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Alabama Guard Poised To Be Lottery Pick in NBA Draft

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Crimson Tide player should hear his name early on Wednesday.

NCAA Basketball: Alabama at Mississippi
Kira Lewis could be the second lottery pick out of Alabama in three years.
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The 2020 NBA Draft tips off Wednesday night and the buzz is that we may hear the name of former Crimson Tide guard Kira Lewis called very early in the night.

When is the NBA Draft?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7pm CT / 8pm ET.

What Channel is the NBA Draft on?

ESPN and apparently Yahoo Sports has some sort of coverage, which could be good news if you are overseas.

What is the NBA Lottery?

In 1985, the NBA got tired of teams tanking at the end of the season to improve their draft position for the next draft. The league came up with a lottery system of ping pong balls that are blindly selected to decide the order of selection for the worst teams. This year, it included the 14 bottom teams. Even with the lottery, tanking still goes on all the time (Golden State Warriors, I’m looking your way). If you need more information than that, click here.

What are Mock Drafts?

Educated and uneducated guesses by sports reporters and fans as to what team selects which player. Sports betting outlets even takes bets on such things.

Is there any reason to watch after Kira Lewis has been selected?

Nope. LOL

DRAFT ORDER

The draft is two rounds and includes college players as well as international players. Below is the order they will pick in the first round only barring any draft night trades (and there will be draft night trades). Current trade agreement details are omitted. If you see a team listed twice, that was due to a trade.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. Charlotte Hornets
  4. Chicago Bulls
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Atlanta Hawks
  7. Detroit Pistons
  8. New York Knicks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Phoenix Suns
  11. San Antonio Spurs
  12. Sacramento Kings
  13. New Orleans Pelicans
  14. Boston Celtics
  15. Orlando Magic
  16. Portland Trail Blazers
  17. Minnesota Timberwolves
  18. Dallas Mavericks
  19. Brooklyn Nets
  20. Miami Heat
  21. Philadelphia 76ers
  22. Denver Nuggets
  23. Utah Jazz
  24. Milwaukee Bucks
  25. Oklahoma City Thunder
  26. Boston Celtics
  27. New York Knicks
  28. Los Angeles Lakers
  29. Toronto Raptors
  30. Boston Celtics

MOCK DRAFTS

Although an inexact science, Mock Draft tend to come close to what will actually happen come Draft Night. Below are some of the predictions for Alabama’s Lewis:

  • Sports Illustrated: #10 Phoenix Suns
  • ESPN’s The Ringer: #10 Phoenix Suns
  • NBC Sports: #10 Phoenix Suns
  • SBNation: #10 Phoenix Suns
  • Yardbarker: #10 Phoenix Suns
  • CBS Sports: #13 New Orleans Pelicans
  • Fox Sports: #13 New Orleans Pelicans
  • NBADraft.net: #13 New Orleans Pelicans
  • Yahoo Sports: #15 Orlando Magic
  • USA Today: #15 Orlando Magic
  • Stadium’s Jeff Goodman: #15 Orlando Magic
  • Bleacher Report: #15 Orlando Magic
  • NBA Canada: #16 Portland Trail Blazers
  • ESPN.com: Behind a paywall. F them.

Poll

Who will draft Kira Lewis?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    #10 Phoenix Suns
    (38 votes)
  • 34%
    #13 New Orleans Pelicans
    (33 votes)
  • 9%
    #15 Orlando Magic
    (9 votes)
  • 15%
    Other (see comments)
    (15 votes)
95 votes total Vote Now