NBA Draft 2020: Grades, reactions, analysis for the first round

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Here are grades and analysis for all 30 first-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft.

It took a while to get here, but the 2020 NBA Draft is officially over, in what was a rather eventful evening full of unexpected selections and numerous trades. There were reaches — ooh, were there reaches — and plenty of picks changed hands as Oklahoma City, Minnesota, and Detroit were among the most active teams on draft night.

The presumed Big Three of the class — Georgia wing Anthony Edwards, Memphis center James Wiseman, and Illawarra guard LaMelo Ball — ultimately went within the first three picks of the night, to Minnesota, Golden State, and Charlotte, respectively. After months of speculation regarding which teams would trade into and out of the top-ten, the lottery ultimately went unchanged, with all teams standing pat and the order staying as is.

But that didn’t mean it was predictable, not by any means. The draft truly began with the Chicago Bulls’ surprise selection with the No. 4 pick, with what proceeded to be a night full of twists and turns.

Al Horford and Josh Richardson were shipped out of Philadelphia after an underwhelming season. Ricky Rubio was traded, again, this time in a return to where his NBA journey began in Minnesota. Danny Green was rerouted from OKC to Philly, with the Thunder monopolizing on draft picks. And the Troy Weaver wasted no time stripping everything down to the foundation in Detroit, shipping out players for picks and picks and more picks.

It was an entertaining first round, but not every pick made was a great one. Some teams and prospects found ideal matches, while others, well, you’ll see.

Here are grades, reactions, and analysis for the first 30 picks of the 2020 NBA Draft.

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