WHO IS THE PICK? - With the 42nd pick in my 2020 NBA Mock Draft I have the New Orleans Pelicans selecting Jordan Nwora from the University of Louisville. Nwora is a jack-of-all-trades, but in this case a master of one. He is a good rebounder, ball-handler, rim-protector, perimeter defender, and the like, but he is an excellent 3P shooter. He was on the 2019/20 All-ACC 1st-team, and he was one of the finalists for the 19/20 Wooden Award. Listed at 6’7” and weighing 220 lbs there is some confusion amongst evaluators about whether or not Nwora is a SF or PF, but I think the future development of his game will lead towards him being a SF. Jordan could use some time to work on his athleticism as it is likely one of the leading factors that he struggles guarding stronger players and faster guards. I think spending some time with trainers in the G-League would really help him.
WHY NOT SOMEONE ELSE? - The New Orleans Pelicans could really use these picks to trade for a real singular-talent to add to their team, but for the sake of this draft, they are still picking up players. After already drafting Precious Achiuwa and Devon Dotson, trying to add a band-aid to their future 3-D needs is pressing. JJ Redick has one more year on his contract, E’Twuan Moore could be leaving after the 19/20 season, and Jrue Holiday’s contract could become a real sore very quickly once the Pelican’s younger talents want pay days. Jordan Nwora will likely not see NBA minutes immediately if he is indeed drafted by the Pelicans. The roster is deep right now, especially with the two added players already, so giving Nwora some good playing time in the G-League is likely the best call. This will help him be ready for once the veterans start to move out of New Orleans. Nwora needs to work on his defence, playmaking, and athleticism the most. Defence and athleticism are most likely a joint issue, but if he is indeed going to be a SF in the NBA instead of a PF he will need to become a more willing and skilled-passer.