The New Orleans Pelicans are hoping some of the top talent in the 2020 NBA Draft will fall.
The New Orleans Pelicans hope that history repeats itself during the 2020 NBA Draft.
Nearly every year there is a player who inexplicably falls in the draft and ends up becoming a top talent in the NBA.
You only have to look at the last five drafts to see examples of guys who were overlooked and would be drafted much higher if those drafts were done again.
In 2015, it was Devin Booker. The next draft it was Caris LeVert. In 2017, we saw future superstar Donovan Mitchell fall to #13. In 2018, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander fell out of the top-ten and in 2019, Tyler Herro was the guy who teams slept on.
There are one or more of these guys in just about every draft, guys who end up being stars in the league but weren’t drafted in the top-ten.
It seems even more likely this year in a draft where teams did not have much time to scout players, nor the advantage of seeing them play in conference tournaments and March Madness.
If you look at the list of players above, three of them were taken with the 13th pick, so there is a solid history of teams finding talent outside of the top-ten.
Big boards for the 2020 NBA Draft are all over the place, with no consensus about the top-three, much less the top-ten, so there will almost certainly be a talented guy who falls.
The Pelicans not only have the 13th pick, but also the 39th, 42nd and 60th, so they will have plenty of chances to find the next steal in the draft.
Here are three talented guys who teams might regret passing over, two in the first round and one in the second.