shooting prospect in the class due to his track record and pull-up shooting prowess. Off-dribble three-point shooting is one of the most valuable skills in the NBA and Anthony could become one of the best in the league. With vertical pop off of two feet and some playmaking instinct, there’s room for Anthony to develop into a solid guard defender.

The rest of Anthony’s offensive repertoire is problematic as his burst and one-foot explosion in traffic proved a massive problem for his advantage creation and finishing. Combining that with no intermediate game and mediocre decision-making (the passing looked much better pre-college, which inspires an inkling of hope) means Anthony can’t be tasked with running an offense in any capacity. Next to a large initiator, Anthony’s shooting gravity and shotmaking could vault him to valuable secondary creator status.

3.12 Kira Lewis Jr.

With blistering acceleration, Kira Lewis’ potential as an off-ball attacking guard is strong. Lewis is an accomplished spot-up shooter, with the speed to eviscerate any tilted defense. He’s a silky smooth playmaker, and what he lacks in advanced decision-making and manipulation, he makes up for with technical precision. Lewis defends the ball well with elite recovery tools — Lewis blocked 18 shots this season as a frail, 6’3 guard — despite limitations based on his size and strength.

Kira falls down the board because he’s likely not a primary creator. Though he slices to the rim at will, he can’t finish due to poor vertical explosion and strength (under 50% at the rim in the half court) and he’s not an advanced pick-and-roll operator. The key to his on-ball upside is a reliable off-dribble three-pointer and a more diverse intermediate game. Those are tough skills to bet on improving drastically, but Lewis running an SEC offense as a 17- and 18-year old is indicative of some upside. If he can’t hit that ceiling, Lewis adds value as a starter next to a bigger creator as a secondary attacker and transition monster.

3.13 RJ Hampton

RJ Hampton certainly falls into the high-upside, low-floor category, but that ceiling is high enough to warrant a spot at the back of this part of the tier. Burning defenders with one of the best first steps in the class, Hampton is a crafty slasher with shoulder dips, off-arm swipes and long strides to snake to the rim. He’s a decent handler with much improved decision-making and basic playmaking, and despite not being a great finisher now, that could change over time through strength development based on his one-foot vertical explosion.

Hampton’s slashing tools give him a ceiling as a valuable secondary guard creator. But his floor is equally low if his shooting, which is iffy, and his defense, which is bleak, don’t significantly improve. A non-shooting, no-defense combo guard will struggle to add real value on any roster. Even a shot worthy of closeouts makes Hampton valuable offensively due to his elite athletic tools.

Tier 3B: Solid, flawed complementary pieces/upside swings

3.14 Obi Toppin

There’s no denying Obi Toppin’s offensive arsenal. Elite short-roll and post passing, elite, ambidextrous finishing in the post, on the roll and on drives, and good enough spot-up shooting make for a perfect complementary big. The word complementary is key, as Toppin lacks the off-dribble creation or elite shooting to reach the incredibly high heights of bigs who drive great NBA offenses.

Toppin’s offense is great, but it might not be good enough to compensate for his defense, which is bleak, to put it lightly. He’ll struggle at center due to his dire lack of mobility, unable to backpedal in drop, switch or move in tight spaces at all. He’ll struggle in the post due to his high center of gravity, and he isn’t an elite rim protector because of his slow load time on jumps. He’s a good weak side rim protector, but he can’t play the four because a team asking Toppin to defend on the perimeter is sentencing their defense to death.

Therefore, Toppin presents a team-building predicament: Do you have the talent to optimize Toppin offensively, and if so, is his offense good enough to compensate for his defensive struggles? Who do you pair with Toppin defensively? You’ll need a hyper-versatile, mobile big with pick-and-roll versatility and elite rim protection. Prime Draymond Green and Bam Adebayo come to mind.

Obi Toppin will find NBA success and will likely have a long career. He’ll make lots of money and maybe an All-star game due to his offensive prowess. But if the goal is winning a title, fitting Toppin into that championship-caliber roster as anything more than a bench engine will be a significant challenge.

3.15 Tyrese Haliburton

A basketball savant, Tyrese Haliburton’s feel for the game on both ends is his main selling point. Offensively, he’s a daring and manipulative passer, one of the best in the class. Defensively, he’s a genius playmaker, routinely blowing up offensive actions. While Haliburton’s basketball intelligence and strong spot-up shooting projection make for a solid foundation, the missing components make Haliburton’s translation outside of a specific role difficult.

Despite running Iowa State’s offense, Haliburton has no creator equity — 21.5% usage rate as a primary engine just isn’t enough. Haliburton lacks the handle, burst, strength or explosion to create and finish advantages at the NBA level, which limits the impact of his passing without gravity. Defensively, his poor footwork and lack of strength limits him on ball and means his play-to-play consistency defending off of the ball is poor.

To find NBA success, Haliburton must fill a minimal offensive role as a connecting piece rather than a creating one. His passing and shooting are additive skills next to high-end talent, making him a potentially valuable ancillary piece. But if he’s miscast and thrust into a creator role, he’ll likely be unable to handle it.

3.16 James Wiseman

A textbook floor raiser, James Wiseman’s skills help a bad team much more than a good one. At 7’1 with a 7’6 wingspan and a graceful open floor gait, Wiseman’s sheer size gives him a floor as a roll man and a duck-in artist on offense and a drop big/rim protector on defense. He’s likely to be a good NBA player and will have the trade value and leash of a top three pick, giving him opportunities to make mistakes and improve.

However, Wiseman phases out in high-leverage situations, dropping his value based on my philosophy. Defensively, he lacks versatility guarding the pick-and-roll, as he won’t be able to guard at the level of the screen, which is necessary to counter the ever-increasing group of pull-up dynamos in the NBA. Offensively, he lacks the decision-making quality and speed and skill crucial for playoff success. Wiseman isn’t a bad prospect by any means and is a solid bet for a long NBA career — maybe even an All-star appearance or two. But his inability to push a team closer to a championship plummets him down my board.

3.17 Leandro Bolmaro

A high-ceiling, low floor play, Bolmaro’s offense hinges on his shot. While Bolmaro is a gyroscopic, 6’7 ball-handler with elite shiftiness and a high-level, creative and manipulative passer, he can’t threaten the defense as a scorer at all. I’ve cooled on Bolmaro’s creator upside, as his finishing or pull-up needs drastic improvement for that outcome, and risen on his median, as with a solid spot-up, drawing closeouts and secondary pick and rolls is a path to solid secondary creator status.

While the offense is a question, Bolmaro’s defense is not. Arguably the best guard defender in the glass, Bolmaro is a hounding on-ball defender with elite lateral quickness and hip mobility along with fiery aggression. He routinely made life hell for EuroLeague and ACB guards as a teenager with his on-ball and stellar team defense. Bolmaro has a steady role right now in Spain and makes for an ideal draft-and-stash candidate. If the offense develops, Bolmaro should be viewed as a lethal two-way guard prospect.

3.18 Grant Riller

The best scorer in the draft, Grant Riller gets buckets in a myriad of ways. His first step is world-class, burning defenses at will. That advantage creation enables his elite guard finishing and space creation for jumpers, which are both top-tier. Riller is an improving playmaker; his decision-making is questionable, but his scoring gravity forces hard rotations and widens passing windows, lifting some of that burden. Some have qualms about Riller’s competition level, but Riller carved up high major opponents as well. There’s no questioning his scoring package.

The competition level is relevant for Riller’s defensive projection, as despite the weakness of the CAA, Riller has been a bad defender for four years. And at age 23, there doesn’t seem to be much hope for Riller’s defense despite solid tools. Old combo guards who are bad at defense aren’t normally this enticing, but Riller’s scoring package is legitimately special and hard to discount. If the shot improves, Riller could develop into one of the league’s best guard creators.

3.19 Isaiah Joe

Often labeled a plug-and-play “3&D” wing, I see Isaiah Joe as a high-upside, low-ceiling swing, with his frame as his limiter. Joe’s lack of strength can’t be understated and it impacts every facet of his game, from the range on his jumper to his slashing to his on-ball defense to his rim rotations. But if an NBA physio staff can improve his core and lower body, Joe has the ceiling of an elite complementary wing.

Joe is more than an elite shooter (despite the efficiency, his elite volume and shot versatility are massively positive for his shooting projection), and he creates space off of the dribble, with snatches and step-backs, and can slip pocket passes and other pick-and-roll feeds. Defensively, he’s technically sound and laterally quick on the ball and highly instinctual with excellent range off-ball, despite some over-aggressiveness, which doesn’t hinder his projection.

Isaiah Joe might not be able to survive on an NBA floor without a significant strength increase. If that happens, he’s the type of complementary piece that elevates a good team to new heights.

3.20 Xavier Tillman

Last year, Grant Williams tumbled to the Celtics at 22 to the dismay of draft nerds everywhere. As a rookie, he contributed valuable minutes on a conference championship team, shocking many unaware NBA fans. Whenever the next playoffs happen, that player will be Xavier Tillman, who, despite being a 6’8 big who isn’t an explosive athlete and isn’t a good shooter, is a near lock to add scalable value in a playoff setting, which is the holy grail for ancillary bigs.

Opposite of Wiseman, Tillman, like Okongwu, is a ceiling raiser with oodles of ancillary skills: clairvoyant decision-making speed on both ends of the floor as a playmaker and team defender, elite handles for a big and elite interior finishing, plus the best screen setting in the class and superhero strength to wall off on defense. Tillman will eviscerate defenses on the short roll and in dribble handoffs and will stonewall bigger centers in the post and on drives. As defenses tighten up and offenses sharpen in the playoffs, basketball intelligence and processing speed is critical and there’s nobody better there than Tillman.

3.21 Josh Green*

The last of the true wing defender prospects (after Vassell and Okoro), Green represents the value and scarcity of truly elite defensive wings with offensive skill. Green’s flaws are significant offensively — he’s a horrific, right-hand dominant finisher and an average at best, low confidence spot-up shooter. Despite underrated and fairly advanced feel and off-ball passing, the lack of scoring gravity and shooting questions muddy Green’s offensive projection.

Defensively, Green has rare lateral quickness and hip mobility. Few defenders can mirror and dictate offensive movement like Green on the ball and few defenders excel defending closeouts and making consistent rotations like Green off of the ball. On- and off-ball wing stoppers are supremely valuable, and due to a lack of strong wings in this class, would make Green a good pick in the lottery for a team like the Pelicans or any other wing-needy team (which is just about every team) despite real offensive concerns.

3.22 Desmond Bane

The best shooter in the class, Bane gets shots off from a variety of angles despite his wonky release, excelling as an off-ball shooter and creating ample space for way deep pull-ups. Bane’s also one of the best wing passers in the class, which meshes with his shooting to create an idyllic off-ball combo wing skillset. Defenders have to commit to his shot and he exploits that gravity beautifully as a passer. He can’t dribble north/south or finish but that isn’t relevant for his role.

Short arms and average lateral mobility limit his defensive ceiling, but Bane is one of the smartest team defenders in the draft.

There are few certainties in the 2020 draft, but Desmond Bane as a valuable complementary piece is one of them.

Tier IV: Solid to average rotation pieces/high-value specialists

4.23 Malachi Flynn

The best pick and roll player in college basketball, Malachi Flynn navigates ball-screens like a veteran, weaving in and out of defenses, firing every pick and roll pass and scoring with craft at the rim, from floater range and on pull-up threes. Flynn’s size and lack of explosion should lead to finishing and advantage creation struggles, but elite shooting and pick-and-roll play always have a place in today’s NBA. Flynn’s a smart defender who isn’t mistake prone with playmaking instincts, so he shouldn’t be a massive negative. Next to a big creator, Flynn could add value as a solid starter.

4.24 Theo Maledon

Versatile, elite shooting, reactive pick-and-roll playmaking and finishing craft make up Theo Maledon’s offensive repertoire. He doesn’t have any semblance of advantage creation with burst or explosion and I’m skeptical of his finishing success translating, but Maledon’s shooting upside is high and can’t be overlooked. He struggled mightily on defense, but he was a teenager playing in the EuroLeague, so there’s room for Maledon to not be disastrous. Despite being a mostly boring combo guard with a high shooting ceiling, Maledon’s likely to be a serviceable NBA player.

4.25 Killian Tillie

Oh, what I’d give to live in a world where Killian Tillie didn’t accrue countless injuries dating back to before his Gonzaga career. Separate from his medicals, Killian Tillie is a lottery talent, a perfect modern playoff-caliber NBA big. Elite big man shooting, passing and handling make Tillie an ideal connecting offensive big. Defensively, his mobility is still above average despite the injuries and he’s a brilliant communicator, directing traffic and rotating on the back line with perfection. A lack of physical tools and size limit his defensive and finishing upside, but a healthy Killian Tillie is a big who adds real value in the playoffs early in his career. That’s tough to find. If an NBA team is even semi-confident in Tillie’s medicals, he’s worth a pick in the first round.

4.26 Jaden McDaniels

McDaniels is the first in the glut of wingy forwards in the late first/early second range, another rangy three-and-rim-protection four. There’s some worry about McDaniels’ atrocious defensive awareness and feel before college, but his playmaking was stellar in Washington’s zone. McDaniels’ ideal NBA role on offense is a closeout-attacking spot-up shooter. He has some shake, but he’s too weak as a decision maker and physically to really make any use of it at the NBA level. McDaniels might be too physically limited and lack the decision-making to stay on the NBA floor, but he has the ceiling of a valuable rotation forward.

4.27 Aaron Nesmith

The 2020 NBA draft’s foremost specialist, Nesmith is a movement shooting aficionado. While he’s not the flamethrower his 52.2% three-point clip on small sample this season would suggest, he’s a safe bet to be a high-level tall movement shooter, an archetype with increasing value in today’s league. Nesmith finds himself lower on the board because of everything else. He’s not a plus decision maker or advantage creator, doesn’t project to shoot off of the dribble threes and is a poor mover on defense with average instincts.

Nesmith isn’t a plug and play “3&D” wing, though he should be fine on defense due to his size at 6’6 and effort level. His future team must commit to using him like Duncan Robinson, running him off of screens and handoffs all game and letting him chuck. If he’s optimized, Nesmith could be a supremely valuable rotation shooter. If not, he probably won’t add much value outside of spacing.

4.28 Nate Hinton

Few players provide a better viewing experience than big Nate Hinton, an eccentric basketball player with a few special skills. Most notably, he’s a preternatural rebounder, with uncanny court mapping in his tracking of long boards. That court mapping and his ground coverage make him an elite team defender. As a 6’5 wing without any bankable offensive skill, Hinton has to shoot and he’s been a solid spot-up shooter in his career (73rd %tile spot-up no-dribble jumpers). Hinton’s sky-high defensive impact on the wing makes him a valuable rotation bet if he can shoot threes at a passable rate.

4.29 Tyler Bey

Tyler Bey’s defensive highs are some of the highest in the class. As a team defender, his ground coverage, explosiveness and playmaking instincts make for some unbelievable rotations. However, his defense is marred with inconsistencies as he too often misses rotations, especially on the perimeter. Offensively, I’m not sure how Bey stays on an NBA floor, at 6’7 with most of his college usage coming as a post-up player. He has to shoot and he did shoot above 40% from three on very low volume with some versatility and average free-throw percentage, making him an iffy shooting bet. Bey’s defensive upside is undeniably high. If he shoots, Bey can fill the valuable three-and-rim-protection four man role in today’s NBA where ground coverage defensively is vital.

4.30 Robert Woodard

I can’t describe Robert Woodard better than my favorite co-host Max Carlin does: “He’s precisely fine.” That’s not an insult in the slightest. 6’7, well-built forwards who are solid at many things tend to stick in the NBA for a long time. Woodard is a fine bet to shoot with underrated off-ball passing and a plus weak-side rim protector, even if his instincts and load time aren’t elite. It’s hard to see Woodard as anything more or anything less than a steady and unspectacular but useful rotation piece and that certainty brings tons of value.

4.31 Saddiq Bey

Similar to Woodard, Bey screams solid rotation wing, even if there’s a bit more variance in his range outcomes. On the high end, very good shooting efficiency and volume as a 6’8 wing with some pull-up chance could make Bey very valuable. However, nothing else in his game carries that same value, as he can’t create any sort of advantages with the ball, lapses defensively and is vulnerable to dynamic attackers due to his poor man defensive technique. Bey will slot into a rotation because of his size and shooting and he should pass well enough off of the ball to be a plus offensive wing. However, there isn’t any real upside for Bey unless he becomes an unexpectedly great off-dribble shooter, making him a less exciting pick.

4.32 Tyrell Terry

Tyrell Terry is the first of four non-primary guards in this range, all with varying skillsets and ranges of outcomes. Terry’s upside is the highest, making him the highest ranked, but the four are interchangeable. Terry’s elite on- and off-ball shooting and guard finishing and good enough passing give him real upside as a secondary guard next to a bigger initiator. His frame is his major limiter, as at 6’1, he’s incredibly frail and lacks explosion. That lack of strength bleeds into the rest of his game. A lack of core strength limits the range on his jumper and his lack of strength, burst and a steady handle mean he can’t get to the rim and use his rare finishing tools.

4.33 Devon Dotson

Rim pressure separates Dotson from many ancillary guard prospects, as he’s one of the fastest and quickest guards in the class. He’s a solid playmaker, primarily finding teammates in large windows off of his gravity, and a confident spot-up shooter. Dotson’s on-ball translation is murky, as he lacks the pull-up jumper or finishing to command on-ball usage. That’s the issue with Dotson — despite his undeniable physical talent and skill, a 6’1 off-ball attacking guard just isn’t that valuable considering he’s likely going to be a negative defender. He’ll need to prove he can thrive on the ball to be more than a bench combo guard.

4.34 Nico Mannion

Nico Mannion is the ideal modern ‘third guard’ who can operate next to multiple bigger and better advantage creators. Arizona deeply overextended Mannion, who lacks the first step, explosion and downhill creation to run an offense. Where he did thrive was off of the ball, where his relocation and intelligent spacing along with his high-level passing — which is encumbered by his creation deficiencies. While Mannion’s size will always hinder him defensively, he’s strong, quick laterally and tries hard, so he shouldn’t be a major negative. In a modern NBA loaded with big creators, Mannion makes perfect sense as an ancillary guard complement.

4.35 Cassius Winston

Cassius Winston ranks towards the top of the class among three-point shooters. There’s some concern with size and getting his shot off against NBA defenses, but the volume, efficiency, free-throws and versatility all signal an elite shooter. That and his advanced pick-and-roll playmaking and overall anticipatory and manipulative passing make for an intriguing backup/off-guard prospect. He’s going to be a significant negative on defense and he isn’t bursty or explosive enough to self create at all, but in a pick-and-roll dominated league, Winston has a place.

4.36 Zeke Nnaji

Zeke Nnaji is the last of the potentially valuable, situation-specific big men in this class. Two strengths define Nnaji: his shooting projection, based on solid free-throw and excellent long two efficiency, and his lateral mobility, which is uniquely great for a 6’11 big. That mobility makes him an ideal specialized defensive big, good for deployment against teams with elite pull-up shooters and more motion heavy offenses, increasing his value in the playoffs. However, the rest of his game is concerning as offensively he’s a bad decision maker with finishing concerns due to his lack of strength and vertical explosion. Nnaji’s reaction speed and lack of instincts sometimes counteract his great mobility and that same lack of strength and bounce limit his rim protection impact. Nnaji requires specific usage to maximize his value, but a good team with the offensive and defensive firepower to compensate for Nnaji could benefit from his skillset in certain, high-leverage scenarios.

Tier V: Rotation gambles

5.37 Mason Jones

How far can a prospect with 0th percentile burst and vertical explosion go? That’s the Mason Jones experiment, as despite Jones’ explosive deficit, he was one of the best scorers in all of college basketball, a difficult shot merchant from all over the floor. His finishing is uniquely elite —Jones shot 75% at the rim this season — carving out space with his strength and scoring at wonky angles with high-level balance, body control and touch. His defense and playmaking are both unspectacular, but his game hinges on the extent to which his scoring and shotmaking translates. It will be a battle for Jones to find NBA success, but his skill package is truly one of the best in the class and may well be worth a speculative pick.

5.38 Abdoulaye N’Doye

In a draft severely lacking in second round draft-and-stash options, Abdoulaye N’Doye presents the most intriguing option. He’s flawed: already 22, N’Doye’s shaky shooting projection and poor frame doesn’t inspire confidence. What does give rise to some optimism is his playmaking: N’Doye ran the offense for Cholet, executing high level passes off live dribbles and making complex pick-and-roll reads. While he lacks a great handle, N’Doye’s combination of touch and foul-drawing skills provide optimism for his slashing upside. Defensively, the 6’7 N’Doye’s 7’2 wingspan disrupts actions and helps him collect blocks and steals. That, coupled with decent lateral movement and solid, if inconsistent, rotational instincts make for an intriguing defensive wing gamble with real offensive skill and feel for the game.

5.39 Tre Jones

Tre Jones progressed significantly as a shooter in his sophomore year as his role evolved from the ultimate complementary weapon to a primary offensive driver for Duke. Jones regressed as an offensive decision maker, seeing a dip in assist-to-turnover ratio and generally looking more mistake prone. He also suffered some defensive regression, allowing more penetration and making more defensive mistakes (there’s some blame on his teammates for that, though). Without any real creation equity, how well Jones can marry his freshman and sophomore year strengths will determine his future. If he can, Jones could be a rotation mainstay as hyper-effective decision maker and defensive stalwart with good enough shooting.

5.40 Precious Achiuwa

In order to maximize Precious Achiuwa, his future team will require an acute understanding of what he is and what he isn’t. Simply, Achiuwa is a pure five who isn’t a perimeter playmaker. A powerful and fear-inducing athlete. Achiuwa dominates in transition and should function well as a rim-runner, assuming he’s not tasked with a heavy decision-making burden. The defense is genuinely quite good, as he flashes enough playmaking instinct to make his combination of explosiveness and mobility all the more enticing. He’s not a switch big, but the mobility is a plus.

Prospects with Achiuwa’s decision-making (0.3 assist to turnover ratio) and shooting projection (59.9 ft%) who aren’t true center size rarely find NBA success but a prudent team could extract significant value from Achiuwa as a complementary big man given his tools and explosion.

5.41 Jalen Smith

Jalen Smith is a versatile shooter at 6’10, showcasing three-point ability off-movement and even off of the dribble at times. Combined with some handling skill, he’s obviously a prospect with uncommon traits. His defense is a major issue, as Smith is too slow — his reaction speed, his ground coverage and his general court mobility isn’t good enough. He’s a solid weak-side rim protector, but without real range and or strength, Smith could face immense trouble surviving defensively on an NBA floor. The shooting provides a stable floor in an NBA rotation, though, with the chance to add starter value if he applies the perimeter skill he flashed in the NCAA.

5.42 Naji Marshall

Naji Marshall is the premier “if he shoots” prospect in this class as he’s far from a good shooting bet but his general confidence and volume inspires some confidence. Marshall’s shooting would unlock his potent off-catch attacking, where he glides to the rim with perfect footwork and burst and strong finishing. While his decision making can be questionable, he showcases secondary-level playmaking, firing skip passes out of the pick-and-roll and more. He’s an elite off-screen defender given his footwork, and at 6’7 and long, he’s a versatile enough on- and off-ball defender to project him positively at the next level. A solid three-point shot off of the catch would enable Marshall to blossom into a high-end rotation piece or even a low-end starter.

5.43 Ty-Shon Alexander

Elite skills bring inherent value and Ty-Shon Alexander’s elite skill is increasingly salient in an NBA filled with more and more motion and movement shooting, as his elite lateral quickness and footwork guarding off of the ball shut down off-screen dynamos and mirror guards on the ball. He does allow some penetration and is a solid team defender — being 6’4 without plus strength or vertical explosion limits his upside — while adding plus shooting and off-ball passing on offense. He’s a specialist but a supremely valuable one if deployed correctly.

5.44 Saben Lee

Few offensive traits have the unlocking potential of rim gravity and Saben Lee pressures the rim like few others in this class. With an elite first step burst and a solid handle, the 6’2 guard lives at the rim, recording 227 rim attempts this past season (just 24.1% of them assisted), only trailing Precious Achiuwa and Vernon Carey in this top 100. He’s a questionable shooter and lacks elite playmaking, but that rim pressure alone makes him worth a swing as a valuable backup initiator.

5.45 Lamine Diane

So often for Lamine Diane everything goes wrong until it doesn’t. He’s messy technically on both ends and often makes poor decisions, but his relentless motor and athletic tools lead to highlight blocks, dunks and scores despite the wonky process. He’s the type of raw project teams should target in the second round, as his motor, physical and athletic tools and elite production suggest some latent upside if Diane falls into an environment willing to take the time developing his skills.

5.46 Udoka Azubuike

The tallest mountain in the state of Kansas (that’s probably, actually true), Udoka Azubuike’s movement has improved enough to the point where he’s draftable due to his inundating size on both ends. He’s never going to execute versatile pick-and-roll coverages or operate on the perimeter offensively, but his size and strength as a rim protector and finisher suggests a floor as a situational rotation big.

5.47 Vernon Carey

Plodding, post-up college bigs often have a difficult time translating to the NBA and that’s what Carey was at Duke. There’s some hope for Carey’s offense, less as a shooter but more with his impressive albeit left-hand exclusive handling coordination and inconsistent passing flashes. He seems to have slimmed down a lot, which hopefully boosts his movement skills to compensate for the likely loss in strength and his persistent effort and decision-making questions. There’s not a clear NBA role for Carey, but freshman bigs with his level of production and offensive skill flashes have a chance to stick in a rotation.

5.48 Borisa Simanic

Check out Borisa Simanic’s shooting numbers over the past five seasons or so. His efficiency and consistency from deep is superb — and oh yeah, he’s seven feet tall. But his lack of volume is as striking as his efficiency, as Simanic is a detrimentally timid shooter. He’s solid protecting the rim with his size, but the shooting is his calling card. He’s an ideal draft-and-stash candidate, hoping his confidence as a shooter increases.

5.49 Jalen Harris

Pure scorers as talented as Jalen Harris can always find spots on NBA benches. He is a good horizontal athlete, less good vertically, with shifty change of direction and control of pace as a handler. He creates space downhill effortlessly with a solid pull-up jumper and some pick-and-roll passing. He’s burly and sturdy enough to fight through screens and mirror on the ball. Microwave backup scorers aren’t as valuable as other archetypes, but Harris is certainly good and complete enough as a bucket-getter to stick on an NBA bench, with some tail end sixth man upside.

5.50 Skylar Mays

Pump-fakes and old-man craft define Skylar Mays’ game; he creates space despite lacking burst with an elite handle, shifty spin moves and springy step-backs along with solid secondary passing. His reaction time and instincts are high level on the defensive end. Sporting high IQ, feel and skill, Mays’ pass-dribble-shoot skillset are that of a future rotation combo guard.

5.51 Tres Tinkle

A 6’7 forward who is a great bet to shoot, make smart decisions with solid playmaking and heady team defense, Tres Tinkle’s path to rotation four-man equity is easy to conceive. Strength and quickness will hinder his ceiling, but he feels like a quality rotation player at the least.

5.52 Paul Reed

Paul Reed embodies chaos — his 9.4% block rate and 3.3% steal rate jumping out as positives. Those numbers reflect his defensive playmaking upside; he’s a frenetic gambler at this point, but the playmaking instinct point towards real team defensive upside. Reed’s concern lies on offense, as he might not be able to contribute anything on that end on an NBA floor. Likely a pure four, his shooting projection isn’t strong, nor his his decision-making and the handling/passing flashes are most likely just that: flashes. Shooting development is key to Reed finding a role in a rotation.

5.53 Kaleb Wesson

Kaleb Wesson dropped 40 pounds between his sophomore and junior seasons and saw positive returns – his block percentage increased by a third and his general mobility on the defensive end especially looked notable improved. The defensive end is still Wesson’s area of concern though, as at 6’9, he might not be vertically explosive or mobile enough to have an area of defensive specialty. Offensively, he’s a prototype modern offensive big man, with the handle and passing to thrive as in dribble handoffs, on the roll and in the post. The inside scoring/finishing is a major concern, as Wesson only made 57 close twos and 11 dunks. If he develops into a legit shooter, he’ll stick as a rotation big.

5.54 Josh Hall

6’7 wings with strong shooting projections, elite touch and a competent handle aren’t ubiquitous and Josh Hall is one of them. He has a long way to go before he can survive defensively on an NBA floor, but his upside as an off-ball scoring wing is real. He lacks on-ball scoring juice, but Hall could thrive as a bench secondary attacking wing.

5.55 Trent Forrest

The Duke offense shudders at the thought of Forrest, probably, as his eight steals against the Blue Devils characterize his game. With a career 3.6% steal rate, Forrest is a terror off of the ball with elite instincts and range plus strength, lateral mobility and a 6’7 wingspan to defend on the ball. Florida State’s de facto point guard has a murky offensive projection, however. If a team develops his shot — there’s reason for hope, based on his year-over-year improvement as a free throw shooter (up to 82.2% as a senior) and floater touch, Forrest is a potential star guard defender and rotation piece.

5.56 Sam Merrill

Some say age is just a number, but it’s hard to overlook that Sam Merrill is already 24. Merrill falling into the 50s illuminates the importance of age as a predictor of growth and upside — he would have a solid case as a first-round talent if he was 21. At 6’5 with nuclear shooting in all facets, secondary playmaking and team defensive instinct, it wouldn’t be shocking to find Merrill as a mainstay in a good team’s rotation with a bit of physical and athletic improvement.

5.57 Myles Powell

Score-first guards of Powell’s stature have a difficult climb to NBA impact, especially considering Powell’s struggles to create advantages on the ball. High-level movement shooting and difficult shotmaking is his calling card, along with much improved playmaking and some secondary pick-and-roll competency. That skillset projects best next to a big initiator like Zion Williamson or Luka Doncic. The degree of his shooting goodness and the extent to which he can survive on defense and continue playmaking improvement will determine whether he can stick as a rotation combo guard.

5.58 Christian Vital

Small guards who aren’t elite shooters or potent self-creators rarely stick in the NBA as valuable contributors. Those are the obstacles for Vital, but he’s one of the best guard defenders in this class. Sporting elite lateral burst and footwork to slide around on- and off-ball screens coupled with free-safety playmaking instincts and long wingspan gives Vital a chance to add rare guard defense for his size. He’s an accomplished shooter, cutter and playmaker with an offensive repertoire that seems ideal to slide down next to a bigger initiator. His defense and off-ball offensive potential make Vital interesting despite his major flaws.

5.59 Kristian Doolittle

A true basketball oddity, Kristian Doolittle attempted just six (!!!) spot-up threes this season. At the same time, he was the best 6’7+ pull-up shooter in the country this past season, the only player with 125 attempts on above average efficiency (45.9 eFG%) and 84 unassisted long twos. His shooting projection is hard to grasp, but it is undeniably intriguing. He can switch into black-hole mode on offense, but the frame and tools are there to be solid defensively. Doolittle is one of the better wing gambles late in the draft.

5.60 Reggie Perry

Flashes define Reggie Perry’s appeal. Standing 6’10, he slices defenses with a comfortable handle, flashes off-dribble shooting and on- and off-ball playmaking, along with some help-side rim protection competency. The consistency of his goodness pales in comparison, as too often his general lack of feel on both ends leads to slow and/or bad decisions, and along with his general sluggishness and uncertain shooting projection, relegates Perry to the speculative swing glut of wing/forwards down the board.

5.61 CJ Elleby

CJ Elleby sports one of the draft’s best shooting projections: at 6’6, he’s a good free throw shooter (82.3%), a high volume three-point gunner (8.2 threes per 40) and has made 50 long twos this season — a strong indicator of positive pull-up shooting development. The rest of his game is unspectacular, but Elleby’s size and shooting potential bodes interest late in the second or on a two-way deal.

5.62 Cassius Stanley

Cassius Stanley tends to disappear from games — for long stretches he goes invisible, failing to impact the game. He’s currently raw in many areas of basketball: decision-making, handling creation, team defensive feel, and despite his classification as a freshman, he’s already 21 — 13 months older than Zion Williamson. But at 6’6 with an okay jumper and elite vertical athleticism, he’s worth a bet in the second round as a rotation wing/combo gamble.

5.63 Justinian Jessup

Justinian Jessup is 6’7 with an elite shooting projection (95.7 ft% this season, career 40.8% three point shooter on 7.9 attempts per 40 with ample versatile) and possesses some legitimate ancillary passing. He’s signed to a contract with the NBL’s Illawarra Hawks, making him a stash candidate, technically. The NBA might overwhelm his lack of athletic and physical tools, but smart, tall shooters always have a chance to stick.

5.64 Immanuel Quickley

Elite off-ball shooters bring inherent value and that’s where Quickley’s draft case lies — 92.3% from the line on 5.9 threes per 40 is nothing to scoff at. The questions come from everywhere else as at just 6’3 he’ll need to add more ancillary skills to add high-rotation value. He’s a solid bet to stick in a rotation because of the shooting alone, even if at the back end.

5.65 Yam Madar

The sheer lack of draft-and-stash candidates boosts Madar’s value. The energetic Israeli guard’s playmaking flair and defensive instincts stand out, but the shot must improve for him to stick.

5.66 Marko Simonovic

The last real draft-and-stash option, Simonovic adds impressive passing, handling and some projectable shooting for a true center. He’s inconsistent defensively, but he’s toolsy enough to make the offense worth a draft selection.

Tier VI: Fringe NBA

Note: I’m only ranking these final prospects for completion’s sake. In reality, treat this as a static list, as there’s effectively no separation in value between the top and bottom of this tier.

6.67 Elijah Hughes

6.68 Deriante Jenkins

6.69 Jon Teske

6.70 Nick Richards

6.71 Jay Scrubb

6.72 Jahmi’us Ramsey

6.73 Mamadi Diakite

6.74 Trevelin Queen

6.75 Payton Pritchard

6.76 Markus Howard

6.77 Jordan Ford

6.78 Nate Darling

6.79 Freddie Gillespie

6.80 Vit Krejci

6.81 Anthony Lamb

6.82 Malik Fitts

6.83 Jordan Nwora

6.84 Jake Toolson

6.85 Isaiah Stewart

6.86 Caleb Homesley

6.87 Dwayne Sutton

6.88 Lamar Stevens

6.89 Isiaha Mike

6.90 Yoeli Childs

6.91 KJ Martin

6.92 Sha’markus Kennedy

6.93 Austin Wiley

6.94 Paul Eboua

6.95 Aleksa Radanov

6.96 Rayshaun Hammonds

6.97 Breein Tyree

6.98 Nathan Knight

6.99 Daniel Oturu

6.100 Tyrique Jones

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