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When is the NBA Draft in 2020? New date, time, location, mock draft & more to know

Now that the 2019-20 season is finally behind them, NBA teams are fully focused on the 2020 NBA Draft as part of what will be a short offseason.

This year’s draft class doesn’t have an obvious star like Zion Williamson or Ja Morant sitting at the top of big boards, but there are a few talented prospects who will be ready to contribute right away or in the near future. This draft could also see a lot of movement as front offices prepare for free agency, which will quickly follow the annual event.

When will teams be on the clock? Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 NBA Draft.

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When is the NBA Draft in 2020?

  • Date: Nov. 18, 2020
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET

The 2020 NBA Draft will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, and free agent negotiations will begin Friday, Nov. 20.

NBA Draft TV channel, how to live stream

You can watch the 2020 NBA Draft on ESPN or stream it via the Watch ESPN app.

The NBA Draft is also available to stream on ESPN via fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

Where is the NBA Draft in 2020?

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will announce the first- and second-round selections from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn. The event will be conducted virtually, similar to how the NFL handled its draft earlier this year.

2020 NBA Draft order

First round

Pick Team
1. Timberwolves
2. Warriors
3. Hornets
4. Bulls
5. Cavaliers
6. Hawks
7. Pistons
8. Knicks
9. Wizards
10. Suns
11. Spurs
12. Kings
13. Pelicans
14. Celtics (via Grizzlies)
15. Magic
16. Trail Blazers — traded to Rockets
17. Timberwolves (via Nets)
18. Mavericks
19. Nets
20. Heat
21. 76ers (via Thunder)
22. Nuggets (via Rockets)
23. Jazz
24. Bucks (via Pacers) — traded to Pelicans
25. Thunder (via Nuggets)
26. Celtics
27. Knicks (via Clippers)
28. Lakers — traded to Thunder
29. Raptors
30. Celtics (via Bucks)

Second round

Pick Team
31. Mavericks (via Warriors)
32. Hornets (via Cavaliers)
33. Timberwolves
34. 76ers (via Hawks)
35. Kings (via Pistons)
36. 76ers (via Knicks)
37. Wizards (via Bulls)
38. Knicks (via Hornets)
39. Pelicans (via Wizards)
40. Grizzlies (via Suns)
41. Spurs
42. Pelicans
43. Kings
44. Bulls (via Grizzlies)
45. Magic
46. Trail Blazers
47. Celtics (via Nets)
48. Warriors (via Mavericks)
49. 76ers
50. Hawks (via Heat)
51. Warriors (via Jazz)
52. Kings (via Rockets)
53. Thunder
54. Pacers
55. Nets (via Nuggets)
56. Hornets (via Celtics)
57. Clippers
58. 76ers (via Lakers)
59. Raptors
60. Pelicans (via Bucks)

NBA mock draft 2020

1. Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, Georgia, Guard

Ever since the Timberwolves landed this pick by winning the NBA Draft lottery 20 years ago — wait, that was in August? — there have been rumblings about them liking all three of Edwards, James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball. Then came the reports about Minnesota looking to trade down.

If the T-Wolves do keep the top pick, Edwards seems to be the best fit next to D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. He needs to work on his decision-making and give more consistent effort defensively, but his scoring ability and athleticism are elite.

2. Warriors: James Wiseman, Memphis, Center

Plenty of trade chatter surrounding this selection, too. ESPN’s Zach Lowe recently noted that there was a little “buzz” about the Warriors sending the No. 2 pick to the Spurs in exchange for LaMarcus Aldridge, though there hasn’t been much follow-up on that rumor.

Wiseman is a terrific talent and fills a need at center for Golden State, so he should be the Warriors’ guy if they stay put. He may be able to thrive immediately as a rim-runner in Golden State’s offense.

3. Hornets: LaMelo Ball, Illawarra, Guard

Many draft experts consider Ball the top overall player in this class, while others wonder whether he will be a major bust. He is an incredible passer, but he will also launch terrible shots. He is a great rebounding guard, but he will also fall asleep on the defensive end. Ball is polarizing, to say the least.

Regardless of how you feel about Ball, it’s hard to see him dropping too far down the board. The Hornets would be happy to take Wiseman here, but with the Warriors in the way, they go for star potential. 

4. Bulls: Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Forward

The Bulls are already hoping to develop players such as Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Coby White, so they need someone who will slide into the lineup and not hijack the offense. Enter Avdija.

The 6-9 forward is an oversized creator who’s comfortable operating out of the pick-and-roll and in transition. The biggest issue with him is his outside shooting. Can he eventually force defenses to respect him on the perimeter?

5. Cavaliers: Obi Toppin, Dayton, Forward

Let’s keep the Dayton kid in Ohio.

Toppin was the best player in college basketball this past season, and he gives the Cavs a monster athlete who is capable of running pick-and-pops with Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Toppin’s defense is a problem, so it wouldn’t be a shocker if he slips outside the top five.

Check out the rest of Sporting News’ mock draft here.

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