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Every NBA Team’s Top Three Draft Targets

Every NBA Team's Top Three Draft Targets
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The NBA Draft is less than two weeks away, and pundits still have more questions than answers about it. The 2020 draft class doesn’t appear to be particularly strong, but many teams are hungry to add value to their rosters before the season begins on Dec. 22. So far, all we know for sure is that there will be plenty of surprises on draft night.

Every team (including the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers) has needs to fill. Here are the top three draft targets for each franchise.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Picks: #1, #17, #33

Needs: Thee-point shooting, shot creation, passing

Targets: Anthony Edwards, Saddiq Bey, Nico Mannion

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Golden State Warriors

Picks: #2, #48, #51

Needs: Rebounding, paint protection

Targets: James Wiseman, Udoka Azubuike, Nick Richards

Charlotte Hornets

Picks: #3, #32, #56

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Needs: Rebounding, paint protection, three-point shooting

Targets: Onyeka Okongwu, Vernon Carey Jr., Jordan Nwora

Chicago Bulls

Picks: #4, #44

Needs: Rebounding, shot creation, passing

Targets: LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, Killian Tillie

Cleveland Cavaliers

Picks: #5

Needs: Three-point shooting, paint protection, passing

Targets: Obi Toppin, Deni Avdija, Onyeka Okongwu

Atlanta Hawks

Picks: #6, #50

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Needs: Rebounding, three-point shooting

Targets: Onyeka Okongwu, Devin Vassell, Killian Tillie

Detroit Pistons

Picks: #7

Needs: Three-point shooting, rebounding, rim protection

Targets: Obi Toppin, Onyeka Okongwu, Saddiq Bey

New York Knicks

Picks: #8, #27, #38

Needs: Three-point shooting, shot creation, passing

Targets: Devin Vassell, Jaden McDaniels, Elijah Hughes

Washington Wizards

Picks: #9, #37

Needs: paint protection, rebounding, three-point shooting

Targets: Onyeka Okongwu, Jalen Smith, Jordan Nwora

Phoenix Suns

Picks: #10

Needs: Rebounding, paint protection

Targets: Jalen Smith, Vernon Carey Jr., Precious Achiuwa

San Antonio Spurs

Picks: #11, #41

Needs: Three-point shooting, rebounding

Targets: Jalen Smith, Saddiq Bey, Desmond Bane

Sacramento Kings

Picks: #12, #35, #43, #52

Needs: Paint protection, rebounding, shot creation

Targets: Jalen Smith, Josh Green, Udoka Azubuike

New Orleans Pelicans

Picks: #13, #39, #42, #60

Needs: Passing, shot creation

Targets: Cole Anthony, Malachi Flynn, Nick Richards

Boston Celtics

Picks: #14, #26, #30, #47

Needs: Shot creation, passing

Targets: Tyrese Maxey, Jaden McDaniels, Josh Green

Orlando Magic

Picks: #15, #45

Needs: Shot creation, three-point shooting, passing

Targets: Cole Anthony, Kira Lewis, Ashton Hagans

Portland Trailblazers

Picks: #16, #46

Needs: Passing, defense

Targets: Cole Anthony, Isaac Okoro, Desmond Bane

Dallas Mavericks

Picks: #18, #31

Needs: Shot creation, defense

Targets: Isaac Okoro, Jaden McDaniels, Josh Green

Brooklyn Nets

Picks: #19, #55

Needs: Shot creation, defense

Targets: Jaden McDaniels, Josh Green, Cassius Stanley

Miami Heat

Picks: #20

Needs: Shot creation, rebounding, defense

Targets: Jalen Smith, Vernon Carey Jr., Aleksej Pokusevski

Philadelphia 76ers

Picks: #21, #34, #36, #49, #58

Needs: Three-point shooting, shot creation

Targets: Cole Anthony, Nico Mannion, Jordan Nwora

Denver Nuggets

Picks: #22

Needs: Three-point shooting, rebounding

Targets: Tyrese Maxey, Josh Green, RJ Hampton

Utah Jazz

Picks: #23

Needs: Shot creation, defense

Targets: Jaden McDaniels, Josh Green, Desmond Bane

Milwaukee Bucks

Picks: #24

Needs: Three-point shooting, shot creation

Targets: Cole Anthony, Tyrese Maxey, Malachi Flynn

Oklahoma City Thunder

Picks: #25, #53

Needs: Shot creation, three-point shooting, rebounding

Targets: Jaden McDaniels, Josh Green, Udoka Azubuike

Los Angeles Lakers

Picks: #28

Needs: Three-point shooting

Targets: Nico Mannion, Tyrese Maxey, Jordan Nwora

Toronto Raptors

Picks: #29, #59

Needs: Shot creation, inside scoring

Targets: Precious Achiuwa, Vernon Carey Jr., Mamadi Diakite

Memphis Grizzlies

Picks: #40

Needs: Three-point shooting

Targets: Desmond Bane, Elijah Hughes, Immanuel Quickley

Indiana Pacers

Picks: #54

Needs: Three-point shooting, rebounding

Targets: Elijah Hughes, Killian Tillie, Xavier Tillman

Los Angeles Clippers

Picks: #57

Needs: Shot creation, passing

Targets: Ashton Hagans, Cassius Winston, Nick Richards

Note: The Houston Rockets do not own a draft pick this year.

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