NBA Promotes 9 Nigerian Basketballers Through Draft

By Olamide Oyetunji - The NBA Draft went down is an annual event where 60 talented hopefuls from college basketball and international leagues are drafted into the NBA.

Nine Nigerians were drafted into the NBA in one night.

They are:

Issac Okoro: Cleveland

Onyeka Okongwu: Atlanta

Precious Achiuwa: Miami

Zeke Nnaji: Denver

Udoka Azubuike: Utah

Desmond Bane: Boston

Daniel Oturu: Minnesota

Jordan Nwora: Milwaukee.

Obi Toppin : Knicks

Below is a list of all the Draft picks from the 2020 NBA Draft, including proposed and official trades.


2020 NBA Draft


First Round

1. Timberwolves draft Anthony Edwards


2. Warriors draft James Wiseman


3. Hornets draft LaMelo Ball


4. Bulls draft Patrick Williams


5. Cavaliers draft Isaac Okoro


6. Hawks draft Onyeka Okongwu


7. Pistons draft Killian Hayes 


8. Knicks draft Obi Toppin


9. Wizards draft Deni Avdija


10. Suns draft Jalen Smith


11. Spurs draft Devin Vassell


12. Kings draft Tyrese Haliburton


13. Pelicans draft Kira Lewis Jr.


14. Celtics draft Aaron Nesmith


15. Magic draft Cole Anthony


16. Trail Blazers draft Isaiah Stewart >> reportedly traded to the Pistons, after first being dealt to the Rockets


17. Timberwolves draft Aleksej Pokusevski  >> reportedly traded to the Thunder


18. Mavericks draft Josh Green


19. Nets draft Saddiq Bey >> reportedly traded to the Pistons, after first being dealt to the Clippers


20. Heat draft Precious Achiuwa


21. 76ers draft Tyrese Maxey


22. Nuggets draft Zeke Nnaji 


23. Knicks draft Leandro Bolmaro >> reportedly traded to the Timberwolves


24. Bucks draft RJ Hampton >> reportedly traded to the Nuggets, after first being dealt to the Pelicans



25. Thunder draft Immanuel Quickley >> reportedly traded to the Knicks, after first being dealt to the Timberwolves

26. Celtics draft Payton Pritchard


27. Jazz draft Udoka Azubuike


28. Lakers draft Jaden McDaniels >> reportedly traded to the Timberwolves, after first being dealt to the Thunder


29. Raptors draft Malachi Flynn


30. Celtics draft Desmond Bane >> reportedly traded to the Grizzlies


Second Round

31. Mavericks draft Tyrell Terry


32. Hornets draft Vernon Carey


33. Timberwolves draft Daniel Oturu >> reportedly traded to the Clippers, after first being dealt to the Knicks


34. 76ers draft Theo Maledon >> reportedly traded to the Thunder


35. Kings draft Xavier Tillman Sr >> reportedly traded to the Grizzlies


36. 76ers draft Tyler Bey  >> officially traded to the Mavericks


37. Wizards draft Vit Krejci >> reportedly traded to the Thunder


38. Jazz draft Saben Lee >> reportedly traded to the Pistons


39. Pelicans draft Elijah Hughes >> reportedly traded to the Jazz


40. Grizzlies draft Robert Woodard >> reportedly traded to the Kings


41. Spurs draft Tre Jones


42. Pelicans draft Nick Richards >> officially traded to the Hornets


43. Kings draft Jahmi’us Ramsey


44. Bulls draft Marko Simonovic


45. Bucks draft Jordan Nwora


46. Trail Blazers draft CJ Elleby


47. Celtics draft Yam Madar


48. Warriors draft Nico Mannion


49. 76ers draft Isaiah Joe


50. Hawks draft Skylar Mays


51. Warriors draft Justinian Jessup


52. Kings draft Kenyon Martin Jr >> reportedly traded to the Rockets


53. Thunder draft Cassius Winston >> reportedly traded to the Wizards


54. Pacers draft Cassius Stanley


55. Nets draft Jay Scrubb >> reportedly traded to the Clippers


56. Hornets draft Grant Riller


57. Clippers draft Reggie Perry >> reportedly traded to the Nets


58. 76ers draft Paul Reed


59. Raptors draft Jalen Harris


60. Pelicans draft Sam Merrill >> reportedly traded to the Bucks

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