The 202 NBA Draft is a few hours away and the day begins with a trade. New York acquired a higher pick in the first around to go along with its No. 8 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the team announced. The Jazz have also sent the draft rights of 2008 second-round pick Ante Tomic, who isn't expected to play in the NBA. It's unclear what New York's plan is for its newly acquired pick in the draft, perhaps it could be part of a larger trade package prior or during Wednesday night's draft.
The Minnesota Timberwolves won the 2020 NBA Draft lottery to land the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft for just the second time in franchise history. They had a 14% chance of winning the league's annual lottery, which was tied for the best odds for the top pick with the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors didn't drop far, securing the No. 2 overall pick with Stephen Curry looking on as the team's online lottery representative. Cleveland, however, fell to No. 5 -- the second-lowest draft position it could have possibly been given. Rounding out this year's top five is the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls and the aforementioned Cavs.
The big statistical winners are the Bulls, whose odds of securing a top-four pick were just 32%, and the Hornets, whose odds of picking in the top three were only 19%. (The Bulls will pick No. 4 and the Hornets will pick at No. 3.) The biggest loser -- and stop me if you've heard this one before! -- is the New York Knicks. They had a 9.0% chance of winning the lottery and a 37% chance of securing a top-four pick, but fell all the way to No. 8.
Below is the updated draft order in full, post-lottery with the draft set for Nov. 18.
2020 NBA Draft order
|14||Boston from Memphis|
|17||Minnesota from Brooklyn|
|19||Brooklyn from Philadelphia|
|21||Philadelphia from Oklahoma City|
|22||Denver from Houston|
|23||New York from Utah|
|24||Milwaukee from Indiana|
|25||Oklahoma City from Denver|
|27||Utah from New York|
|28||Los Angeles Lakers|
|30||Boston from Milwaukee|
|31||Dallas from Golden State|
|32||Charlotte from Cleveland|
|34||Oklahoma City from Philadelphia|
|35||Sacramento from Detroit|
|36||Philadelphia from New York|
|37||Washington from Chicago|
|38||Utah from New York|
|39||New Orleans from Washington|
|40||Memphis from Phoenix|
|44||Chicago from Memphis|
|45||Milwaukee from Orlando|
|47||Boston from Brooklyn|
|48||Golden State from Dallas|
|50||Atlanta from Miami|
|51||Golden State from Utah|
|52||Sacramento from Houston|
|55||Brooklyn from Denver|
|56||Charlotte from Boston|
|58||Philadelphia from Los Angeles Lakers|
|60||New Orleans from Milwaukee|