Unlike mocks that predict which players teams will pick, this one focuses on which prospects they should pick. ESPN's Insiders take turns selecting which player they consider the best option for every squad.
50-60 | Major weakness
75 | League average
90-100 | Major strength
More than the other categories, rebounding peaks at a young age.
Grade ‘A’ NBA mock draft: Our experts’ perfect picks
Which player should every team take in the 2020 NBA draft? In this preview of what you can expect as an ESPN+ subscriber, our draft experts Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton take turns playing GM, creating a "Grade A" mock draft with deep dives on their favorite first-rounders.
The draft's best playmaker at 6-foot-7, Ball is the most talented prospect in this class and a true entertainer on the floor with remarkable vision, handle and touch. Despite defensive concerns alongside D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns, Ball would electrify the Minnesota fan base and give the Timberwolves one of the league's most skilled 25-and-under trios.
Derived from Kevin Pelton's draft projections with scouting input, our ratings show players' expected abilities as rookies and at their peak. Physical comps are based on players' measurements at similar ages.
||Caris LeVert||Shaun Livingston||Zach LaVine|
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Ball's court vision is his superpower. This transition spin pass perfectly exemplifies his ability to communicate with teammates nonverbally and fit the ball into tight windows with precision.
||Steven Adams||Karl-Anthony Towns||Myles Turner|
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For Wiseman to be at his best, he needs to focus on being an elite rim protector, rebounder and finisher first. But transition bust-outs like this give him more upside than your traditional run-and-jump center.
||Bam Adebayo||Al Horford||Richaun Holmes|
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Okongwu has picture-perfect verticality technique, excellent timing and quick leaping ability, which pairs well with the foot speed and feel to be an asset as a ball-screen defender. He is the draft's most instinctual shot-blocker.
||Donovan Mitchell||Marcus Smart||Victor Oladipo|
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Not only is Edwards a freight train to the rim at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, he has outstanding footwork slamming on the breaks with these pull-back moves to create space, giving him the potential to become one of the league's premier shot-creators at some point.
||Derrick White||Zach LaVine||Jordan Clarkson|
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One of the best catch-and-shoot marksmen in the draft, Haliburton has deep range and off-ball impact that will allow him to fit into virtually any situation.
||Shane Battier||Maxi Kleber||Tobias Harris|
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Avdija's two-way versatility at his size is his immediate intrigue, but it is pull-up 3s like this against 7-foot-1 Jan Vesely that could help take Avdija from a high-floor starter to an All-Star caliber, mismatch creator at the NBA level.
||Khris Middleton||T.J. Warren||Tobias Harris|
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The human pogo stick figures to work defenses in the pick-and-roll as he spaces the floor vertically as a lob threat. Toppin can pick and pop, and he is an excellent passer in 4-on-3 situations, making him a great offensive fit at either big spot on offense.
||Victor Oladipo||Brandon Roy||Wesley Matthews|
|216 LBS||WT||213 LBS||207 LBS||220 LBS|
Hayes is outstanding at picking weakside defenses apart when he is able to get downhill to his left hand against drop coverages. Here, he changes pace nicely to force the tagging defender to help on the big, opening up the skip pass to the corner.
||Justise Winslow||Jaylen Brown||Andre Iguodala|
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Known best for his defense and explosiveness, Okoro is an underrated ball handler and passer. Against Vanderbilt, Okoro flashes playmaking ability with a crosscourt, on-the-move kickout with the weakside defense rotating to help on the drive.
||Derrick Rose||De'Anthony Melton||Russell Westbrook|
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The microwave scorer has excellent touch inside the paint and is quite nuanced as a finisher for a 19-year-old, which you'll see here as he explodes off the hang dribble into a floater during his 26-point season opener against Michigan State.
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||Alec Burks||Caris LeVert||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope|
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The rangy wing is a premier perimeter defender with the feet to slide with guards and the positional length to bother shooters using a full-extension contest like you'll see here.
||Richard Jefferson||Josh Smith||Luol Deng|
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Maybe the draft's fastest riser, Williams has the profile teams look for in a combo forward. Yet for him to fully maximize his sky-high potential, he'll have to continue progressing into a catch-and-shoot threat, as he hit just 32% from the 3-point line on limited attempts as a freshman.
||Serge Ibaka||Jeff Green||JaMychal Green|
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We've seen 6-foot-10 bigs who space the floor before, but it's rare to find players Smith's size who can shoot on the move like this. Smith flashes his ability to catch on the hop with great rhythm and balance, which should allow coaches to shift him all over the floor.
||Amar'e Stoudemire||Tristan Thompson||Bam Adebayo|
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Achiuwa is arguably the draft's most versatile defender at 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan and great feet. That is on full display here, as he checks three positions comfortably and ends with an outstanding slide and contest.
||Andre Iguodala||Khris Middleton||Dorian Finney-Smith|
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Nesmith's combination of size, strength and on-the-move shooting is what makes him a potential lottery pick, and this is a perfect example of all those things coming to life as he pops to space and splashes a trey from beyond NBA range.
||Derrick White||Jordan Clarkson||Jrue Holiday|
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We talk so much about Kira Lewis and Devon Dotson as the draft's fastest players. But Hampton also is a blur in the open court, as you'll see here with him creating two points without even needing any dribbles by running the lane and making the extra pass.
||Andre Iguodala||Khris Middleton||Tobias Harris|
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Bey is as NBA-ready of a prospect as you'll find in this class. His unselfishness and feel for the game -- which you can see here, with his extra pass to the corner -- figure to shine alongside other good players.
||De'Aaron Fox||Dennis Schroder||Jeff Teague|
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Lewis is as shifty as any guard in the draft, with the ability to go from completely relaxed with the ball to shot out of a cannon in pursuit of the rim. This figures to make him a nightmare for opponents with the spacing the NBA provides.
||Isaac Bonga||Moe Harkless||Jonathan Isaac|
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McDaniels is incredibly fluid for a 6-foot-10 wing and is at his best when he is decisively attacking closeouts. You will see that here as he gives a target, makes himself small on dribble penetration and explodes toward the rim off the catch, letting his length and leaping ability do the rest.
||Danny Green||Glenn Robinson III||DeMar DeRozan|
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Green is an engaged defender on and off the ball with some of the best technique you'll find from a 19-year-old, which you'll see here as he fights McDaniels in the post and is eventually in perfect position to give help at the rim before gettting back to his own man for the steal.
||Kevin Huerter||Tomas Satoransky||Delon Wright|
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||Kyrie Irving||Malik Monk||Cory Joseph|
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We know Anthony is a dynamic, three-level scorer, but what can really make him a valuable asset to a playoff team is fully tapping into the flashes of defensive toughness on display here as he meets the 6-foot-7 Shakur Juiston at the rim in transition.
||Bruce Brown||D'Angelo Russell||Delon Wright|
|187 LBS||WT||195 LBS||193 LBS||181 LBS|
Maledon has an excellent understanding of how to slow down when he is in the pocket in pick-and-roll, keeping his defender on his back, forcing the big to play the cat-and-mouse game, and ultimately either dropping it off or stepping through for a finish like you see here.
||Trae Young||Tyus Jones||Monte Morris|
|185 LBS||WT||178 LBS||185 LBS||175 LBS|
Flynn's off-the-dribble shooting will translate immediately to the highest level, as he is capable of punishing teams for going under screens from deep, scoring in midrange areas and sizing up bigs on switches, splashing hesitation jumpers with ease.
||Jalen Brunson||Fred VanVleet||Jameer Nelson|
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Winston is a ball-screen wizard, excellent at forcing his defender into the screen and then putting that same opponent in jail on his back, making the dropped defender bluff and recover before either cashing in on a floater or rewarding the big with a lob.
||Austin Daye||Brandon Ingram||Dragan Bender|
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||Dillon Brooks||Joe Harris||Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk|
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Bane is one of the best shooters in the draft, with an effortless release and range that extends well beyond the NBA line, which should play a big role in unlocking his underrated playmaking ability once teams start running him off his spots.
||Ryan Arcidiacono||Raul Neto||Monte Morris|
|190 LBS||WT||200 LBS||179 LBS||175 LBS|
Mannion is one of the draft's more skilled guards, with pace, touch from beyond the arc, a floater game and the ability to pick teams apart with either hand.
||Monte Morris||Seth Curry||Shabazz Napier|
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This play perfectly encapsulates Terry's skill level with the quick hit ahead, closeout attack, kickout, re-space to the corner and great whip pass as three defenders lunge toward him because he is such a threat to shoot.
||DeAndre Jordan||Andre Drummond||Boban Marjanovic|
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Azubuike puts fear into the hearts of weakside defenders with his ability to barrel down the lane at 260 pounds, explode off the floor and high-point lobs thanks to his massive wingspan.
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