THE 2021 NBA DRAFT LIVE ON ESPN2 – ESPN Press Room Latin America South

  • The best young talents will seek their place in the best basketball league in the world in this 2021 edition
  • It will be broadcast live on ESPN2 on Thursday, July 29, from 20: 30ARG / URU 19: 30BOL / CHI / PAR / VEN 18: 30COL / ECU / PER

Lovers NBA they will have their eyes set on a new gala night, in which the future stars of the league will present themselves to the world and will become the new bets of each franchise. Is that this Thursday, July 29, LIVE on ESPN2 you can enjoy the Draft 2021, in what will be the perfect prelude to a new regular season that will have them Milwaukee bucks as defending champions and that will begin on October 19.

The Draft ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center, house of the Brooklyn nets. This stadium served as host 8 times, the last of them in 2019.

Thursday July 29 live on ESPN2

NBA Tonight // 20: 30ARG / URU 19: 30BOL / CHI / PAR / VEN 18: 30COL / ECU / PER
NBA Draft 2021 // 21: 00ARG / URU 20: 00BOL / CHI / PAR / VEN 19: 00COL / ECU / PER

But what is the Draft?

  • This event, which consists of 60 selections, two per franchise during two rounds, has as its main objective to level the NBA franchises, giving the opportunity to those with the worst record during the season to select the best young talents.
  • For the first 14 picks, a draw is made between the teams that did not make it to the Playoffs. This time around, the Detroit Pistons will have the chance to pick the # 1 pick. In second place in the draw were the Rockets followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • The rest of the picks, from 15 to 30, are selected from the best records of the season. The same happens with the second round.
  • Each team, during the event, has 5 minutes to define their selection during the first round and only two minutes in the second round.

Who are the main candidates for the first picks?

  • Unlike what happened during 2020, this year it seems to be much clearer the name that will be mentioned by Adam Silver as the first selection for the Pistons. In this case, Cade Cunningham is the great candidate. The Oklahoma State perimeter made it clear that, after the elimination in the NCAA at the hands of Oregon State, that in this 2021 their intentions were to leave the University to join the NBA.
  • Gonzaga’s point guard Jalen Suggs, G League Ignite Jalen Green and USC pivot Evan Mobley affirm themselves between picks 2 and 4 according to specialists.
  • Names like Scottie Barnes, Jonathan Kuminga and Davion Mitchell hope to complete the top 10 spots of this 2021 Draft.

A Draft with an international presence

While Americans outnumber foreign players, countries like Australia, Spain, Serbia, Lithuania, France and Germany will have their representatives. Let’s go over the list:

  • Alperen Sengun – Turkey
  • Josh Giddey – Australia
  • Usman Garuba – Spain
  • Filip Petrusev – Serbia
  • Rokas Jokubaitis – Lithuania
  • Ariel Hukporti – Germany
  • Juhann Bagarin – France
  • Chris Duarte – Dominican Republic

Some data to keep in mind

  • As commissioner, this will be Adam Silver’s 15th consecutive draft (7th as deputy commissioner).
  • Since the Draft adopted the two-round format in 1989, Kentucky has been the University with the highest number of picks in the same edition: 6 in 2012 and 2015.
  • The draft will be held again during July for the first time since 1947, the inaugural year of the event.

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