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We’ll start our GBB big board with the consensus top 10 prospects.

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Over at Grizzly Bear Blues, we have covered the 2020 draft extensively.

Because of this, I thought to myself why not run a top-60 big board? GBB has done top-30 consensus big boards before, but with the coverage we’ve run on second round prospects, it’d be easy to build a good top-60 board.

We’ll unveil our consensus big board by 10 prospects each day all the way up to 60, with writers revealing their personal one as well. It’ll also include analysis from the writer with the player the highest and the one with him the lowest. So, let’s get this thing started.

First our participants — myself (@PAKA_FLOCKA), Joe Mullinax (@JoeMullinax), Brandon Abraham (@bcabraham), Nathan Chester (@NathanChester24), Shawn Coleman (@StatsSAC), Ben Hogan (@NotTheGolfer), Justin Lewis (@J_Timberfake_), Lauren Harvey (@DragicKingdom), EdMemphis (@SquareBidness), Greg Ratliff (@GregRatliff), Jesse Cinquini (@CinquiniJesse)

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1) LaMelo Ball - 6’7” guard, Illawara Hawks

1st on 6 boards. 2nd on 5. There isn’t much low to say on him.

GBB Associate Editor Brandon Abraham (1): I’m high on Ball, because I think he has the most pure and natural talent in this draft class. He needs to improve his shooting, but he has elite vision and can make passes that simply other point guards can’t make or see. Simply, LaMelo is the only one in this draft that I think has franchise-altering talent.

GBB Senior Writer Greg Ratliff (2): Ball, Edwards, and Hayes are all three potential #1 overall picks. I don’t think you can go “wrong” with any of them. I put Lamelo behind Hayes mostly due to Lamelo suffering from the same awful shot mechanics his brother had upon entering the league. In the end, I think Ball has the most upside of the three.

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2) Anthony Edwards - 6’5” guard, University of Georgia

1st on 2 boards.

GBB Senior Staff Writer Ben Hogan (1): I ranked Edwards number 1 on my board because of his physical tools and talent. He’s 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds and can be as explosive as anybody on the court. If he improves his jump shot, Edwards will be a problem for defenses at all three levels. I also think Edwards has the highest ceiling out of anybody in this draft class, and because of that, he gets the top spot.

GBB Associate Editor Parker Fleming (5): Anthony Edwards is a talented player, but I question his impact on winning. He’s an inefficient shooter, as he shot below 30 percent from deep, and he’s a shaky playmaker, as his turnover numbers nearly matched his assist total. He could wind up being the best player in the draft, but there is a reality that he’s just a 6’5” Andrew Wiggins.

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3) Killian Hayes - 6’5” guard, France

1st on 3 boards.

GBB Site Manager Joe Mullinax (1): For me, I see the tremendous value in Hayes as a shot maker. He’s part D’Angelo Russell, part Goran Dragic, part Malcolm Brogdon - there are flaws to his game as a shooter, but given his youth and skill set he already has at this stage he’s well worth consideration at this spot. In an increasingly position-less NBA, this true ball-handler can float from the traditional 1 to 2 positions, and his handle (especially with his right hand) and shooting touch can improve. There’s evidence to suggest he can grow to being a terrific combo guard in the future, with a scoring prowess that neither Edwards nor Ball have shown.

GBB Associate Editor Brandon Abraham (6): I am “low” on Killian mostly due to his reliance on always going to his left and not being much of a threat with his right hand. I think he will be a fine player in the NBA, but his lack of athleticism is worrisome especially since he lacks the handle that guys like LaMelo have.

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4) Deni Avdija, 6’9” wing, Israel

GBB Staff Writer Jesse Cinquini (3): Avdija is a fluid ball-handler, poised pick-and-roll orchestrator, and a tough, active defender. Additionally, he’s a wonderful off-ball cutter who can also create scoring opportunities with the ball in his hands due to his aptitude in driving to the cup. Prospects with his physical tools and feel for the game on both ends don’t grow on trees.

GBB Staff Writer Lauren Harvey (11): The upside as a secondary playmaker is there, but his dreadful free throw percentage and inconsistent jump shot scare me. He can definitely be successful in the NBA but I can’t justify a top 10 pick on him even in a weak draft.

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5) James Wiseman, 7’1” big, University of Memphis

GBB Staff Writer EdMemphis (2): Wiseman is likely to be somewhere between Rudy Gobert and Bam Adebayo. If you strike gold, he’s Giannis and Gobert hybrid. At very worst, he’s Clint Capela. Doesn’t get more efficient in terms of value in this draft.

GBB Senior Staff Writer Justin Lewis (10): I’m low on Wiseman, because bigs with his skillset are a dime a dozen that are fading away in the NBA. Plus as a coach, I’m not a fan of a guy who has quit on two different schools. He’s not ever going to be “the guy,” which you look for in a top pick. He’s like a Nerlens Noel or Willie Cauley-Stein type.

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6) Onyeka Okongwu, 6’9” big, University of Southern California

GBB Senior Staff Writer Shawn Coleman (4): It is hard to find a young big man who has flashed plenty of polish and production in college but clearly has significant potential on both ends of the court like Onyeka Okongwu offers. He clearly has the tools to add positive on both ends of the court, and be a true difference maker defensively. Though his ceiling may not be as high as James Wiseman, I feel Okongwu has the best chance of any big man in this draft to become a significant talent and more consistent producer, especially on the defensive end.

GBB Staff Writer EdMemphis (13): Okongwu just doesn’t possess the dominant combination of length, and athleticism that Wiseman does. Though I can see Okongwu being peak Ibaka. I get a feeling he’s likely to be a Jerami Grant.

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7) Obi Toppin, 6’9” big, Dayton University

GBB Senior Staff Writer Justin Lewis (3): I’m high on Toppin, because in today’s position-less NBA, he is “switchable” on the defensive side of the ball. He could potentially guard 2-5. He has one of the higher floors at the top end of the draft as well.

GBB Associate Editor Parker Fleming (11): In an early The Ringer draft guide, Kevin O’Connor compared him to A’mare Stoudemire offensively and Jahlil Okafor defensively, and the latter portion of that comparison scares the hell out of me. It was later updated to Stoudemire, Kyle Kuzma, and Marcus Morris which are all good trajectories. Though he projects to be the safest player in the draft — largely because of his offensive skillset — I’m skeptical of how his defense translates to the next level. He’s not a franchise-saver, but if he’s surrounded by great playmakers — or if is in a 6th/7th man role — he’ll thrive in the NBA.

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8) Tyrese Haliburton, 6’5” wing/guard, Iowa State University

GBB Staff Writer Lauren Harvey (3): Haliburton is the second-best passer in the draft behind LaMelo. His decision-making is phenomenal, and if his shot translates there is a very good chance, he becomes the best pest point guard in this draft. Whatever his ceiling is, his floor is an extremely useful rotation player, and I am betting on it being significantly higher than that.

GBB Staff Writer Greg Ratliff (11): Haliburton has a lot of skills offensively that translate to the NBA, but I worry that his average athleticism will limit his effectiveness in the short term. He may turn out to be just fine, but I don’t think he’s as good as some of the other guards in the lottery right now.

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9) Isaac Okoro, 6’6” wing, Auburn University

GBB Senior Staff Writer Nathan Chester (5): I’m high on Isaac Okoro because he’s a specialist with the potential to become so much more. Wing defenders are a premium, and he’s one of the very best to come out in recent years. His penchant for ball-handling leaves room for growth as a potential shot-creator too.

GBB Senior Staff Writer Shawn Coleman (10): If you could make a bet on any one player in this draft becoming elite on either end of the court in time, betting on Issac Okoro’s defensive upside may be the safest bet of all. However, if you are picking a player in the Top 10, it seems quite risky to place it on a player who may be best as a low-usage source on offense and needs significant work to develop a reliable shot. Okoro has shown flashes as a slasher and secondary playmaker with some skills at the rim; however, with other options that can add good value in multiple ways on offense and through scoring, lottery teams could value the offensive potential in others over the defensive certainty in Okoro.

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10) Devin Vassell, 6’7” wing, Florida State University

GBB Associate Editor Joe Mullinax (8): Do we not like three-and-D wings anymore? Did I miss a memo? This guy is quite possibly the best one in this class, a defender who could eventually defend all five positions on the floor while providing valuable spacing as a shooter (41.5% this past season at Florida State). If Khris Middleton and Robert Covington had a son, it may well be Vassel. Where he really jumps off the screen is as a secondary facilitator. He isn’t consistent there yet, nor does he excel as a creator off the bounce with his dribble. But from watching him at FSU as an ACC basketball fan, his game developed from year to year quite nicely. That development should only continue given his age and the fact he is a hard worker - he NEVER takes a play off on the floor. He’s an excellent defender already and has the will/IQ to grow offensively. Do NOT let this young man go to the Spurs. DON’T DO IT.

GBB Senior Staff Writer Nathan Chester (22): I was already iffy on Devin Vassel because of his relative lack of production on a Florida State team that lacked other NBA talent, but his recent workout video that showed him shooting a basketball like a medicine ball has now officially scared me off. His two-way skill set still warrants a top-25 selection.

Tune in this week as we reveal the rest of the consensus big board from our Grizzly Bear Blues staff.

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