The Detroit Pistons selected the French Killian Hayes in seventh place in the NBA Draft, tonight. Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball make up the Top 3.
Killian Hayes already in history. Passed by Cholet, the French rear is selected seventh in the 2020 Draft by the Pistons. It’s a record for a French player. Hayes doubles Frank Ntilikina, selected eighth by the New York Knicks in 2017. He will also find another Frenchy in Detroit, Sekou Doumbouya. A native of Lakeland in Florida, this 19-year-old player, son of former pro DeRon Hayes, made the bet to rally Germany and Ulm last year, in order to toughen up and have more responsibilities, more exposure in Eurocup. Winning bet. U16 European champion and U17 vice-world champion with Les Bleuets in recent years, Killian Hayes said this a few days ago to the media: “I want to be the best teammate possible. I want to be remembered as someone who wants to win. I know that basketball is gaining momentum in France, but basketball, for example, is not as important as football. I want to inspire young French people, make them aware that they can go to the NBA and that their dreams can come true. ” It’s all the harm we wish him …
Several other French people are concerned by this Draft, including Théo Malédon. Passed by ASVEL in recent years, the young (18 years) leader is expected at the end of the first round. Killian Tillie (Gonzaga, NCAA), Abdoulaye Ndoye (Monaco) and Mouhamed Thiam (Nanterre) are also in the running.
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Anthony Edwards ahead of James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball
For the rest, history will remember that Anthony Edwards is the first choice of the 2020 Draft. Athletic back from the University of Georgia, this 19-year-old player was running at 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2, 8 assists last season in NCAA. The one nicknamed “Ant-man” therefore joins the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he will notably team up with interior Karl Anthony Towns and rear D’Angelo Russell.
Edwards, first choice of the Draft? It is not a surprise. In any case, he was in balance with James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball and the debates raged until the end to know who would succeed the New Orleans phenomenon, Zion Williamson, number 1 in 2019. So it is the interior Wiseman who takes second place and goes to Golden State, where there are also concerns about Klay Thompson, potentially seriously injured in the right leg after missing all last season with a ruptured cruciate ligament in the knee left. An injury that dates from the 2019 NBA Finals. Fingers crossed with the Warriors… The Charlotte Hornets have set their sights on LaMelo Ball in third place, one row after his brother Lonzo, in 2017. LaMelo, a bizarre journey , with passages in Lithuania and Australia, and a family that we no longer present. We enjoy the meeting between Michael Jordan and daddy, LaVar Ball in advance…
Patrick Williams (Chicago), Isaac Okoro (Cleveland), Onyeka Okongwu (Atlanta), Obi Toppin (New York), the Israeli Deni Avdija (Washington) and Jalen Smith (Phoenix) complete the Top 10 of this Draft, the first made on video, coronavirus requires. All these beautiful people will in any case quickly get in the bath: training camps open their doors on December 1 and the start of the season is scheduled for the 22.
The Top 10 of the 2020 Draft :
1 – Minnesota: Anthony Edwards (Georgia)
2 – Golden State: James Wiseman (Memphis)
3 – Charlotte: LaMelo Ball (Illawarra Hawks, AUS)
4 – Chicago: Patrick Williams (Florida State)
5 – Cleveland: Isaac Okoro (Auburn)
6 – Atlanta: Onyeka Okongwu (USC)
7 – Detroit: Killian Hayes (Ulm, ALL)
8 – New York: Obi Toppin (Dayton)
9 – Washington: Deni Avdija (Maccabi Tel Aviv, ISR)
10 – Phoenix: Jalen Smith (Maryland)