The case could be made that every prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft is a project. LaMelo Ball’s shooting needs work. Killian Hayes sometimes plays like he has one hand. Tyrese Haliburton might not be able to get past anyone in isolation. Anthony Edwards couldn’t defend me.

It’s safe to say that all are a work in progress, in one way or another.

When I refer to a “project” player, though, I mean a potential lottery pick who may benefit from significant time in the G League. That’s not going to be Ball, Hayes, Haliburton or Edwards. I’m talking about R.J. Hampton, Kira Lewis Jr., Patrick Williams or Jaden McDaniels, all of whom have special qualities but may not be quite NBA-ready.

The Pistons, who have the No. 7 pick, appear unlikely to go this route at the Nov. 18 draft. Still, considering this type of player might not be out of the cards. Fans may not be allowed at games next season, relieving some of the pressure to…



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