What time does the 2021 NBA Draft start? Live TV coverage, schedule, pick order for Rounds 1-2

One prediction about the 2021 NBA Draft that feels safe: This year’s event won’t be dull.

The Grizzlies and Pelicans kicked off draft week with a trade that involved multiple players and picks — and could have major free-agency implications. That is likely just the start of the action, as several teams could be looking to make deals that shake up the draft board.

Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green and Evan Mobley are expected to be the top three picks in some order, but nothing is guaranteed. It only takes one aggressive general manager to change everything on draft night.

Here is a complete guide to the 2021 NBA Draft, including the start time, TV channel and order of picks for Rounds 1 and 2.

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

What time does the NBA Draft start today?

  • Date: Thursday, July 29
  • 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 will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

How to watch the 2021 NBA Draft

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 and fuboTV.

This year’s draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Last year’s event was conducted virtually from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.

MORE: 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. That time limit drops to two minutes for the second round.

Round 1

PickTeam
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
15.Washington Wizards
16.Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston Celtics)
17.Memphis Grizzlies
18.Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami Heat)
19.New York Knicks
20.Atlanta Hawks
21.New York Knicks (via Dallas Mavericks)
22.Los Angeles Lakers
23.Houston Rockets (via Portland Trail Blazers)
24.Houston Rockets (via Milwaukee Bucks)
25.Los Angeles Clippers
26.Denver Nuggets
27.Brooklyn Nets
28.Philadelphia 76ers
29.Phoenix Suns
30.Utah Jazz

Round 2

PickTeam
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

SN’s latest mock draft, curated by Mike DeCourcy, breaks down the entire first round of the 2021 NBA Draft. DeCourcy predicts the Pistons will take Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 overall pick.

Here is SN’s projected top five for this year’s draft:

  1. Pistons: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
  2. Rockets: 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 DeCourcy’s mock draft here.

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