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2020 NBA Draft Recap

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2020 NBA Draft Recap

The 2020 NBA Draft class might not be nearly as good as the 2019 draft class. However, we’ll see plenty of players in the draft that will become stars for their teams.

It’s hard to keep up with the draft, knowing just about every second-round pick was traded where the player went somewhere else. You’d hope the NBA can do better and allow these trades to process so that ESPN doesn’t confuse us with where players are going.

There are complaints all the time about knowing each pick via social media minutes before it’s announced, but without social media, fans would be lost on which player went where.

If you were confused, here’s a little NBA Draft recap showing you the winners and losers of the draft. Of course, we must let everything play out and no draft pick was a poor pick. No trade was a bad trade. At least not yet. Keep an open mind, and stay tuned to the NBA lines.

Atlanta Hawks

  • No. 6: Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC
  • No. 50: Skylar Mays, SG, LSU

Boston Celtics

  • No. 14: Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt
  • -No. 26: Payton Pritchard, PG, Oregon
  • -No. 47: Yam Madar, PG, Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

Brooklyn Nets

  • No. 57: Reggie Perry, C, Mississippi State

Charlotte Hornets

  • No. 3: LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks
  • No. 32: Vernon Carey Jr., C, Duke
  • No. 42: Nick Richards, C, Kentucky
  • No. 56: Grant Riller, PG, Charleston

Chicago Bulls

  • No. 4: Patrick Williams, SF, Florida State
  • No. 44: Marko Simonovic, C, Montenegro

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • No. 5: Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn

Dallas Mavericks

  • No. 18: Josh Green, SG, Arizona
  • No. 31: Tyrell Terry, PG, Stanford
  • No. 36: Tyler Bey, PF, Colorado

Denver Nuggets

  • No. 22: Zeke Nnaji, PF, Arizona
  • No. 24: RJ Hampton, PG, New Zealand Breakers (Australia)

Detroit Pistons

  • No. 7: Killian Hayes, PG, Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
  • No. 16: Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington No. 19: Saddiq Bey, SF, Villanova
  • No. 38: Saben Lee, PG, Vanderbilt

Golden State Warriors

  • No. 2: James Wiseman, PF/C, Memphis
  • No. 48: Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona
  • No. 51: Justinian Jessup, SG, Boise State

Houston Rockets

  • No. 52: Kenyon Martin Jr., SF, IMG Academy

Indiana Pacers

  • No. 54: Cassius Stanley, SG, Duke

Los Angeles Clippers

  • No. 33: Daniel Oturu, C, Minnesota
  • No. 55: Jay Scrubb, SG, John A. Logan College

Los Angeles Lakers

  • No picks

Memphis Grizzlies

  • No. 30: Desmond Bane, SG, TCU
  • No. 35: Xavier Tillman, C, Michigan State
  • No. 40: Robert Woodard II, SF, Mississippi State

Miami Heat

  • No. 20: Precious Achiuwa, PF, Memphis

Milwaukee Bucks

  • No. 45: Jordan Nwora, PF, Louisville
  • No. 60: Sam Merrill, SG, Utah State

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • No. 1: Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
  • No. 23: Leandro Bolmaro, SG, FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)
  • No. 28: Jaden McDaniels, PF, Washington

New Orleans Pelicans

  • No. 13: Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama

New York Knicks

  • No. 8: Obi Toppin, SF/PF, Dayton
  • No. 25: Immanuel Quickley, PG, Kentucky

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • No. 17: Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Olympiacos Piraeus (Greece)
  • No. 37: Vit Krejci, PG, Zaragoza (Spain)

Orlando Magic

  • No. 15: Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina

Philadelphia 76ers

  • No. 21: Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky
  • No. 34: Theo Maledon, PG, ASVEL (France)
  • No. 49: Isaiah Joe, SG, Arkansas
  • No. 58: Paul Reed, PF, DePaul

Phoenix Suns

  • No. 10: Jalen Smith, PF, Maryland

Portland Trail Blazers

  • No. 46: CJ Elleby, SG, Washington State

Sacramento Kings

  • No. 12: Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State
  • No. 43: Jahmi’us Ramsey, PG, Texas Tech

San Antonio Spurs

  • No. 11: Devin Vassell, SG, Florida State
  • No. 41: Tre Jones, PG, Duke

Toronto Raptors

  • No. 29: Malachi Flynn, PG, San Diego State
  • No. 59: Jalen Harris, SG, Nevada

Utah Jazz

  • No. 27: Udoka Azubuike, C, Kansas
  • No. 39: Elijah Hughes, SG, Syracuse

Washington Wizards

  • No. 9: Deni Avdija, SF/PF, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • No. 53: Cassius Winston, PG, Michigan State

Lamelo Ball. (Photo by Petras Malukas / AFP)

Winners

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves filled a need at the wing spot to pair alongside Karl Anthony-Towns and DeAngelo Russell. The Wolves were looking to trade the pick, but wouldn’t have seen enough in return to let go of Georgia’s Anthony Edwards.

There’s not much to say about Edwards. He was the number one pick for a reason and has so much potential. If he plays in Malik Beasley’s role with the Wolves, Edwards can produce plenty and help the Wolves get back into contention.

The night didn’t stop there for the Timberwolves. They reached an agreement to bring back Ricky Rubio, planning to send the 17th pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 25th and 28th overall selections, along with Rubio.

The Wolves stayed busy and traded the Knicks the 25th and 33rd overall selections for the 23rd selection to draft Argentine small forward Leandro Bolmaro. With the 28th pick of the draft, the Wolves drafted Jaden McDaniels.

The Wolves finished the night with three first round picks and Ricky Rubio. And one of the picks was Anthony Edwards. Yeah, you can’t knock that.

Anthony Edwards #5 of the Georgia Bulldogs. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Sacramento Kings

Before the draft, we knew the first three picks of the draft. It was going to be Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, and Lamelo Ball.

The reality was that the Bulls would create chaos at the four spot and ruin a lot of draft boards by doing something crazy. The Bulls went with Patrick Williams from Florida State and somehow Tyrese Halibarton fell all the way down to the 12th spot for the Kings.

Haliburton could’ve easily gone top 5 and was one of the best guards in the draft class. He’s got incredible vision and a fantastic basketball IQ and you can pair that with terrific shooting. The Kings drafted the best available player and it just so happened that Haliburton was there.

He fits the style of play at Sacramento and was the top talent on the board. That was incredible for the Kings. The Kings also drafted Texas Tech’s Jah’mius Ramsey in the second round. The Kings did well in this draft with these players falling into their lap.

James Wiseman #32 of the Memphis Tigers in Portland, Oregon. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Detroit Pistons

If you didn’t know the name, now you do. New general manager Troy Weaver put on a show for the Pistons during the NBA Draft. Detroit might be heading in the right direction after all.

The Pistons really didn’t have much young talent on their roster and they also weren’t winning. That’s the worst roster to endure. However, at the 7th pick of the draft, Weaver and the Pistons selected Killian Hayes, who some literally thought was the best prospect in the NBA Draft.

That’s probably taking it too far but he’s a 6-foot-5 left-hander who has solid athleticism, gives great size and has so much potential making plays for his teammates.

Weaver wasn’t done there. He traded top-16 protected first-round-pick to the Rockets for Trevor Ariza and the number 16th pick in this year’s draft and took Isaiah Stewart. He also flipped Luke Kennard in a three-way-deal and ended up with Saddiq Bey.

That’s three first-round picks this season. The Pistons will have so much more young talent and be able to really build up from here. They’ve brought in so much toughness and skill and it’ll be fun to watch this team form in the future.