Wizards 2020 NBA mock draft roundup: No consensus on which direction Wizards go in 1st round

Mike DePrisco
NBC Sports Washington

As things stand right now with the NBA season on hold, the Wizards are in position to have the ninth-best odds at the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. While fans can hope for the ping pong balls to bounce the Wizards' way, Washington's most likely scenario seems to be selecting in the back-end of the top 10.

The 2020 class may lack star power at the top, but it's littered with solid players who should be able to contribute early-on in their careers with a decent chance of developing into stars down the line.

With their first-round pick, there's an abundance of ways the Wizards could go on draft night, so what should they do? A number of draft pundits have weighed in and we're here to pull it all in one place. 

Kevin O'Connor (The Ringer

Onyeka Okongwu: C/PF, USC

The Wizards land arguably the best big man in the draft and O'Connor's fifth-ranked player with the ninth pick. O'Connor compares Okongwu to the likes of Bam Adebayo, a young Antonio McDyess and Taj Gibson

Okongwu is a terrific finisher inside, has a solid handle and has good hands rolling to the basket. On defense, he can move his feet on the perimeter to stay with wings on switches and is strong enough to handle bigs on the block. And that's not to mention his ability to time up shots and send them back. 

He leaves something to be desired as a jump shooter, but he checks every other box as a big and could help anchor a Wizards' defense that ranked 30th in the NBA before the season was suspended. 

Sam Vecenie (The Athletic)

Killian Hayes: PG, France

Even with John Wall returning from injury next season, Vecenie has the Wizards taking Hayes ninth overall. His reasoning? At this point, Hayes would be the best player available.

"[Hayes] is a terrific ballhandler with elite feel for the game who has come into his own in his first professional season as a starter in Europe," Vecenie wrote. "His ability to make plays as a passer off of his live dribble is special. He has a real shot to turn into a starting point guard in the NBA at some point."

Mike Schmitz (ESPN)

Tyrese Haliburton: SG/PG, Iowa State

Schmitz mentioned he believes Okongwu to be the Wizards' best-fit prospect, but with the big man off the board already in his mock, Haliburton is the choice. 


"Even with the Wizards having big money committed to guards Bradley Beal and John Wall," Schmitz wrote. "Haliburton can fit in multi-guard lineups thanks to his size, spot-up shooting and quick decision-making."

Jeff Goodman (Stadium)

Precious Achiuwa: PF/C, Memphis

With Okongwu and James Wiseman off the board, Goodman has the Wizards going with the consensus third-best big available with Achiuwa. He has Washington passing on players like Hayes and Haliburton, which probably speaks to how high he is on Achiuwa. 

"He's a big, strong and athletic forward who took advantage when Wiseman was suspended and ultimately left the Memphis program," Goodman wrote. "The Wizards just need to go with the best player on the board, and Achiuwa was productive and has plenty of upside."

Jonathan Wasserman (Bleacher Report): Killian Hayes

"Still just 18 years old," Wasserman wrote. "Hayes finished fourth in Eurocup in assists during a season when he also made significant strides as a shot-creator and shot-maker."

Tankathon.com: Isaac Okoro, SF/SG

If the Wizards want to add a "dog" small forward that John Wall wants, Okoro would be a good pick. He's one of the draft's best defenders and has the positional versatility the Wizards need on that end of the floor. 

A. Sherrod Blakely (NBC Sports Boston): Tyrese Haliburton

"He is equally comfortable looking for his own shot as he is setting up teammates," Blakely wrote. "If not for a fractured wrist in the second half of the season, Haliburton would likely be a top-5 pick."

James Ham (NBC Sports Bay Area): RJ Hampton, SG/SF

"Packed with raw ability, but in major need of development, Hampton could work his way in as a sixth-man with potential for more," Ham wrote.

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Wizards 2020 NBA mock draft roundup: No consensus on which direction Wizards go in 1st round originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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