When the NBA holds its 2020 draft next month, there will be no parade of top picks, dressed in their best (and occasionally most outrageous) suits, shaking hands with commissioner Adam Silver when their names are called.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Nov. 18 event will originate from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut, and be conducted virtually.
Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will still be on hand to announce the selections for the first and second rounds, but the players will only appear via a video link.
The draft had originally been scheduled for June 25, but was postponed due to the pandemic. It was previously rescheduled for Oct. 15.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will have the first pick for just the second time in franchise history – with the Golden State Warriors selecting second and the Charlotte Hornets third.
Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards, Dayton forward Obi Toppin and point guard LaMelo Ball are among the players expected to be taken early in the draft.
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