2020 NBA Draft: Timberwolves select Anthony Edwards with No. 1 pick

Nov. 18 (UPI) — The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Georgia star Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick in the virtual 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night.

Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard from Atlanta, joins a young Timberwolves squad led by star center Karl-Anthony Towns and point guard D’Angelo Russell. Edwards averaged 19.1 points per game and was the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year in his lone season at Georgia.

“It’s an indescribable feeling,” Edwards said. “I’m just blessed beyond measure to be in this situation.”

Memphis center James Wiseman, guard LaMelo Ball and Edwards were all, at different times, projected to be the top pick in this year’s draft, which took place five months later than it was initially scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Edwards, however, was the best positional fit for the T-Wolves and separated himself as the top pick in the days leading up to the draft.

The Golden State Warriors took Wiseman with the second-overall pick. Ball, who is the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, fell to No. 3 and went to the Charlotte Hornets.

The Chicago Bulls selected Florida State’s Patrick Williams with the No. 4 overall pick. Williams, the ACC Sixth Man of the Year last season, became the highest-drafted Seminole since Dave Cowens was taken fourth by the Boston Celtics in the 1970 draft.

After the Bulls picked Williams, the Cleveland Cavaliers took Auburn wing Isaac Okoro at No. 5. The second-team All-SEC selection averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and two assists per game in his lone season at Auburn.

Wednesday night’s virtual draft was originally scheduled to happen in June, as it usually does, but was delayed until after the NBA finished its 2019-20 season in the bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.

The pandemic also forced a venue change for the draft. Instead of taking place in New York, it was held virtually at ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Conn. As usual, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the first-round selections, while deputy commissioner Mark Tatum did the second round.

Here is the pick-by-pick results from the 2020 NBA Draft:

Round 1:

1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia

2. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman, C, Memphis

3. Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball, PG, USA

4. Chicago Bulls: Patrick Williams, SF, Florida State

5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Isaac Okoro, SF, Auburn

6. Atlanta Hawks: Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC

7. Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes, PG, France

8. New York Knicks: Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton

9. Washington Wizards: Deni Avdija, SF, Israel

10. Phoenix Suns: Jalen Smith, PF, Maryland

11. San Antonio Spurs: Devin Vassell, SG, Florida State

12. Sacramento Kings: Tyrese Haliburton, PG, Iowa State

13. New Orleans Pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama

14. Boston Celtics (from Memphis): Aaron Nesmith, SF, Vanderbilt

15. Orlando Magic: Cole Anthony, PG, North Carolina

16. Portland Trail Blazers: Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington

17. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Brooklyn via Atlanta): Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Serbia

18. Dallas Mavericks: Josh Green, SG, Arizona

19. Brooklyn Nets (from Philadelphia via Los Angeles Clippers): Saddiq Bey, PF, Villanova

20. Miami Heat: Precious Achiuwa, PF, Memphis

21. Philadelphia 76ers (from Oklahoma City via Orlando and Philadelphia): Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky

22. Denver Nuggets (from Houston): Zeke Nnaji, PF, Arizona

23. New York Knicks (from Utah): Leandro Bolmaro, SG, Argentina

24. Milwaukee Bucks (from Indiana): R.J. Hampton, PG, USA

25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Denver): Immanuel Quickley, PG, Kentucky

26. Boston Celtics: Payton Pritchard, PG, Oregon

27. Utah Jazz (from New York, from Los Angeles Clippers): Udoka Azubuike, C, Kansas

28. Los Angeles Lakers: Jaden McDaniels, PF, Washington

29. Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn, PG, San Diego State

30. Boston Celtics (from Milwaukee via Phoenix): Desmond Bane, SG, TCU

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