In the early hours of Friday (19/11, 03:00) the most special NBA Draft will take place, which will introduce the order of 2020 in the world’s top league.
For the first time in its history, the team selection process will be done digitally, as the coronavirus pandemic does not allow for a live event.
Otherwise, as every year, Adam Silver will stand in front of the camera and announce the names (60 in total, 30 and 30 in the first and second rounds) of the players selected in order of priority by the NBA teams.
The process will be broadcast live on Cosmote TV.
The top ten teams
The Timberwolves are the ones who will choose at No.1. This will be the second time in the last five years that they choose in the first place, since in 2015 they had chosen Carl Anthony Towns. The Warriors follow, having the 2nd choice for the first time in their history. The Hornets are in No.3, while the Bulls are in No.4. The Cavaliers complete the top ten at No. 5, the Hawks at No. 6, the Pistons at No. 7, the Knicks at No. 8, the Wizards at No. 9 and the Suns at No. 10.
Predictions for the top 10
As for the persons who are expected to star, according to the latest predictions, LaMelo Ball is the one who has the most chances to be selected in No.1. James Wiseman will be selected at No. 2, while Anthony Edwards will be selected at No. 3. Denny Avdiya is expected to be selected very high, probably even No. 4, something that will make him rank higher than any other Israeli basketball player in history.
Obi Topin can be found at No. 5, while Tyrese Halibarton at No. 6. Killian Hayes can be selected at No.7 or No.8. If he is finally selected in the first seven places, he will occupy the highest position ever found by a Frenchman in the Draft. Onieka Okongyu is expected to be at No. 9, while the selection of Isaac Okoru is expected to complete the top ten.
Pokushevsky case with profits for Olympiakos
Beyond that, this year’s Draft is of particular interest, due to the selection of the young ace of Olympiacos, Alexei Pokusevski. The 18-year-old regional has already aroused the interest of the Thunder, who choose at No. 25 and the Nuggets, who choose at No. 22.
If he is selected in the first 20 and the team wants to use him immediately, Olympiakos will also benefit from the process, as it will receive a clause of 1.5 million euros for the concession of its rights.