39The NBA Draft 2020 was unlike any other in the league’s history. While Commissioner Adam Silver hosted the Draft virtually from Connecticut, the players checked in from home.
It was the first-ever Draft to be held virtually and only the second time since the inaugural edition in 1947 to be held after June.
Despite the unique circumstances, the Draft was still a special and career-making moment for the prospects selected by the NBA teams.
To nobody’s surprise, Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, and LaMelo Ball made the headlines as they got drafted in the first 3 picks to Minnesota, Golden State, and Charlotte respectively.
1) NBA Draft 2020 class features a record-high number of players of Nigerian origin:
A total of seven players, two born in Nigeria, will be in consideration for pickup by some of the best basketball teams in the world.
Precious Achiuwa and Udoka Azubuike are the two who were born in Nigeria. If both are selected in the top 30, it would be the first time that two players from Nigeria are selected in the first round of the same NBA Draft.
2) Top target Anthony Edwards signs Minnesota Timberwolves.
For the 1st overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards.
The Georgian youngster averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and a 47.3% FG. This pick by Minnesota makes sense because they needed a powerful player who can drive to the rim.
He can also finish with athleticism and displays soft touch with either hand.
He can make dynamic shots off the dribble and fluidly transitions from complex dribbles, spins, and hesitations into pull-ups, step-backs, and side steps.
3) Youngest of Ball family, LaMelo signs Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets
With the 3rd overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets selected LaMelo Ball as their new playmaker. This comes as no surprise as the Hornets would presumably favour a rim protector with impressive defensive ability.
LaMelo Ball is an excellent ball-handler who uses hesitations and pump fakes to create space and shoot. He uses advanced moves but always remains in control and dictates the pace. He has an elite touch and attempts many floaters.
He is averaging 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and a field goal of 42.5% per game.
His best skills are playmaking and ball handling.
4) Top international prospect, Onyeka Okongwu signs Atlanta Hawks
He was the top international prospect for the season. Onyeka Okongwu averaged 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks last year with USC. He adds precious points as an interior scorer and is a great shot blocker as well as an on-ball defender.
However, he might have to miss the starting games of the season after suffering a toe fracture, just hours before the draft night.
5) Golden State Warriors made 2nd overall pick for first time in common draft era (since 1966), picked James Wiseman.
Golden State Warriors, for the first time since 1966, made second overall pick in the common draft era. The former champions picked James Wiseman as their No.2.
He became a part of that group Wednesday night as the Warriors selected the Memphis center with the second overall pick in the draft.
James Wiseman listed many of Golden State’s stars who are now his teammates as players he plans to watch closely as a lottery-pick NBA rookie.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Do-everything Draymond Green and much-improved big man Kevon Looney.
“I know it’s going to be a long process for me, for my career, but I’m truly ready,” he said. “I’m just going in there to try to learn as much as possible and stay humble and work hard every day and just win.”
Wiseman averaged 34.2 points in three games as a freshman for the Tigers before a 12-game suspension by the NCAA because his family received money during the recruitment process. While serving the penalty, the 7-foot-1, 240-pound Wiseman decided to turn his attention to the draft.