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2020 NBA Draft Guide: Small Forwards/Wings

by Josh Mullenix | @TheJMULL_

 

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In 2020, the NBA longs for wings with size that are talented on both ends of the floor. Everyone’s looking for the next Kawhi Leonard or Paul George or Jason Tatum. This year’s draft class has a lot of wings that have the potential to be just that. 

This list features nine wings that played for high-major college basketball teams but the prospect at the top of the list is one of the best international prospects in this class and certainly the most talented wing player coming from overseas. 

From elite defenders to raw athletes to some of the best shooters in college basketball last season, this highly sought after position group has a number of prospects that could translate into high-level role players at the very least and could turn into stars in the NBA.

First on our list is the 2019-20 Preseason ACC Player of the year, Jordan Nwora.

FSU junior guard Trent Forrest (3) driving through the Louisville defense in the first half of FSU’s game against Louisville at the Tucker Center on February 9, 2019.

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10. Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 6’7, 215lb

The 2018-19 ACC Most Improved Player didn’t deliver on his 2019-20 pre-season award as the best player in the ACC, but that’s not to say he didn’t impress in his final year at Louisville. Despite a tendency to disappear some in big games, Nwora averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 40% from beyond the arc (a 3% increase from the previous year). 

Nwora is a guy who was asked to do a lot at Louisville. In the NBA, he’s going to be asked to shoot it while playing solid defense that shouldn’t be an issue at 6’7, 215lb. He did a respectable job creating his own shot in college, but his lack of explosiveness and quick first step are going to hinder his ability to do the same at the next level. He’s also not a great passer, so putting him in positions to facilitate is probably not the best idea. 

Here’s the thing, though. Nwora will probably be a second round pick with the skillset to become a 3&D bench player in the NBA. It might take him a few seasons to get his feet wet and maintain a spot on an NBA bench rather than bouncing back and forth between the NBA and the G-League. But one thing is for sure, he’s got good size that he uses well as a rebounder and scorer and should be able to consistently knock down shots on one end and defend on the other. There are many spots in the NBA for that kind of player.

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