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 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:
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
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