NBL Next Stars selected in NBA draft

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Minnesota took Anthony Edwards with the No.1 pick in the NBA draft while LaMelo Ball was selected third by Charlotte and Josh Green was the first Australian selected when Dallas took him with the 18th selection.

Tears flowed freely for those and many more players on Wednesday night when their long-awaited, months-delayed NBA dreams were finally realised at a virtual draft delayed multiple times because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Commissioner Adam Silver announced the first round of picks from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

College freshman, Memphis 7-footer James Wiseman, was selected No.2 by the Golden State with Ball, who played in the NBL last season for the Illawarra Hawks, excited to land at the Michael Jordan owned Charlotte Hornets.

Another NBL Next Star program alumni, RJ Hampton, was pick No.24 by the Milwaukee Bucks but is expected to be sent to the Denver Nuggets.

The Mavericks' pick of Green, a 6-6 swingman who played one season at Arizona, will see him line up at a western conference contender led by superstar guar Luka Doncic.

At No.4, the Chicago Bulls took small forward Patrick Williams while Isaac Okoro was pick No.5 by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 19-year-old Edwards - who averaged 19.1 points per game at Georgia - joins 2015 No.1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns with the Timberwolves, who had just 19 wins last season.

Edwards is slotted to receive a four-year contract worth $44.2 million ($A60.6m) under terms of the existing collective bargaining agreement.

"It's an indescribable feeling. I can't even describe it," Edwards said in a live ESPN interview moments after the selection was announced.

"My family is emotional. I'm sure when I get off of here I'm going to get emotional."

The newcomers will have precious little time to prepare for their debuts and need to knock off months of rust or more without the benefit of summer league.

Training camps open in early December and the 72-game 2020-21 season is set to begin on December 22.