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3 Players That Could Be First Overall Pick in 2020 NBA Draft

David Kaestle
NBL Rd 3 - South East Melbourne v Illawarra
NBL Rd 3 - South East Melbourne v Illawarra /
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While the start of the 2019-20 NBA season is mere hours away on Monday night, there are a handful of teams that, whether they want to admit it or not, are already in line for a good shot at the top pick in next June's 2019 NBA Draft.

Although, just as those teams picking at the top of the draft are not yet finalized, neither are the players they will be selecting. In today's NBA, scouting the top picks begins, in some cases, years in advance of draft day. With that in mind, let's take a look at three players who could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

3. LaMelo Ball, PG, USA, Currently Playing for Illawarra Hawks of the NBL (Australia)

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As much as some people might hate to admit it, LaMelo Ball is a real NBA prospect and has a legitimate shot to be selected No. 1 overall. In fact, he might end up being the best of the three Ball brothers (Lonzo Ball and LiAngelo Ball). Many forget that LaMelo helped put the Ball family on the map on his own accord with a 92-point performance in a high school game while Lonzo was still a budding star at UCLA back in February of 2017. LaMelo has formed into an athletic 6-foot-8 point guard with a high basketball IQ and court vision that rivals his older brother Lonzo. Shot selection and carelessness have always been two of his pain points, but as he has matured over the years, he has improved in both of those areas. If he can continue that improvement and stay focused on basketball, rather than all the outside noise that comes along with being a Ball bother, no one should be surprised to see LaMelo's name as the first one called next June.

2. James Wiseman, Freshman C, Memphis

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James Wiseman was the consensus No. 1 recruit coming out of high school in 2019, and chose to stay in his home state of Tennessee to attend Memphis and play for Penny Hardaway alongside the nation's top overall recruiting class. Hardaway is already well on his way to turning around his hometown team and alma mater, and Wiseman should prove another foundational piece on that road as the Tigers' best recruit since Derrick Rose. Wiseman is an athletic, do-it-all big man with an enormous 7-foot-6 wingspan. We've already seen him drawing comparisons to names as prominent as NBA stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis from a potential standpoint, and Nikola Vucevic from a more grounded perspective. Either way, that's some great company find yourself in as a prospect that has yet to play a collegiate basketball game.

1. Anthony Edwards, Freshman SG, Georgia

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Anthony Edwards is considered by many to be the most likely projected No. 1 overall pick heading into the 2019 men's college basketball season. He was brought to Georgia by a master recruiter in Tom Crean, who is looking to turn a Bulldogs' basketball program around at a school that's athletics are dominated by football. Edwards is a prolific shooting guard with elite athleticism and few holes in his game. His 6-foot-9 wingspan makes up for his relatively shorter 6-foot-5 height. If you're looking for an NBA resemblance in terms of style of play, he's drawing early comparisons to Dwyane Wade and Donovan Mitchell.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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