When is the NBA Draft in 2021? Date, time, location, pick order & more to know

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The NBA playoff field is slowly but surely shrinking, and that means NBA Draft season is coming soon.

This year’s draft class is strong at the top with potentially franchise-changing prospects such as Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham and USC’s Evan Mobley. As always, draft night could see a lot of movement with front offices also preparing for free agency, which will quickly follow the annual event.

When will teams be on the clock? Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 NBA Draft.

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When is the NBA Draft in 2021?

  • Date: July 29, 2021
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET

The 2021 NBA Draft will be held Thursday, July 29. The free agency period will begin on Monday, Aug. 2.

NBA Draft TV channel, how to live stream

You can watch the 2021 NBA Draft on ABC (first round only) and ESPN (first and second rounds) or stream it via the Watch ESPN app.

Where is the NBA Draft in 2021?

The NBA has not yet announced the location for the 2021 draft. Last year’s event was conducted virtually from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.

NBA Draft order 2021

Here is the order of the NBA’s first 14 picks after the lottery results:

Pick Team
1. Detroit Pistons
2. Houston Rockets
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Toronto Raptors
5. Orlando Magic
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves)
8. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)
9. Sacramento Kings
10. New Orleans Pelicans
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Indiana Pacers
14. Golden State Warriors
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