LaMelo Ball could fall out of top three in 2020 NBA Draft

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The 2020 NBA Draft is quickly approaching and without a clear-cut No. 1 prospect, there could be plenty of change before the Minnesota Timberwolves are on the clock. One prospect to watch is LaMelo Ball.

According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, league sources have expressed how LaMelo Ball could end up falling outside of the top-three in the 2020 NBA Draft order.

There has been a wide range of thought surrounding where Ball could go in the 2020 NBA Draft order. Earlier in the offseason, he was linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 1 overall. Apparently, times have changed, and so has the latest projection for Ball.

Since NBA Draft prospects have conducted interviews with teams, it seems the poor performance from Ball has soured teams’ perceptions. Using one of the initial picks in a draft is a major investment, so it’s understandable to be turned away by such circumstances.

The Golden State Warriors have never seemed interested in Ball and at No. 2, their favorite options right now appears to be James Wiseman. Keep an eye on a possible trade scenario, but also, Deni Avdija has intrigued them.

Another team that has become intrigued by James Wiseman has been the Charlotte Hornets, and for good reason. They have lacked much for a dynamic option at the position and need a rim protector to anchor the unit with plenty of underwhelming defenders on the perimeter.

If LaMelo Ball does indeed end up falling outside of the top-three, the Chicago Bulls could be a potential landing spot at No. 4. They are seeking a playmaker and if Avdija is off the board, the top remaining option would be Ball or taking a chance on Killian Hayes or Tyrese Haliburton.

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