Welcome to the 2020 NBA Draft!
I figured we should have a draft thread.
And since all of our content now is polls, I figured I’d throw some polls in here for kicks.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
And now, let’s have fun talking about this draft!
184 replies on “Looking at Life Through Leon Rose-Colored Glasses: The 2020 NBA Draft Thread”
I just want to say Shump Shump, for old times. and hope that’s the worst thing that happens all night.
I’d be OK if we took Covid at #8 because then at least we know it would disappear in 2 years.
I am surprised Houston, which has very few assets, traded away the number 16 pick so they could use the mid-level exception. That means they think they can get a better player with modest money in free agency than by drafting (or maybe they are I totally win now mode, which I doubt, given recent news. Mid level exception players are often not great, so that’s a real indictment of this draft.
At least Covid can play any position on the court
Here we are! There’s 0% chance that I got this right – I would be surprised if it’s close, but for kicks and giggles….
1. Anthony Edwards
2. James Wiseman
3. LaMelo Ball
4. Deni Avdija
5. Obi Toppin
6. Killian Hayes
7. Onyeke Okongwu
8. Tyrese Haliburton
9. Devin Vassell
10. Issac Okoro
11. Kira Lewis
12. Aaron Nesmith
13. Aleksej Pokusevski
14. Jalen Smith
15. Precious Achiuwa
16. Jaden McDaniels
17. Saddiq Bey
18. RJ Hamption
19. Cole Anthony
20. Tyrese Maxey
21. Tyrell Terry
22. Malachi Flynn
23. Isaiah Stuart
24. Leandro Bolmaro
25. Nico Manion
26. Daniel Oturu
27. Robert Woodward
28. Zeke Nnaji
29. Josh Green
30. Desmond Bane
And other than my Knick pick, I did not consider the team drafting, just my guess at where they belong in the pecking order. I’ll be curious, looking back on this next year, how these players did.
My Manhattan is pretty good! That’s a positive sign, right? Right?
Yes, I’m still around! Waiting for the Knicks to play meaningful games again, and saving a few haikus for that moment.
I just realized Houston got a future first back in their trade, do ignore my comment above
If we want Toppin, we should just wait for him at 8. Cavs need an SF, Hawks have Collins, Detroit has Doumbouya and Wood.
I’d rather have Hali/Okoro, but Toppin could easily fall.
Exactly, and if he doesn’t oh well
Farfa!!!! I will dedicate a Haiku based on our first pick to you, assuming I’ve ever heard of the guy before.
Wow, the Bucks really DID fuck up the Bogdan Bogdanovic situation. What a shitshow.
Klay appears to have torn his Achilles. Looks like we won’t be the only fanbase in need of some Leftovers gifs tonight.
GEEZ. That’s insanely awful. Poor bastard.
Bogdan Bogdanovic DOESN’T want to go to Milwaukee?? (What, he’d rather stay in Sacramento??)
We could’ve done that Detroit trade and still have a lot of cap space left. Why wouldn’t Rose want the #16 to take Ariza?
Sounds like they plan to do some heavy lifting in free agency.
Toppin + pricy free agents = “win now” mode
Do you just take Anthony Edwards then, if you’re Golden State? He’d fit perfectly there if Klay is hurt.
So, who is this year’s Mike Sweetney? Jordan HIll? Renaldo Balkman? Fredrick Weis?
Sorry about the negative vibes. I’m trying to get them all out of my system. Please be considerate. It’s for my mental health…
He wants to test free agency (he’s restricted).
Can Milwaukee back out of the Holiday deal, then? Or is there someone roughly as good a fit as Bogdan whom they can get for the same package?
***Klay appears to have torn his Achilles. Looks like we won’t be the only fanbase in need of some Leftovers gifs tonight.***
If he was on the Knicks, he would have torn his Achilles the day AFTER the draft (because #dolansrazor). It’s pretty good timing for GS, all things considered…
That Bogdanovic news is tough for Milwaukee but I would love to have him on the Knicks!
Do you just take Anthony Edwards then, if you’re Golden State? He’d fit perfectly there if Klay is hurt.
i mean they have to like him. fit is an ounce of it. i kinda doubt they like him. but they traded for wiggins, so maybe.
Bogdan just wants to get paid more (potentially) for his services in Milwaukee
It’s also possible the Bogdan thing is an attempt to cover for the fact that the Bucks tampered to set this up before free agency began.
Ball goin to the Hall
Picking James would be Wise, man
Tony is no baloney
Tyrese is the golden fleece
Kong is King
Deni ain’t worth a penny
Isaac will shaft Hayes
Vassell will answer the bell
Toppin will not be floppin
Killian ain’t worth a million
I also don’t understand why we couldn’t have done that Ariza trade.
Sucks for Klay. That is terrible.
The NBA would really impress me if they find a way to get some virtual Knick fans to boo the Knicks’ pick.
It’s really amazing what a crapshoot this particular draft is. No has any idea who Minnesota is going to take here. When was the last time we didn’t basically already know who was going 1st overall? The Anthony Bennett draft?
The Rockets are getting a future first of some kind back from Detroit in the Ariza trade. Unclear what protections are on it, but it’s not as clean an example of renting cap space as we usually root for.
Where’s the crying Porzingis kid?
lol that’s so true!
the protections on the pistons pick are 1-16 for 4 yrs, then 1-10ish for i think two yrs until eventually turning into two seconds
You could almost Just shuffle about 30 cards and deal them out.
Nothing will beat the excitement of drafting John Wallace.
i’m sure tonight will suck but i’d also be pretty bummed if we finally won the lottery and ended up with anthony edwards
Ah, John Wallace. One of several instances during my long and stupid fandom where it seemed the Knicks had lucked out by someone talented falling to them. See also Cleanthony Early, Macej Lampe, Monty Williams…
Minnesota gets to find out if Anthony Edwards really does care in any way about basketball. Fun times.
That was a dumb report….he’ll be real good.
I’m loving the “46!” guy.
Wiseman to GSW
Might be looking at Andrew Wiggins 2.0
let’s agree to let Adam Silver make the announcements
“let’s agree to let Adam Silver make the announcements”
Silver’s had a good run. It’s Silky’s time.
That’s the Anthony Bennett of the draft. Wondering who the Jonny Flynn will be.
(A prediction which may bite me in the ass)
Who’s to say that Silky and Adam Silver aren’t one and the same?
Is that Penny Hardaway with Wiseman?
I met Adam Silver. He is no Silky.
Minny will regret passing over Wiseman, but AE will be a good NBA player.
Shit, since Ball is here, then the Hornets can’t still want Westbrook, right? Shiiiiit.
Yeah, Penny coaches Memphis now
man if klay was healthy….
Looks like the Balls are hosting their own superspreader event.
I am so glad the Knicks didn’t make a move for LaMelo!
4th pick is interesting, i won’t spoil for z-man who i know is struggling with his rabbit ears atm
Chicago will be a pivotal pick here.
Welcome to New York, Terry Rozier!!
someone else spoiled it…
Wiseman was the one guy at the top who was a clear cut useful NBA player. The Warriors need a decent center. They did the right thing to draft him. And he could be great. People complain about how few games he played, but he played more college games than Mitch did.
With Williams going to Chicago, at least we’re going to be spared of one stupid decision. Still a very strong chance for another stupid decision.
Wow. That is crazy. Did not expect that
Wow! I have no idea how bad our draft is going to end up being but at least I can always say we didn’t draft Patrick Williams 4th overall!
The Bulls saved us from ourselves
as bad as the bulls pick is…. trading wendell carter for two more spots probably would’ve been worse….
Bulls fans are probably a tad upset right now.
Terrible pick. Wow.
Obi’s there at 5 ….
Akkk! I left Williams off my list! Good news for the Knicks and Haliburton. My fingers are crossed!
I won’t front, Chicago wanting him has seriously made me rethink my position on Williams.
Hello everyone. What is the Knickerblogger consensus on our trade up this draft? Shouldn’t we have kept the picks?
This is the position where rumors of Knicks trading up start. I don’t know who the Knicks want, but since Williams went fourth I’m sure whoever it is is still on the board.
Let’s see if Rose can show some patience here. Odds are good that Cleveland might take Deni now, and Obi would still fall to 8 if we really want him.
Not holding my breath, but…
wow another surprise
this is seemingly good news
Oh, things are getting VERY interesting now…
Pat Williams seems like such a nice young man
New Orleans looks like it could be a real fun fastbreak team with lots of fullcourt passing and running now that they have Lonzo, LaMelo and Zion.
Thank God, I did not want Okoro.
Shit, I guess I should have included Deni and Obi in the poll options.
okoro and williams are serious reaches this high… it’s stupifying….
We are going to have good options which is rarely a good thing but maybe this is our moment?
Everything was going as expected and then bam
i’m at least psyched we kept the 23
The pandemic fucked with the NBA scouting process. It’s the only explanation.
Okongwu going to Atlanta. We’re gonna have some real choices to make at 8. Man.
Wait, was there a trade? Lamelo got drafted by Charlotte.
I expected this draft to be kind of wild. There really wasn’t a good consensus and the players not taken definitely have holes in their games.
I really want Haliburton but I know they’ll take Obi if he’s still there but at 8th I don’t mind drafting him.
Shit. Is Deni going to fall to us? Surely not.
why do i care so much!!!
EVERYONE wanted him. I really like him. He looks like a force on defense and a smart player on offense.
4 feels too high, but by the time he’s Obi Toppin’s age, everyone is going to wish they had him.
Teams are going most upside possible aka guys that most closely resemble LeBron and can dunk real hard.
I sneaky liked Okoro, but I’m definitely rooting for Hali now.
I’d much prefer Hali or Hayes or Vassell to Obi at 8, but I can also live with them taking Obi there. It was trading for him that seemed incredibly dumb.
deni obi hali all available at 8
Wow Deni and Obi available at 8th.
we clearly don’t need to trade up at this point…
hayes was heavily rumored to detroit… so the dream probably stops here….
No, I fucked up.
The Kosher Unicorn is falling?
I don’t want Deni, one analysis I read really turned me off on him.
That Bruce looks like Jim Helwig, the Ultimate Warrior.
Am I behind in this draft? Still on Okoro.
I prefer him in that red suit to orange and white
And I have no opinion whatsoever of Deni, who is improbably going to be sitting there for us.
I’m going to be sad if we don’t take Haliburton and go with Obi, we should really try to trade down at this point
Yeah, I’m a little confused. Just announcing ATL now.
Actually, I’d really like Vassell. Hayes would be interesting too. But let’s be real, it’s going to be Toppin.
I voted Anyone but Poku.
Now we all know Hayes will be the next Steph Curry. But we will always have that overtime win over the Hawks.
Shams and Woj are reporting the picks early on Twitter (Shams directly, Woj by saying teams are “targeting” or “zeroing in on” various prospects). I can stop mentioning that here if it’s annoying o people who just want to see it live.
Fucking hell, we’re drafting Obi Toppin, aren’t we?
I almost hope that Detroit drafts Haliburton here just so I don’t have to deal with the Knicks passing him up.
Twitter is usually pretty far ahead.
How do you know it WASN’T him?
Could there be a Kosher Unicorn in NYC?
I think Okongwu will do great in Atlanta. Happy for him, that’s a good spot. Seems like a nice kid. Crazy story about his brother.
Tyrese Haliburton has stud written all over him.
Looks like the Knicks want Obi
Yep. But hey, maybe he’ll surprise us and be good! At least they didn’t trade up for him!
It would be most Ultimate Warrior thing ever to fake his death and return as a basketball expert.
I’ll say this for Obi, his advanced stats offensively are beyond off the charts.
Whoever we choose will be a future HOFer.
I can feel it!
So I guess we’re going hard after VanVleet, huh?
this isn’t as bad as knox or frank… but this is still pretty bad….
we know what we got with this front office now….
If they take Vassell, I’m going to throw my laptop against the wall and smash it to little bits.
Well now we know Killian Hayes will be an 11-time All Star
i’m not a believer, hope i’m wrong. at least we didn’t trade up for him.
Wow, that blew up Knickerblogger for a second.
Fuck Rose, fuck the Knicks, fuck everything.
It’s a power forward league.
Time to start talking ourselves into another pick…
I don’t get it.
And there was much rejoicing…
I guess you can never have enough power forwards
So disappointing and so much worse with Haliburton sitting htere.
OBI DA GOAT!
He fell further than anyone thought he would, so at least there’s that.
He fell further than anyone thought he would, so at least there’s that. Never thought he’d be there at 8.
I’d have preferred Haliburton but I don’t loathe this pick.
We spend most of the day panicked the Knicks are going to trade up for Obi (or Williams), and instead he falls to us, and now a bad outcome seems at least acceptable.
Knicks management: underpromise competence, overdeliver mediocrity!
I like that his mom’s(?) transitions look like tea shades. So there’s that.
Damn how can you not root for this kid now.
Literally drafting the new President’s son’s client. Fucking idiots.
Wait – wasn’t there a good deal of “pro” and “con” arguments here on the board re: this kid Toppin?
There’s really no one prospect I could really get behind or root against drafting, except maybe that Patrick Williams. So I can’t get too up or down about the pick.
Hopefully our next pick will be some sort of lead guard.
Does this at least mean that they are trading Randle? And maybe Knox, or are they still under the delusion that Knox can play the 3 and RJ the 2?
This dude is no defense 22 year old.
I’m fine with this… I’m fine with this… *now seething* I’m fine with this
Does Obi make Randle expendable?
I guess upside is that if the rumours were true we were going to trade up for Obi, we have potentially saved from ourselves. That’s about all I can get into this pick given deni was still there and Haliburton.
I’m neutral as to the logic, but rooting extra-heavily for him. He’s from Ossining, my neighboring town, and I actually may have played with him when he was younger at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor. The good thing is that we didn’t trade up for him, he’s a perfectly fine pick at #8.
I mean, this isn’t Knox-level bad, but it’s very, very bad.
Y’all thanked god we didn’t get Williams, but I’ll bet you wish we could swap soon enough.
Is he crying tears of joy, or tears of “oh shit, no the Knicks!”?
Halliburton potentially falling to the Spurs pending if the Suns want him to sit behind CP3
Randle makes Randle expendable.
Ditto. I think the Knicks will have a choice of point guards available at 23.
I mean, he might be okay, but he’s going to be older than like half the team already and he’s another power forward who doesn’t play defense. Maybe he’ll be what we hoped Randle would be.
Tears per 36 very high.
Had missed the Blood in the Ground aspect of the Obi pick.
This is why you never hire an agent as your GM. Everyone swears they’re getting a Bob Myers championship situation when what they’re really getting is Bodie Van Wagenen, spending valuable assets to get former clients and friends installed into the organization.
Oxygen makes Randle expendable.
lol You stole the words out of my mouth.
Who do we like 23? I wouldn’t mind getting a shooter-maybe Isaiah Joe? I guess we should take the best PG available. Wish we had more picks!
Oh my, that was a much-needed laugh.
That was a very endearing interview. Obviously, interviews /= talent or fit or whatever, but I’ll root for the guy. He looks to be really good on offense, and O’Connor said teams were impressed by his improvement in lateral quickness in pre-draft workouts. If he can become at least a passable defender…
it isn’t a terrible pick…. it’s pretty uninspired though… and very much like the jordan hill pick with a potential superstar getting selected right before….
we’ll see what we get with the later but it needs to be something major to make up for this….
***Literally drafting the new President’s son’s client. Fucking idiots.***
At first I thought you were talking about Hunter Biden and this was some kind of Barisma comment. But now I get it, and, yeah…
Wow, Tyrese falling like a stone…
Here’s the summary of Vecenie’s scouting report on Toppin:
wow the suns with a decent pick…..
Obi seems like he’s got legitimate offensive talent, which to be fair we don’t have a lot of, but I don’t like the process-Haliburton was for my money a significantly better prospect. Vassell too
I liked Jalen Smith a lot. Higher than I expected for him but I think he will be a solid nba player at the least.
The crying makes me want to root for him, but all the scouting reports talking about him playing D and rebounding only “when engaged” are a bit concerning.
Y’all. Obi Toppin was the national player of the year and dragged Dayton to a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Do we HAVE to act like he’s Kevin Knox?
I saw a comp to Jahlil Okafor’s defense.
The problem with that scouting report on Toppin is he’s not that young, he’s going to be 23 in March. Time to dust off the Amare ‘I never was coached how to play defense’ stories
New thread already!
Is there any doubt that the Spurs will take Hali?
yeah, jordan hill feels familiar.
this hurts on a lot of levels. It makes you wonder if they know what league they’re playing in. Bigs who can’t defend better be special. This guy looks like he ran up his numbers by dunking on undeveloped kids bc he was more grown up.
Wow, what up with Hali? He must have had terrible workouts.
Obi is NOT Jordan Hill. Hayes is NOT Steph Curry.
Well at least Hali is going to the Kings, who need some luck.
Damn Halliburton sliding. I like what that does for our PG prospects at 23. Maybe Kira or Hampton fall as a result?