NBA Draft 2024: How to watch the first round tonight

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There is no clear top talent to be selected first in this year’s NBA Draft, so there will be surprises right from the start. The Atlanta Hawks have the first pick, and it’s hard for anyone to predict who they will select or who they will take out of the top spot. The Washington Wizards are in second place, followed by the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons in the top five.

Two prospects from France — center Alex Sarr and small forward Zachary Risachar — are at or near the top of every draft prospect list, along with two other players who helped UConn win its second consecutive national championship — center Donovan Clingan and guard Stefan Cassel.

We’ll also see where Bronny James will begin his professional career. After completing his freshman year at USC, LeBron’s son is draft-eligible, but he’s more likely to be a Day 2 selection than hear his name called on the first night of the draft. That’s right: The NBA Draft has been expanded and will now take place over two nights.

The pieces will start moving into place tonight. The first round will begin 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on ABC and ESPN. The second round of the draft takes place tomorrow. Here’s how you can watch all the picks without cable anywhere in the world.

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Zachary Risachar, a 6-foot-9 forward from France, could be the first pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

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When is the NBA draft?

The NBA Draft will take place on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 in New York City.

The first round begins on Wednesday at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). The second round begins on Thursday at 4 pm ET (1 pm PT).

What is a draft order?

The Atlanta Hawks won the NBA Draft Lottery and had the first pick. The 14 lottery picks are as follows:

1. Atlanta Hawks
2. Washington Wizards
3. Houston Rockets (from Brooklyn)
4. San Antonio Spurs
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Charlotte Hornets
7. Portland Trail Blazers
8. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto)
9. Memphis Grizzlies
10. Utah Jazz
11. Chicago Bulls
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Houston)
13. Sacramento Kings
14. Portland Trail Blazers (from Golden State via Boston and Memphis)

You can see the complete draft order for both rounds here.

How can I watch the draft on TV?

The first round of the draft will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN. The second round will be shown only on ESPN.

Watch a livestream of the draft in the US

You can watch a livestream of the draft here WatchESPN.com Or WatchESPN appBut you’ll need to prove that you have a TV subscription that includes an ESPN or ESPN Plus account. If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can watch the NBA Draft with a live TV streaming service. All five major services offer ABC and ESPN.

Alternatively, if you live in an area with good reception, you can watch the first round of the draft on ABC on over-the-air broadcast channels by hooking up an affordable (less than $30) indoor antenna to almost any TV.

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Fubo’s basic $80-per-month Pro package includes ABC and ESPN, but Fubo charges RSN fees (either $12 per month if you take one RSN or $15 per month if there are two or more in your area) that bumps the monthly fee up to $92 or $95. Click here to see which local channels you get.

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How to watch the NBA Draft from anywhere using a VPN

If you’re unable to watch the NBA Draft locally, you may need another way to watch it — that’s where using a VPN can come in. A VPN is the best way to prevent your ISP from throttling your speeds by encrypting your traffic, and it’s also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network and want to add an extra layer of privacy to your device and login.

With a VPN, you can virtually change your location on your phone, tablet, or laptop to access the draft. So if your internet provider or mobile carrier has given you an IP address that incorrectly shows your location to be in a blackout zone, a VPN can fix that problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, nonblackout region. Most VPNs, such as our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make this really easy to do.

Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a valid subscription to the service you’re streaming from. You should make sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it finds circumventing properly enforced blackout restrictions.

Are you looking for other options? Don’t forget to take a look at some of the other great VPN deals available right now.

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Watch the NBA Draft livestream in the UK

Basketball fans in the UK can watch the draft live on Sky Sports. The NBA Draft will be broadcast on the Sky Sports Main Event channel. Coverage will begin at 1am BST on Thursday, June 27.

Viewers in the U.K. will be able to watch the NBA Draft on the Sky Sports Main Event channel. Subscribers can also stream the action via the Sky Go app. Sky subsidiary Now (formerly Now TV) offers streaming access to Sky Sports channels with a Now Sports subscription. You can get one-day access for £12 or sign up for a monthly plan from £21 per month for the first six months (and £35 per month after that).

Watch the NBA Draft livestream in Canada

Canadian basketball fans can watch the draft on TSN4 with coverage beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday.

The NBA Draft will be broadcast on TSN4 in Canada, which you can watch with the TSN Plus streaming service. It costs CA$20 per month or CA$200 per year.

Watch the NBA Draft livestream in Australia

The NBA Draft can be watched on ESPN via streaming service Kayo Sports. The first round starts at 10am AEST on Thursday.

A Kayo Sports subscription starts at AU$25 per month and lets you stream on one screen, while its Premium tier, priced at AU$35 per month, lets you watch on up to three devices simultaneously.

The service gives you access to a wide range of sports, including F1, NRL, NFL, F1, NHL and MLB, and there are no lock-in contracts.

Even better is that if you’re a new customer, you can take advantage of a one-week free trial of Kayo Sports.

Quick tips for streaming the NBA Draft using a VPN

  • Due to four factors – your ISP, browser, video streaming provider, and VPN – your experience and success when streaming the NBA Draft may vary.
  • If you don’t see your desired location as the default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “Search for a city or country” option.
  • If you’re still having trouble watching the tournament after turning on your VPN and setting it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs — such as Roku — don’t have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll need to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you’re using (such as your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network will now appear in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after installing the cable network’s sports app, you’ll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, as both devices will appear to be in the right location.
  • And remember, browsers can often reveal location even if you use a VPN, so make sure you’re using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We generally recommend Brave.

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