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The Biggest Sleepers in the 2020 NBA Draft

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I have seen a ton of mock drafts over the past few months and while there have been some great analysis and breakdowns on a lot of the top prospects, there are tons of big names that continue to go under the radar. After the first group of top prospects and college stars, there is a lot of uncertainty among experts when looking at the next few tiers of potential draftees. Below, I will analyze some draft prospects that I believe could be the biggest steals of the 2020 NBA Draft and have the potential to be future stars in the league.

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Saddiq Bey, Villanova

Position: SF

Age: 20

Height: 6’8”

Saddiq Bey was a beast at Villanova this past season, and was a major part of the team’s success on defense. Bey isn’t really talked about but his ability to guard 1-4 effectively with his length and lateral quickness should have NBA scouts drooling over this dude. On offense, he put up 16 PPG and shot an absurd 45% from three this past year, making him perhaps the best 3-D prospect in this entire draft class.

Very few players have the ability to guard an opponent’s number one option while still shooting at that high of a clip and putting up 16 PPG is exceptional for a player that is still developing as a scorer. Bey continues to go under the radar but he has the grit and stroke of Josh Hart and the defensive ability of Robert Covington, and in the right system Bey is going to be extremely effective.

These types of 3-D players are perhaps the most coveted players in the NBA and Bey’s ability as a sniper and secondary scorer make him a lethal player to plug into any lineup in the NBA. He has an underrated passing ability and though he is on the skinnier side, this dude is just 20 years old and was playing in one of the best NBA-preparing systems in college basketball at Villanova. I could see Bey as one of the better 3-D players in the NBA in a few years and if he can develop the ability to go and get his own bucket consistently, he could end up being the steal of this draft.

Floor: Otto Porter

Ceiling: Tobias Harris

Draft Range: 9-15

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Josh Green, Arizona

Position: SG

Age: 20

Height: 6’6”

Josh Green has been all over the mock draft boards from a borderline Top 10 selection to an early second round pick, and rightfully so, considering he is extremely raw and unpolished in all areas of his game. Green was a 5-Star recruit coming out of high school, where he played at the IMG Academy and dominated before taking his talents to Arizona to team up with PG Nico Mannion. And while Green was inconsistent in his one-and-done season for the Wildcats, he showed immense potential as a two-way wing. He put up 12 PPG and shot 36% from deep, but improved as the season went along - something you love to see from young freshmen. Green showcased his next-level athleticism and fluid offensive game, and I got to see him in person a couple years ago when IMG was taking on Keldon Johnson and Oak Hill Academy at a tournament in South Carolina. Up close, I was able to see Green’s unbelievable feel for the game and his ability to attack the basket with reckless abandon had me hype over his future. If a team takes a shot at Josh Green early in the draft, I have a great feeling he will be a future star in this league.

Floor: Kelly Oubre

Ceiling: Paul George

Draft Range: 9-16

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Mamadi Diakite, Virginia 

Position: PF

Age: 23

Height: 6’9”

Anyone who has watched ACC basketball over the past couple years knows who Virginia’s do-it-all big man Mamadi Diakite is. This dude is one of the most versatile players in college basketball and improved in all facets of his game during his four years. His high motor, quick instincts, high IQ, and floor spacing ability as a big, make him a valuable player and an NBA ready prospect. 

At 23 years of age, it’s no surprise that many mocks have Diakite as a late second round pick or even undrafted, but they are underestimating the value he adds while on the floor. He can play both PF and C, and showed the ability to stretch the floor as he shot 36.4% from deep his senior season. Diakite is an elite defender and can switch onto smaller guards with no problems. Offensively, he isn't going to create his own bucket, but he can finish inside with a few shifty moves and hits the mid-range with regularity. Despite being an older prospect, Diakite is still rapidly improving and has the ability to be a great role player at the next level.

Floor: Thaddeus Young

Ceiling: Bam Adebayo

Draft Range: 23-32

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Devon Dotson, Kansas

Position: PG

Age: 20

Height: 6’2”

Devon Dotson was one of the best point guards in the entire nation this past year, and was the key factor in Kansas being the number one team for a majority of the season. Yet, he continues to get overlooked due to concerns about his three point shooting and height. However, as some of you may know, Devon is one of my best friends and we went to high school together, so I have seen this dude’s improvement on the floor and in the weight room for the past several years. 

Dotson has an insane work ethic, and it is shown in his improvement as a complete player where he improved in his sophomore year to averaging over 18 PPG and became one of the best defenders at the PG position. Dotson’s favorite player is Derrick Rose, and he has molded his game after him, using his quickness and aggressiveness to attack the basket and has developed a quick pull-up jumper. Though he shot just 33% from three at Kansas, there is no denying this kid’s motor and his ability to lead a team. Devon is a stud and is going in the late first to mid second round in most drafts when he should be picked closer to the lottery. I could see Devon carving out a role as a nice two-way guard for a team and he should be a good player for years in the NBA.

Floor: Ish Smith

Ceiling: Fred VanVleet

Draft Range: 16-24

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Let me know what you guys think! Who are 2020 NBA Draft's biggest sleepers?

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