Who will the Timberwolves select Wednesday night with the No. 1 overall pick? That’s the big question ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft.
Minnesota appears to have narrowed down its options to Anthony Edwards or LaMelo Ball if it keeps the pick, but a trade can’t be ruled out. A surprise move at the top of the board could have a domino effect and change the plans of several teams.
There is also uncertainty surrounding the Warriors at No. 2. James Wiseman is the best positional fit for Golden State, though reports have suggested the Warriors were impressed by Ball during a recent workout. Don’t be shocked if the trade chatter kicks into high gear here, too.
One thing we do know: When the picks are announced, Sporting News will be ready to provide instant analysis. Follow along with our 2020 NBA Draft tracker below.
NBA DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 60 prospects in 2020
NBA Draft picks, grades
|Pick – Team – Player|
1. Timberwolves — Anthony Edwards, Georgia, Guard
Minnesota keeps its pick and goes with Edwards, who was always the best fit next to D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Edwards is an elite athlete with the scoring ability to eventually become a multiple time All-Star. There have been questions about his defensive effort and work ethic, but he’s got the talent to be special.
2. Warriors — James Wiseman, Memphis, Center
Wiseman should thrive as a rim-runner in Golden State’s offense. The 7-footer has a huge wingspan and moves well for his size, giving him a chance to emerge as a Rudy Gobert-esque stopper later in his career.
It’s not easy to be a big man in today’s game, but Wiseman found a great landing spot.
3. Hornets — LaMelo Ball, Illawarra, Guard
Charlotte may have found a franchise cornerstone at No. 3. While Ball is far from a perfect prospect — defense and shooting consistency are obvious concerns — he is an top-tier playmaker and possesses the biggest upside in the draft.
The Hornets needed someone to give them an identity and a level of excitement. Ball does that.
4. Bulls — Patrick Williams, Florida State, Forward
A calculated risk here by Chicago. Williams is raw offensively, but he has a strong physical build, good defensive potential and could carve out a long career if he can improve his outside shot.
5. Cavaliers — Isaac Okoro, Auburn, Forward
A dreadful defensive unit, Okoro should help Cleveland on that end by taking multiple assignments. He also won’t take away offensive possession from Collin Sexton and Darius Garland.
Will he ever be a decent 3-point shooter? That skill will ultimately determine Okoro’s ceiling.
6. Hawks — Onyeka Okongwu, USC, Center
Okonguwu theoretically fits well in Atlanta as lob catcher and rim protector, but the Hawks already have John Collins and Clint Capela on the roster. Perhaps they are considering a trade following this selection.
7. Pistons — Killian Hayes, Ulm, Guard
With Detroit likely heading toward a rebuild, Hayes makes a lot of sense as the point guard of the future. He will struggle early because of his lack of elite athleticism and propensity to go left, but he has a terrific feel for the game and should have plenty of time to develop.
8. Knicks — Obi Toppin, Dayton, Forward
Toppin was the best player in college basketball last season. He’s a great scorer and monster above the rim.
Defense is going to be a problem for the Knicks. At this point, though, they are just going for talent, as Toppin, RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson are the only foundational pieces.
9. Wizards — Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Forward
10. Suns — Jalen Smith, Maryland, Forward
11. Spurs — Devin Vassell, Florida State, Guard
|Pick – Team – Player|
2020 NBA Draft order
|14.||Celtics (via Grizzlies)|
|16.||Pistons (via Rockets)|
|17.||Timberwolves (via Nets)|
|21.||76ers (via Thunder)|
|22.||Nuggets (via Rockets)|
|23.||Knicks (via Jazz)|
|24.||Pelicans (via Bucks)|
|25.||Thunder (via Nuggets)|
|27.||Jazz (via Knicks)|
|28.||Thunder (via Lakers)|
|30.||Celtics (via Bucks)|
|31.||Mavericks (via Warriors)|
|32.||Hornets (via Cavaliers)|
|34.||Thunder (via 76ers)|
|35.||Kings (via Pistons)|
|36.||76ers (via Knicks)|
|37.||Wizards (via Bulls)|
|38.||Jazz (via Knicks)|
|39.||Pelicans (via Wizards)|
|40.||Grizzlies (via Suns)|
|44.||Bulls (via Grizzlies)|
|45.||Bucks (via Magic)|
|47.||Celtics (via Nets)|
|48.||Warriors (via Mavericks)|
|50.||Hawks (via Heat)|
|51.||Warriors (via Jazz)|
|52.||Kings (via Rockets)|
|55.||Nets (via Nuggets)|
|56.||Hornets (via Celtics)|
|58.||76ers (via Lakers)|
|60.||Pelicans (via Bucks)|