NBA Draft 2020: What time does it start in the UK, who has the No 1 pick and how can I watch it?

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Jack Rathborn
Wednesday 18 November 2020 23:03
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Anthony Edwards is being considered for the No 1 pick
Anthony Edwards is being considered for the No 1 pick

The 2020 NBA Draft is here after days of juicy gossip surrounding trades as the world’s greatest basketball league dominates the headlines during its offseason.

The draft is usually held in June, but due to the coronavirus pandemic delaying the season and subsequent play-offs, where the Los Angeles Lakers emerged victorious in the Finals against the Miami Heat, next year’s rookie class have been forced to wait for their big moment.

Instead of the usual location for the draft in New York, commissioner Adam Silver will announce the picks at the ESPN campus in Bristol, Connecticut.

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And while there might not be a “can’t miss” prospect, the depth to this class is thought to be especially attractive - with high-potential picks all the way down past the top 10, even if the Minnesota Timberwolves at No 1 are only considering three talents (more of which below). Here’s everything you need to know about the draft:

Draft Order

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. Charlotte Hornets
  4. Chicago Bulls
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Atlanta Hawks
  7. Detroit Pistons
  8. New York Knicks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Phoenix Suns
  11. San Antonio Spurs
  12. Sacramento Kings
  13. New Orleans Pelicans
  14. Boston Celtics (from Memphis Grizzlies)
  15. Orlando Magic
  16. Houston Rockets (from Portland Trail Blazers)
  17. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Brooklyn Nets, via Atlanta Hawks)
  18. Dallas Mavericks
  19. Brooklyn Nets (from Philadelphia 76ers, via LA Clippers)
  20. Miami Heat
  21. Philadelphia 76ers (from Oklahoma City Thunder, via Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic)
  22. Denver Nuggets (from Houston Rockets)
  23. Utah Jazz
  24. Milwaukee Bucks (from Indiana Pacers)
  25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Denver Nuggets)
  26. Boston Celtics
  27. New York Knicks (from LA Clippers)
  28. LA Lakers
  29. Toronto Raptors
  30. Boston Celtics (from Milwaukee Bucks, via Phoenix Suns)
  31. Dallas Mavericks (from Golden State Warriors)
  32. Charlotte Hornets (from Cleveland Cavaliers via Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers)
  33. Minnesota Timberwolves
  34. Philadelphia 76ers (from Atlanta Hawks)
  35. Sacramento Kings (from Detroit Pistons, via Phoenix Suns)
  36. Philadelphia 76ers (from New York Knicks)
  37. Washington Wizards (from Chicago Bulls)
  38. New York Knicks (From Charlotte Hornets)
  39. New Orleans Pelicans (from Washington Wizards, via Milwaukee Bucks)
  40. Memphis Grizzlies (from Phoenix Suns)
  41. San Antonio Spurs
  42. New Orleans Pelicans
  43. Sacramento Kings
  44. Chicago Bulls (from Memphis Grizzlies)
  45. Orlando Magic
  46. Portland Trail Blazers
  47. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn Nets, via Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets)
  48. Golden State Warriors (from Dallas Mavericks, via Philadelphia 76ers)
  49. Philadelphia 76ers
  50. Atlanta Hawks (from Miami Heat, via Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers)
  51. Golden State Warriors (from Utah Jazz, via Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks)
  52. Sacramento Kings (from Houston Rockets)
  53. Oklahoma City Thunder
  54. Indiana Pacers
  55. Brooklyn Nets (from Denver Nuggets)
  56. Charlotte Hornets (from Boston Celtics)
  57. LA Clippers
  58. Philadelphia 76ers (from LA Lakers, via Orlando Magic)
  59. Toronto Raptors
  60. New Orleans Pelicans (from Milwaukee Bucks)

When and where is the NBA Draft and what time does it start in the UK?

The NBA draft is on 18 November at the ESPN Studios in Bristol, Connecticut.

The draft will start at 8pm ET (1am GMT).

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Who will go No 1? 

This draft is unpredictable, but there are a number of players being considered by the Minnesota Timberwolves at No 1:

  • LaMelo Ball, Illawarra
  • Anthony Edwards, Georgia
  • James Wiseman, Memphis

Who are the other highly-rated prospects?

  • Deni Avdija, Maccabi
  • Onyeka Okongwu, USC
  • Obi Toppin, Dayton
  • Isaac Okoro, Auburn
  • Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
  • Patrick Williams, Florida State
  • Killian Hayes, France

How can I watch and is there a live stream?

You can watch the draft in the United States on ESPN, in the UK it will be on Sky Sports Main Event and Arena. Coverage starts at 11pm GMT. 

You can get a live stream of the draft in the UK if you’re a Sky Sports subscriber by using Sky Go on desktop or on your mobile device through the app.

Odds for No 1 overall pick

  • Anthony Edwards: 4/6
  • LaMelo Ball: 13/10
  • James Wiseman: 10/1

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