While the 2020 NBA Draft may not be loaded with top-end talent, one thing is for certain: it’s a very deep class. Fans should be tuning in for all 60 picks this year, as it’s possible the 45th pick could have just as big of an impact as the 20th pick. With that said, let’s get into some second-round prospects that should produce at the next level. Here are my 2020 NBA Draft Second-Round Sleepers.
Daniel Oturu, 6’10”, 240 lbs, Big, Minnesota
Strengths: Rebounding + Defensive Movement
Weaknesses: Foul Trouble + Finishing around the Rim
I personally spent many hours watching Daniel Oturu play basketball and let me tell you… it isn’t always pretty. Oturu plays a very physical brand of basketball and you can tell that his mechanics are lacking. A lot of his motion is herky-jerky. But I’m here to tell you that none of that matters. Oturu was working on his range as a shooter and in college he had a very effective elbow jumper. Rumor has it that he has found a way to extend that all the way to the three-point line. From what I’ve seen, that is no surprise. Oturu has wonderful movement skills for a Center in the NBA and he has a 7’3” wingspan that will allow for him to challenge players at the rim.
Oh, did I mention that he averaged 20.1 points and 11.3 rebounds in college?
Lamar Stevens, 6’7″, 230 lbs, Forward, Penn State
Strengths: Basketball IQ + Versatility
Weaknesses: Average Athlete
Ranked 26th on my big board, it’s fitting to have Stevens right next to Oturu in this article. Their rivalry in college is duly noted and was fun to watch. Stevens is being knocked for having a long career in college. Plain and simple. He has an NBA ready body and will step into any team as a capable wing defender who can move down to play a P.J. Tucker like stretch 4. Stevens also has a very high basketball lQ and knows how to run an offense, make tough shots, and is very competitive. He took a Penn State program that was in shambles and led them to the NCAA tournament as THE GUY. There is no other NBA talent coming from that school.
Cassius Stanley, 6’5″, 190 lbs, Guard, Duke
Strengths: Athleticism + Transition Offense + Finishing at Rim
Weaknesses: Ball Handling + Creating Offense
I’ve gushed enough about Stanley’s athletic profile. He will walk in as a top 10% athlete in the NBA. He’s that explosive. On top of that, Stanley is going to thrive in the open NBA style of play. Stanley will be able to guard three positions while also doing all the dirty work that teams love. Stanley rebounds well for his position and especially on the offensive end. Plus, in transition, he is going to be a blur and a favorite target for any guard that knows how to throw a lob. Duke forced Stanley to play a lot on the ball and create on the wing, while in the NBA he will find a nice role off the ball knocking down shots, cutting, creating 2nd chance opportunities and defending his position at a high level.
Udoka Azubuike, 6’11”, 260 lbs, Big, Kansas
Strengths: Athleticism + Finishing around Rim
Weaknesses: Low Post Game + Instincts
Azubuike is an imposing figure. He is gigantic! He’s 7 feet tall with a 7’7” wingspan and a 37” vertical. Not to mention he leads the NCAA all-time in field goal percentage for a career. There weren’t many bodies that could challenge him in college, and I’m very excited to see what he can do in the NBA. Azubuike profiles as a rim-running Center who will be a defensive wall at the rim. The only thing is, he never did either of those things at Kansas. Kansas turned him into a low post scorer from the block who ran high-low offense with another big man. I am more than willing to be on the traits of Azubuike though. He has soft hands and can finish around the rim well. Plus, he already can go up against players like Embiid and Jokic on the defensive end and have a fighting chance. Something that very few players in the NBA can say at the moment.