Potential 2020 NBA Mock Draft: Golden State Warriors trade with Suns

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JANUARY 20: Kelly Oubre Jr. #3 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 20, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 120-118. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JANUARY 20: Kelly Oubre Jr. #3 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 20, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 120-118. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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9. Washington Wizards – Tyrese Haliburton, G

Tyrese Haliburton would be my choice as the safest pick in the lottery. It feels certain that Haliburton will manage to have a long NBA career – although he may never be a star at any point.

While that is enough of a reason to deter many teams from choosing him, it shouldn’t turn the Washington Wizards away. The franchise is doing its best to cling onto Bradley Beal by surrounding him with capable talent. A high-IQ point guard with strong playmaking and defensive capabilities could push the Wizards into the postseason.

Haliburton averaged 15.2 points 6.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds in 22 games for Iowa State. The sophomore earned a spot on the All-Big 12 team and should translate well to the NBA level.

The only issue here is if John Wall makes a healthy return to the Wizards. But, having Haliburton lead the charge with the second unit isn’t a bad thing. Plus, here is there for depth if Wall has more injury concerns.