Nigeria Takes Over 2020 NBA Draft

The Cleveland Cavaliers select Isaac Okoro with the #5 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Image Via @AuburnMBB Twitter

One of the main storylines coming of out of the 2020 NBA Draft was the record number of Nigerians drafted. There was a record of 8 Nigerians that got drafted including 6 players drafted as first round picks. Here’s the breakdown of the draft picks:

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2018 NBA Draft


There were four Nigerian players drafted during the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday including the number overall pick DeAndre Ayton to the Phoenix Suns. As you can see in the photo above, Ayton decided to show his love for his Nigerian roots inside of his suit.

Name Draft Pick Team Position University
DeAndre Ayton Phoenix Suns Rd 1, Pick 1 C Arizona
Josh Okogie Minnesota Timberwolves Rd 1, Pick 20 SG/SF Georgia Tech
Chimezie Metu San Antonio Spurs Rd 2, Pick 49 PR/C USC
Kostas Antetokounmpo Dallas Mavericks Rd 2, Pick 60 SF/PR Dayton

Check out Josh Okogie’s celebration with his family: