The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery took place on Thursday night and we now have the order for the top 14 teams in the 2020 NBA Draft. The Minnesota Timberwolves were rewarded with the No. 1 overall pick after winning the lottery at 14% odds.
The 2020 NBA Draft is currently scheduled to take place October 16, three months later than normal due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Free agency is currently scheduled to start two days later, on October 18, but the players’ union has warned its members to expect a delay given the uncertainty around projecting next year’s league revenues, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi. There has been talk the 2020-2021 season will start on December 1st, but the union is skeptical of that too happening on time.
While the season and free agency might be delayed, it would appear the draft is on track for October 16th. Now that we know the order for the first 14 picks in the draft, it makes sense to fire up the latest 2020 NBA Mock Draft!
DraftKings Nation staff writer Ameer Tyree shares his latest mock after the lottery. Take a look as he fills in his picks.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves — Obi Toppin, F, Dayton
2. Golden State Warriors — Anthony Edwards, G, Georgia
3. Charlotte Hornets — LaMelo Ball, G, NBL (Australia)
4. Chicago Bulls — Onyeka Onkongwu, PF/C, USC
5. Cleveland Cavaliers — James Wiseman, C, Memphis
6. Atlanta Hawks — Killian Hayes, PG, NBL (Australia)
7. Detroit Pistons — Deni Avdija, G/F, Israel
8. New York Knicks — Cole Anthony, PG, UNC
9. Washington Wizards — Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State
10. Phoenix Suns — Devin Vassell, F, Florida State
11. San Antonio Spurs — Isaac Okoro, G/F, Auburn
12. Sacramento Kings — Josh Green, SG, Arizona
13. New Orleans Pelicans — Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky
14. Boston Celtics — Patrick Williams, SF, Florida State
15. Orlando Magic — RJ Hampton, PG/SG, New Zealand Breakers
16. Portland Trail Blazers — Saddiq Bey, SF, Villanova
17. Minnesota Timberwolves — Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt
18. Dallas Mavericks — Leandro Bolmaro, SG, FC Barcelona
19. Brooklyn Nets — Jaden McDaniels, SF/PF, Washington
20. Miami Heat — Precious Achiuwa, PF, Memphis
21. Philadelphia 76ers — Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama
22. Denver Nuggets — Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona
23. Utah Jazz — Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Olympiacos B
24. Milwaukee Bucks — Theo Maldeon, PG, ASVEL
25. Oklahoma City Thunder — Desmond Band, SF, TCU
26. Boston Celtics — Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington
27. New York Knicks — Jordan Nwora,, SF, Louisville
28. Los Angeles Lakers — Tre Jones, PG, Duke
29. Toronto Raptors — Vernon Carey, C, Duke
30. Boston Celtics — Paul Reed, PF, DePaul
Why Timberwolves should select Toppin at No. 1 overall
There’s no clear cut top pick in this year’s draft, but the top three prospects on most draft boards are Ball, Edwards, and Wiseman. Minnesota traded for a franchise point guard in D’Angelo Russell and has an All-NBA caliber center in Karl-Anthony Towns though, so a developed player might be the best fit for the Timberwolves. The Warriors seem likely to trade back for an established player that can contribute to a championship team immediately while the Hornets need a franchise centerpiece like Ball.