5 potential busts in the 2020 NBA draft
Sometimes a player underperforms the place they were drafted. Sometimes they don’t even stick through their rookie contract. Here are five potential busts we have identified in the 2020 NBA draft.
Ball isn’t an elite athlete, isn’t an elite defender and is a poor jump shooter. His older brother became a passable NBA starter but we are concerned the younger Ball won’t even be that. It would not surprise us if he doesn’t finish his rookie contract before ending up back overseas in Australia or Europe.
Toppin is a good story who has shot up draft boards based on his motor and athletic tools but he is extremely raw with no advanced skills. He will likely be a rotational big at best and underperform his draft slot.
Okongwu is a project offensively and isn’t an elite shot blocker. He has a good motor and a good nose for the basketball but he is so raw the perfect team would have to develop him like the Spurs for him to ever be more than a backup big. We expect him to underperform his draft slot as well.
Haliburton isn’t bad he’s just nothing special. Not a high level athlete or scorer, none of the tools you expect from a potential star. Honestly if he is even a lower tier starter we would be surprised we see a passable backup PG and nothing more and in the NBA those are pretty easy to find.
Mcdaniels lacks a consistent motor and a rail thin body that will be abused in the NBA unless he locks himself in a weight room. The raw tools are intriguing but we worry he doesn’t love to play and won’t finish his rookie contract on an NBA roster.