The 2020 edition of the NBA Draft will be held November 18 and will be conducted from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The coronavirus, of course, is responsible for the move of the annual event which normally takes place in June.
This is the first time the NBA Draft will not be held in June since 1975. The Minnesota Timberwolves won the draft lottery and have the first pick. The T-Wolves have several talented athletes from which to choose.
The Georgia freshman is the favorite to be selected first overall. The 6-foot-5-inch Edwards averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for Georgia last season. He was the SEC’s Freshman of the Year.
Blessed with amazing athletic ability, Edwards is an explosive offensive player who can take the ball to the rim as well as pull up and shoot it from outside.
Minnesota has Karl-Anthony Towns (26.5 PPG, 10.8 RPG) up front and Edwards would pair nicely with the big man to give the Timberwolves a strong inside-outside combination.
Edwards is listed at -155 to go first overall and -155 to go Under 1.5 draft position.
The Golden State Warriors hold the second pick in the 2020 NBA draft. With Klay Thompson returning from injury and Steph Curry and Draymond Green back at 100 percent and Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors could use a big man like Wiseman that can run the floor and score around the rim.
The 7-foot Wiseman is a strong rim protector, but offers much more than JaVale McGee on the offensive end. McGee averaged 5.5 points a game for the Warriors in two seasons. Wiseman is the type of player that can help Golden State get back to owning the Western Conference.
Bettors can get in on Wiseman at Under 2.5 draft position at +130. Wiseman is given +600 odds to go No. 1 overall.
The one player that keeps sneaking up the draft board is the 6-8 Ball. Like his older brother Lonzo, LaMelo is a true point guard with an uncanny ability to dish the ball to open scorers. Unlike his brother, LaMelo also is a pure shooter. He can knock down 3s with the best of them.
With a year of pro experience playing in Australia already under his belt, the youngest Ball brother could be a surprise No. 1 pick. He’s given +100 odds to go first, but it’s unlikely to happen unless there is a trade. Both Minnesota and Golden State are not in need of point guard.
Ball is more likely to go at No. 3 to Charlotte or even No. 4 to Chicago. Bettors can get a nice return on Ball at Over 2.5 draft position at +160.
Dayton’s Toppin was the Naismith Player of the Year last season after averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is a big, physical power forward that can play with his back to the basket and step out and shoot.
Charlotte could use a power forward in the mold of Toppin at No. 4. There is some chatter that Toppin could sneak up and even go No. 1. He’s mature and probably the most polished of all the top five prospects. Toppin is a longshot to go No. 1 listed at +2800.
Israeli-born Avdija is an interesting talent and with Luka Doncic having done so well in his first two NBA seasons, NBA teams might reach out and take a shot on the 19-year-old. It’s possible that Avdija sneaks into the top five, but not likely.
He’s not the same player Doncic was when he was selected by Dallas. Surprisingly, Avdija is given +2000 odds to go No. 1. More realistically, bettors can get a nice payout on Avdija Over 4.5 draft position at +145.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.