The 2020 NBA Draft is less than a week away and we’re seeing plenty of line movement with the first overall pick. Late Wednesday night, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves held a private workout with LaMelo Ball, one of the top prospects for the draft. It was his first private workout leading up to the draft next Wednesday.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders and team president Gersson Rosas and VP Sachin Gupta were all present for the workout. Per the report, Ball “shot the ball well and had not issues getting through the workout.” As a result, Ball jumped Georgia SG Anthony Edwards as the favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook to be selected No. 1 overall. Let’s take a look at some players at the top in terms of odds.
LaMelo Ball: -106
Anthony Edwards: +100
James Wiseman: +560
Deni Avdija: +6000
Obi Toppin: +6000
Edwards had been the odds-on favorite for some time before the report dropped. To me, this is a bit of an overreaction to the report. It really didn’t tell us anything. Ball did fine and the Timberwolves didn’t release any information swinging one way or the other. The movement is likely caused by the fact that Ball hadn’t worked out with anyone prior to this workout with the T-Wolves. If that’s the case, we can gather that Minnesota was interested enough to request the workout.
We also know that the T-Wolves have been shopping the No. 1 overall pick in search of more immediate help. It’s unlikely a team would trade up to No. 1 overall to select anyone other than Ball and maybe Wiseman (though the second pick the Warriors own may net the big man out of Memphis). So if the Timberwolves trade the pick, that almost assures us all that Ball will be the pick at No. 1. In a weak class with a lot of question marks, it’s beginning to feel like Ball going first is inevitable. That isn’t to say that I have my reservations about locking him into that spot in any sort of mock draft.
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