This article is part of our NBA Draft series.
Nearly five months after its original date, the 2020 NBA Draft is set to take place – virtually, of course – on Wednesday night. When the festivities kick off at 8:00 PM ET, we'll have gone a full 517 days between NBA Drafts – by far the longest span in league history.
The ongoing global pandemic has wreaked havoc on draft preparations. The NBA Draft Combine, a late-May staple, was canceled. As a result, teams were forced to conduct mostly virtual evaluations, though some restrictions had been lifted in recent months.
On top of all of the pandemic-related uncertainty, the 2020 class is far from an easy evaluation. If there's one thing evaluators can all agree on, it's that the draft lacks an obvious No. 1 pick. There's no Zion Williamson or Anthony Davis or Blake Griffin in this class. One team might have James Wiseman atop its board, while the next might favor LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards.
Outside of that top three, the stakes may not be as high, but the decision-making doesn't get much easier. While this is a class flush with depth, it's anyone's guess which players will turn into solid role players and which could develop beyond that level. With so much good-not-great talent available in the 4-to-30 range, teams are expected to be active in the trade market, both leading up to the draft and on draft night itself.
With the draft set to begin in just a matter of hours, here are