The 2020 NBA Draft will take place on the night of Wednesday to Thursday (2 a.m.), at the Barclays Center (NYC).
The talented point guard Killian Hayes, who can aim high, leads a colony of five French people likely to be selected by the NBA teams for the 2020 Draft, the uncertainty hovering as to the identity of the future N.1 who will be chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. Pandemic obliges, it is by videoconference that this ceremony will take place. From 8 p.m. local (2 a.m. French Thursday), league boss Adam Silver will pronounce the name of the lucky player drafted first, followed by the 29 others from the 1st round and the 30 from the following round.
After the draw, Minnesota holds the first choice, followed by Golden State, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Washington, Phoenix, San Antonio, Sacramento, New Orleans, Boston. These 14 clubs have priority due to the fact that they did not play in the last play-offs, with the exception of the Celtics, who recovered the 1st draft pick from Memphis as part of a player exchange dating back to 2015 .
Killian Hayes is expected to put on the hat of one of these teams at the time of the announcement and even has a chance of becoming the highest choice in the history of French basketball, three years after Frank Ntilikina, chosen in 8th position by New York in 2017.
According to several specialized sites, the 19-year-old leader (1.96 m) trained and passed professional in Cholet, before moving to Germany (Ratiopharm Ulm), could just be chosen by the Knicks (8th). Others send him to Detroit (7th) or Phoenix (10th). “It doesn’t really matter which rank you are chosen. What matters is the situation in which you will evolve, ”nevertheless tempered the person concerned, European champion under 16 and vice-world champion under 17 with the Blues.
In his wake, Théo Maledon, one of the youngest on the list (18), should also be a first choice in the Top 30. The former Lyon-Villeurbanne leader, who showed up during sessions in Brooklyn , Boston, Toronto and San Antonio in recent weeks, ensures “set no limit”, certainly advised in this direction by Tony Parker, president of Asvel and best Frenchman in NBA history (four rings with the Spurs) .
The winger Killian Tillie, from the University of Gonzaga (NCAA), can consider him to be selected in the second round. Just like the leader of Monaco Abdoulaye Ndoye and to a lesser extent Mouhamed Thiam, winger of Nanterre. Everyone hopes to realize their American dream and increase the number of “Frenchies” in the NBA from 12 to 17 next season, which begins on December 22, in just over a month.
Ball, Edwards, Wiseman ?
In the meantime, the whole NBA is waiting to know who will be drafted in first position. If last year, there was no doubt that the phenomenon Zion Williamson would be the chosen one of the Pelicans of New Orleans, this year reserves a real suspense because no peerless talent stands out among the best “prospects”. The three players who come back regularly in the screenings are called LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman, without anyone agreeing on the order in which they will be chosen.
If we rely on the criteria of the player profile sought, the Timberwolves, already equipped with a former N.1 of the Draft, the pivot Karl-Anthony Towns, and an ex-N.2, the rear D ‘ Angelo Russell, could turn to point guard Ball, brother of Lonzo who plays in New Orleans. The Hornets could choose Edwards, a very athletic full-back with a lot of strength, and the Warriors could opt for Wiseman to strengthen their indoor sector.
However, the uncertainty is such for this 2020 vintage that surprises cannot be ruled out. The US-Nigerian winger Onyeka Okongwu could well enter the top 3. “Nobody knows what this vintage will bring in three or four years. But in 2013, it was said that the Draft was weak and it turns out that the double MVP in title (Giannis Antetokounmpo) came from it ”(15th position), reminded AFP Gersson Rosas, president of basketball operations of Minnesota.