When does the NBA draft start today? Live TV coverage, schedule, order of rounds 1-2



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.

MORE NBA DRAFT: SN’s latest mock draft | Top 60 bigboard

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.

BLACKBERRIES: Watch the 2021 NBA draft live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

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.

Round 1

Choose team
1. Detroit flask
2. Houston Rockets
3rd Cleveland Cavaliers
4th Toronto Raptors
5. Orlando Magic
6th Oklahoma City thunder
7th Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves)
8th. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)
9. Sacramento Kings
10. New Orleans Pelicans
11. Charlotte Hornets
12th San Antonio Spurs
13th Indiana Pacers
14th Golden State Warriors
fifteen. Washington Wizards
16. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston Celtics)
17th Memphis grizzlies
18th Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami Heat)
19th New York Knicks
20th Atlanta Hawks
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
26th Denver nuggets
27 Brooklyn Nets
28. Philadelphia 76ers
29 Phoenix suns
30th Utah Jazz

round 2

Choose team
31. Milwaukee Bucks (via Houston Rockets)
32. New York Knicks (via Detroit Pistons)
33. Orlando Magic
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)
39. Sacramento Kings
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)
45. Boston Celtics
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:

  1. Piston: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
  2. Missiles: Jalen Green, G League Ignite
  3. Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, USC
  4. Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga, G League Ignite
  5. Magic: Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga

Check out the rest of the DeCourcy mock design here.