The 2022 NBA draft is Thursday, June 24. The draft will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and fuboTV, offering a free trial.
Paolo Banchero thinks he should be No. 1. Jabari Smith Jr. sure he will not surpass No. 2. Chet Holmgren will be happy with both.
Freshmen have been considered the top three players available, in some order, in the NBA draft. The Orlando Magic will decide who goes first on Thursday night, with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets scheduled to follow.
Smith, who led Auburn to number one at No. 1, gave himself a slight edge but was impressed by all three.
“I thought I was perfect because it was just my ability to influence both sides of the ball and my ability to drop shots and influence wins at an early age and in the early part of my game,” said Smith. “So I feel like that’s why I chose No. 1. The guys were great watching them all season, how selfless they were and how much they contributed to their team so early on.”
When is the NBA draft?
The NBA draft is set for Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. ET).
Will it be broadcast live?
The show will be broadcast live on fuboTV, offering a free trial. The most basic plan is the “standard fubo” plan, which consists of 121-plus channels for $69.99 per month. As with all cord-cutting alternatives, there are plenty of options, especially for sports. It comes with over 1,000 hours of cloud-based DVR, and up to 10 displays at once.
You can subscribe to ESPN+ for as little as $5.99 per month (or $59.99 per year) via the ESPN App, (on mobile and connected devices), ESPN.com or ESPN+. It’s also available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu (ad-supported), and ESPN+ — all for just $13.99/month.
Will the NBA Draft be televised?
The 2022 NBA draft will be broadcast on ESPN.
SHORT THAN NORMAL: This year’s draft will only include 58 picks, not the usual 60 picks. The Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat have lost second-round picks for talking to free agents before being allowed.
SCHOOL TIE: Kentucky had six signings in 2012 and ’15, the most for any school since 1989. Mike Krzyzewski thinks he could have had five players alone in the first round of his final team at Duke, with Banchero joining Mark Williams, AJ Griffin, Wendell Moore and Trevor Keels.
“The NBA didn’t just design who you are today. They design who you are or who they think you will become. So a lot of kids are leaving earlier than us, we’ve developed them to the point where people see the potential they have,” Krzyzewski said on his SiriusXM radio show, “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.”
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Dyson Daniels of Australia and Bennedict Mathurin of Canada, who play in Arizona, have a chance of becoming the second and third NBA Academy graduates to be recruited. Australia’s Josh Giddey was sixth to the Thunder last season and was the All-Rookie’s second team choice.
2. Oklahoma City
8. New Orleans (from the Los Angeles Lakers)
9. San Antonio
11. New York
12. Oklahoma City (from the LA Clippers)
15. Charlotte (from New Orleans)
17. Houston (from Brooklyn)
20. San Antonio (from Toronto)
22. Memphis (from Utah)
25. San Antonio (from Boston)
28. Golden Country
30. Oklahoma City (from Phoenix)
31. Indiana (from Houston via Cleveland)
33. Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago)
34. Oklahoma City
35. Orlando (from Indiana via Milwaukee)
38. San Antonio (from the Los Angeles Lakers via Chicago and Washington)
39. Cleveland (from San Antonio via Utah)
40. Minnesota (from Washington via Cleveland)
41. New Orleans
42. New York
43. LA Clippers
46. Detroit (from Brooklyn)
47. Memphis (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta)
49. Sacramento (from Chicago via Memphis and Detroit)
50. Minnesota (from Denver via Philadelphia)
51. Golden State (from Toronto via Philadelphia)
52. New Orleans (from Utah)
— Milwaukee (omitted)
— Miami (from Philadelphia via Denver; canceled by Miami)
54. Washington (from Dallas)
55. Golden Country
56. Cleveland (from Miami via Indiana)
57. Portland (from Memphis via Utah)
58. Indiana (from Phoenix)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.