NBA Draft 2019: How to watch live tonight, start time, draft order and top picks, The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 20. It starts at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and comprises two rounds.
For many teams in the NBA, the future begins tonight. The 2019 NBA Draft will determine which franchises get the best new players coming into the league, including top college players Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett from Duke, Ja Morant from Murray State and De’Andre Hunter from Virginia. The New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks and other top lottery teams will have a chance to pick a future star. Tune in to our sister site CBS Sports HQ for live coverage throughout draft night.
Rosters for next season are already taking shape with trades before the draft, including the blockbuster that sent Anthony Davis from the Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers. Now the Pels have two top-five picks: no. 1 overall, widely expected to be Zion, and the fourth pick acquired from the Lakers. Other trades involving picks include the Grizzlies, who added the number 23 pick, the Atlanta Hawks, who added number 17 and the Detroit Pistons, who acquired number 30. Plenty of other trades are possible today too, right up to the draft itself.
The lead up to the NBA draft also should hold plenty of intrigue. The Lakers reportedly are trying to clear more cap space in an effort to add another max slot alongside LeBron James and the soon-to-arrive Anthony Davis. The Warriors, meanwhile, are looking for a way to add talent to a roster that was hit hard by severe injuries in the NBA Finals. How will the Kings use their three second-round picks? It’s sure to be a fun day.