There are many people who are wondering what is going to happen in the NBA draft. With the NBA season recently having been wrapped up, this was another exciting run that ended in the Lakers winning the NBA title. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA playoff had to be held at Walt Disney World located in Orlando, Florida. The NBA Playoffs were a model for how to conduct sports in the modern COVID era. The coronavirus pandemic have had an impact on every major sports league and, of course, the NBA was no different. At the same time, the NBA also did not have a single positive test during the entire time of the players were in the bubble. Now, all of the attention has been shifted to the NBA draft. How is the NBA draft going to impact sports handicapping and who are some of the top players in this year’s draft?
The NBA Draft Date has Been Announced
First, it is important for everyone to know when the NBA draft is going to take place. The NBA draft had to be pushed back because the end of the NBA season was also pushed back. Now, it was recently announced that the NBA draft is going to be held on November 18th. It is going to be held virtually and ESPN is going to run the show. A few months ago, the NBA draft lottery was conducted. The first pick in the NBA draft does not automatically go to the worst team in the NBA because this encourages tanking. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the first pick in the NBA draft. They are going to be followed by the Golden State Warriors, who will take right before the Charlotte Hornets. There are many people who are wondering who the top pick in the NBA draft is going to be this year. There are a few candidates from which to choose.
What About LaMelo Ball?
One of the top players in the NBA draft actually is not coming out of college. Instead, he is coming from the professional Australian basketball league. LaMelo Ball is originally from the United States; however, he did not play college basketball. Instead, he went and spent a year playing in Australia until he reached the age requirement to be drafted in the NBA. He has been phenomenal during a time over there and many people consider him to be the top prospect in this year’s NBA draft. At the same time, this does not mean that he is going to go first overall. There are some people who are concerned that he did not go to college to play basketball and there are others who are extremely concerned about his boisterous blowhard of a father who can never seem to stop running his mouth. His older brother, Lonzo, already plays in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Some Are Looking at Anthony Edwards
Another top player that has gotten a lot of consideration this year is Anthony Edwards. He played his college basketball in Georgia and is widely considered to be the top college player available in this year’s NBA draft. Even though he is not considered to be a player that has the potential to completely change a franchise, there are many NBA draft analysts who are giving him a significant amount of praise. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see him go first overall either.
These are just a few of the top players available in the NBA draft. It will be interesting to see how the chips fall on November 18th.