How to Watch the NBA Draft Without Cable on Thursday, July 29

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The 2021 NBA Draft presented by State Farm has finally arrived as the NBA’s future stars prepare to walk the stage and shake NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s hand after being selected to their new team. 9 days after the Milwaukee Bucks secured their second NBA championship, the other 29 NBA teams are looking to improve upon their 2020-21 campaigns to have a championship season of their own in 2021-2022.

1st Round 

  1. Detroit
  2. Houston
  3. Cleveland
  4. Toronto
  5. Orlando
  6. Oklahoma City
  7. Golden State (from MIN)
  8. Orlando (from CHI)
  9. Sacramento
  10. Memphis (from NO)
  11. Charlotte
  12. San Antonio
  13. Indiana
  14. Golden State
  15. Washington
  16. Oklahoma City (from BOS)
  17. New Orleans (from MEM)
  18. Oklahoma City (from MIA)
  19. New York
  20. Atlanta
  21. New York (from DAL)
  22. LA Lakers
  23. Houston (from POR)
  24. Houston (from MIL)
  25. LA Clippers
  26. Denver
  27. Brooklyn
  28. Philadelphia
  29. Phoenix
  30. Utah

2nd Round

31. Milwaukee(from HOU) 
32. New York (from DET)
33. Orlando
34. Oklahoma City 
35. New Orleans(from CLE) 
36. Oklahoma City (from MIN)
37. Detroit (from TOR)
38. Chicago (from NO)
39. Sacramento
40. Memphis (from CHI)
41. San Antonio
42. Detroit (from CHA) 
43. New Orleans (from WAS) 
44. Brooklyn (from IND)
45. Boston 
46. Toronto (from MEM)
47. Toronto (from GS)
48. Atlanta (from MIA)
49. Brooklyn (from ATL) 
50. Philadelphia (from NY)
51. New Orleans (from POR) 
52. Detroit (from LAL)
53. New Orleans (from DAL)
54. Indiana (from MIL)
55. Oklahoma City (from DEN)
56. Charlotte (from LAC)
57. Charlotte(from BKN) 
58. New York (from PHI)
59. Brooklyn (from PHX) 
60. Indiana (from UTA)

After last year’s draft was a virtual event due to the pandemic, this year’s draft will be an in-person event held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the 8th time. This year will mark the return of the Green Room, where  20 of the best prospects are invited to the draft to hear their name called. Fans will be in attendance; however, cord cutters can find out how to watch every moment of the 2021 NBA Draft below.

When Does the 2021 NBA Draft Begin?

For the 19th consecutive year, ESPN will cover every selection of the NBA Draft. Pre-draft coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, as the 2021 NBA Draft is scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET. The first round will air on ESPN and simulcast on ABC for the first time. Round 2 will directly follow at 11:00 p.m. ET, airing exclusively on ESPN.

How to Watch the 2021 NBA Draft

Cord cutters can watch the 2021 NBA Draft by subscribing to any streaming service that carries ESPN and ABC. Choosing from any of these subscription services below has its benefits because there are no hidden fees, you can cancel anytime with most offering a free trial for new subscribers.

  • AT&T TV Now: Subscribers to the AT&TV Now can watch the NBA Draft on ESPN, ABC, and over 65 other channels for only $69.99/month with their Entertainment package. 20 hours of DVR is included so you won’t miss your team’s pick, and you can record your other favorite shows.
  • Hulu + Live TV: For only $65/month, Hulu + Live TV gives you access to ABC, ESPN, the 2021 NBA Draft, over 65 channels, and access to Hulu’s large library of content including exclusive shows and movies. With 50 hours of Cloud DVR included you’ll be able to record all the trades and selections of the draft.
  • fuboTV: Perhaps the best sports-orientated streaming service is fuboTV because subscribers can watch ABC, ESPN, the NBA Draft, over 130 events in 4K, and 110 channels, starting at $64.99/month. 250 hours of Cloud DVR means there is plenty of room to save your favorite events.
  • YouTube TV: For $65/month, YouTube TV is a great service for watching ABC, ESPN, the 2021 NBA Draft, and over 85 other channels. With unlimited Cloud DVR storage, it’s the perfect place to record the draft, sports analyst predictions, games from the upcoming season, and have the ability to come back to it at the season’s end.
  • Sling Orange: The Sling Orange package is only $35/month and it includes 10 hours of Cloud DVR storage. Sling is one of the most affordable services to watch the 2021 NBA Draft on ESPN, ABC, and it comes with over 30 other channels.

Predictions: Deals and Steals

Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham is projected to be the top pick and top overall prospect entering this year’s draft. The Detroit Pistons haven’t committed on rather or not they’re going to draft him or trade down and get more picks/players. Outside of Cunnigham, the consensus is that NBA G League Ignite’s Jalen Green and USC’s Evan Mobley round out the top-3 “can’t miss” players in this year’s draft.

Teams with enough capital to trade up to secure one of the 3 may be able to do so since Detroit is rumored to trade down. The Warriors are another team who may facilitate a trade since they have the 7th and 14th picks, and are rumored to be looking to add another star such as Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard, or Pascal Siakam. It would not be surprising if there is some sort of multi-team trade that allows a team to trade with Golden State and secure a top-3 pick.

Players to keep an eye on that may end up being steals include international phenoms Josh Giddey (Australia) and Alperen Sengun (Turkey). Both player’s draft stock has skyrocketed due to their high-level play overseas – Sengun was the 2021 Turkish League MVP and Giddey won the 2021 National Basketball League Rookie of the Year.

James Bouknight (UCONN), Davion Mitchell (Baylor), Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga), and Day’ron Sharpe (UNC) are four players that will have long-term success in the NBA. They all have high motors and their games should be able to translate with significant contribution to their teams. Suggs and Mitchell have tangibles that more-skilled players may not possess. Bouknight should be able to hit the ground running and in Sharpe’s case, he’ll probably get drafted in the second round but he has the skillset to be a solid big man in today’s game.

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