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Five months later than expected, on Wednesday the Minnesota Timberwolves voted Anthony Edwards for the NBA’s first project for 2020.
The State Golden Warriors brought James Weisman in the middle with the number 2 and Charlotte Horns’ defender followed La Melo with the number 3.
Edwards, a six-foot-two, 220-pound Atlanta goaltender who spent his lonely college season in Georgia, joins the young core of the Timberwolves, led by Carl Anthony Towns Star Center and D’Angelo Russell. Edwards led all newcomers to Division I with 19.1 points in last season’s game and was new to the Southeast Conference.
Edwards joins Marquel Fultz as the only player in the lottery era to win first place in the overall program with a record of 500 or worse in his last college season, according to a study by the Elias Sports Bureau. The bulldogs went from 16 to 16, of which 5 to 13 at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
It’s an indescribable feeling, Edwards said on ESPN shortly after his election. My family is emotional. I feel like when I leave here, I get emotional. I’m just blessed with this situation.
Edwards, Weisman and Ball, each at a different time, were considered the best choice in the project. However, Edwards proved to be the most suitable candidate for Minnesota – Wiseman has the same position as Towns and Ball has the same position as Russell and was probably the best candidate in the days leading up to Wednesday’s convocation.
He has a long, sharp kick, the ability to dribble and the nose to get into the basket – enough to put his bumpy college season in the shade.
We really challenged him about what he was now and what he will be in the future, said Gersson Rosas, president of the Timberwolves. Passion for what he wants to be is what makes us happy.
Sage, a 7-foot-1 center, played only three games for the University of Memphis last season due to selection problems and the disqualification of 12 players for breaking the rules. He gives Draimond Green a dose of Golden State physical bravery on the front line of the Warriors and has the potential to help strengthen the team’s defense after the Warriors dropped in the overall standings after five consecutive trips to the NBA final due to injuries to Stephen Curry and Clay Thompson.
The wise man was enthusiastic after being convinced of the second option. He said he thought he could adapt quickly to the culture of his new team.
It’s very good from my concept, because I can learn, develop my game, adapt to the environment where I can, said the wise man. Just go out there and learn, help develop your game… I must have burst into tears because I’ve been through so much misery in my life. But I’m ready to go to the Golden State with many different thoughts, ready to go and just learn as much as I can, develop my game and just adjust and move my tail.
Mr. Weizman said he already had a relationship with Curry and was looking forward to working with the other core members.
I have a great relationship with Steph, Wiseman said. Apparently, I went to his camp, so I learned a lot from him. When I was in school, he taught me a lot about basketball and gave me a lot of information. Actually, I took a picture with him, so this is my boyfriend.
Ball, the younger brother of the New Orleans pelicans guarding Lonzo Ball, is a talented passer-by who will give the hornets much-needed strength. Before that he had a winding road, he played in Lithuania and then in Australia, and on Wednesday he was selected by Charlotte.
The ball averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 12 games for the Illawarra Hawks in the Australian National Basketball League.
He is a very young and talented player who plays at the pace we want, says Mitch Kupchak, general manager of Hornet. He has a torch in the game that he might like a little bit, maybe more than some of the other players. [But] that’s not why we called him. We attracted him because of his size and length, but also because of the way he handles the ball and the way he pushes it.
La Melo and Lonzo, who were voted number 2 in 2017, are the first two brothers in the history of the NBA to reach the top five according to Elias’ research.
Mr. LaMelo stated that he did not consider it a third choice.
I feel really good when I meet [Charlotte], the Ball said. But I’ve never seen the way I fell that way before, because the way I say it doesn’t matter what happens, and I feel that this is God’s plan. So wherever he wants to take me, that’s where he’s taken me, and I have a feeling he’s gonna make me blossom.
The design intrigue started with Choice 4, with which Chicago Bull brought Florida to the forefront with Patrick Williams. In the days leading up to the draft, the rival teams did not know what Arturas Kornissovas, freshman executive vice president of basketball operations in Chicago, would do if he supervised his first draft. In the end, the Bulls have chosen the fastest player in the race.
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The LaMelo Ball celebrates the choice of Charlotte Hornets as the third challenger to the NBA in 2020.
Williams was in the top five in the weeks leading up to the draw for the final lottery. Sixth man of the year last season, the CCA is the most professional Seminole since Dave Cowens finished fourth at the Boston Celtics Club 50 years ago.
When asked why he was sure of his place in the NBA when he hadn’t yet started college, Williams said that if you work hard enough every day, I think you can only have confidence in yourself. And I just give credit to my teammates, my school coaches. Throughout the season they have always encouraged me to put myself in a position to succeed. So of course I pay homage to my work, then to my coaches and teammates.
After losing the bulls to Williams, the Cleveland Cavaliers, now in their fifth straight year, chose the top wing of Isaac Okoro, who averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 helps last season for the Tigers alone.
Okoro was the second All-SEC team and also consisted of newcomers and All-Defense teams. After the guards have been put together by Collin Sexton and Darius Garland over the last two years, Cleveland puts a flanker on their side.
Okoro said he was looking forward to putting his defensive skills to work for the Cavs, who perform worst in terms of defensive effectiveness in the NBA last season (114.8 points for 100 attacks).
I can’t wait to see everybody in the NBA, he said. I look forward to protecting the best players from the other teams.
The other lotteries have been selected:
- 6. The Atlanta Hawks: Onekah Okwongwu, C, USC.
- 7. Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes, PG, France.
- 8. The New York Knicks: Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton.
- 9. The Wizards of Washington: Dani Avdiya, SF, Israel
- 10. Phoenix Sens: Jailen Smith, PF, Maryland.
- 11. The traces of San Antonio: Devin Vassell, SG, Florida.
- 12. The kings of Sacramento: Tyrese Halyburton, P.G., Iowa.
- 13. New Orleans pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr., PJ, Alabama.
- 14. The Celts in Boston: Aaron Nesmit, SF, Vanderbilt.
After the lottery was drawn without a single deal, several lotteries were drawn in the last half of the first round.
It all started on the 16th. Election, which sold the Portland Trail Blazers to the Houston Rockets earlier this week in a store owned by striker Robert Covington. On Wednesday, Houston sold this pickup with Trevor Ariza for the upcoming first round in Detroit. The Pistons took Washington Isaiah Stewart with the brick in the middle and took 19th place on Villanova Saddik Bay. The brick – a choice they got in a three-team exchange where goalkeeper Luke Kennard went to the Los Angeles Clippers and Landry Shamet went to the Brooklyn Nets.
Oklahoma’s Thunder continued their busy week, selling Ricky Rubio, 25th and 28th. Pikes, for 17. Selection that Tonnerre made with Alexey Pokusevsky, an experienced 2 meter Serbian.
After exchanging the number 23 in a deal with Utah Jazz, the New York Knicks chose the Timberwolves to take over Argentinean playmaker Leandro Bolmaro, who plays for Barcelona.
The Denver Nuggets took the big man Zeke Nnaji on 22. election, then, according to ESPN Zach Lowe, sold the 2023 protection in the first round of the election to Pelicans to take RJ Hampton with 24.
The Boston Celtics handed over the 30th Viking to Memphis Grizzly, who used it to run the TCU for Desmond Bain.
Wednesday’s draft was originally scheduled for June, as usual, but was postponed until the NBA’s season ends in a bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, in the context of the current Covid 19 pandemic.
The pandemic also led to a change of location for the project. Instead of the usual event in New York, the design took place virtually on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Connecticut, with the first round organized by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the second round organized by Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, as usual.
The design delay caused by the pandemic has allowed the NBA teams to prepare more than ever before, and means that when the NBA teams enter the NBA, competitors will spend more time out of court than any other design class.
Instead of moving from design to the annual NBA summer competition in Las Vegas, newcomers will move almost immediately to their first season in the NBA, as training camps around the competition are scheduled for early December.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.