NBA Lottery Results 2020: Full Selection Order, Analysis and More

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2020

LaMelo Ball of the Illawarra Hawks brings the ball up during their game against the Sydney Kings in the Australian Basketball League in Sydney, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves will be the first team on the clock in the 2020 NBA draft after they won the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's lottery.

The celebrations in Minneapolis will likely be somewhat subdued compared to the reaction in the Big Easy when the New Orleans Pelicans won the 2019 draft lottery. From the moment the results came in, Zion Williamson was slotted into the Pelicans' frontcourt.

The 2020 draft class lacks a similar consensus best player available.

With the lottery now complete, the first round of the draft is set.


2020 NBA Draft: First-Round Order

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

2. Golden State Warriors

3. Charlotte Hornets

4. Chicago Bulls

5. Cleveland Cavaliers

6. Atlanta Hawks

7. Detroit Pistons

8. New York Knicks

9. Washington Wizards

10. Phoenix Suns

11. San Antonio Spurs

12. Sacramento Kings

13. New Orleans Pelicans

14. Boston Celtics (via Grizzlies)

15. Orlando Magic

16. Portland Trail Blazers

17. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Nets)

18. Dallas Mavericks  

19. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers) 

20. Miami Heat 

21. Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder) 

22. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets) 

23. Utah Jazz  

24. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pacers)

25. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nuggets) 

26. Boston Celtics

27. New York Knicks (via Clippers)

28. Los Angeles Lakers

29. Toronto Raptors 

30. Boston Celtics (via Bucks)

In his most recent mock draft, Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman pegged Georgia star Anthony Edwards to go to the Atlanta Hawks. LaMelo Ball, who went No. 2 to the Detroit Pistons, is considered by some to be the top prospect but wouldn't make sense on a team that already has Trae Young.

Wasserman reported Thursday that "opinions are all over the place" regarding the incoming class and that the results of the draft may not align with the views of fans and experts:

"The general belief all year had LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman as top-three overall favorites, with Obi Toppin, Deni Avdija, Onyeka Okongwu and Isaac Okoro mixed into a tier that either slightly overlaps or follows. But based from some scouts' takes I've heard over the past few weeks, mock drafts could start looking silly right from the top. 

"I've heard Avdija being ranked higher than LaMelo. Wiseman graded as a late-lottery pick. Jalen Smith over Okongwu. Okoro being compared to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Patrick Williams mentioned as a sleeper to be the draft's top prospect. There are international scouts with Killian Hayes top five, and college scouts who 'don't see it.'"

Evaluating a player's skill set and projecting his value is difficult enough under normal circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the process even harder by forcing the cancellation of the NCAA tournament and traditional draft showcases.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday the NBA is looking to stage regional versions of the combine, with the video of a player's workout and his measurables forwarded to all 30 teams.

However, Wojnarowski wrote that "it is unlikely that many, if any, top 2020 draft prospects would agree to the workout sessions that would be shared virtually with the league's teams from the combine sites."

For president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas and general manager Scott Layden, landing the No. 1 pick was the easy part. Figuring out what to do with it will be the real test.


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