The coronavirus pandemic has thrown much of the sports world into chaos over the last few months. Nearly empty football stadiums, NBA games played in a bubble, a Masters played in November. Now, it’s time for a historically oddly-timed NBA Draft.
How odd? The draft kicking off tonight at 7:00 pm will be the latest the draft has taken place in league history, and is the first time it hasn’t happened in June since 1975. Along with the late date, this year’s draft will, like so many other events, also be virtual. Commissioner Adam Silver will still announce the draft picks on TV, but he’ll do so from ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut, without any players or fans in attendance. So much for those great photo ops of 7 foot tall rookies with normal sized people.
Now the focus shifts to lottery teams themselves beginning with the Minnesota Timberwolves, projected by several outlets to select Georgia guard Anthony Edwards after a long offseason to ponder their potentially franchise-altering choices.
There’s still a chance for a trade to shake things up. Several teams are thought to favor prospect LaMelo Ball, and it remains to be seen how high those franchises would go to secure him. Edwards however is a dynamic shooter with great physical tools. He’s probably the safest pick if the ‘Wolves want a young player who can contribute early and grow into a leadership role with the team.
TV coverage will be on ESPN. Your personal musings on how Georgia managed to finish 16-16 overall and 5-13 in the SEC will be in the comments below, and likely in your mind until further notice.