After the Minnesota Timberwolves won the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery on Thursday night, a lot of people immediately speculated that Anthony Edwards would be their pick at No. 1 overall.
The subsequent assumption was that the Warriors -- if they don't trade the No. 2 overall pick -- likely would take James Wiseman.
But ESPN's Jonathan Givony took a different route.
In his first post-lottery mock draft, Givony has LaMelo Ball going No. 1 overall to the T-Wolves, with Edwards to Golden State at No. 2.
This is noteworthy because in his final pre-lottery mock draft earlier this week, Givony had Minnesota selecting Ball with the third overall pick. Does he have intel that the T-Wolves covet the 6-foot-6 point guard, and want to pair him with D'Angelo Russell in the backcourt? It certainly makes one think that could be the case.
"A backcourt of Ball and D'Angelo Russell might be one of the worst defensive pairings in the league, but to speed up their rebuild, the Timberwolves need to continue to stockpile star power," Givony wrotes. "No one in this draft class has more of that than Ball."
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Furthermore, D-Lo and Ball both are ball-dominant guards, so it might take time to figure out how they can co-exist offensively. And for the record, The Athletic's Sam Vecenie has the T-Wolves choosing Edwards first, and Golden State snagging Wiseman.
But if Minnesota ultimately goes with Ball, the Dubs could pass on Edwards even if he's available when they are on the clock. It's fair to assume the front office still is undecided on the shooting guard from Georgia. Then again, Warriors brass might already be sold on the 19-year-old who averaged averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals as a freshman in college.
"Golden State believes, per a league source, that Edwards is one of the few players available in this draft who can contribute immediately and develop into a face of the franchise within the next few seasons," the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau wrote last week.
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The draft is a couple months away, and a lot can change between now and then.
But this link between Ball and Minnesota absolutely is something to monitor and follow closely.
ESPN NBA mock draft: Warriors select Anthony Edwards with No. 2 pick originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area