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2022 NBA Draft Dates, Start Times, Pick Order, TV Channels, and Updated Draft Layouts

The 2021-2022 NBA season is over as the Warriors beat the Celtics to secure another league title.

Off the court, however, teams are gearing up for a different type of competition: the 2022 NBA Draft is approaching, giving many teams the best chance to improve their record and compete for a spot in next year’s Finals.

Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr., Duke’s Paolo Banchero and Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren were top picks this year. Who will take the top spot overall is anyone’s guess, but storylines and consensus are starting to form around the top picks in the draft.

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That being said, The Sporting News has everything you need to know about the 2022 NBA draft, including how to watch, where it goes and which players are most likely to be the first overall pick:

When will the 2022 NBA draft take place?

  • Date: Thursday, June 23
  • Start time: 7:30 pm ET
  • TV channels: alphabet | ESPN | TSN (Canada)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN | TSN Direct (Canada) | fuboTV

The 2022 NBA Draft will take place at the Barclays Center in New York on Thursday, June 23, the ninth year in a row. The 2022 NBA draft will have 58 picks between rounds 1 and 2, as opposed to the usual 60 (as a result of the Bucks and Heat losing their second-round picks due to violating the league’s anti-rigging rules).

NBA free agency begins August 2 at 6:00 pm ET.

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What time does the NBA draft start?

The 2022 NBA draft starts at 7:30 pm ET on Thursday, June 23; Teams have five minutes between picks, which is roughly four to five hours of draft time.

The NBA Draft differs from each of the other three major North American professional sports leagues (NFL, NHL and MLB) in that the event only lasts one day due to the limited number of players drafted in both rounds (60 in each round). normal draft).

Day Rounds Start time (ET)
Thursday, June 23 Round 1-2 7:30 p.m.

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NBA Draft Schedule

ESPN and ABC will broadcast the first round of the draft before coverage shifts exclusively to ESPN for the second round. Canadian viewers can watch this event on TSN.

Round TV channels
Round 1 ABC, ESPN, TSN (Canada)
Round 2 ESPN, TSN (Canada)

How to Livestream the NBA Draft

  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN (USA) | TSN Direct (Canada) | fuboTV

The 2022 NBA Draft can be streamed through the ESPN Watch app via cable subscription. Cord cutters will be able to stream the event through most streaming services including ESPN+, TSN Direct in Canada and fuboTV.

2022 NBA Draft Selection Order

For the second year in a row, the Magic have the top five in the lottery (selecting Jalen Suggs fifth overall in the 2021 NBA draft). Orlando, who had a second-worst record of 22-60, won the 2022 lottery by 14 percent, tied for the best odds with the Rockets and Pistons.

This is the team’s first overall pick since 2004 when it selected Dwight Howard.

Behind the Magic in the NBA draft is the Thunder with the fourth-worst record in the league (24-58). The Rockets (20-62), Kings (30-52), and Pistons (23-59) round out the top five, respectively.

The teams with the most draft picks this year are the Spurs and the Timberwolves. San Antonio has three first round picks and the 38th overall pick, while Minnesota has the 19th overall pick and three second round picks. Four teams are out of draft this year: the Lakers, Suns, Jazz, and Nets (following Brooklyn’s decision to delay the 76ers’ first-round acquisition until the 2023 NBA draft).

Below is the selection order for the 2022 NBA Draft.

Round 1

Round To choose Team
one one Orlando Magic
one 2 Oklahoma City Thunder
one 3 Houston Rockets
one four Sacramento Kings
one 5 Detroit Pistons
one 6 Indiana Pacers
one 7 Portland Trail Blazers
one eight New Orleans Pelicans (from Lakers)
one 9 San Antonio Spurs
one ten Washington Wizards
one eleven New York Knicks
one 12 Oklahoma City Thunder (from Clippers)
one 13 Charlotte Hornets
one fourteen Cleveland Cavaliers
one fifteen Charlotte Hornets (of the Pelicans)
one 16 Atlanta Hawks
one 17 Houston Rockets (from Nets)
one eighteen Bulls of Chicago
one 19 Minnesota Timberwolves
one twenty San Antonio Spurs (from the Raptors)
one 21 Denver Nuggets
one 22 Memphis Grizzlies (from Jazz)
one 23 Philadelphia 76ers
one 24 Milwaukee Bucks
one 25 San Antonio Spurs (from Celtics)
one 26 Houston Rockets (from Mavericks)
one 27 Miami Heat
one 28 Golden State Warriors
one 29 Memphis Grizzlies
one thirty Oklahoma City Thunder (from Suns)

Round 2

Round To choose Team
2 31 Indiana Pacers (from Rockets via Cavaliers)
2 32 Orlando Magic
2 33 Toronto Raptors (from Detroit via Spurs, Wizards and Bears)
2 34 Oklahoma City Thunder
2 35 Orlando Magic (from Pacers via Bucks)
2 36 Portland Trail Blazers
2 37 Sacramento Kings
2 38 San Antonio Spurs (from Lakers via Bulls and Wizards)
2 39 Cleveland Cavaliers (from Spurs via Jazz)
2 40 Minnesota Timberwolves (from Wizards via Cavaliers)
2 41 New Orleans Pelicans
2 42 New York Knicks
2 43 Los Angeles Clippers
2 44 Atlanta Hawks
2 45 Charlotte Hornets
2 46 Detroit Pistons (from Nets)
2 47 Memphis Grizzlies (from Cavaliers via Pelicans and Hawks)
2 48 Minnesota Timberwolves
2 49 Sacramento Kings (from Bulls via Grizzlies and Pistons)
2 fifty Minnesota Timberwolves (from Nuggets via 76ers)
2 51 Golden State Warriors (from Raptors through 76ers)
2 52 New Orleans Pelicans (from Jazz)
2 53 Boston Celtics
2 54 Washington Wizards (from Mavericks)
2 55 Golden State Warriors
2 56 Cleveland Cavaliers (from Heat via Pacers)
2 57 Portland Trail Blazers (by Grizzlies via Jazz)
2 58 Indiana Pacers (from Suns)

2022 NBA draft mockup

general expectation in the 2022 NBA Draft is that Jabari Smith Jr. will be the first overall pick in the Magic, followed by some combination of Paolo Bankero, Chet Holmgren, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, and Iowa’s Keegan Murray.

Below are the top five picks from the latest NBA draft tryout courtesy of TSN’s Kyle Irving as of June 17th.

  • 1. Orlando Magic: Jabari Smith Jr, F, Auburn
  • 2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Chet Holmgren, G/C, Gonzaga
  • 3. Houston Rockets: Paolo Banquero, F, Duke
  • 4. Sacramento Kings: Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
  • 5. Detroit Pistons: Schaedon Sharp, G, Kentucky

2022 NBA draft prospects

According to Irving, here are the top 10 players in the 2022 NBA draft:

  1. Paolo Banquero, F, Duke
  2. Chet Holmgren, G/C, Gonzaga
  3. Jabar Smith Jr, F, Auburn
  4. Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
  5. Schaedon Sharp, G, Kentucky
  6. Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
  7. Dyson Daniels, G, G League Ignite
  8. Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
  9. Benedict Maturin, G, Arizona
  10. Johnny Davis, G, Wisconsin

For a full ranking of the top 60 draft prospects, here is TSN’s big board.

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