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.
Aleksej Pokusevski, C, Greece
Best possible destination: Boston Celtics
Pokusevski is one of the more interesting international bigs in the 2020 NBA Draft class. The 7-footer only hovers around 200 pounds, but has some desirable skills that could make him a well-rounded power forward or center in the NBA. He can handle the ball and dribble the length of the court, is a willing passer, and is comfortable enough to step outside and shoot the long ball. His rebounding and defense has also shown promise.
Pokusevski isn’t the immediate contributor Boston has been looking for but could be a quality draft and stash prospect. His 5.8 blocks per 36 minutes in Greece are very impressive for an 18-year-old. He could give the Celtics some much needed rim protection down the road, and having a big who can pass served them well during Al Horford’s run in Boston.
Worst possible destination: Orlando Magic
The Magic have Nikola Vucevic holding down the center spot. He’s fresh off an All_Star season and signed a four-year, $100 million deal ahead of the 2019-20 season. Behind him is the lanky Mo Bamba, who has a ton of rim protection potential and has shown the ability to stretch the floor with his jump shot as well. Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac will split some time at power forward, so it’s hard to see where Pokusevski could be useful to Orlando’s long-term goals.