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2020 NBA Draft Big Board Part 3 (36-31)

With the NBA Draft just about two weeks away, it’s time for part 3 of my big board for the 2020 NBA Draft. After scouting well over 70 players in this upcoming class, I have narrowed my list down to a top 60. Part one featured players 60-46 and part two featured players 45-37 so make sure you go check those out if you haven’t already done so. Anyways, let’s get going, starting with number 36.

#36. Immanuel Quickley

Guard / Kentucky / 21 Years Old

Immanuel Quickley is one of many guys in this year’s draft that is being heavily slept on for no reason. First of all, this guy’s a knockdown shooter. He shot 43% from downtown last season on 4.8 attempts per game. Not too mention, he shot 92% from the charity stripe on 5.2 attempts per game, which is very encouraging. 

He’s got great form and footwork, plus a very quick release, he’s very efficient, and he only got hotter from deep as the season went on. Quickley can also create his own shot. He’s got a great first step that allows him to get seperation, and he reads defenders really well thanks to his off the charts awareness. Quickley just does it all as a shooter, whether it’s on or off-the ball. If you ask me, he’s one of the best shooters in the draft. 

Defensively, he’s awesome as well. He does have some defensive flaws that we’ll get to soon, but he’s still a great defender, especially on the ball. He’s got a nice defensive IQ, he competes hard, and he has an insanely long 6’10 wingspan for a guard, which definitely gives him a big advantage for contesting shots, getting into passing lanes, and keeping up with defenders vertically. 

However, Quickley does need to improve on his footwork and get stronger to maximize his defensive potential, but he’s still a really nice defender that continues to make strides. As a finisher, this definitely won’t be a part of Quickley’s game at the next level. Although this could get better as he puts on more strength, I don’t see him being a guy that ever takes the ball to the hoop. He hardly took the ball to the hoop in college, and he was inefficient when he did due to his lack of touch around the basket, along with his lack of bounce as a jumper. 

As a playmaker, Quickley lacks the ball handling and vision to ever be much of a playmaker. Not to mention, it’s tough to really make much of an impact here if you hardly ever take it to the hoop. With that being said, Quickley’s strengths are elite, and his weaknesses will be covered up in his projected 3&D role in the NBA. 

#35. Tre Jones

Point Guard / Duke / 20 Years Old

After opting out of last year’s draft so he could return to Duke for one more season, Jones has committed to the 2020 NBA Draft. Offensively, he’s the definition of a floor general. He’s a great leader with a high IQ who limits his mistakes with the basketball and is a capable playmaker. I do believe he could use a little more growth as a playmaker, but he’s still a very solid one in halfcourt sets, and an elite one in transition. 

As a scorer, things aren’t too strong for Jones, but there’s some promise. As an inside finisher, this is definitely one of Jones weaknesses. He wasn’t very efficient taking the ball to the hoop as he’s only 6’3 with a 6’4 wingspan, and he lacks the athleticism, leaping ability, and touch to overcome this. He does a solid job of changing pace to get to the hoop from time to time, but all in all, he’s not going to be an effective finisher at the next level. From three, I have concerns, but there’s certainly promise here. From freshman to sophomore year, Jones leaped from 26% to 36% from downtown, and his 36% came on 3.7 attempts per game. Jones also shot 77% from the freethrow line on 4.8u attempts per game last season. He’s clearly improving, but his release is still slow and his shot is still inconsistent. With more reps and tweaking, I see him getting a little better, but nothing more than an average shooter really. 

Another thing that hurts Jones’s stock is his shot creation ability. I’ve touched up on this, but Jones lacks elite ball handling, shooting, athleticism, length, and explosiveness, which hurts his shot creation ability and overall upside.

As a defender, Jones is one of the better ones in this class. He plays really hard defensively, and he’s got a really high IQ, along with great communication, timing, lateral quickness, and instincts. Jones also makes plays defensively without being foul prone despite his lack of length due to his IQ, timing, and instincts. His lack of size, strength, athleticism, and length does affect his defensive versatility and upside in a negative way, but he’s still a really good defender, and this will translate to the NBA. 

Jones is a prospect that lacks high-end upside, but he’s a very safe pick, and you know what you’re getting with him. 

#34. Isaiah Stewart

Power Forward/Center / Washington / 19 Years Old

Isaiah Stewart is a one-and-done, throwback big man out of Washington. Stewart is very big and strong, and this is evident in the post. He uses his strength to seal defenders off and bully smaller guys downlow. Stewart is a beast down low, and although his footwork needs to get more consistent, he’s shown us an array of post moves, and he’s a very efficient scorer around the basket. He’s got a great motor to pair with his size, which makes him a productive rebounder. He attacks the ball and does a nice job at getting position inside, whether that’s offensively or defensively. His size plus motor combo also makes him an effective transition player. He runs the floor hard and is a decent lob catcher.

On defense, Stewart is a great rim protector. He’s not afraid to communicate, and he’s very aggressive down low. He utilizes his 7’4 wingspan well to rack up blocks, and with his size, it’s tough to post him up. His perimeter defense however, that’s where he struggles. Washington played zone defense, so we didn’t see much of him out in space, but I still believe he needs to get a little quicker laterally, but this isn’t a huge flaw for him. 

As a shooter, Stewart shot just 25% from downtown on only 20 attempts all season. His shot form is very inconsistent, but this will get better with more reps. Not to mention, the potential is there. He shot 77% from the freethrow line on 6.2 attempts per game, he’s got a nice, soft touch, and his shot from midrange looks nice. Stewart will never be a potent shooter, but if he could just get a capable three ball to help him fit into today’s NBA, that will help. When it comes to playmaking, this is another weakness in his game. 

His decision making is poor, his vision is lackluster, and even his accuracy when he does pass the basketball is bad. If you watch some of his highlights, or should I say lowlights of him passing, I honestly laughed at how short sighted some of his passes were. My final knock on Stewart is his lack of explosiveness. This hurts his potential as a rim protector, rebounder, and finisher, which is a big reason as to why his ceiling really isn’t that high. With all this being said, Stewart may be a little past his time in terms of playstyle, but he’s a high character guy that should be able to serve as a nice rotational, energy big man for an NBA squad.

#33. Josh Green

Shooting Guard/Small Forward / Arizona / 20 Years Old

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Josh Green is a 6’6, 205 pound wing out of Arizona. Green’s main strength is his defense, especially on the ball. He’s got great size, strength, length, and lateral quickness, making him a lockdown defender on the perimeter that can guard 1-3’s. In transition, Green runs the floor really well, and he does a great job of finding the open space in transition. He’s a really good finisher and spot up shooter in transition as well. 

As a three point shooter, he has his question marks. He attempted just 2.9 threes per game in college, his form is solid, but still a little inconsistent, and he really struggles as a shot creator, movement shooter, and contested shooter. With that being said, Green also has a lot of promise as a three point shooter. He’s still got a solid form with nice touch and balance, he shot 78% from the freethrow line on 3.6 attempts per game, he’s a great spot up shooter and catch and shoot guy. He moves well without the ball in his hands, and he saw big leaps in his shot and his confidence as the season went on. His three point shot will be a huge determining factor of his success, but I have confidence he’ll be a solid shooter from downtown. 

As a playmaker, Green can keep the ball moving in the flow of an offense, but nothing more. He does have solid IQ and decision making, but he just doesn’t make advanced reads, and his raw ball handling and slashing limit his ability as a playmaker. 

Speaking of slashing and ball handling, he struggles in both areas. His ball handling is very loose, which limits his upside as a scorer and playmaker, and although he’s shown flashes of his raw potential, he’s not an efficient finisher at the hoop. As an off ball defender, Green is solid, but he tends to miss on rotations and get himself out of position too often. And finally, injury.

In 2019, he underwent surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder. This is my biggest concern surrounding his jumpshot is whether or not this shoulder injury sets him back as a shooter. With all this being said, I see Green becoming a solid 3&D winning in the NBA that can get out in transition as well.

#32. Tyler Bey

Forward / Colorado / 22 Years Old

Tyler Bey is a 22 year old junior out of Colorado that has recently been attracting some buzz due to his performance at the NBA Draft Combine. Bey is an amazing athlete with a 7’1 wingspan to pair with it. He had a 43.5 inch vertical at the combine, and he’s only got 5% body fat. 

As I said, he’s a crazy athlete, and it shows on defense. He’s a great defender on and off the basketball. He’s always engaged, he can get blocks and steals, he’s got a great defensive IQ and agility, and he’s a super versatile defender due to his athleticism, length, and lateral quickness. Bey will need to gain more strength to maximize his potential and versatility, but he’s typically lockdown on the defensive end. 

In transition, Bey outruns most down the court, and he’s such an explosive dunker, making him a bigtime threat in transition. 

On the glass, Bey is very productive as well. He’s got a high motor and uses his explosive leaping ability to attack the basketball. He averaged 9 rebounds per game last season, and 9.9 the season before. As I said before, he’s a great dunker, but he’s also a capable post scorer. Bey was mainly an around the rim guy offensively at Colorado, but in the NBA he’ll need to create more of a perimeter game for himself. He can still serve as a lob threat in transition, pick and roll, and on backdoor cuts, but he needs to create that perimeter oriented game for himself, and the potential is there. 

He only attempted 31 three pointers all season, but he did drain 13 of them. With that being said, this is still a fairly small sample size, and he’s clearly still not completely confident in his shot, but I have confidence. His form lacks consistency at the moment, but he’s got a nice form when his shot is on, he just needs more reps to make this more consistent. Not to mention, he shot 74% from the charity stripe on 5.9 attempts per game last season. This is nothing crazy, and it’s clear improvements still need to be made, but this paired with his solid jumper from mid range encourages me. However, his ball handling is poor. This means he doesn’t create his own shot from distance, and it severely limits any upside he has as a playmaker, plus it leads to turnovers.

Speaking of playmaking, Bey only averaged 1.5 assists per game last season. He has shown flashes, but I don’t see him ever becoming much of a playmaker. Bey is a lockdown defender and a menace in transition and from the lob spot, but he needs to improve upon his three point confidence and consistency to really maximize his potential.

#31. Malachi Flynn

Point Guard / San Diego State / 22 Years Old

Malachi Flynn is a redshirt junior out of San Diego State. The first thing to note about Flynn is he was definitely the most successful pick and roll player in college out of anyone in this draft. Flynn is a very good playmaker in general, but a huge bulk of his playmaking success comes out of the pick and roll. Flynn is a fantastic passer out of the pick and roll, as he can make virtually any pass out of it. Not too mention, Flynn can also score out of the pick and roll. He does a great job making quick reads out of the pick and roll, deciding whether he should pass, shoot, or take it to the hoop. 

As a shooter, Flynn is great. He shot 37% from downtown last season on over 6 attempts per game as the focal points of SDSU’s offense. He’s a guy who can shoot on and off the ball. Even more encouraging, he shot 86% from the charity stripe last season on over 4 attempts a game. Flynn can also pull up from midrange, and he’s a solid finisher as well, although a lot of his takes also came out of the pick and roll. 

On both ends of the court, Flynn plays with a high motor and a very high basketball IQ. One knock on Flynn though is his size. His athleticism and strength won’t wow you at all, and he’s only 6’1 with a 6’3 wingspan. Flynn’s size will force him to make some adjustments in the NBA, but not as many as you’d think. 

Defensively, Flynn may be undersized, but his IQ and peskiness will never make him a liability on this end of the court. Offensively, Flynn runs so much of his offense out of the pick and roll that his size won’t be much of a factor offensively unless for some reason the team he’s on decides not to run a lot of pick and roll with him, but that shouldn’t be the case. Overall, I really do like Flynn to be a solid contributor for whichever NBA team he goes to. His success out of the pick and roll fits the direction today’s NBA is going in, and I believe that will help him and his value tremendously at the next level.

Big Board So Far

#60. Jahmi’us Ramsey

#59. Cassius Winston

#58. Jay Scrubb

#57. Leandro Bolmaro

#56. Yam Madar

#55. Devon Dotson

#54. Nico Mannion

#53. Trevelin Queen

#52. Mason Jones

#51. Kevon Harris

#50. Reggie Perry

#49. Zeke Nnaji

#48. Skylar Mays

#47. Abdoulaye N’Doye

#46. Elijah Hughes

#45. Jordan Nwora

#44. Precious Achiuwa

#43. Lamine Diane

#42. Payton Pritchard

#41. Robert Woodard ll

#40. Nate Hinton

#39. Nick Richards

#38. Isaiah Joe

#37. Grant Riller

#36. Immanuel Quickley

#35. Tre Jones

#34. Isaiah Stewart

#33. Josh Green

#32. Tyler Bey

#31. Malachi Flynn

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