T-Wolves draft Edwards first overall in 2020 NBA Draft; Wiseman and Ball follow while Mavs make moves
On Wednesday night, ESPN held the 2020 NBA Draft virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. The Minnesota Timberwolves were the first team on the clock and they used the top overall pick to select explosive Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards Jr. By selecting Edwards, the Timberwolves believed they picked a quality backcourt running mate for star point guard D’Angelo Russell along with talented big man Karl-Anthony Towns.
Following Edwards’ selection atop the board, the Golden State Warriors followed that up by selecting 7-foot-1 Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman. The Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets rounded out the top three with their selection of 6-foot-7 American point guard LaMelo Ball.
Other draft highlights included college basketball’s best player a season ago in Dayton forward Obi Toppin going eighth overall to his hometown New York Knicks, and upside-heavy Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton slipping to 12th overall as a solid value pick for the Sacramento Kings.
The Dallas Mavericks selected Arizona Wildcats shooting guard Josh Green with the 18th overall pick in the draft. Dallas also acquired Stanford guard Tyrell Terry (31st overall) and Colorado Buffaloes forward Tyler Bey (36th overall) early in the second round of the draft.
The Mavs were active with other transactions as well. Dallas traded shooting guard Seth Curry to the Philadelphia 76ers — now coached by Curry’s father-in-law Doc Rivers — for guard Josh Richardson and the draft rights to Bey. Shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. picked up his contract option for the upcoming season, meaning the Mavs have secured his services this year at $18.9 million. For more sports coverage, click here.