OKC Thunder: NBA Draft big board 2.0 – Top 30 prospects

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Nico Mannion #1 of the Arizona Wildcats OKC Thunder (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Nico Mannion, G, Arizona, 6’3, 190 pounds, 18 years old

While Nico Mannion is a lottery lock, it is still unclear where he will land. While he is a poster child for basketball in 2020, his lack of consistency and defensive ability could see him falling anywhere from the top ten or barely hanging on to the lottery.

Mannion turned in 14 points per game to go along with his five assists per contest all on 32 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He came into college basketball as one of the most hyped long-range assassins, so shooting just over 30 percent from deep is a tad disappointing considering the closer 3-point line.

On the other hand, he rarely launched it from the NCAA line, and still put up a respectable average. Nico Mannion can toss up a jumper at almost any time. No matter if it is off the dribble or wrapping around the screen.

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Unlike most college 3-point specialist, Mannion can attack the rim with the best of them. While he lacks a burst of speed, once he gets where he is going he offers ambidextrous finishing and a golden touch.

On top of his scoring, he offers incredible passing and vision which sets up his teammates nicely, and with a better cast around him, those assist numbers could easily double.

The biggest knock on Mannion is his size. At just 6’3 190, he can likely only defend point guards, and when thrown up against bigger lineups could get played off the floor.