2020 NBA draft

2020 NBA draft
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ESPN's facilities hosted the 2020 NBA draft
General information
SportBasketball
Date(s)November 18, 2020
LocationESPN Studios, Bristol, Connecticut
(draft held via conference call)
Network(s)
Overview
60 total selections in 2 rounds
LeagueNBA
First selectionAnthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves)
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The 2020 NBA draft was held on November 18, 2020. The draft was originally scheduled to be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June, but was instead conducted at ESPN's facilities in Bristol, Connecticut, with the event held via videoconferencing. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur United States college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. It was televised nationally on ESPN. The draft lottery was originally scheduled to take place on May 19, 2020, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was instead held on August 20, 2020.[1] This draft was the first since 1975 to be held not in June and was also the second to be done later than that month after the inaugural 1947 draft, which was conducted in July by the NBA's predecessor, the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The first pick was made by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected Anthony Edwards out of Georgia.

Draft selections

Anthony Edwards was selected 1st overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
James Wiseman was selected 2nd overall by the Golden State Warriors.
LaMelo Ball was selected 3rd overall by the Charlotte Hornets.
Isaac Okoro was selected 5th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Onyeka Okongwu was selected 6th overall by the Atlanta Hawks.
Killian Hayes was selected 7th overall by the Detroit Pistons.
2020 College Player of the Year Obi Toppin was selected 8th overall by the New York Knicks.
Deni Avdija was selected 9th overall by the Washington Wizards.
Jalen Smith was selected 10th overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Cole Anthony was selected 15th overall by the Orlando Magic.
Isaiah Stewart was selected 16th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers (traded to the Detroit Pistons via the Houston Rockets).
Josh Green was selected 18th overall by the Dallas Mavericks.
PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
Rnd. Pick Player Pos. Nationality[n 1] Team School / club team
1 1 Anthony Edwards SG  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Georgia (Fr.)
1 2 James Wiseman C  United States Golden State Warriors Memphis (Fr.)
1 3 LaMelo Ball PG  United States Charlotte Hornets Illawarra Hawks (Australia)
1 4 Patrick Williams SF  United States Chicago Bulls Florida State (Fr.)
1 5 Isaac Okoro SF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Auburn (Fr.)
1 6 Onyeka Okongwu PF  United States Atlanta Hawks USC (Fr.)
1 7 Killian Hayes PG/SG  France Detroit Pistons ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
1 8 Obi Toppin PF  United States New York Knicks Dayton (So.)
1 9 Deni Avdija SF  Israel Washington Wizards Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
1 10 Jalen Smith PF  United States Phoenix Suns Maryland (So.)
1 11 Devin Vassell SG  United States San Antonio Spurs Florida State (So.)
1 12 Tyrese Haliburton PG  United States Sacramento Kings Iowa State (So.)
1 13 Kira Lewis Jr. PG  United States New Orleans Pelicans Alabama (So.)
1 14 Aaron Nesmith SF  United States Boston Celtics (from Memphis)[A] Vanderbilt (So.)
1 15 Cole Anthony PG  United States Orlando Magic North Carolina (Fr.)
1 16 Isaiah Stewart PF/C  United States Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Detroit via Houston)[a] Washington (Fr.)
1 17 Aleksej Pokuševski SF/PF  Serbia Minnesota Timberwolves (from Brooklyn via Atlanta,[B][C] traded to Oklahoma City)[b] Olympiacos (Greece)
1 18 Josh Green SG  Australia Dallas Mavericks Arizona (Fr.)
1 19 Saddiq Bey SF  United States Brooklyn Nets (from Philadelphia via L.A. Clippers,[D] traded to Detroit)[c] Villanova (So.)
1 20 Precious Achiuwa PF  Nigeria Miami Heat Memphis (Fr.)
1 21 Tyrese Maxey PG  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Oklahoma City via Philadelphia and Orlando)[E][F][G] Kentucky (Fr.)
1 22 Zeke Nnaji PF/C  United States Denver Nuggets (from Houston)[C] Arizona (Fr.)
1 23 Leandro Bolmaro SF  Argentina New York Knicks (from Utah,[H] traded to Minnesota)[d] FC Barcelona (Spain)
1 24 R. J. Hampton SG  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Indiana,[I] traded to Denver)[e] New Zealand Breakers (Australia)
1 25 Immanuel Quickley PG  United States Oklahoma City Thunder (from Denver,[J] traded to New York) Kentucky (So.)
1 26 Payton Pritchard PG  United States Boston Celtics Oregon (Sr.)
1 27 Udoka Azubuike C  Nigeria Utah Jazz (from L.A. Clippers via New York)[K][H] Kansas (Sr.)
1 28 Jaden McDaniels SF  United States Los Angeles Lakers (traded to Minnesota via Oklahoma City)[f][b] Washington (Fr.)
1 29 Malachi Flynn PG  United States Toronto Raptors San Diego State (Jr.)
1 30 Desmond Bane SG  United States Boston Celtics (from Milwaukee via Phoenix,[L] traded to Memphis)[g] TCU (Sr.)
2 31 Tyrell Terry PG  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Golden State)[M] Stanford (Fr.)
2 32 Vernon Carey Jr. PF  United States Charlotte Hornets (from Cleveland via Portland, Orlando, and L.A. Clippers)[N] Duke (Fr.)
2 33 Daniel Oturu C  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to L.A. Clippers)[h] Minnesota (So.)
2 34 Théo Maledon PG  France Philadelphia 76ers (from Atlanta)[O] ASVEL Villerbaunne (France)
2 35 Xavier Tillman PF  United States Sacramento Kings (from Detroit via Phoenix,[P] traded to Memphis)[i] Michigan State (Jr.)
2 36 Tyler Bey SF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from New York,[Q] traded to Dallas)[j] Colorado (Jr.)
2 37 Vít Krejčí PG  Czech Republic Washington Wizards (from Chicago,[R] traded to Oklahoma City)[k] Casademont Zaragoza (Spain)
2 38 Saben Lee PG  United States Utah Jazz (from Charlotte via New York,[S][H] traded to Detroit)[l] Vanderbilt (Jr.)
2 39 Elijah Hughes SF  United States New Orleans Pelicans (from Washington via Milwaukee,[T][U] traded to Utah)[m] Syracuse (Jr.)
2 40 Robert Woodard II SF  United States Memphis Grizzlies (from Phoenix,[V] traded to Sacramento)[i] Mississippi State (So.)
2 41 Tre Jones PG  United States San Antonio Spurs Duke (So.)
2 42 Nick Richards C  Jamaica New Orleans Pelicans (traded to Charlotte)[n] Kentucky (Jr.)
2 43 Jahmi'us Ramsey SG  United States Sacramento Kings Texas Tech (Fr.)
2 44 Marko Simonović C  Montenegro Chicago Bulls (from Memphis)[W] Mega Soccerbet (Serbia)
2 45 Jordan Nwora SF  Nigeria Milwaukee Bucks (from Orlando)[X] Louisville (Jr.)
2 46 C. J. Elleby SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Washington State (So.)
2 47 Yam Madar PG  Israel Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn via Philadelphia, Orlando, and Charlotte)[Y][F][Z][AA] Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)
2 48 Nico Mannion PG  Italy Golden State Warriors (from Dallas via Philadelphia)[AB] Arizona (Fr.)
2 49 Isaiah Joe SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers Arkansas (So.)
2 50 Skylar Mays PG  United States Atlanta Hawks (from Miami via Boston and Cleveland)[AC] LSU (Sr.)
2 51 Justinian Jessup SG  United States Golden State Warriors (from Utah via Cleveland, Detroit, and Dallas)[AD] Boise State (Sr.)
2 52 Kenyon Martin Jr. SG  United States Sacramento Kings (from Houston,[AE] traded to Houston)[o] IMG Academy (postgraduate)
2 53 Cassius Winston PG  United States Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to Washington)[k] Michigan State (Sr.)
2 54 Cassius Stanley SG  United States Indiana Pacers Duke (Fr.)
2 55 Jay Scrubb SG  United States Brooklyn Nets (from Denver,[AF] traded to L.A. Clippers)[c] John A. Logan College (So.)
2 56 Grant Riller SG  United States Charlotte Hornets (from Boston)[AA] College of Charleston (Sr.)
2 57 Reggie Perry PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (traded to Brooklyn)[c] Mississippi State (So.)
2 58 Paul Reed PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from L.A. Lakers via Orlando)[AG] DePaul (Jr.)
2 59 Jalen Harris SG  United States Toronto Raptors Nevada (Jr.)
2 60 Sam Merrill SG  United States New Orleans Pelicans (from Milwaukee,[U] traded to Milwaukee)[e] Utah State (Sr.)
  1. ^ Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.

Trades involving draft picks

Pre-draft trades

Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams. Trade details to follow.

  1. ^ January 12, 2015: Memphis Grizzlies to Boston Celtics (three-team trade with New Orleans)[2]
  2. ^ July 6, 2019: Brooklyn Nets to Atlanta Hawks[5]
  3. ^ a b February 5, 2020: Minnesota Timberwolves to Denver Nuggets (four-team trade with Atlanta and Houston)[6]
  4. ^ February 6, 2019: Philadelphia 76ers to Los Angeles Clippers[8] June 20, 2019: Los Angeles Clippers to Brooklyn Nets[9]
    • Brooklyn acquired the draft rights to Jaylen Hands and Philadelphia's lottery protected 2020 first round pick
    • L.A. Clippers acquired the draft rights to Mfiondu Kabengele
  5. ^ November 1, 2016: Oklahoma City Thunder to Philadelphia 76ers[11]
  6. ^ a b June 22, 2017: Philadelphia 76ers to Orlando Magic[12]
    • Orlando acquired Oklahoma City's top-20 protected 2020 first-round pick and Brooklyn's 2020 second-round pick
    • Philadelphia acquired the draft rights to Anžejs Pasečņiks
  7. ^ February 7, 2019: Orlando Magic to Philadelphia 76ers[13]
    • Philadelphia regained Oklahoma City's top-20 protected 2020 first-round pick; acquired Jonathon Simmons and Cleveland's 2019 second-round pick
    • Orlando acquired Markelle Fultz
  8. ^ a b c November 18, 2020: Utah Jazz to New York Knicks[14]
    • New York acquired the 2020 #23 overall pick and the draft rights to Ante Tomić
    • Utah acquired the 2020 #27 overall pick and the 2020 #38 pick
  9. ^ July 6, 2019: Indiana Pacers to Milwaukee Bucks[15]
    • Milwaukee acquired a lottery protected 2020 first-round pick, a future protected second-round pick, and a 2025 second-round pick
    • Indiana acquired Malcolm Brogdon via sign and trade
  10. ^ July 8, 2019: Denver Nuggets to Oklahoma City Thunder[17]
    • Oklahoma City acquired a top-10 protected 2020 first-round pick
    • Denver acquired Jerami Grant
  11. ^ February 6, 2020: Los Angeles Clippers to New York Knicks (three-team trade with Washington)[18]
    • New York acquired the draft rights to Issuf Sanon from Washington; Maurice Harkless, the L.A. Clippers' 2020 first-round pick, a protected 2021 first-round pick swap, and the Detroit Pistons' 2021 second-round pick from the L.A. Clippers
    • The L.A. Clippers acquired Marcus Morris from New York and Isaiah Thomas from Washington
    • Washington acquired Jerome Robinson from the L.A. Clippers
  12. ^ November 7, 2017: Milwaukee Bucks to Phoenix Suns[20]
    • Phoenix acquired Greg Monroe, a top-7 protected 2020 first-round pick, and a top-47 protected 2018 second-round pick that failed to convey in that year
    • Milwaukee acquired Eric Bledsoe
    July 6, 2019: Phoenix Suns to Boston Celtics[21]
    • Boston acquired Milwaukee's top-7 protected 2020 first-round pick
    • Phoenix acquired Aron Baynes and the draft rights to Ty Jerome
  13. ^ July 7, 2016: Golden State Warriors to Dallas Mavericks[23]
    • Dallas acquired Andrew Bogut and a 2020 second-round pick
    • Golden State acquired a top-55 protected 2019 second-round pick that did not convey to them
  14. ^ July 27, 2015: Cleveland Cavaliers to Portland Trail Blazers[24]
    • Portland acquired Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller, the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2019 second-round pick, and a 2020 second-round pick
    • Cleveland acquired two traded player exceptions and cash considerations
    February 18, 2016: Portland Trail Blazers to Orlando Magic (three-team trade with Cleveland)[25]
    • Orlando acquired Jared Cunningham from Cleveland and Cleveland's 2020 second-round pick from Portland
    • Portland acquired Anderson Varejão and a 2018 "protected" first-round pick from Cleveland
    • Cleveland acquired Channing Frye from Orlando
    July 15, 2016: Orlando Magic to Los Angeles Clippers[26]
    • The L.A. Clippers acquired Devyn Marble and Cleveland's 2020 second-round pick
    • Orlando acquired C. J. Wilcox and cash considerations
    June 21, 2018: Los Angeles Clippers to Charlotte Hornets[27]
    • Charlotte acquired the draft rights to Miles Bridges, Cleveland's 2020 second-round pick, and a 2021 second-round pick
    • The L.A. Clippers acquired the draft rights to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  15. ^ July 6, 2019: Atlanta Hawks to Philadelphia 76ers[29]
    • Philadelphia acquired the draft rights to Jordan Bone, a 2020 second-round pick, and the best 2023 second-round pick from either Atlanta, Brooklyn, or Charlotte
    • Atlanta acquired the draft rights to Bruno Fernando
  16. ^ July 9, 2015: Detroit Pistons to Phoenix Suns[30] June 23, 2016: Phoenix Suns to Sacramento Kings,[31]
  17. ^ June 26, 2015: New York Knicks to Philadelphia 76ers[33]
    • Philadelphia acquired 2020 and 2021 second-round picks
    • New York acquired Willy Hernangómez
  18. ^ July 6, 2019: Chicago Bulls to Washington Wizards[35]
    • Washington acquired a 2020 second-round pick and an option to swap 2022 second-round picks between Chicago and Detroit via the L.A. Lakers
    • Chicago acquired Tomáš Satoranský and an option to swap 2022 second-round picks between Chicago and Washington
  19. ^ February 7, 2018: Charlotte Hornets to New York Knicks[37]
  20. ^ July 9, 2015: Washington Wizards to Milwaukee Bucks[39]
    • Milwaukee acquired a top-55 protected 2020 second-round pick (that later became top-45 protected before removing protections altogether in later trades with Washington)
    • Washington acquired Jared Dudley
  21. ^ a b February 7, 2019: Milwaukee Bucks to New Orleans Pelicans (three-team trade with Detroit[40][41]
    • New Orleans acquired Stanley Johnson from Detroit and Jason Smith from Milwaukee, Denver's top-55 protected 2019 second-round pick, Milwaukee's 2020 second-round pick, Washington's 2020 and 2021 second-round picks from Milwaukee
    • Milwaukee acquired Nikola Mirotić from New Orleans
    • Detroit acquired Thon Maker from Milwaukee
  22. ^ July 7, 2019: Phoenix Suns to Memphis Grizzlies[43]
  23. ^ January 3, 2019: Memphis Grizzlies to Chicago Bulls[45]
  24. ^ November 18, 2020: Orlando Magic to Milwaukee Bucks[46]
    • Milwaukee acquired the 45th pick
    • Orlando acquired 2022, 2023, or 2024 and 2026 second-round picks
  25. ^ December 11, 2014: Brooklyn Nets to Philadelphia 76ers[47]
    • Philadelphia acquired Andrei Kirilenko, Jorge Gutiérrez, the right to swap around 2018 second-round picks, a 2020 second-round pick, and cash considerations
    • Brooklyn acquired Brandon Davies and two different traded player exceptions
  26. ^ July 8, 2018: Orlando Magic to Charlotte Hornets (three-team trade with Chicago)[48]
  27. ^ a b July 6, 2019: Charlotte Hornets to Boston Celtics[49]
    • Boston acquired Kemba Walker via sign and trade, and Brooklyn's 2020 second-round pick
    • Charlotte acquired Terry Rozier via sign and trade, and a top-53 protected 2020 second-round pick
  28. ^ February 23, 2017: Dallas Mavericks to Philadelphia 76ers[50] February 6, 2020: Philadelphia 76ers to Golden State Warriors[51]
    • Golden State acquired Dallas's #55–60 protected 2020 second-round pick, Denver's 2021 second-round pick, and Toronto's 2022 second-round pick from Philadelphia
    • Philadelphia acquired Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III
  29. ^ July 25, 2017: Miami Heat to Boston Celtics[52]
    • Boston acquired Zoran Dragić, a 2020 second-round pick, and cash considerations
    • Miami acquired a top-55 protected 2019 second-round pick that did not convey to them
    August 30, 2017: Boston Celtics to Cleveland Cavaliers[53][54] February 8, 2018: Cleveland Cavaliers to Sacramento Kings (three-team trade with Utah)[55][56][57] February 6, 2020: Sacramento Kings to Atlanta Hawks[58]
  30. ^ November 29, 2018: Utah Jazz to Cleveland Cavaliers[59]
    • Cleveland acquired Alec Burks, a 2020 second-round pick, and Washington's 2021 second-round pick
    • Utah acquired Kyle Korver
    June 27, 2019: Cleveland Cavaliers to Detroit Pistons[60]
    • Detroit acquired Utah's 2020 second-round pick, Portland's 2021 and 2023 second-round picks, Miami's top-55 protected 2024 second-round pick, and cash considerations
    • Cleveland acquired the draft rights to Kevin Porter Jr.
    June 27, 2019: Detroit Pistons to Dallas Mavericks[61]
    • Dallas acquired the draft rights to Isaiah Roby, Utah's 2020 second-round pick, and Portland's 2021 second-round pick
    • Detroit acquired the draft rights to Deividas Sirvydis
    January 25, 2020: Dallas Mavericks to Golden State Warriors[62]
  31. ^ February 7, 2019: Houston Rockets to Sacramento Kings (three-team trade with Cleveland)[63]
  32. ^ July 13, 2018: Denver Nuggets to Brooklyn Nets[65]
  33. ^ June 20, 2019: Los Angeles Lakers to Orlando Magic[66]
    • Orlando acquired a 2020 second-round pick and cash considerations
    • L.A. Lakers acquired the draft rights to Talen Horton-Tucker
    February 6, 2020: Orlando Magic to Philadelphia 76ers[67]
    • Philadelphia acquired the L.A. Lakers' 2020 second-round pick
    • Orlando acquired James Ennis III

Draft-day trades

Draft-day trades will be made on the day of the draft.

  1. ^ November 22, 2020: Portland Trail Blazers to Houston Rockets[3]
    • Houston acquired Trevor Ariza, the draft rights to Isaiah Stewart, and a future conditional first-round pick
    • Portland acquired Robert Covington
    November 24, 2020: Houston Rockets to Detroit Pistons[4]
    • Detroit acquired Trevor Ariza, the draft rights to Isaiah Stewart, a future second-round pick, and cash considerations
    • Houston acquired Christian Wood, a protected future first-round draft pick, and a 2021 second-round pick
  2. ^ a b November 20, 2020: Minnesota Timberwolves to Oklahoma City Thunder[7]
    • Oklahoma City acquired James Johnson, the draft rights to Aleksej Pokuševski, and a 2024 second-round pick
    • Minnesota acquired Ricky Rubio and the draft rights to Jaden McDaniels
  3. ^ a b c November 19, 2020: Brooklyn Nets to Detroit Pistons (three-team trade with L.A. Clippers)[10]
  4. ^ November 20, 2020: New York Knicks to Minnesota Timberwolves[7]
    • Minnesota acquired the draft rights to Leandro Bolmaro
    • New York acquired the draft rights to Mathias Lessort and Detroit's 2023 second-round selection
  5. ^ a b November 24, 2020: Milwaukee Bucks to Denver Nuggets (four-team trade with New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder[16]
    • Denver acquired the draft rights to R. J. Hampton
    • Milwaukee acquired Jrue Holiday and the draft rights to Sam Merrill
    • New Orleans acquired Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, two future first-round selections from Milwaukee, and the right to swap two first-round selections with Milwaukee
    • Oklahoma City acquired George Hill, Zylan Cheatham, Josh Gray, Darius Miller, and Kenrich Williams, a future first-round selection from Denver, and second-round selections from New Orleans (2023 via Washington and 2024 via Charlotte)
  6. ^ November 18, 2020: Los Angeles Lakers to Oklahoma City Thunder[19]
  7. ^ November 20, 2020: Boston Celtics to Memphis Grizzlies (three-team trade with Portland)[22]
    • Memphis acquired Mario Hezonja and the draft rights to Desmond Bane
    • Boston acquired two future second-round selections from Memphis
    • Portland acquired Enes Kanter and cash considerations
  8. ^ November 19, 2020: Minnesota Timberwolves to Los Angeles Clippers[28]
    • L.A. Clippers acquired the draft rights to Daniel Oturu
    • Minnesota acquired the draft rights to Mathias Lessort and Detroit's 2023 second-round pick
  9. ^ a b November 19, 2020: Sacramento Kings to Memphis Grizzlies[32]
    • Memphis acquired the draft rights to Xavier Tillman
    • Sacramento acquired the draft rights to Robert Woodard II and a 2022 second-round pick
  10. ^ November 18, 2020: Philadelphia 76ers to Dallas Mavericks[34]
  11. ^ a b November 19, 2020: Washington Wizards to Oklahoma City Thunder[36]
    • Oklahoma City acquired Admiral Schofield and the draft rights to Vít Krejčí
    • Washington acquired the draft rights to Cassius Winston (selected 53rd overall) and a 2024 second-round pick
  12. ^ November 20, 2020: Utah Jazz to Detroit Pistons[38]
    • Detroit acquired Tony Bradley, and the draft rights to Saben Lee
    • Utah acquired cash considerations
  13. ^ November 18, 2020: New Orleans Pelicans to Utah Jazz[42]
    • Utah acquired the draft rights to Elijah Hughes
    • New Orleans acquired cash considerations and a future second-round pick
  14. ^ November 18, 2020: New Orleans Pelicans to Charlotte Hornets[44]
    • Charlotte acquired the draft rights to Nick Richards
    • New Orleans acquired a 2024 second-round pick
  15. ^ November 25, 2020: Sacramento Kings to Houston Rockets[64]
    • Houston acquired the draft rights to Kenyon Martin Jr.
    • Sacramento acquired cash considerations and a future second-round pick (via L.A. Lakers)

Combine

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that started earlier in the year, the invitation-only NBA Draft Combine and the event's on-court elements was held in multiple phases, lasting from September 28 until November 16, two days before the draft began.[68] For the first part, players began their league and team interviews via videoconference feeds, similar to this year's draft lottery. This segment lasted from September 28 until October 16. Then, in the second part, players began their individual, on-court programs at the NBA team facility nearest the player's home or interim residence instead of at one standardized area. While players were allowed to continue working out on their own even back in September 2020, this section lasted from October 16 until November 16. This program included strength and agility tests, anthropometric measurements, shooting drills, medical testing and examinations, and a "Pro Day" video filmed via HomeCourt, a mobile basketball training application. The NBA also expanded their Combine HQ tool for this period. While the NBA disallowed their own staff members to be involved with these workouts in person (either in the team's own practice facilities or nearby the player himself) at first, they eventually relaxed some of these restrictions to include up to three team executives meeting with a player they're interested in personally, as well as allowed a player to workout with multiple teams at the same time in their own towns. The NBA also gave a limit of 10 meetings total with the candidates there, with any extra meetings with someone cutting into their amount allowed for this year.

At the start of this year's draft combine, only 60 prospects were confirmed to participate in this event.[69] The top, headlining prospect involved with this combine is LaMelo Ball, an automatically eligible draft prospect that gained fame as a professional player both nationally and overseas years earlier after skipping his junior year of high school and is considered a potential top 3 selection for the draft.[70] In addition to him, R. J. Hampton was also invited as an automatically eligible draft prospect for this year, both representing Australia's NBL as outsider Rising Stars for different teams. Other notable invites include five fully international prospects (Deni Avdija, Killian Hayes, Théo Maledon, Paul Eboua, and Karim Mané, the last of whom played in a Canadian CEGEP), two high school postgraduates (Kenyon Martin Jr. and Josh Hall), and Jay Scrubb, a junior college prospect. Like with prior years, players still held the option to either sit out the combine or have only limited participation there, such as with LaMelo Ball doing interviews with teams only. For the first half of the combine, each participant was given a standard set of 10 questions to answer in front of each team asking them, as well as league officials under a half-hour setting, with players being allowed to interview as many teams as possible. In the second half of the combine, teams were allowed to meet with any candidate that had mutual interest in them back, though each team had a set limit of meetings with players in mind before the draft began. These meetings with players allowed teams to properly gauge each player to the best of their abilities during this time.

Draft lottery

External video
video icon 2020 NBA Draft Lottery Drawing, NBA's official YouTube channel. August 20, 2020.

The NBA conducts an annual lottery to determine the draft order for the teams that did not make the playoffs in the preceding season. Every NBA team that missed the NBA playoffs holds a chance at winning a top-four pick, but teams with worse records have a better chance at winning a top-four pick, effective as of the 2019 draft.[71] After the lottery selects the teams that receive a top-four pick, the other teams receive an NBA draft pick based on their winning percentage from the prior season. As it is commonplace in the event of identical win-loss records, the NBA performs a random drawing to break ties for not just lottery teams, but also for playoff teams with equal records. This year, the Sacramento Kings won a tiebreaker for the draft lottery over the New Orleans Pelicans despite having a better overall record to conclude the regular season, bubble games included.

The lottery was originally scheduled to take place on May 19 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the length of the 2019–20 season's suspension. On July 21, 2020, the lottery was rescheduled for August 20.[72] The lottery teams included the eight teams that did not play in the resumed 2019–20 NBA season in July and August: the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, and Charlotte Hornets. They also included the other six teams that missed the playoffs in the resumed season: the Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, and Memphis Grizzlies, with seeding completely based on the teams' records from March 12, 2020.[73] The new lottery still took place in the United Center, but all guests representing the teams in the lottery attended virtually instead through video communication feeds.[74] This year, two of the bottom three teams (Minnesota and Golden State) received the top two selections, while Charlotte and Chicago both jumped up into the top four. Teams that resumed their seasons remained at their initial positions set at the time, with Memphis moving down to the 14th selection after initially being set for a playoff spot.

Denotes the actual lottery result
Team 2019–20
record
Lottery
chances
Lottery probabilities
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th
Golden State Warriors 15–50 140 0.140 0.134 0.127 0.120 0.479
Cleveland Cavaliers 19–46 140 0.140 0.134 0.127 0.120 0.278 0.200
Minnesota Timberwolves 19–45 140 0.140 0.134 0.127 0.120 0.148 0.260 0.070
Atlanta Hawks 20–47 125 0.125 0.122 0.119 0.115 0.072 0.257 0.167 0.022
Detroit Pistons 20–46 105 0.105 0.105 0.106 0.105 0.022 0.196 0.267 0.087 0.006
New York Knicks 21–45 90 0.090 0.092 0.094 0.096 0.086 0.298 0.206 0.037 0.001
Chicago Bulls 22–43 75 0.075 0.078 0.081 0.085 0.197 0.341 0.129 0.013 0.000
Charlotte Hornets 23–42 60 0.060 0.063 0.067 0.072 0.345 0.321 0.068 0.004 0.000
Washington Wizards 24–40
(25–47)[1]
45 0.045 0.048 0.052 0.057 0.507 0.259 0.030 0.001 0.000
Phoenix Suns 26–39
(34–39)[1]
30 0.030 0.033 0.036 0.040 0.659 0.190 0.012 0.000 0.000
San Antonio Spurs 27–36
(32–39)[1]
20 0.020 0.022 0.025 0.028 0.776 0.126 0.004 0.000
Sacramento Kings 28–36
(31–41)[1]
13 0.013 0.014 0.016 0.018 0.861 0.076 0.001
New Orleans Pelicans 28–36
(30–42)[1]
12 0.012 0.013 0.015 0.017 0.920 0.023
Memphis Grizzlies[2] 32–33
(34–39)[1]
5 0.005 0.006 0.006 0.007 0.976

^ 1: The first record was the team's record as of March 12, 2020. The second record includes the team's eight bubble games, which were not used in determining lottery placements.
^ 2: The Memphis Grizzlies' pick was conveyed to the Boston Celtics since their selection stayed at pick 14, outside of the top 4.

Eligibility and entrants

The draft is conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's 2017 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with its player's union. The previous CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft, but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss future changes.

  • All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players who are eligible for the 2020 draft must be born on or before December 31, 2001.
  • Since the 2016 draft, the following rules, as implemented by the NCAA Division I council for that division, are:[75]
    • Declaration for the draft no longer results in automatic loss of college eligibility. As long as a player does not sign a contract with a professional team outside the NBA, or sign with an agent, he retains college eligibility as long as he makes a timely withdrawal from the draft.
    • NCAA players now have until 10 days after the end of the NBA Draft Combine to withdraw from the draft. Since the combine is held in mid-May, the current deadline is about five weeks after the previous mid-April deadline.
    • NCAA players may participate in the draft combine, and are allowed to attend one tryout per year with each NBA team without losing college eligibility.
    • NCAA players may now enter and withdraw from the draft up to two times without loss of eligibility. Previously, the NCAA treated a second declaration of draft eligibility as a permanent loss of college eligibility.

The NBA has since expanded the draft combine to include players with remaining college eligibility (who, like players without college eligibility, can only attend by invitation).[76]

Early entrants

Players who are not automatically eligible have to declare their eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than at least 60 days before the event. For the 2020 draft, the date fell on April 26 at first, but the deadline was postponed indefinitely and moved to August 17. After that date, "early entry" players are able to attend NBA pre-draft camps and individual team workouts to show off their skills and obtain feedback regarding their draft positions. Under the CBA a player may withdraw his name from consideration from the draft at any time before the final declaration date, which is 10 days before. Under current NCAA rules, players have until 10 days after the draft combine to withdraw from the draft and retain college eligibility; however, due to COVID-19 disruptions, the NCAA announced that for the 2020 draft, the withdrawal deadline would be changed to 10 days after the combine or August 3, whichever came first.[77]

A player who has hired an agent retains his remaining college eligibility regardless of whether he is drafted after an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Underclassmen who declare for the NBA draft and are not selected have the opportunity to return to their school for at least another year only after terminating all agreements with their agents, who must have been certified no later than August 1, 2020.[78]

College underclassmen

This year, 205 underclassed draft prospects (i.e., players with remaining college eligibility) had declared by the initial April 26 deadline, with 163 of these players being from college or were high school postgraduates.[79] The names left over mean they have hired an agent, or have announced that they plan to do so before the night of the draft. At the end of either the August 3 deadline (or the other one which was 10 days post-combine), 71 players declared their intentions to enter the draft with an agent, while 92 announced their return to college for at least one more season (or enter college in the case of Makur Maker). Additionally, one more academy postgraduate student managed to enter at the new underclassman deadline.[80] Furthermore, three different underclassmen that were confirmed at the time (Jermaine Bishop, Isiaha Mike, and Filip Petrušev) all signed overseas contracts in Europe while waiting for this year's draft to begin, though they still remained listed under their colleges they played for before beginning the draft process as opposed to the new teams and leagues they signed for;[81][82] Petrušev later withdrew from the draft on November 8, 2020 to stay with his new team, the Mega Soccerbet in Serbia, initially leaving the final number of underclassmen students entering the draft at 71 (69 excluding Bishop and Mike).[83] Finally, at the November 8 deadline, Tony Goodwin II also withdrew his name from the draft, but Nikolaos Okekuoyen (a Greek-Nigerian postgraduate student from Ridgeview Prep) was approved for the draft that day, leaving the amount of players still at 71.[84]

International players

International players that declared this year and did not previously declare in another prior year can drop out about 10 days before the 2020 draft, which was November 8 this year. By the initial April 26 deadline, 42 international prospects, including one from a Canadian CEGEP (Quebecer college), expressed interest in this draft.[79] By the end of the deadline set in August, seven of these players pulled their names out,[80] leaving only 35 prospects, later adding one more player from a Canadian preparatory academy who also entered at that deadline. With Sergi Martínez & Joel Parra also dropping out of the draft before the draft deadline concluded, but after the official announcement came out,[85] this officially brought the final number of underclassmen available down to 84 players instead of 86, with 23 international players exiting the draft by November this year instead of 21.[84]

Automatically eligible entrants

Players who do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:[86]

  • They have completed four years of their college eligibility.
  • If they graduated from high school in the U.S., but did not enroll in a U.S. college or university, four years have passed since their high school class graduated.
  • They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team not in the NBA, anywhere in the world, and have played under that contract.

Players who meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:[86]

  • They are at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players born on or before December 31, 1998 are automatically eligible for the 2020 draft.
  • They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team not in the NBA within the United States, and have played under that contract.
Other automatically eligible players
Player Team Note Ref.
United States Terry Armstrong South East Melbourne Phoenix (Australia) Did not attend college; began playing professionally since the 2019–20 season [87]
United States LaMelo Ball Illawarra Hawks (Australia) Did not attend college; began playing professionally since the 2017–18 season [88]
Australia Sam Froling Illawarra Hawks (Australia) Left Creighton in 2019; began playing professionally since the 2019–20 season [89]
United States R. J. Hampton New Zealand Breakers (New Zealand) Did not attend college; began playing professionally since the 2019–20 season [90]
United States/United Kingdom Sacha Killeya-Jones MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland) Left Kentucky in 2018; began playing professionally since the 2018–19 season
Played for the BC Kalev/Cramo in Estonia during 2019–20 before signing with a new team in July 2020
[91]
Australia Alex Mudronja Adelaide 36ers (Australia) Left Saint Mary's in 2019; began playing professionally since the 2019–20 season [92]
Sudan/Australia Kouat Noi Cairns Taipans (Australia) Left TCU in 2019; began playing professionally since the 2019–20 season [93]

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