Minnesota Timberwolves: League to push back NBA Draft date

The Minnesota Timberwolves have the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Minnesota Timberwolves own the first, 17th, and 33rd overall picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. Unfortunately for Wolves fans, though, the NBA has decided to postpone the event until mid-November, after it was originally scheduled for October 16th.

COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on the league – and after being the entire season for the ‘bubble’, it has again delayed the draft, which was originally supposed to take place back in late June.

Anthony Edwards is the presumed first overall pick, although LaMelo Ball is the most likely alternative if Gersson Rosas decided to make a pick. There are some speculating that the Timberwolves could end up trading the pick. Despite the first overall pick not being worth as much as a typical season, it still is an extremely valuable asset and can absolutely be used in a package to obtain either a star or high-level role player.

Tankathon ranks the Timberwolves as the first overall team when it comes to total draft capital. Minnesota needs to hit on multiple picks as well as add pieces through free agency in order to contend for a playoff spot this coming season.

The league is eyeing November 18th as the target date for a possible draft night. The NBA is still optimistic about starting the 2020-21 season before the start January, although that may seem unlikely given there is still no plan and/or timeline in place for what a possible season would even look like.