[NBA Draft]: Comparison of Actual 2020 Draft vs. Final Mock Drafts

We spend a lot of time following all of the top NBA Draft analysts for months as they post and tweet about intel and update their big boards and mock drafts leading up to draft day. But once that day comes and goes, it’s easy to shift focus to how the rookies will fit on their new rosters, summer league, and the next draft, so I thought it might be nice to compile all of the final versions of these mock drafts and compare them to the actual 2020 draft order for easy reference in the future.

Some draft analysts make their picks based on who they feel teams should pick, while many base their decision on who teams are learning towards selecting based on intel from agents, scouts and front office executives. In the end, teams should have listened to the top draft analysts who agreed that Tyrese Haliburton belonged in the top 6. In contrast, analysts and teams around the league seemed to have been out-scouted by the Knicks who smartly picked Immanuel Quickley so much higher than consensus. These are the usual twists and turns that make the NBA Draft great.

Here is the actual 2020 NBA Draft order from November 18th versus the final mock drafts from Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, ESPN’s Mike Schmitz and Jonathan Givony, NBA Big Board’s Chad Ford, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, and The Athletic’s John Hollinger and Sam Vecenie:

PickTeamDraft
Trades
ACTUAL
DRAFT
ORDER
ESPN
(11/18)
NBA Big Board
(11/19)
Ringer
(11/18)
Athletic
Hollinger
(11/10)
Athletic
Vecenie
(11/18)
SI
(11/16)
B/R
(11/16)
1MINAnthony
Edwards
Anthony
Edwards
Anthony
Edwards
Anthony
Edwards
LaMelo
Ball
Anthony
Edwards
Anthony
Edwards
Anthony
Edwards
2GSWJames
Wiseman
James
Wiseman
James
Wiseman
James
Wiseman
James
Wiseman
James
Wiseman
James
Wiseman
James
Wiseman
3CHALaMelo
Ball
LaMelo
Ball
LaMelo
Ball
LaMelo
Ball
Anthony
Edwards
LaMelo
Ball
LaMelo
Ball
LaMelo
Ball
4CHIPatrick
Williams
Patrick
Williams
Patrick
Williams
Deni
Avdija
Tyrese
Haliburton
Patrick
Williams
Deni
Avdija
Deni
Avdija
5CLEIsaac
Okoro
Obi
Toppin
Obi
Toppin
Obi
Toppin
Obi
Toppin
Deni
Avdija
Obi
Toppin
Obi
Toppin
6ATLOnyeka
Okongwu
Onyeka
Okongwu
Deni
Avdija
Tyrese
Haliburton
Deni
Avdija
Tyrese
Haliburton
Patrick
Williams
Tyrese
Haliburton
7DETKillian
Hayes
Tyrese
Haliburton
Tyrese
Haliburton
Patrick
Williams
Patrick
Williams
Killian
Hayes
Killian
Hayes
Patrick
Williams
8NYKObi
Toppin
Isaac
Okoro
Devin
Vassell
Isaac
Okoro
Tyrese
Maxey
Obi
Toppin
Tyrese
Haliburton
Isaac
Okoro
9WASDeni
Avdija
Deni
Avdija
Onyeka
Okongwu
Onyeka
Okongwu
Onyeka
Okongwu
Onyeka
Okongwu
Onyeka
Okongwu
Onyeka
Okongwu
10PHXJalen
Smith
Saddiq
Bey
Saddiq
Bey
Devin
Vassell
Killian
Hayes
Isaac
Okoro
Isaac
Okoro
Saddiq
Bey
11SANDevin
Vassell
Devin
Vassell
Isaac
Okoro
Saddiq
Bey
Isaac
Okoro
Saddiq
Bey
Saddiq
Bey
Devin
Vassell
12SACTyrese
Haliburton
Killian
Hayes
Killian
Hayes
Killian
Hayes
Devin
Vassell
Devin
Vassell
Devin
Vassell
Killian
Hayes
13NOPKira
Lewis
Kira
Lewis
Jalen
Smith
Kira
Lewis
Kira
Lewis
Kira
Lewis
Kira
Lewis
Jalen
Smith
14BOSAaron
Nesmith
Jalen
Smith
Kira
Lewis
R.J.
Hampton
Saddiq
Bey
R.J.
Hampton
Precious
Achiuwa
Precious
Achiuwa
15ORLCole
Anthony
R.J.
Hampton
R.J.
Hampton
Tyrese
Maxey
Aaron
Nesmith
Tyrese
Maxey
Tyrese
Maxey
Kira
Lewis
16PORPOR to HOU

HOU to DET
Isaiah
Stewart
Precious
Achiuwa
Precious
Achiuwa
Precious
Achiuwa
R.J.
Hampton
Aaron
Nesmith
R.J.
Hampton
Tyrese
Maxey
17MINMIN
to OKC
Aleksej
Pokusevski
Aleksej
Pokusevski
Aaron
Nesmith
Tyrell
Terry
Precious
Achiuwa
Jaden
McDaniels
Aaron
Nesmith
Tyrell
Terry
18DALJosh
Green
Aaron
Nesmith
Leandro
Bolmaro
Aleksej
Pokusevski
Aleksej
Pokusevski
Aleksej
Pokusevski
Aleksej
Pokusevski
Aleksej
Pokusevski
19BKNBKN
to DET
Saddiq
Bey
Josh
Green
Jaden
McDaniels
Aaron
Nesmith
Tyrell
Terry
Josh
Green
Tyrell
Terry
R.J.
Hampton
20MIAPrecious
Achiuwa
Tyrese
Maxey
Tyrese
Maxey
Jalen
Smith
Jalen
Smith
Desmond
Bane
Isaiah
Stewart
Zeke
Nnaji
21PHITyrese
Maxey
Cole
Anthony
Desmond
Bane
Josh
Green
Cole
Anthony
Tyrell
Terry
Malachi
Flynn
Isaiah
Joe
22DENZeke
Nnaji
Zeke
Nnaji
Isaiah
Stewart
Isaiah
Stewart
Theo
Maledon
Jalen
Smith
Jalen
Smith
Josh
Green
23NYKNYK
to MIN
Leandro
Bolmaro
Isaiah
Stewart
Cole
Anthony
Cole
Anthony
Josh
Green
Isaiah
Stewart
Theo
Maledon
Aaron
Nesmith
24MILMIL
to DEN
R.J.
Hampton
Leandro
Bolmaro
Tyrell
Terry
Theo
Maledon
Desmond
Bane
Leandro
Bolmaro
Jaden
McDaniels
Malachi
Flynn
25OKCOKC
to NYK
Immanuel
Quickley
Malachi
Flynn
Aleksej
Pokusevski
Jaden
McDaniels
Jaden
McDaniels
Cole
Anthony
Cole
Anthony
Jaden
McDaniels
26BOSPayton
Pritchard
Payton
Pritchard
Robert
Woodard
Leandro
Bolmaro
Leandro
Bolmaro
Precious
Achiuwa
Leandro
Bolmaro
Cole
Anthony
27UTAUdoka
Azubuike
Desmond
Bane
Josh
Green
Zeke
Nnaji
Malachi
Flynn
Udoka
Azubuike
Vernon
Carey
Isaiah
Stewart
28LALLAL to OKC

OKC to MIN
Jaden
McDaniels
Jaden
McDaniels
Theo
Maledon
Desmond
Bane
Isaiah
Stewart
Zeke
Nnaji
Desmond
Bane
Desmond
Bane
29TORMalachi
Flynn
Theo
Maledon
Vernon
Carey
Malachi
Flynn
Zeke
Nnaji
Theo
Maledon
Cassius
Winston
Jordan
Nwora
30BOSBOS
to MEM
Desmond
Bane
Tyrell
Terry
Zeke
Nnaji
Xavier
Tillman
Tyler
Bey
Robert
Woodard
Xavier
Tillman
Jahmi'us
Ramsey
31DALTyrell
Terry
Robert
Woodard
Malachi
Flynn
Jordan
Nwora
Josh
Green
Leandro
Bolmaro
32CHAVernon
Carey
Jordan
Nwora
Xavier
Tillman
Daniel
Oturu
Zeke
Nnaji
Theo
Maledon
33MINMIN
to LAC
Daniel
Oturu
Tre
Jones
Tyler
Bey
Malachi
Flynn
Tyler
Bey
Daniel
Oturu
34PHIPHI
to OKC
Theo
Maledon
Jahmi'us
Ramsey
Devon
Dotson
Elijah
Hughes
Isaiah
Joe
Tyler
Bey
35SACSAC
to MEM
Xavier
Tillman
Nico
Mannion
Jordan
Nwora
Tre
Jones
Jordan
Nwora
Immanuel
Quickley
36PHIPHI
to DAL
Tyler
Bey
Isaiah
Joe
Payton
Pritchard
Devon
Dotson
Immanuel
Quickley
Payton
Pritchard
37WASWAS
to OKC
Vit
Krejci
Vernon
Carey
Udoka
Azubuike
Payton
Pritchard
Nico
Mannion
Xavier
Tillman
38UTAUTA
to DET
Saben
Lee
Udoka
Azubuike
Daniel
Oturu
Sam
Merrill
Jahmi'us
Ramsey
Elijah
Hughes
39NOPNOP
to UTA
Elijah
Hughes
Daniel
Oturu
Isaiah
Joe
Xavier
Tillman
Tre
Jones
Tre
Jones
40MEMMEM
to SAC
Robert
Woodard
Cassius
Winston
Yam
Madar
Tyler
Bey
Robert
Woodard
Grant
Riller
41SANTre
Jones
Tyler
Bey
Jahmi'us
Ramsey
Nico
Mannion
Payton
Pritchard
Robert
Woodard
42NOPNOP
to CHA
Nick
Richards
Reggie
Perry
Tre
Jones
Immanuel
Quickley
Daniel
Oturu
Devon
Dotson
43SACJahmi'us
Ramsey
Xavier
Tillman
Elijah
Hughes
Grant
Riller
Paul
Reed
Udoka
Azubuike
44CHIMarko
Simonovic
Marko
Simonovic
Immanuel
Quickley
Jahmi'us
Ramsey
Devon
Dotson
Cassius
Winston
45MILJordan
Nwora
Immanuel
Quickley
Jay
Scrubb
Cassius
Stanley
Cassius
Stanley
Nico
Mannion
46PORCJ
Elleby
Devon
Dotson
Abdoulaye
N'Doye
Jay
Scrubb
Udoka
Azubuike
Jay
Scrubb
47BOSYam
Madar
Skylar
Mays
Grant
Riller
Skylar
Mays
Grant
Riller
Cassius
Stanley
48GSWNico
Mannion
Yam
Madar
Cassius
Winston
Cassius
Winston
Skylar
Mays
Skylar
Mays
49PHIIsaiah
Joe
Elijah
Hughes
Reggie
Perry
Isaiah
Joe
Sam
Merrill
Mason
Jones
50ATLSkylar
Mays
Kenyon
Martin Jr.
Nico
Mannion
Vernon
Carey
Reggie
Perry
Paul
Reed
51GSWJustinian
Jessup
Grant
Riller
Josh
Hall
Abdoulaye
N'Doye
Yam
Madar
Vernon
Carey
52SACSAC
to HOU
Kenyon
Martin Jr.
Mason
Jones
Mamadi
Diakite
Yam
Madar
Elijah
Hughes
Jalen
Harris
53OKCOKC
to WAS
Cassius
Winston
Paul
Reed
Sam
Merrill
Nick
Richards
Kaleb
Wesson
CJ
Elleby
54INDCassius
Stanley
Cassius
Stanley
Cassius
Stanley
Paul
Reed
Nick
Richards
Killian
Tillie
55BKNBKN
to LAC
Jay
Scrubb
Paul
Eboua
Skylar
Mays
Nate
Hinton
Ashton
Hagans
Ty-Shon
Alexander
56CHAGrant
Riller
Vit
Krejci
Paul
Eboua
Ty-Shon
Alexander
Josh
Hall
Reggie
Perry
57LACLAC
to BKN
Reggie
Perry
Abdoulaye
N'Doye
Killian
Tillie
Kenyon
Martin Jr.
Mason
Jones
Sam
Merrill
58PHIPaul
Reed
Justinian
Jessup
Paul
Eboua
Mason
Jones
Paul
Eboua
Nate
Hinton
59TORJalen
Harris
Nate
Hinton
Nate
Hinton
Paul
Eboua
Marko
Simonovic
Josh
Hall
60NOPNOP
to MIL
Sam
Merrill
Josh
Hall
Ty-Shon
Alexander
Justinian
Jessup
Nate
Hinton
Saben
Lee

Round 1 Transactions:

Celtics trade pick to Grizzlies

  • Grizzlies receive 30th pick (Desmond Bane)

Pelicans trade pick to Nuggets

  • Nuggets receive 24th pick (RJ Hampton)

Knicks trade pick to Timberwolves

  • Timberwolves receive 23rd pick (Leandro Bolmaro)
  • Knicks receive 25th pick (Immanuel Quickley) and 33rd pick (Daniel Oturu).

Clippers trade pick via Nets to Pistons

  • Pistons receive 19th pick (Saddiq Bey) and Rodney McGruder
  • Clippers receive Luke Kennard
  • Nets receive Landry Shamet

Timberwolves trade pick to Thunder

  • Thunder receive 17th pick (Aleksej Pokusevski)
  • Timberwolves receive Ricky Rubio, 25th pick (Immanuel Quickley, traded to Knicks) and 28th pick (Jaden McDaniels)

Rockets trade pick to Pistons

  • Pistons receive Trevor Ariza, 16th pick (Isaiah Stewart)
  • Rockets receive future first-round pick

Jazz trade pick to Knicks

  • Knicks receive 23rd pick (Leandro Bolmaro, traded to Timberwolves)
  • Jazz receive 27th pick (Udoka Azubuike) and 38th pick (Saben Lee)

Trail Blazers trade pick to Rockets

  • Rockets receive 16th pick (Isaiah Stewart), 2021 first-round pick
  • Trail Blazers receive Robert Covington

Lakers trade pick to Thunder

  • Thunder receive 28th pick (Jaden McDaniels), Danny Green
  • Lakers receive Dennis Schroder

Round 2 Transactions:

Thunder trade pick to Wizards

  • Wizards receive 53rd pick (Cassius Winston)

Kings trade pick to Rockets

  • Rockets receive 52nd pick (Kenyon Martin Jr.)
  • Kings receive 2021 second-round pick, $1 million

Pelicans trade pick to Hornets

  • Hornets receive 42nd pick (Nick Richards)

Pelicans trade pick to Jazz

  • Jazz receive 39th pick (Elijah Hughes)
  • Pelicans receive future draft pick

Jazz trade pick to Pistons

  • Pistons receive 38th pick (Saben Lee), Tony Bradley
  • Jazz receive cash considerations

Wizards trade pick to Thunder

  • Thunder receive 37th pick (Vit Krejci)

76ers trade pick to Mavericks

  • Mavericks receive 36th pick (Tyler Bey), Josh Richardson
  • 76ers receive Seth Curry

Kings trade pick to Grizzlies

  • Grizzlies receive 35th pick (Xavier Tillman)
  • Kings receive 40th pick (Robert Woodard), future second-round pick

Knicks trade pick to Clippers

  • Clippers receive 33rd pick (Daniel Oturu)
  • Knicks receive 2023 second-round pick

76ers trade pick to Thunder

  • Thunder receive Al Horford, 34th pick (Theo Maledon) and 2025 first-round pick
  • 76ers receive Danny Green

References:

ESPN/Draft Express [Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz]

NBA Big Board [Chad Ford]

The Ringer [Kevin O’Connor]

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman]

The Athletic [John Hollinger]

The Athletic [Sam Vecenie]

Sport Illustrated [Jeremy Woo]

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