Instant Reactions To Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball And Every First-Round Pick

Updated 10:40 PM EST

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The 2020 NBA draft is upon us, and here you can find instant reactions to every big development during the draft, including pick selections and trades. Please note: Reported trades can change as the night advances.

This draft class has been widely discussed given that the draft was originally scheduled to be held in June; teams have used the extra time to pore over video and do their homework on the top prospects. The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the clock with the first pick but have spent the past month appearing very open to trading it.

And here we go. The Wolves have not traded their pick – at least not as of yet – meaning they will at least make the selection.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves, Anthony Edwards

Guard, Georgia

Scouting Report

Built as an NFL linebacker, Edwards will immediately become of the NBA’s most intriguing long-term prospects, who has every physical tool in the book. At 6’4 and a sturdy 235 pounds, Edwards also possesses elite athleticism, which makes for an explosive combination. Questions remain about his dedication and understanding to the game, which has many pundits comparing to Andrew Wiggins.

Team Fit

Edwards gives the Wolves another strong scoring punch from the perimeter, and should slide into the two-guard slot, playing off of D’Angelo Russell in the back-court. Defensively is where Edwards can turn himself into a much stronger fit, if he dedicates himself to that end of the floor.

2. Golden State Warriors, James Wiseman

Center, Memphis

Scouting Report

At 7’1, with a 7’6 wingspan, Wiseman is a huge human being. He’s got a great sense for shot-blocking and is extremely agile for someone his size. Wiseman loves to run the floor and should be one of the safer picks in this year’s draft. For him to become a star, he’ll need to play more disciplined extend his shooting range on a year-to-year basis.

Team Fit

The Warriors have an open slot at center and could use a strong rebounding presence who guards the rim. Wiseman fits that description and offers the Warriors a long-term perspective in which he could develop into a near All-Star center. Wiseman will be allowed to progress at his own pace, given the loaded Warriors roster.

3. Charlotte Hornets, LaMelo Ball

Guard, Illawarra Hawks

Scouting Report

Ball is the draft’s most potent playmaker, who can make passes on the move and in full sprint. His 6’7 frame and long legs allow him to cover a lot of ground quickly, which makes him the perfect fastbreak point guard in today’s NBA. Ball will need to work on his defense and shot efficiency, if he has any hopes of becoming a star.

Team Fit

While the Hornets already have an established back-court in form of Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier, Ball gives them a whole new type of player that pushes the ball and initiates fast breaks by hitting the glass and getting out in transition. Ball will have every chance to make the Hornets his team going forward.

4. Chicago Bulls, Patrick Williams

Forward, Florida State

Scouting Report

It’s easy to see why Williams is one of the most exciting and intriguing players in the draft. At 6’8 and 225 pounds, he’s built perfectly as a new-age NBA forward who can defend multiple positions. Williams is an improving shooter and could become one of the best players in this draft in a few years, pending improved agility.

Team Fit

Williams is a big forward who probably suits the new-age power forward more than being a pure wing, which could indicate the end of Lauri Markkanen’s tenure in Chicago. Defensively, Williams is big, strong and projects as an effective rim-protector. The offense is a work in progress, but his offensive rebounding and ability to hit pull-up jumpers should provide Chicago with some much-needed flexibility.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers, Isaac Okoro

Wing, Auburn

Scouting Report

Okoro might be the best defender in the draft and should only improve as he ages. The 6’6 forward has a decent handle and could become a tertiary playmaker in the NBA in a few years. Okoro’s athleticism and size should allow him to play three positions, but his lack of shooting ability might put a ceiling on how good he can become.

Team Fit

Okoro slides right into the open three-slot in Cleveland and offers the Cavs a huge defensive injection. While concerns remain about his offensive upside, Okoro will give the Cavs a much-needed defensive toughness they’ve lacked for years. Okoro could, long-term, even become a Kevin Love replacement if he proves strong enough to play the four.

6. Atlanta Hawks, Onyeka Okongwu

Center, USC

Scouting Report

Despite being just 19-year-old this season, Okongwu was one of the most polished centers in college basketball. The freshman proved capable of being an elite shot-blocker and projects to be a plus-defender at the pro level. For him to break through, he will need to extend his range in coming years.

Team Fit

The Hawks already have Clint Capela in the middle, who stands to occupy in the area of 30 minutes. Furthermore, their front-court is jammed with names such as John Collins, De’Andre Hunter, Bruno Fernando and Dewayne Dedmon. It’ll be tough to see Okongwu get initial minutes, but long-term he should become a stable in Atlanta as he proves himself as one of the best defenders in this draft.

7. Detroit Pistons, Killian Hayes

Guard, Ulm

Scouting Report

The French-American point guard had a breakout season at German Ulm this season, proving himself capable of running an offense and making shots off the dribble, both NBA stables. Hayes isn’t a highly athletic player, so his smarts will have to act as a counter when he hits the league.

Team Fit

Hayes comes into a team where he will get a ton of opportunities from Day 1. If the Pistons retain Christian Wood in free agency, Hayes will have him and Sekou Doumbouya as pick-and-roll partners, which should accelerate his offensive development.

8. New York Knicks, Obi Toppin

Forward, Dayton

Scouting Report

At 22, Toppin is NBA ready. The 6’9 forward is athletic and should be the frontrunner for next year’s Rookie Of the Year given his offensive prowess, where he in particularly is an advanced pick-and-roll player. Defensively, Toppin has major red flags which will need to be ironed out if he is to play at the big positions.

Team Fit

Toppin is arguably the most dynamic scorer in the draft, which could help the Knicks squeeze out some much-needed offense during tight games. There is a lot of competition at that four spot in New York, so it’s up to Toppin to outperform his challengers for minutes. Long-term fit with R.J. Barrett should make for interesting pick-and-roll combinations.

9. Washington Wizards, Deni Avdija

Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Scouting Report

Avdija won league MVP last season in the Israeli league for Maccabi Tel Aviv at the stellar age of 19. He’s a 6’9 multifaceted forward who can handle the ball, initiate the offense and function as a second or third playmaker. He’s a hard worker defensively, but his lack of raw athleticism and consistent shooting are concerning.

Team Fit

Avdija sliding to #9 is huge for Washington, who could use another ballhandler/playmaker at the forward slots to optimize Bradley Beal moving off the ball. Avidja’s defensive intensity is also an asset for an otherwise struggling Wizards team who was one of the worst defensive units in the NBA this season.

10. Phoenix Suns, Jalen Smith

Forward/center, Maryland

Scouting Report

Smith has a diverse set of skills that allows him to spread the floor as a shooter, and force defenders on their heels when his 6’11, 230-pound muscular frame attacks the rim. His 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks rounds out his game, but he will need to get better as a playmaker and figure out exactly what type of player he wants to become down the line. He should make an immediate impact for any team.

Team Fit

Smith comes into a hopeful playoff team where his defensive activity level and strong rebounding should provide him with minutes when backing up Cam Johnson and Deandre Ayton. In time, if he improves his on-ball skills, Smith could develop into Ayton’s full-time front-court partner.

11. San Antonio Spurs, Devin Vassell

Wing, Florida State

Scouting Report

Vassell will be an immediate 3-&-D wing, worthy of a significant minutes, when he hits the NBA. At 6’7, he can guard multiple positions while also knocking down shots by moving off the ball. Whie he isn’t overly athletic or an advanced ballhandler, there’s enough shake-and-bake to his game that he could develop into something more.

Team Fit

The Spurs upgrade their wing defense and get a reliable long-range shooter who should fit right in next to Derrick White and Dejounte Murray as a floor-spacer. Vassell has a bit more on-ball potential than most believe, and in San Antonio he should get plenty of chances to showcase it.

12. Sacramento Kings, Tyrese Haliburton

Guard, Iowa State

Scouting Report

While the 6’5 Haliburton played in just his second season at Iowa State this season, he was one of country’s most exciting all-around point guards who showcased a proficiency for playmaking and hitting spot-up jumpshots. That shot is a bit funky and his slow release will need to be taken care of as he makes his way in the NBA.

Team Fit

Haliburton comes in to Sacramento with a chance to crack the rotation immediately. The Kings are looking to move Buddy Hield and will likely lose Bogdan Bogdanovic in free agency, meaning Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox will both get a significant amount of touches.

13. New Orleans Pelicans, Kira Lewis Jr.

Guard, Alabama

Scouting Report

Lewis is a blur and one of the most intriguing downhill players in the draft. He’s supremely quick with or without the ball in his hands and is able to put tremendous pressure on the defense. At just 180 pounds on a 6’3 frame, he is somewhat slight which will need to be corrected over the coming years.

Team Fit

For a team that has both Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram filling the passing lanes, drafting the quickest guard in the draft should be a slam dunk, literally, for the New Orleans Pelicans. Lewis, outside of his speed, has solid handles and is able to get to the cup off dribble-drives, which should help New Orleans get into their running game quicker.

14. Boston Celtics, Aaron Nesmith

Wing, Vanderbilt

Scouting Report

Arguably the best shooter in the draft, Nesmith knocked down over 52 percent of his attempt from long range this season. The 6’6 wing is capable of shooting on the move or by spotting up and can run through screens all night to create havoc for opposing defenses. He’s not an overwhelming athlete, which could put a cap on his ceiling as a player.

Team Fit

If the Celtics end up moving on from Gordon Hayward, Nesmith should have a chance to crack the rotation sooner than later as a floor-spacer who can open driving lanes for Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown. Furthermore, Nesmith fits well into a positionless system that doesn’t define him by playing a certain way. This should allow him to move freely around the court.

15. Orlando Magic, Cole Anthony

Guard, North Carolina

Scouting Report

Anthony struggled at UNC, but at least some of that were due to the team’s lack of shooters, which forced the 6’3 lead guard to attack the rim with a set defense. Anthony is supremely athletic, has a lot of shake in his handle, and should be able to create shots for himself at the NBA level right now.

Team Fit

The Magic have needed a dynamic point guard for years, and Anthony finally solves that problem. He will more than likely be given the ball from Day 1 and asked to play a significant offensive role right off the bat. The athletic slasher will make an intriguing pick-and-roll partner with Aaron Gordon.

16. Detroit Pistons, Isaiah Stewart (Via Houston)

Center, Washington

Scouting Report

Stewart is a big body who rebounds well, scores near the basket with a great touch, and is active on both ends of the floor. While not as polished yet, he’s just 19 and could develop into a reliable big man who is active on the glass, and as a shot-blocker. The big knock is his lack of playmaking.

Team Fit

The Pistons do not have a lot going on at the big position outside of Christian Wood, who can leave in free agency, so this gives the Pistons a much-needed big body that commands a presence down low on both ends. Time will tell if Stewart can develop into a full-time starter.

17. Oklahoma City Thunder, Aleksej Pokusevski

Center, Olympiacos B

Scouting Report

Arguably the most intriguing player in the draft, Pokusevski is a multi-talented seven-footer who can handle the ball, shoot it, pass on the move and rebound while also defending the basket. At 200 pounds, he’s razor thin and will need at least a few years to grow into his body. Tremendous upside.

Team Fit

Pokusevski is a long-term prospect who will take years to develop, but he’s coming to a team where there will be a lot of patience given the Thunder’s decision to re-build. Pokusevski will need touches to improve, and that might not come immediately.

18. Dallas Mavericks, Josh Green

Wing, Arizona

Scouting Report

The 20-year-old Australian is a dynamic 6’6 athlete with two-way potential, who possesses a clean-looking shot and the ability to pull up off the dribble. His athleticism, 6’10 wingspang and willingness to defend is highly attractive to NBA teams. He does need to improve his overall understanding of the game and learn to think things through before reacting.

Team Fit

Green is in many ways still raw, but having the luxury to develop next to Luka Doncic, who will feed him the rock and teach him his best spots on the floor, will be a tremendous asset for him and his development. Green offers Dallas athleticism, shot-making potential and long-term running mate to Doncic. This could be an exciting addition to the Mavericks.

19. Detroit Pistons, Saddiq Bey (Via Brooklyn)

Forward, Villanova

Scouting Report

At 6’8 with a 45 percent accuracy rate from three-point range, Bey is an intriguing prospect who should come straight into the NBA and offer shot-making as well as the ability to play both forward spots. Bey is not an advanced ball-handler, suggesting there will be a cap on his ceiling moving forward.

Team Fit

Bey is a strong shooter with multi-positional purpose who will immediately come in and stretch the floor for the Pistons. While there might be some positional overlap with Sekou Doumbouya, both are young enough to carve out chances for themselves. Bey’s versatility offers the Pistons an avenue that haven’t had for a while at the forward spot.

20. Miami Heat, Precious Achiuwa

Forward/center, Memphis

Scouting Report

It could be argued that the best thing for Achiuwa’s career was James Wiseman playing just three games at Memphis, before leaving. Achiuwa saw his chance and grabbed it, posting almost 16 points and 11 rebounds per game, while playing an energetic brand of basketball, which should serve him well in the NBA. That said, he will need to improve his perimeter skills and long-range shooting.

Team Fit

Achiuwa adds an exciting layer to Miami where he will play two big positions and inject some energy and hustle. Achiuwa’s rebounding, shot-blocking and rim-running will be greatly aided by Miami’s shooters, just as he will collapse the defense when diving, thus helping the shooters. While I would have gone with Desmond Bane here, Achiuwa adds several layers.

21. Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrese Maxey

Guard, Kentucky

Scouting Report

Maxey is an explosive two-way guard, who offers a lot of heart and hustle. While undersized at 6’3 when playing the two, Maxey rarely gives up any ground and he’s dangerous in transition. The jumper isn’t where you’d want to be at this stage, and questions remain about his on-ball skills.

Team Fit

There’s a lot to like with this fit, especially defensively, but Maxey will have to drastically improve as a shooter to make the transition easier for him. Philadelphia isn’t a high floor-spacing team, and Maxey’s 29 percent from deep doesn’t help that. He will help their running game and adds athleticism at the guard spot, which has been in short supply outside of Ben Simmons.

22. Denver Nuggets, Zeke Nnaji

Center, Arizona

Scouting Report

Nnaji is a highly productive center who at 19 already has some shooting potential as he hit 76 percent from the line and 29 percent from deep, which is encouraging numbers for his future. He generally understands what a good shot is, and doesn’t rush things. But he could afford to be more aggressive in certain match-ups, especially defensively.

Team Fit

This is an odd fit given the presence of Nikola Jokic and Bol Bol, so unless there’s a trade waiting, or the Nuggets believe he can play the four, minutes will be hard to come by. His energetic play will however instil some excitement to Denver’s bench.

23. Minnesota Timberwolves, Leandro Bolmaro (Via New York)

Guard, Barcelona

Scouting Report

Bolmaro is an intelligent young player who hails from Argentina and has developed in the Barcelona system. He’s somehow polished and raw at the same time, being capable of handling the ball, but lacking the finish to score consistently.

Team Fit

It’s an interesting choice by the Wolves given the depth at the guard and wing spots already there. Much like with Nnaji, it’s difficult to see how he’ll get minutes given the players ahead of him on the depth chart. Loads of potential as a two-way energy guy however.

24. Denver Nuggets, R.J. Hampton (Via New Orleans)

Guard, NZ Breakers

Scouting Report

Hampton is a big 6’5 guard who can play as an initiator, or as an off-ball cutter. He’s got a silky-smooth handle which, with time, could turn him into a dynamic shot-creator on his behalf. His 190-pound frame is a bit light, and his jumpshot inconsistent, but at 19 there is time to iron that out in the NBA.

Team Fit

The Nuggets have struggled at the guard spots for a while after Gary Harris and Will Barton suffered lower body injuries. They also traded Malik Beasley at the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline, so Hampton will come in and get a chance to earn minutes immediately.

25. New York Knicks, Immanuel Quickley

Guard, Kentucky

Scouting Report

Quickley is a scorer and a shooter. He knocked down an incredible 92.3 percent from the free throw line on over five attempts per game, and shot 42.8 percent from long range. The 6’3 combo guard will come into the league as an NBA-ready shooter, though he probably will be a speciality player at the pro level.

Team Fit

This is a solid pick for the Knicks, who have needed reliable outside shooting for years. Quickley can come in and immediately function as a floor spacer for Obi Toppin and R.J. Barrett. It just makes sense for both sides.

26. Boston Celtics, Payton Pritchard

Guard, Oregon

Scouting Report

A four-year guard at Oregon, Pritchard has been a strong shooter and floor leader throughout. This season the 6’2 lead guard became more of an overall scorer, which should transfer to the NBA. He’s not overly athletic, and there are questions about his upside, but he should be a reliable shooter.

Team Fit

The Celtics can always use shooting, and Pritchard checks that box. His quick release will be a nice offensive addition to an otherwise starving Celtics bench, which generated very little offense this season.

27. Utah Jazz, Udoka Azubuike

Center, Kansas

Scouting Report

Azubuike spent four years at Kansas developing slowly but surely to become an elite shot-blocker and rebounder, while hitting a remarkable 74.8 percent of his shots this season. He’s by all means an old-school center who scores near the rim, and struggles at the line, but he’s a huge human being who will take up space and dunk everything in sight.

Team Fit

With the Jazz trading center Tony Bradley to Detroit, this opens a spot for Azubuike to get development minutes pretty much immediately. And who better to learn from than Rudy Gobert?

Check back for updates as the draft progresses.

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