Minnesota Timberwolves They took this Wednesday with the selection of the escort Anthony Edwards like number one in the NBA draft which this year was held virtually for the first time in its history due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Against all odds, Edwards, 19, from the University of Georgia, joins a rebuilding team to partner with the point guard. D’Angelo Russell. Edwards, who averaged 19.1 points in his freshman year will be key in the offense of the Timberwolves, who last season struggled to score.
— NBA Spain (@NBAspain) November 19, 2020
In the city of Minneapolis he will play with Ricky Rubio, protagonist of one of the great surprises of the night, since he entered into a multiple operation. Oklahoma wanted young talent, so they preferred to trade Rubio and elections 25 and 28 in exchange for a somewhat higher number, 17, which in the end was the Serbian Alexey Pokuevsky, from Olympiacos.
They end like this two days of Ricky Rubio as a Thunder player, in a transfer that he did not like because of the way it was conceived since he had nothing to say. His summary, “what a business …”, is eloquent enough. He returns to the franchise that chose him on another draft night, the one in 2009, and for which he played between 2011 and 2017.
… what a business 🙃
– Ricky Rubio (@ rickyrubio9) November 16, 2020
Wiseman, a Golden State; Lamelo Ball, a Charlotte Hornets
Meanwhile, Golden State Warriors, with number two, who were initially interested in getting Edwards, had to change their plans and decided on the pivot James Wiseman, 19, trained at the University of Memphis.
The Warriors, with their stars the point guard Stephen Curry and the escort Klay Thompson recovered from the serious injuries that it cost them to miss last season, they acquired a player of great athletic power who together with the power forward Draymond Green they can form a dominant front within the painting and in the interior game.
The surprise was given by the base LaMelo Ball, 19, who the experts placed as the number one pick and in the end had to settle for number three after the Charlotte Hornets decide for him.
The legendary Michael Jordan, majority owner of the Hornets, trusts that the brother of the also point guard Lonzo Ball, of the New Orleans Pelicans, can become the leader who leads the attack and leads them to be a winning team.
LaMelo Ball’s weak point, like his brother Lonzo Ball, is that they don’t have a good defensive game, something that will have to improve if in the end he wants to be a leader in the NBA.
OFFICIAL: The Hornets have selected @ MELOD1P with the No. 3 pick!!!
WELCOME TO BUZZ CITY LAMELO!!! pic.twitter.com/ODGLK87BJf
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) November 19, 2020
Chicago Bulls they decided on the eaves Patrick Williams, trained at Florida State University, with the number four and gave the big surprise of the night.
The Bulls’ new executive vice president of operations, the Lithuanian Arturas Karnisovas, had not shown indications that a player would decide that his best quality is defense.
In fact, the forecasts placed him as the ideal selection of the San antonio spurs, with the number 11, in his project also of reconstruction like the Bulls, who have as their new coach Bill Donovan, who until last season managed the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The fifth selection was for Cleveland Cavaliers who chose the forward Isaac Okoro, from Auburn University; Atlanta Hawks (6) they got the pivot Onyeka Okongwu; Detroit Pistons (7) they reached the French base Killian Hayes Y New York Knicks (8) they stayed with the power forward Obi Toppin.
The pandemic, in addition to forcing the virtual realization of the draw, also forced to change the headquarters in New York, where it is held every June, and took it to the headquarters of the ESPN television network, in Bristol (Connecticut).
This year, rookies will not play the NBA’s annual summer league in Las Vegas (Nevada), and will go almost directly to the regular season, as the league’s training camps are scheduled to begin on December 1 and the official competition for the 22nd of the same month.