NBA Draft 2020: Big Board 1.0

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A supremely smart playmaker, Nico Mannion has been a steady force in the top-10 discussion all summer. He will lead the Arizona backcourt with composure beyond most freshmen, dropping high-level passes and limiting mistakes on offense.

At 6-foot-3, Mannion has good size for his position. While he’s not a plus athlete — he lacks a degree of strength — his aggressive approach to defense typically yields positive results. He will fight at the point of attack and, in time, should add enough muscle for that to matter.

In addition to spraying impressive passes across the floor, Mannion can score with craft inside. He makes up for non-spectacular burst with a soft floater and great timing. His 3-point mechanics are smooth as well. He’s one of the better lead guards on the board.