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NBA Updates: Who To Watch For In The 2020 Draft

The June 25, 2020 NBA draft is right around the corner, and there's no doubt you're already thinking about where you'll get your NBA updates for the 2020-2021 season. At Sports Med Analytics, our sports analytics experts are here to provide you with the sports injury recovery you need to stay on top of NBA injury analytics news. Whether you prefer to listen or read, check out our sports analytics website or our basketball injury podcast. Let's take a look at who to keep your eye on for the 2020 draft.

  • Anthony Edwards, Freshman, Georgia - While many sports analytics experts have said that the 2020 draft is not a star studded class, Edwards has consistently come out at the top. That's not to downplay his talent - he's been consistent in showing his skills at Georgia. He's showing up as an athletic wing who is reliable in his ability to shoot and defend, and he's shown his ability to ramp up a crowd. Known as "Ant Man," Georgia stadiums have been electrified by his talents on more than one occasion.

  • James Wiseman, Freshman, Memphis - The only player who could possibly nab the first pick from Edwards is Wiseman. At 7 feet tall, he towers over Edwards' 6'5" frame. He's only played in three collegiate games, yet is consistently at the top of the draft boards for 2020. His speed is surprising for his height, and his ability to knock down shots at the rim is a testament to his agility. On draft day, sports analytics experts are still up on the air on whether Edwards or Wiseman will be the first pick.

  • LaMelo Ball, Illawarra Hawks (Australia) - In the Ball family, it's long been suspected that LaMelo may outshine his older brother in time. At 6'7" and 190 pounds, Ball has an excellent vision of the court and has shown up as a leader. Ball's shooting mechanics are his weak spot, hitting just over 37% of his shots during his time in Australia.

  • Obi Toppin, Sophomore, Dayton - At 6'9" and 220 pounds, Toppin appears bigger than he actually is due to his large shoulders. The small conference dominator has a 64% shooting record against Power 5 teams and is likely to bring that heat to the NBA. Toppin is known for being explosive and powerful on the court, and will be a force to be reckoned with no matter where he lands in the NBA.

  • Isaac Okoro, Freshman, Auburn - A top 50 recruit at Auburn last year, Okoro has played in an impressive 26 games. At 6'6" and 220 pounds, Okoro is known for his lightning quickness and ability to move his powerful stature around the court with ease. Okoro's downside: he struggles to shoot outside the paint. Most sports analytics professionals agree that shooting skills can be taught, but power cannot. Okoro may have some work to do when he finds his place in the NBA.

  • Deni Avdija - Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) - Newcomer Avdija averaged just 14 points of playing time per game this season, likely due to Mediterranean and European leagues' tendency to prioritize playing time for veterans. While Avdija hasn't had the chance to show off just yet, he's being prioritized as a promising up and comer.

 

When you're getting ready for the NBA draft, you'll want to keep an eye on who's healthy and who is struggling through injuries. NBA injury analytics and sports injury recovery information can help you understand who is most likely to move to the top of the draft list. At Sports Med Analytics, our basketball injury podcast is here to give you the NBA updates and sports injury analytics you need to understand who's moving up in the NBA draft.

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