2020 NBA Draft Results  2020 NBA Draft Picks  

The NBA’s first virtual draft went off without a hitch Wednesday night, with Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves), James Wiseman (Golden State Warriors) and LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Hornets) the first three players off the board. Ball and his brother, 2017 draftee Lonzo, made history as the first pair of brothers to be top-five selections.

Each team’s draft selection was an unknown until Adam Silver stepped to the lectern, but the contracts for first-rounders are already locked in for the most part. Edwards is in line for a four-year deal worth $43.3 million, with only the first two years guaranteed, at an average of $10 million a year. For comparison, quarterback Joe Burrow signed a four-year deal with $36.2 million guaranteed as the NFL’s No. 1 overall pick in 2020.

The NBA rookie scale for first-round picks was born 25 years ago after a series of draft holdouts and escalating rookie contracts that peaked with Glenn Robinson signing a ten-year, $68 million contract as the No. 1 pick in 1994 after holding out—it remains the richest deal ever for a rookie. The rookie salary cap was instituted the following year after a ten-week “lockout” of players that did not result in any games being lost.

The rookie contract scale does offer some flexibility: Teams can pay as little as 80% of the scale, but teams almost always pay 120% of the total, the maximum allowed per the collective bargaining agreement.

The NBA and its union negotiated a flat salary cap of $109.1 million for the 2020-21 season, following a 10% drop in league-wide revenue, to $8.3 billion, because of canceled and fan-less games, as well as the league’s standoff with China. The flat cap means a rookie salary scale that is identical to that of the 2019-20 season.

Teams are facing another season of revenue shortfalls, with limited fans expected at games over the next six months, but multiple NBA insiders say they don’t expect teams to pinch pennies by squeezing top draft picks to accept reduced salaries. First-round picks are expected to get the maximum 20% salary above their draft slot, so Edwards’ deal should match the contract of 2019 No. 1 pick Zion Williamson.

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One expected change this year with rookie deals is an increase in the number of two-way contracts for second-round picks. These deals, which are available only for players with three or fewer years of experience, pay a prorated salary based on how much time the player is on an active roster. They do not count toward the salary cap, a bonus with most teams already at or over the cap threshold.

The 2020 NBA draft was originally slated to be held in June at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the seventh straight year but instead took place virtually on at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The contract projections below are based on 20% above the rookie scale for the respective draft slot

Below is a list of all the Draft picks from the 2020 NBA Draft, including proposed and official trades.

2020 NBA Draft Results: 2020 NBA Draft Picks

First Round
1. Timberwolves draft Anthony Edwards

  1. Warriors draft James Wiseman

  2. Hornets draft LaMelo Ball

  3. Bulls draft Patrick Williams

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  4. Cavaliers draft Isaac Okoro

  5. Hawks draft Onyeka Okongwu

  6. Pistons draft Killian Hayes

  7. Knicks draft Obi Toppin

  8. Wizards draft Deni Avdija

  9. Suns draft Jalen Smith

  10. Spurs draft Devin Vassell

  11. Kings draft Tyrese Haliburton

  12. Pelicans draft Kira Lewis Jr.

  13. Celtics draft Aaron Nesmith

  14. Magic draft Cole Anthony

  15. Trail Blazers draft Isaiah Stewart >> reportedly traded to the Pistons, after first being dealt to the Rockets

  16. Timberwolves draft Aleksej Pokusevski >> reportedly traded to the Thunder

  17. Mavericks draft Josh Green

  18. Nets draft Saddiq Bey >> reportedly traded to the Pistons, after first being dealt to the Clippers

  19. Heat draft Precious Achiuwa

  20. 76ers draft Tyrese Maxey

  21. Nuggets draft Zeke Nnaji

  22. Knicks draft Leandro Bolmaro >> reportedly traded to the Timberwolves

  23. Bucks draft RJ Hampton >> reportedly traded to the Nuggets, after first being dealt to the Pelicans

  24. Thunder draft Immanuel Quickley >> reportedly traded to the Knicks, after first being dealt to the Timberwolves

  25. Celtics draft Payton Pritchard

  26. Jazz draft Udoka Azubuike

  27. Lakers draft Jaden McDaniels >> reportedly traded to the Timberwolves, after first being dealt to the Thunder

  28. Raptors draft Malachi Flynn

  29. Celtics draft Desmond Bane >> reportedly traded to the Grizzlies

Second Round
31. Mavericks draft Tyrell Terry

  1. Hornets draft Vernon Carey

  2. Timberwolves draft Daniel Oturu >> reportedly traded to the Clippers, after first being dealt to the Knicks

  3. 76ers draft Theo Maledon >> reportedly traded to the Thunder

  4. Kings draft Xavier Tillman Sr >> officially traded to the Grizzlies

  5. 76ers draft Tyler Bey >> officially traded to the Mavericks

  6. Wizards draft Vit Krejci >> reportedly traded to the Thunder

  7. Jazz draft Saben Lee >> reportedly traded to the Pistons

  8. Pelicans draft Elijah Hughes >> officially traded to the Jazz

  9. Grizzlies draft Robert Woodard >> officially traded to the Kings

  10. Spurs draft Tre Jones

  11. Pelicans draft Nick Richards >> officially traded to the Hornets

  12. Kings draft Jahmi’us Ramsey

  13. Bulls draft Marko Simonovic

  14. Bucks draft Jordan Nwora

  15. Trail Blazers draft CJ Elleby

  16. Celtics draft Yam Madar

  17. Warriors draft Nico Mannion

  18. 76ers draft Isaiah Joe

  19. Hawks draft Skylar Mays

  20. Warriors draft Justinian Jessup

  21. Kings draft Kenyon Martin Jr >> reportedly traded to the Rockets

  22. Thunder draft Cassius Winston >> reportedly traded to the Wizards

  23. Pacers draft Cassius Stanley

  24. Nets draft Jay Scrubb >> reportedly traded to the Clippers

  25. Hornets draft Grant Riller

  26. Clippers draft Reggie Perry >> reportedly traded to the Nets

  27. 76ers draft Paul Reed

  28. Raptors draft Jalen Harris

  29. Pelicans draft Sam Merrill >> reportedly traded to the Bucks

Source : Forbes

2020 NBA Draft Picks • 2020 NBA Draft Results


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