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.


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.