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NBA draft tiers: Top prospects by stats and scouting

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How would I evaluate the players in the 2020 NBA draft (Nov. 18 on ESPN)?

Back when the draft would typically have taken place in June, we published my statistical projections for the top prospects available, which we'll update later this week with full top-100 projections. However, I don't always completely agree with my own projections and spend plenty of time watching college basketball to understand what we might be capturing and might be unable to glean from the box score.

With that in mind, I've broken down my favorite prospects this year into five tiers to go over where I have them, considering both their stats and my own perspective.