12:45 AM - November 19, 2020
12:45 AM - November 19, 2020

Another NBA draft in the books

The NBA draft and the days leading up to it had plenty of activity. Here is a look at the draft as it happened, including the Sixers picks and the emotional reaction of their first-round pick Tyrese Maxey.

The 76ers selected Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey with the 21st pick of the NBA draft, the first selection under the new regime led by president Daryl Morey.
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The 76ers selected Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey with the 21st pick of the NBA draft, the first selection under the new regime led by president Daryl Morey.
12:18 AM - November 19, 2020
12:18 AM - November 19, 2020

Sixers draft Paul Reed

With the 58th overall pick, the Sixers selected DePaul junior power forward Paul Reed. The 6-9 Reed averaged a double-double, 15.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots.

DePaul's Paul Reed was selected 58th overall in Wednesday's NBA draft.
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DePaul's Paul Reed was selected 58th overall in Wednesday's NBA draft.
12:10 AM - November 19, 2020
12:10 AM - November 19, 2020

Sixers draft Isaiah Joe

Arkansas sophomore shooting guard Isaiah Joe, who The Inquirer had reported was on the Sixers radar, was selected with the 49th overall pick in the second round by the Sixers.

Joe averaged 16.9 points and shot 34.2% from three-point range this past season.

12:10 AM - November 19, 2020
12:10 AM - November 19, 2020

Sixers acquire Seth Curry

By Keith Pompey

The Sixers packaged the 36th pick (Tyler Bey) and Josh Richardson to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Seth Curry.

Curry was the second sharpshooter the Sixers acquired on the night to help create spacing for All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

11:28 PM - November 18, 2020
11:28 PM - November 18, 2020

OKC takes French point guard Theo Maledon with Sixers pick

Earlier Wednesday, the Sixers made a trade with Oklahoma City and part of the return was the 34th pick in this draft.

French point guard Teho Maledon was selected.

Michigan State’s Xavier Tilman Sr. was taken No. 35 by Sacramento.

The Sixers have traded Josh Richardson and the No. 36 pick (Tyler Bey) to Dallas for Seth Curry.

11:10 PM - November 18, 2020
11:10 PM - November 18, 2020

Stanford’s Tyrell Terry leads off second round

Stanford Tyrell Terry, who was rumored to be a consideration of the Sixers, was the first player taken in the second round by Dallas.

Stanford's Tyrell Terry was on the Sixers' radar leading up to Wednesday's NBA draft.
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Stanford's Tyrell Terry was on the Sixers' radar leading up to Wednesday's NBA draft.

Duke center Vernon Carey Jr., the freshman of the year in the ACC, was the second pick of the second round, by Charlotte. At No. 33, forward-center Daniel Oturo of the University of Minnesota was picked by Minnesota, but traded to the New York Knicks.

11:03 PM - November 18, 2020
11:03 PM - November 18, 2020

The rest of the first round

Here are the later picks in the first round (with the teams that ESPN reported the players would be traded to)

22. Denver – Zeke Nnaji, Arizona center

23. Minnesota – Leandro Bolmaro, FC Barcelona Lassa forward

24. Denver – R.J. Hampton shooting guard, New Zealand Breakers

25. New York - Immanuel Quickley, shooting guard Kentucky

26. Boston - Payton Pritchard, point guard Oregon

27. Utah - Udoka Azubuike, center Kansas

28. Oklahoma City – Jaden McDaniels, power forward Washington

29. Toronto – Malachi Flynn, point guard San Diego State

30. Memphis – Desmond Bane, shooting guard TCU

10:49 PM - November 18, 2020
10:49 PM - November 18, 2020

An emotional Maxey

Here was the reaction of Tyrese Maxey after being selected by the Sixers

10:32 PM - November 18, 2020
10:32 PM - November 18, 2020

Sixers take Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey

By Keith Pompey

You knew Daryl Morey was going to do something Wednesday night aside from making selections in the NBA draft.

The 76ers new president of basketball operations took over a squad whose spacing issues, a poorly constructed roster and bad contracts impaired its goal to compete for an NBA title.

The team headed into the evening with the 21st pick in the first round and picks 34, 36, 49, and 58 in the second. So it was far from surprising when Morey started the night by using current and future draft picks to start the process of reshaping the roster.

Then he used the 21st pick to select Tyrese Maxey out of Kentucky.

10:02 PM - November 18, 2020
10:02 PM - November 18, 2020

Villanova’s Saddiq Bey goes No. 19

Villanova sophomore forward Saddiq Bey has been selected 19th overall in the NBA draft. The pick was made by Brooklyn, but ESPN is reporting that he will be traded to Detroit, giving Detroit three first-round picks.

Bey is considered a 3 and D player. He averaged 16.1 points and shot 45.1% from three-point range this season.

With the 20th pick, Miami chose Memphis power forward Precious Achiuwa, the American Athletic Conference player of the year and freshman of the year.

9:53 PM - November 18, 2020
9:53 PM - November 18, 2020

Celtics get a shooter, Anthony to Orlando

As if the Boston Celtics need more firepower, they selected the best shooter in the draft, Vanderbilt sophomore Aaron Nesmith. While limited to 14 games due to a foot injury, he shot 52.2% from three-point range.

North Carolina freshman point guard Cole Anthony, a player many predicted would go to the Sixers, was selected 15th overall by Orlando. Anthony, the son of former NBA guard Greg Anthony, averaged 18.5 points this season.

Here is an emotional Cole Anthony.

At No. 16 Detroit selected Washington center Isaiah Stewart. Minnesota with its second first-rounder selected Aleksej Poksevski at No. 17.

Dallas chose Arizona guard Josh Green at No. 18.

9:28 PM - November 18, 2020
9:28 PM - November 18, 2020

An emotional Toppin

We wrote earlier how Dayton’s Obi Toppin was emotional when selected No. 8 overall by the New York Knicks. Here is Toppin shortly after he was drafted.

9:28 PM - November 18, 2020
9:28 PM - November 18, 2020

Kira Lewis Jr. goes No. 13 to New Orleans

Early in the draft, Alabama sophomore point guard Kira Lewis Jr. was projected to be a candidate for the 76ers, but he kept moving up the draft boards and was selected No. 13 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Lewis is considered the fastest player in the draft. He averaged 18.5 points and 5.2 assists this past season.

9:24 PM - November 18, 2020
9:24 PM - November 18, 2020

Haliburton to Kings

Iowa State sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton, who was expected to go much higher, went No. 12 to the Sacramento Kings. He should be able to play well with De’Aaron Fox.

Haliburton averaged 15.2 and shot 41.9 from three-point range this past season.

ESPN analyst Bobby Marks called him “the steal of the draft.”

9:17 PM - November 18, 2020
9:17 PM - November 18, 2020

Jalen Smith to Phoenix, Devin Vassell to San Antonio

Maryland sophomore forward Jalen Smith was selected 10th by the Phoenix Suns. Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Terrapins.

Maryland's Jalen Smith dunks over Myles Johnson of Rutgers last season.
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Maryland's Jalen Smith dunks over Myles Johnson of Rutgers last season.

The San Antonio Spurs selected Florida State shooting guard Devin Vassell with the 11th pick. He was the second Florida State player taken, with Patrick Williams going No. 4 to Chicago. The 6-7 Vassell averaged 12.7 points and he was among the top wing defenders in the draft.

9:05 PM - November 18, 2020
9:05 PM - November 18, 2020

The next two: Toppin to NY, Avdija to Washington

The New York Knicks selected Dayton forward Obi Toppin with the No 8 picks. Toppin led the NCAA in dunks this past season.

He said he didn’t begin to dunk until his senior year in high school.

Toppin was emotional in his interview after being drafted. He is from New York and now will be playing at Madison Square Garden.

Israel’s Deni Avdija, a 6-9 forward, was selected No. 9 by the Washington Wizards. He is the highest ever drafted prospect from Israel.

Many mock drafts had Addija going as high as No. 4.

8:52 PM - November 18, 2020
8:52 PM - November 18, 2020

The next two: Onyeka Okongwu, Killian Hayes

Onyeka Okongwu, the freshman center from USC led off the next five picks, being selected No. 6 overall by the Atlanta Hawks.

He averaged 16.2 points and was considered one of the top defensive players in the draft.

Point guard Killian Hayes was selected seventh overall by the Detroit Pistons. He competed in Germany’s top league with ratiopharm Ulm in 2019-20 after beginning his career in France.

8:43 PM - November 18, 2020
8:43 PM - November 18, 2020

Woj with a rumor at No. 7

8:40 PM - November 18, 2020
8:40 PM - November 18, 2020

Cleveland selects Isaac Okoro

The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected small forward Isaac Okoro with the No. 5 overall pick. Okoro averaged just 12.8 points but he is considered one of the top defenders in the draft.

“I think he is the best defensive player in the draft,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said on ESPN.

8:33 PM - November 18, 2020
8:33 PM - November 18, 2020

Chicago selects Patrick Williams at No. 4

Florida State forward Patrick Williams, the ACC Sixth Man of the Year, was the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.

The 6-8 Williams averaged 9.2 points per game, but his stock has been moving up and now he is the first pick for new coach Billy Donovan.

8:27 PM - November 18, 2020
8:27 PM - November 18, 2020

Charlotte selects LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball, the 6-foot-7 point guard who played this past year in Australia, is the No. 3 selection in the NBA draft by Charlotte.

Ball’s brother Lonzo was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. They are the first brothers to be top five picks in the NBA draft. LaMelo Ball is an exceptional passer but needs work on his perimeter game.

8:22 PM - November 18, 2020
8:22 PM - November 18, 2020

Golden State selects James Wiseman

The Golden State Warriors select Memphis center James Wiseman with the second overall pick. Wiseman only played three games with Memphis before withdrawing after an NCAA suspension.

This afternoon, ESPN reported that Klay Thompson injured his right lower leg, the extent of injury is not known yet. Thompson missed last year with a left ACL injury.

8:16 PM - November 18, 2020
8:16 PM - November 18, 2020

Edwards picked first

Georgia freshman shooting guard Anthony Edwards was the first overall selection of the NBA draft, selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Edwards averaged 19.1 points per game this past season.

Since 2007 the Timberwolves have the lowest winning percentage in the NBA. The Wolves have three of the top 33 picks in the draft. Golden State Warriors are on deck.

7:30 PM - November 18, 2020
7:30 PM - November 18, 2020

Welcome to Draft Night

Good evening and thanks for joining us for the NBA draft live blog. There have already been several pre-draft trades and there could be a lot of activity tonight.

We’ll be here all evening updating picks, getting social media reaction and keeping you updated on all things NBA. We hope you enjoy the draft and following our coverage.

We look forward to your comments. Send them to me via Twitter (@sjnard) or below in the comments section.

Happy NBA Draft Night!

7:30 PM - November 18, 2020
7:30 PM - November 18, 2020

Sixers acquire sharpshooting Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson from OKC, dump Al Horford’s salary

By Keith Pompey

The 76ers just corrected their spacing issues and dumped a massive salary.

The Sixers acquired the sharpshooting Danny Green, along with Terrance Ferguson, from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Al Horford, a future first-rounder, a second-rounder and the rights to Serbian point guard Vasilije Micic, league sources confirmed.

The picks are a 2025 first-rounder, protected slots No. 1 through 6, and the 34th overall pick in Wednesday’s virtual NBA draft. If the first-round pick doesn’t convey, it’s protected 1 through 4 in 2026. If it still doesn’t convey, it becomes a 2027 second-round pick.

7:30 PM - November 18, 2020
7:30 PM - November 18, 2020

Pre-draft reading

On his podcast, Pompey ponders the Sixers' best approach to acquire Harden.

LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards appear to be battling for the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Here is our Q and A guide to this year’s draft, listing the top pick candidates, best shooters and more.

Pompey profiles the Philadelphia area’s top prospect, Villanova forward Saddiq Bey.