What channel is the NBA Draft on today? Time, TV schedule for 2020 NBA Draft

What a whirlwind of an offseason for the NBA. Just a little more than a month since the Lakers clinched their 17th NBA championship, teams have already begun wheeling and dealing for the 2020-21 NBA season.

While some teams opt to make blockbuster trades or sign flashy free agents, others rely on Wednesday’s NBA Draft to invest in the future. The Timberwolves won the rights to the first overall pick back in the NBA Draft Lottery and will have the run of the mill to choose from the top collegiate and international prospects.

There are no sure-fire NBA All-Stars in this year’s draft like there was in 2019 with Ja Morant and Zion Williamson, but there are plenty of talented prospects that can play right away or contribute to a rotation in the near future. Expect to see names like James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards go off the board first.

Below is all you need to know to watch the 2020 NBA Draft on TV or via live stream, including options for devices to stream the event.

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What channel is the NBA Draft on today?

Unlike the NFL Draft that is aired on a variety of networks, ESPN is the exclusive home to the 2020 NBA Draft.

While past drafts have been held in Barclays Center in New York City, due to COVID-19 the 2020 NBA Draft will be held at ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut, with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announcing picks in the first round and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announcing Round 2. The selected players will learn what franchise they will be playing for via Zoom.

ESPN’s cast of panelists will include Rece Davis as host, Jay Bilas, Jay Williams and Mike Schmitz as analysts as well as Malika Andrews as the telecast’s reporter. Rachel Nichols will provide interviews with the top drafted prospects, and Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks will provide additional news updates and front-office analysis.

What time does the NBA Draft start today?

Pre-draft coverage begins on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET before the draft and its ensuing 60 picks begin at 8 p.m. 

Each team is alotted five minutes to make its selection in the first round and then only two minutes in the second round. A typical NBA draft takes between four and five hours to complete.

2020 NBA Draft live stream

NBA Draft live steams can be found on multiple platforms and can be viewed on multiple devices. As for live TV streaming services, fuboTV, YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV and AT&T TV Now all carry ESPN. 

For those with a cable subscription, any device that has the Watch ESPN app (Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PS4 and Roku) will have access to the 2020 NBA Draft by authentication with participating TV providers.

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