Last Updated on June 22, 2020

Following a long period of uncertainty during the NBA’s coronavirus hiatus, there is finally some clarity regarding the 2020 NBA Draft Odds. With the 2020 season restart set for July 31, the league was able to set official dates for the lottery and the draft itself. Of course, these dates are still tentative given the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic, but for now, teams and prospects have clarity on the process.

NBA season start date: July 31
Withdrawal deadline: August 3 or 10 days after the Draft combine
NBA Draft combine: TBD
NBA Draft lottery: August 25
NBA Draft date: October 16

 

Possible NBA Draft Order

Although there are eight teams who are firmly in the lottery, there are six teams (Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio, Phoenix, Washington) taking part in the season restart who could sneak into the playoffs. Conversely, there are three teams (Orlando, Brooklyn, Memphis) who could fall out of the playoffs in the abbreviated regular season.

As it stands, here is the current positioning in the draft lottery (via Tankathon):

Teams done for the season:
1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Minnesota Timberwolves
4. Atlanta Hawks
5. Detroit Pistons
6. New York Knicks
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Charlotte Hornets

Teams outside the playoffs entering the restart:
9. Washington Wizards
10. Phoenix Suns
11. San Antonio Spurs
12. Sacramento Kings
12. New Orleans Pelicans
14. Portland Trail Blazers

Teams in the playoffs entering the restart:
15. Orlando Magic
16. Brooklyn Nets (pick goes to Minnesota)
17. Memphis Grizzlies (pick goes to Boston)

 

Top NBA Draft Prospects

Although the 2020 draft class doesn’t have the ridiculous star power at the top like the class of 2019, this is still a strong group with plenty of potential stars. The biggest name is LaMelo Ball, brother of former No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball. He declared for the draft way back in April and is definitely a possibility to go first overall. He has the name recognition, elite vision and passing, plus the size and length to become a real problem at point guard.

While Ball is the most well-known prospect in the draft, there are a few others who might end up going first overall. Georgia guard Anthony Edwards struggled to shoot efficiently in college, but he has freakish athleticism, a solid handle, good defensive instincts, and perhaps most importantly, All-Star potential at the next level.

Naismith Player of the Year Obi Toppin from Dayton is another name to watch come draft night. At 21, he’s a bit older than most of the other top prospects, but he was as dominant a college player as we’ve seen in recent years.

There is little consensus at the top of draft boards, which means we’ll likely see some surprises on draft night. Furthermore, with nearly four months until draft night, expect draft boards to change.

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