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Georgia guard Anthony Edwards plays against Vanderbilt in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.

Mark Humphrey, Associated Press

It’s happening nearly five months later than usual, but the 2020 NBA draft is finally being held on Wednesday night, with proceedings taking place in a virtual format because of the pandemic.

The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the first overall pick, and there’s uncertainty regarding who they will take. It’s widely seen as a three-player race among Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball and James Wiseman.

The Utah Jazz own the 27th and 38th picks heading into the draft after they acquired them Wednesday morning from the New York Knicks in exchange for the 23rd pick.

Follow along as major developments occur throughout the evening.


2020 NBA draft selections
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FILE: In this Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, Memphis center James Wiseman, center, shoots in front of Oregon guards Will Richardson, left, and Payton Pritchard in Portland, Ore. The Golden State Warriors selected Wiseman in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

Craig Mitchelldyer, Associated Press

2020 NBA draft selections


1. Minnesota: Anthony Edwards, Georgia

2. Golden State: James Wiseman, Memphis

3. Charlotte: LaMelo Ball, California/Australia

4. Chicago: Patrick Williams, Florida State

5. Cleveland: Isaac Okoro, Auburn

6. Atlanta: Onyeka Okongwu, USC

7. Detroit: Killian Hayes, France

8. New York: Obi Toppin, Dayton

9. Washington: Deni Avdija, Israel

10. Phoenix: Jalen Smith, Maryland

11. San Antonio: Devin Vassell, Florida State

12. Sacramento: Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

13. New Orleans: Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama

14. Boston: Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt

15. Orlando: Cole Anthony, North Carolina

16. Detroit: Isaiah Stewart, Washington

17. Oklahoma City: Aleksej Pokusevski, Serbia

18. Dallas: Josh Green, Arizona

19. Detroit: Saddiq Bey, Villanova

20. Miami: Precious Achiuwa, Memphis

21. Philadelphia: Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky

22. Denver: Zeke Nnaji, Arizona

23. New York: Leandro Bolmaro, Argentina

24. Denver: RJ Hampton, Texas/New Zealand

25. New York: Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky

26. Boston: Payton Prichard, Oregon

27. Utah: Udoka Azubuike, Kansas

28. Oklahoma City: Jaden McDaniels, Washington

29. Toronto: Malachi Flynn, San Diego State

30. Memphis: Desmond Bane, TCU

SECOND ROUND

31. Dallas: Tyrell Terry, Stanford

32. Charlotte: Vernon Carey, Duke

33. New York: Daniel Oturu, Minnesota

34. Philadelphia: Theo Maledon, France

35. Memphis: Xavier Tillman, Michigan State

36. Dallas: Tyler Bey, Colorado

37. Oklahoma City: Vit Krejci, Czech Republic

38. Detroit: Saben Lee, Vanderbilt

39. New Orleans (traded to Utah): Elijah Hughes, Syracuse

40. Sacramento: Robert Woodard, Mississippi State

41. San Antonio: Tre Jones, Duke

42. Charlotte: Nick Richards, Kentucky

43. Sacramento: Jahmius Ramsey, Texas Tech

44. Chicago: Marko Simonovic, Montenegro

45. Milwaukee: Jordan Nwora, Louisville

46. Portland: CJ Elleby, Washington State

47. Boston: Yam Madar, Israel

48. Golden State: Nico Mannion, Arizona

49. Philadelphia: Isaiah Joe, Arkansas

50. Atlanta: Skylar Mays, LSU

51. Golden State: Justinian Jessup, Boise State/Australia

52. Houston: Kenyon Martin Jr., IMG Academy (Florida)

53. Washington: Cassius Winston, Michigan State

54. Indiana: Cassius Stanley, Duke

55. Brooklyn: Jay Scrubb, John A. Logan JC

56. Charlotte: Grant Riller, Charleston

57. LA Clippers: Reggie Perry, Mississippi State

58. Philadelphia: Paul Reed, DePaul

59. Toronto: Jalen Harris, Nevada

60. Milwaukee: Sam Merrill, Utah State


  • The Minnesota Timberwolves took Georgia forward Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick. Reports suggest that the Wolves were working to try to make a trade with the pick, which could still happen as the night goes on. — Sarah Todd
  • The Golden State Warriors, as expected, took James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick. Shortly before the draft started, reports came out saying that all-star guard Klay Thompson suffered a leg injury that looks pretty bad. Despite possibly being without Thompson for a while, the Warriors stuck with the plan and took a center to help with front-court depth. — Sarah Todd
  • LaMelo Ball was taken with the No. 3 overall pick by Charlotte, rounding out the most certain part of the 2020 draft. Outside of the top three players, the rest of the draft could be anyone’s best guess. — Sarah Todd
  • The intrigue of the draft started at No. 4, and perhaps it was appropriate that it was somewhat of a surprise, Florida State’s Patrick Williams going to Chicago. Williams was a huge riser over the course of the last few weeks of the predraft process, as he was once considered likely to go in the middle of the first round. — Ryan McDonald
  • The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski is reporting that the Oklahoma City Thunder are working on a deal to trade recent acquisition Ricky Rubio to the Minnesota Timberwolves, which would mean a return for Rubio where he began his NBA career. — Ryan McDonald
  • After the Knicks took Obi Toppin at No. 8 overall, it feels pretty surprising that both Deni Avdija and Tyrese Haliburton are still on the board. Both were projected to be likely top-5 selections. — Sarah Todd
  • Patrick Williams at No. 4 was a decent surprise, but Phoenix selecting Jalen Smith at No. 10 is a big surprise, as he was widely projected to go in the late teens at the earliest. The Suns had the shocker of last year’s draft, taking Cam Johnson at No. 11, and he had a very solid rookie year. — Ryan McDonald
  • Phoenix taking Smith, a center/forward, makes me think that it is pretty certain they’ll be needing some depth at the position which opens the door for Aron Baynes to sign elsewhere. — Sarah Todd
  • After the Rubio trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder took the biggest mystery of the draft with the 17th pick, Aleksej Pokusevski. He’s a 7-footer but plays like a guard. The Thunder have been all kinds of fun over the past few days. — Ryan McDonald
  • Dallas took Josh Green, someone the Jazz liked that many fans were hoping would fall, but I predicted would be gone before the Jazz had a chance to take him. — Sarah Todd
  • After the Jazz traded the 23rd pick to the New York Knicks, it was going to be interested to see who New York would take. Leandro Bolmaro, a tall guard from Argentina, was the pick. The Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported that Bolmaro will be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the 25th and 33rd picks. — Ryan McDonald

  • Having the Knicks pick someone that is going to be a draft-and-stash player in Bolmaro didn’t make sense. Now that they’ve traded the pick to Minnesota it makes a lot more sense. — Sarah Todd
  • The Jazz drafted big Kansas center Udoka Azubuike but then ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Utah will trade center Tony Bradley to the Detroit Pistons for future considerations and cash.

  • With the 38th pick the Jazz traded, the Detroit Pistons selected Vanderbilt’s Saben Lee.
  • The Jazz got back in the draft quickly, however, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that they acquired Elijah Hughes, the 39th pick out of Syracuse, from the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • Utah State’s Sam Merrill was widely considered a likely draft pick, but he had to wait until the very last one of the night to hear his name. He was taken by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 60th pick, a selection that will be traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.