The 2020 NBA Draft is approaching and despite the coronavirus pandemic, we need to start looking at prospects and where they might land. After the NBA Draft Lottery takes place, teams will know where they’re selecting in the first round. Even though we don’t know where each team will pick, there’s no reason we can’t start speculating where prospects will end up on draft night. In this segment, we’ll be looking at each top prospect and breaking down their best and worst possible destination in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington
Best possible destination: Utah Jazz
Stewart was the second best center prospect in his class out of high school, only trailing Memphis’ James Wiseman. Stewart led Washington in points (17.0), rebounds (8.8), and blocks (2.1) as a freshman while playing alongside Jaden McDaniels. Stewart has a tireless motor and plays with tremendous energy. While he might have less potential than McDaniels, he’s a first-round talent that could help multiple teams in the post.
The Jazz don’t depend on a lot of offense at the center position. Rudy Gobert does some scoring, but is more of a paint protector and rebounder. Stewart is a ferocious rebounder and could help out on the boards before dishing out to shooters. His 7’4” wingspan can alter shots. His shooting is a work in progress, but he could be a quality backup piece for a contender down the road.
Worst possible destination: Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks lead the league in rebounds per game (49.7), so rebounding isn’t a big need. It has massive bigs like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez to defend the paint as well. Milwaukee prefers its bigs to have some short of shooting stroke, and Washington doesn’t have that right now.