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.
Theo Maledon, G, France
Best possible destination: Atlanta Hawks
Maldeon has an all-around game and is projected go go between the late lottery and late in the first round. The 6’5” point guard has posted decent stats across the board for an 18-year-old, but isn’t elite in any areas. He has good length, can play in pick-and-roll sets, and could also be an above average passer in time. His lack of burst and athleticism could limit his ceiling though.
The Hawks wouldn’t use their first pick on Maledon, but they do need a backup point guard to play behind Trae Young. Jeff Teague is set to be a free agent, so Young and Brandon Godwin are the only point guards on the payroll for 2020. Maledon could be a game manager without needing to create much off the bench much while he develops. His defensive potential could even lead to him playing alongside Young in some sets.
Worst possible destination: Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are still trying to figure out the best way to navigate a guard rotation consisting of Coby White, Zach LaVine, and Tomas Satorasnky. A playmaker off the bench doesn’t do much of the teams scoring comes from starters creating for themselves. Wing defense is Chicago’s biggest need, and it’s hard to see Maledon getting time behind two other lead guards who are more dynamic athletes.