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When is the 2021 NBA Draft? How to watch the NBA Draft

What time does the NBA Draft start? How can you watch and get expert reaction to your team's picks? We've got all the answers.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The highly anticipated 2021 NBA Draft is almost here.

The Detroit Pistons hold the No. 1 pick and are expected to select former Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham with the selection. But, there are strong prospects right behind him including Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs and more. 

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Hear analysis from Audacy Sports experts including former NBA GM Ryan McDonough, NBA Champion Brian Scalabrine, former College Head Coach Jimmy Patsos as well as Chad Ford of Chad Ford's NBA Big Board

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When is the 2021 NBA Draft?

The 2021 NBA Draft is taking place at the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, on Thursday, July 29. The first round of the draft is scheduled to start on Thursday at 8 p.m. EST. 

How can I watch the 2021 NBA Draft?

The first round of the draft will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN, while the second round will be broadcast on ESPN.

The Locked On Live NBA Draft show, coming to you from WFAA studios in Dallas, will be streamed live on draft night here on our website, Locked On NBA YouTube, Roku and Amazon Fire apps, as well as Audacy. 

The Locked On Live NBA Draft show will be hosted by John Karalis with draft experts Chad Ford, of Chad Ford's NBA Big Board, and  Rafael Barlowe, of Locked On NBA Draft on set. Local Locked On NBA podcast experts will join the show to talk their teams' selections.

What is the 2021 NBA Draft order?

The Pistons hold the top pick after winning the NBA Draft Lottery, followed by the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers to round out the top three. 

Round 1:

1. Detroit
2. Houston
3. Cleveland
4. Toronto
5. Orlando
6. Oklahoma City
7. Golden State (from Minnesota)
8. Orlando (from Chicago)
9. Sacramento
10. New Orleans
11. Charlotte
12. San Antonio
13. Indiana
14. Golden State
15. Washington
16. Oklahoma City (from Boston)
17. Memphis
18. Oklahoma City (from Miami via the LA Clippers, Philadelphia, and Phoenix)
19. New York
20. Atlanta
21. New York (from Dallas)
22. Los Angeles Lakers
23. Houston (from Portland)
24. Houston (from Milwaukee)
25. LA Clippers
26. Denver
27. Brooklyn
28. Philadelphia
29. Phoenix
30. Utah

Round 2:

31. Milwaukee (from Houston)
32. New York (from Detroit via the LA Clippers and Philadelphia)
33. Orlando
34. Oklahoma City
35. New Orleans (from Cleveland via Atlanta)
36. Oklahoma City (from Minnesota via Golden State)
37. Detroit (from Toronto via Brooklyn)
38. Chicago (from New Orleans)**
39. Sacramento
40. New Orleans (from Chicago)**
41. San Antonio
42. Detroit (from Charlotte via New York)
43. New Orleans (from Washington via Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Utah)
44. Brooklyn (from Indiana)
45. Boston
46. Toronto (from Memphis via Sacramento)
47. Toronto (from Golden State via Utah and New Orleans)
48. Atlanta (from Miami via Sacramento and Portland)
49. Brooklyn (from Atlanta)
50. Philadelphia (from New York)
51. Memphis (from Portland via Dallas, Detroit, and Cleveland)
52. Detroit (from Los Angeles Lakers via Sacramento, Houston, and Detroit)
53. New Orleans (from Dallas)
54. Indiana (from Milwaukee via Houston and Cleveland)
55. Oklahoma City (from Denver via Golden State and Philadelphia)
56. Charlotte (from LA Clippers)
57. Charlotte (from Brooklyn)
58. New York (from Philadelphia)
59. Brooklyn (from Phoenix)
60. Indiana (from Utah)

** Order assumes that Chicago exercises its right to swap the #40 pick for the #38 pick. 

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