A forecast for the 2021 NBA draft that feels safe: This year’s event won’t be boring.
The Grizzlies and Pelicans kicked off draft week with a deal that involved multiple players and picks – and one that could have a big impact on the free agency. That’s probably just the beginning of the action, as multiple teams could try to get deals that shake up the drafting committee.
Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green and Evan Mobley are expected to be the top three picks, but nothing is guaranteed. It only takes an aggressive general manager to change everything on draft night.
Here’s a full guide to the 2021 NBA Draft, including the start time, TV channel, and order of selection for Rounds 1 and 2.
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When does the NBA draft start today?
- With you: Thursday July 29th
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET
Coverage of the 2021 NBA draft begins at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN. A pre-draft countdown show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Here’s how to watch the 2021 NBA draft
You can watch the 2021 NBA Draft on ABC (first round only) and ESPN (first and second round) or stream it on the Watch ESPN app and fuboTV.
This year’s design takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Last year’s event was held virtually from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.
NBA Draft Order 2021
In the first round, each team has five minutes to make a selection. This time limit drops to two minutes for the second round.
|6th||Oklahoma City thunder|
|7th||Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|8th.||Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)|
|10.||New Orleans Pelicans|
|12th||San Antonio Spurs|
|14th||Golden State Warriors|
|16.||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston Celtics)|
|18th||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami Heat)|
|19th||New York Knicks|
|21.||New York Knicks (via Dallas Mavericks)|
|22nd||Los Angeles Lakers|
|23||Houston Rockets (via Portland Trail Blazers)|
|24.||Houston Rockets (via Milwaukee Bucks)|
|25th||Los Angeles Clippers|
|31.||Milwaukee Bucks (via Houston Rockets)|
|32.||New York Knicks (via Detroit Pistons)|
|34.||Oklahoma City thunder|
|35.||New Orleans Pelicans (via Cleveland Cavaliers)|
|36.||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|37.||Detroit Pistons (via Toronto Raptors)|
|38.||Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans Pelicans)|
|40||New Orleans Pelicans (via Chicago Bulls)|
|41.||San Antonio Spurs|
|42.||Detroit Pistons (via Charlotte Hornets)|
|43.||New Orleans Pelicans (via Washington Wizards)|
|44.||Brooklyn Nets (via Indiana Pacers)|
|46.||Toronto Raptors (via Memphis Grizzlies)|
|47.||Toronto Raptors (via Golden State Warriors)|
|48.||Atlanta Hawks (via Miami Hawks)|
|49.||Brooklyn Nets (via Atlanta Hawks)|
|50.||Philadelphia 76ers (via New York Knicks)|
|51.||Memphis Grizzlies (via Portland Trail Blazers)|
|52.||Detroit Pistons (via Los Angeles Lakers)|
|53.||New Orleans Pelicans (via Dallas Mavericks)|
|54.||Indiana Pacers (via Milwaukee Bucks)|
|55.||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Denver Nuggets)|
|56.||Charlotte Hornets (via Los Angeles Clippers)|
|57.||Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn Nets)|
|58.||New York Knicks (via Philadelphia 76ers)|
|59||Brooklyn Nets (via Phoenix Suns)|
|60||Indiana Pacers (via Utah Jazz)|
2021 NBA mock draft
The latest mock draft from SN, curated by Mike DeCourcy, breaks down the entire first round of the 2021 NBA draft. DeCourcy predicts the Pistons will win Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham with the # 1 overall standings.
Here are SN’s likely top 5 for this year’s draft:
- Piston: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
- Missiles: Jalen Green, G League Ignite
- Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, USC
- Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga, G League Ignite
- Magic: Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga
Check out the rest of the DeCourcy mock design here.