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2020 NBA Draft - Top 5 international players picked

Modified 22 Nov 2020, 00:51 IST

Aleksej Pokusevski (Serbia) - #17 pick

Aleksej Pokusevski
Aleksej Pokusevski

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected 6' 11" forward Aleksej Pokusevski with the 17th pick of the 2020 NBA Draft.

Pokusevski comes to the NBA after a long career in Greece, where he played for the Olympiacos youth team and the regular team. At only 18 years of age, he has experience in the Euroleague with Olympiacos.

The fact that he was already a professional player only raised his stock in the 2020 NBA Draft, where he went to the OKC Thunder in a trade that involved Ricky Rubio.

Josh Green (Australia) - #18 pick

Josh Green
Josh Green

Australian shooting guard Josh Green was selected as the 18th pick by the Dallas Mavericks. Unlike the three international players selected before him, Green played collegiate basketball in the US, doing so with the Arizone Wildcats.


The 6' 6" Sydney-born guard played 30 games in his only season for Arizona Wildcats, where he displayed solid shooting. He averaged 12 points and five rebounds per games while shooting 42% from the field, 36% from 3P and 78% from the free-throw line.

His True Shooting Percentage in college was 52.8. Green is the highest-picked Australian in the NBA Draft since Ben Simmons went first overall in the 2016 edition of the Draft.

Precious Achiuwa (Nigeria) - #20 pick

Precious Achiuwa
Precious Achiuwa

Another international player who played collegiate basketball in USA, Nigerian Precious Achiuwa, was picked in the 20th spot in the 2020 NBA Draft by the reigning Eastern Conference champions Miami Heat.


Achiuwa is a 6' 9" forward, who played a single season in the University of Memphis of the American Athletic Conference.

In 31 games for his collegiate team, Achiuwa averaged a double-double of 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He shot quite well from the field (49%), but his three-point shooting was only 32% on a little more than one attempt per game. His free-throw shooting (59%) must improve if he wants to become a solid NBA player.

Defensively, Achiuwa had a decent year for Memphis, where he averaged over a steal per game and close to a couple of blocks a night. He led the AAC in rebounds per game, total rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and ranked third in blocked shots.

Achiuwa became the third Nigerian player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft since 2000 after Festus Ezeli and Josh Okogie.

Also read: Predicted Golden State Warriors' starting-5 for the 2020-21 NBA season.

Published 22 Nov 2020, 00:51 IST
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