2020 NBA Draft: 5 prospects that will have the best NBA careers
The 2020 NBA Draft was one of the many things delayed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is now scheduled for October 15. The Dallas Mavericks have to make their first round selection which currently slots 18th overall. They could trade the pick on draft night. Read more about that decision here.
This draft has a lot of uncertainty. Many of the top players were limited this season by injury or suspension. Then, the pandemic wiped out the conference and NCAA tournaments along with professional leagues across the world. The small sample size for draft prospects was further reduced. The prospects did not have the benefit of the combine and team workouts to stand out either.
The 2020 NBA Draft class was considered weak in terms of top tier talent coming into the year. There was no surefire number one pick. Many experts wondered if it would be better to select after the top five than at number one.
2020 NBA Draft will produce star talents
History tells us that standouts will come from this draft. Excluding 2019, every draft class since 1953 has produced multiple All-Stars. From 2000 to 2018, each draft averaged 4.8 All-Stars per class.
It is not always the top picks that turn out to be the best players. Luka Doncic was selected third overall in 2018 and is already an MVP candidate. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was taken 15th in 2013. Looking at the 2020 All-Stars, two were drafted in the second round and eight picked after the lottery.
Today, we put the 2020 NBA Draft class under the microscope with the intention of determining which five prospects produce the best NBA careers. This is a blend of talent colliding with upside and the reality of realizing potential. Here is a look at the five players that will have the best careers in the league.
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