Following five months of eager expectations, we finally got to witness the 2020 NBA draft at ESPN’s headquarters in connecticut. Like every single year, it was an interesting event that, without a shadow of doubt, will affect positively the upcoming NBA season. The draft began in predictable fashion with the top 3 picks panning out much as the bookies had thought, with Bet365 calling the three favorite draft picks. Anthony Edwards was picked by the Minnesota Timberwolves, James Wiseman was selected by the Golden State Warriors and LaMelo Ball went to the Charlotte Hornets.
Antony Edwards to transform Minnesota?
Minnesota just received a tremendous player. Edwards is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard from Atlanta. He reached a high level in his college season at Georgia with 19.1 points per game last season and was the SEC Freshman of the Year. He looks great on paper but that doesn’t always translate to shining on the court, as has happened from top picks in previous years. However, we feel confident that he can fit in the squad led by star center Karl Anthony Towns and point guard D’Angelo Russell.
James Wiseman becomes a Warrior
Wiseman, a 7-1 center, only played three games last season for his college team Memphis mainly due to eligibility issues, plus an eyebrow raising 12-game suspension due to rules violations. Yet, he is a skilled player that is much needed by the Golden State Warriors. For some time now, they were eager to add some muscle to go alongside Draymond Green. This year will be crucial for the Warriors since Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are back from injury. With a reinforced frontcourt, they can bid for another NBA final.
LaMelo Ball boosts Charlotte Hornets
LaMelo Ball is the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, and intends to follow in his big brother’s footsteps. In the past years, he has proven to be a gifted passer who can fit right in to any squad. He is eager to be a star, after overcoming plenty of obstacles like playing overseas in Lithuania and Australia before ending up at the Hornets. Last year, he averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7 assists in 12 games for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia’s top NBA league.
How will the 2020 NBA Draft affect betting odds
It can come as no surprise that online sportsbooks like 888 Sport make Edwards, Wiseman and Ball three out of the top four favorites to win the Rookie of the Year award. The surprises of the day came from the Chicago Bulls who at the last minute settled for the No. 4 pick, forward Patrick Williams from Florida State. Also, the Cleveland Cavaliers picked fifth for the second year in a row! They chose wing Isaac Okoro who had a tremendous season with the Tigers. He is a good addition for the Cavaliers who desperately needed a wing after picking guards for the last two seasons.
The lottery played out without a single trade, but several were made on the back half of the first round as expected. This shows how coordinated the first picks were and goes even further to demonstrate there was plenty of team planning for the upcoming season. It may still be early but we believe at this point that there will not be any surprises this year when it comes to the best teams. The Lakers are still the best team in the competition. But it will be interesting to follow teams like the runners-up Heat, the LA Clippers, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Denver Nuggets. With these draft picks, the Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Hornets will hope to close the gap.