NBA 2020 Mock Draft 1.0 – Options abound for OKC Thunder

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OKC Thunder, 2020 NBA Mock Draft 1.0 LaMelo Ball of the Hawks (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) /

PG | Illawarra. New York Knicks. Lamelo Ball. 2. player. 27.

The second pick in the NBA Draft might be the most polarizing figure in the entire class.

Making a leap up by two spots come the New York Knicks. If the Warriors keep their top pick and use it as I projected, the Knicks are sitting pretty at pick number two. As I mentioned before, we are a bit too early in the process for teams to be linked to prospects just yet in mid-January, but this is the rare exception. The New York Knicks have been all over…LaMelo Ball.

With the second overall pick in the NBA (mock) Draft, the New York Knicks, of course, go with LaMelo Ball.

I get that the little brother point guard is polarizing, but take away his name and family history. Just watch the film unbiasedly. It is clear that he has the most upside and “franchise-altering” potential. He has the ability and upside to be a true and honest difference-maker in this league.

While his NBL season down under is done too soon due to a bone bruise, that should not hurt his NBA Draft stock.

When I see LaMelo Ball not only do I see dollar signs as a guy who will pack Madison Square Garden, and also sell out his jersey in a matter of minutes, but I see a new wave of point guard. A big body that struggles to shoot despite having great handles and the best passing ability in this class.

His rebounding and passing ability mixed with his handles steal the show. However, when you look at his frame he still has room to grow. Getting a bit bigger and adding some more muscles could unlock big defensive potential on the perimeter.

LaMelo Ball is probably the prospect I am most excited about entering this year’s NBA Draft and that is due to his high ceiling and low floor. His career could really break either way.

Pairing him with RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, and whatever you can salvage from Kevin Knox is a nice start. Especially when you factor in how much money they have to spend in the loaded 2021 Free Agency period…stop me if you’ve heard this before.