After the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery, we can say what team is likely to establish a strong point for the next season and what team will suffer from being too far from the top.
New York Knicks (No. 8)
This is probably the most notable 2020 NBA Draft loser. It’s been 35 years since the Knicks had a No. 1 overall pick (Patrick Ewing in 1985). They can hardly rely upon the Draft to get the impact-making players. Their previous year picks were also No. 8 and No. 9, thus the chances of getting, let’s say, LeMelo Ball or another high-skilled prospect are still present but only via trade, not the Draft.
Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 5)
This is another team with a weak draft pick. Cavs have an urgent need of enhancing their team by diluting the Sexton-Porter Jr. tandem. No. 5 doesn’t contribute to it. In the case of the Cavs, it was the biggest pre-lottery odds drop in the whole NBA and they`re unlikely to solidify their positions if they don’t trade off Kevin Love and find someone to improve their offense.
Charlotte Hornets (No. 3)
Now let’s move to the Draft winners. The situation with the Hornets is interesting due to a few things. First, they won 23 games during the previous season (suspended by a mid-March). The chances of making it to the top-3 were small for them. Eat it, predictors. Having a No.3 pick grants Hornets a 100% chance of getting promising young players such as Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges, or PJ Washington on their roster.
Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 1)
The team that holds all the cards, shall we say. There are two main options for the Wolves. It’s either Edwards or fan-favorite Ball. Both are strong wings and it won`t be an overestimate to say that the No.1 pick is gifting the Wolves with one of the best perspectives this year. Whether a pick is going to be successful depends on how the new guy can collaborate with Town and Russel.
Golden State Warriors (No. 2)
Behold those who are going to fight the Wolves for Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball. The Warriors have a strong need in two-way wings and they’ll be picking it from those two listed above. Edwards is the best pick for now, but if they don`t make it, picking raw prospects like Ball or James Wiseman sounds like a wise move (pardon the pun).