SportsPulse: The Georgia product will now name Minnesota house after being decided on No. 1 via the Timberwolves and USA TODAY Sports activities’ Scott Gleeson tells us what they are able to be expecting.
The 2020 NBA draft is after all right here after being behind schedule 5 months from its authentic June date as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Minnesota Timberwolves held the No. 1 select within the digital draft. After an extended offseason to contemplate their selection, they chose Georgia guard Anthony Edwards.
Memphis giant guy James Wiseman went No. 2 to the Golden State Warriors, adopted via polarizing prospect LaMelo Ball at No. three to the Charlotte Hornets. NBA staff evaluators can have a lot of last-minute choices to make this night – simply two days earlier than NBA loose company starts. Here is a complete run-down underneath.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, Georgia
The Timberwolves went the protected path in settling on Edwards, an explosive scorer with two-way talent. The 6-foot-Four, do-everything guard can mesh neatly with Minnesota All-Stars Karl-Anthony Cities and D’Angelo Russell. The staff did not want a franchise-changing superstar, and Edwards can have time to return into his personal.
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The 7-footer can be a 20-and-10 big man. He’ll be an ideal fit on a guard-savvy Warriors roster looking to rebound in 2020-21. Wiseman provided just a small sample of his ability in a short college career, as he left Memphis early in the season halfway through an NCAA suspension. But there’s All-Star potential right away.
The 6-7 point guard brings star power to Michael Jordan’s franchise. He’s one of the most intriguing players in recent draft memory based on his upside and polarizing background. Ball played only 12 games in Australia’s National Basketball League, but it was enough to entice NBA scouts and rewrite the narrative his father had poorly written. He has a quick-trigger jumper that still needs accuracy, but his floor vision and court savvy make him elite.
The biggest surprise of the draft by far. New coach Billy Donovan will get a late bloomer in Williams, who didn’t start one game and didn’t average double figures for the Seminoles as a freshman. Yet the potential and key attributes are there as a 6-8 forward. Williams is quick, explosive, strong, and athletic. Developing a 3-point shot to complement his mid-range game would be a big boost. He’ll make an immediate impact in Chicago.
The 6-6 wing is one of the best defensive players in the draft. He can get downhill and score through contact, with athleticism and a wingspan that could make him an X-Factor for the Cavs. His offense needs work, but he’ll have time to develop in Cleveland.
Okongwu shows flashes of Bam Adebayo and at 6-9 could be the steal of this draft as a dynamic big. He averaged 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds for the Trojans in 2019-20, showing strength on the glass and low block. His production and rim protection will help an Atlanta team that struggled on defense last year.
Hayes, an American-born lefty, is a dynamic playmaker from France who evolved during his pro season in the top league in Germany in 2019-20. His jump shot is questionable, but Detroit can hand him the keys as the point guard of the future. His long-term upside as a 6-5 crafty guard is huge.
The Knicks got the player they were wanting all along, and he’s a highlight-reel machine who can shine under the New York lights. USA TODAY Sports’ national college basketball player of the year can do a mix of everything, including stepping out on the perimeter and mastering pick-and-rolls. At 22, Toppin is older than most of his counterparts, and his high motor and tenacious dunking translate to immediate production.
Avdija fell from where he was projected, and an ailing Washington franchise will benefit. The overseas prospect with great size at 6-9 can play multiple positions, attacking the rim like a guard and showing the ability to defend big men in the post. He has a wide-ranging skillset which was displayed when he won the MVP of the FIBA under-20 European Championship.
The 6-10 big man went higher than expected based on the Suns’ needs. He considered leaving after his freshman season, but returning gave him a chance to blossom in 2019-20. He rebounds, runs the court, blocks shots and can score. He has good hands and footwork and also does damage in the low post.
The second Seminole getting selected on the night, Vassell was one of the most improved players in all of college basketball last year, spearheading Florida State to its first ACC regular-season title. Vassell would fit in nicely with San Antonio’s disciplined system, bringing length at 6-7 and potential to be a defensive stopper on the wing.
A play-making point guard who can defend well, Haliburton is an absolute steal in this draft. His numbers (15.2 points per game, 6.5 assists, 50% FG, 42% from 3-point range) in 2019-20 don’t do him justice. Haliburton has the skillset comparable to Ja Morant and Russell Westbrook in the NBA, but he’ll have to mesh with De’Aaron Fox in Sac Town.
The 6-3 guard led Alabama in scoring (18.5 per game) and assists (5.2 per game) and shot 45.9% from the field, 36.6% on 3s and 80.2% from the foul line. He has a great handle and uses it well, with speed to beat defenders off the dribble. Look for him to add backcourt depth alongside Lonzo Ball and Co.
14. Boston Celtics (from Memphis Grizzlies): Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt
Nesmith is considered one of the best 3-point shooters in this draft, so he’ll be a solid fit in coach Brad Stevens’ core. His 2019-20 NCAA season, in which he averaged 23 points, was cut short after 14 games due to a right foot injury.
Follow college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson.