The 2020 NBA Draft is set to take place on Wednesday night, and it is still a mystery where LaMelo Ball will be selected in the first round. Just a day before the draft, Ball confirmed that he has spoken to a total of five teams, per The Observer’s Rick Bonnell.
Altogether, the playmaking guard has spoken to the Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons, and New York Knicks. Of the teams he spoke to, he held workouts with the Hornets, Timberwolves, Warriors, and Pistons.
Heading into Wednesday, LaMelo Ball is projected to go within the first five picks in the first round. Therefore, the Timberwolves, Warriors, and the Hornets all have a legitimate shot at selecting Ball.
On the other hand, the Pistons and Knicks hold the No. 7 and No. 8 overall picks, respectively. Provided that, if either of them wants to select Ball, they would likely need to manufacture a trade to move up in the draft.
The Timberwolves, who hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, are reportedly leaning toward taking Anthony Edwards — the guard out of Georgia — if they don’t trade back. Also, there are constant reports that suggest that the Warriors are interested in taking James Wiseman, the center out of Memphis.
In that case, LaMelo Ball could find himself being selected by the Hornets with the No. 3 overall pick. Or one of the other teams could move up to take Ball in hopes he can improve his shot and on defense.
It’s safe to say that there is still uncertainty about where the talented guard will be selected.