NBA 2020 Mock Draft 1.0 – Options abound for OKC Thunder

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OKC Thunder, 2020 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Josh Green #0 of the Arizona Wildcats (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

147. . Guard | Arizona. Brooklyn Nets. Josh Green. 21. player

Josh Green is a guy that has a ton of hype around him for a mid-to-late first-round pick projection. I see the ceiling on Josh Green being a role player in the NBA. Given the roster construction of the Nets that features Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, a safe rotational player would be just fine for the Nets.

The problem with Jeff Green is his lack of an ability to get his own offensive opportunity. Which again, makes him a nice fit alongside Irving and Durant who are so good that the defenses will shift to them and create a chance for Green without Josh having to do anything. I will choose not to hold his lack of efficiency against him being that the college game is so single player-driven when you get on a team that you are one of the few draftable talents.

player. 73. . Guard | Michigan State. Denver Nuggets. Cassius Winston. 22

Cassius Winston lost his brother earlier this season, and the basketball world still mourns for him. That got his Senior season off to a rocky start. However, he is still a solid first-round pick. He has a rare trait for a college basketball player. He knows he is good, he knows he can get a bucket whenever he wants, but he still plays within Tom Izzo’s offense.

He is a smart playmaking guard who can get that critical bucket in the clutch. Winston has the ability to come in, at 21 years old, and play big rotational minutes. He has the ability to lead a very successful second unit, especially for a playoff team like Denver.

Note: the pick will be conveyed via the Rockets

Forward | Maryland. Miami Heat. Jalen Smtih. 23. player. 110.

Jalen Smith is quickly shooting up NBA Draft boards, and his rise is not even close to ending, in my opinion, when the dust settles, I do think Jalen Smith ends up in the 20’s. The Maryland Forward has been nothing short of awesome for the Terps.

Averaging over two blocks per game, a touch over 15 points per game, and ten rebounds. The double-double machine is a prototypical big man for the modern NBA. The 6’10 Smith averages 39 percent from deep. That is incredible. The fact he is a threat outside and makes you respect his shot does so much for any offseason.

Utah Jazz. Myles Powell. 24. player. 118. . Guard | Seton Hall

Myles Powell is one of my personal favorites in this year’s NBA Draft. Powell is averaging almost 22 points per game, over four rebounds and two assists per contest. Powell is able to stretch the floor a little bit, but that needs improvement at the NBA level.

He plays above-average defense, and as a four-year college player is ready to join an NBA rotation right away. That is a huge thing for playoff teams to consider. Adding Powell’s scoring and driving ability to the Utah second unit, would help take them to the next level.

. Point Guard | Kansas. New York Knicks. Devon Dotson. 25. player. 27

Devon Dotson could be the point guard the New York Knicks need. After failing to develop Frankie smokes, and DSJ not panning out as a prospect, it is Devon Dotson’s turn to try his hand at the big apple. Dotson is a big stage player, and I love his upside. As just a two-year college player, he still has youth and an ability to grow as a player.

Alongside RJ Barrett, and now LaMelo Ball, the Knicks could be…growing something?! Dotson would play the backup point role and help anchor the second unit. While I could also see the Knicks going for a big man here, I love the Devon Dotson play.

This season he is averaging 18 points, four rebounds and as many assists per game. He is shooting 30 percent from deep, a respectable enough number. However, his incredible driving ability is his real selling point. He can control his body with the best of them, and smoothly slither his way around the trees down low. Of note, this pick will be conveyed from the Clippers courtesy of the trade at the deadline.