How to watch the 2023 NBA Draft
Basketball fans, the moment we've all been eagerly awaiting is finally upon us: the 2023 NBA Draft! This annual event, brimming with anticipation and excitement, brings together the best collegiate and international prospects as they embark on their professional basketball journeys. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into every aspect of the draft, from the top prospects to watch, expert predictions, and the various ways you can tune in to witness the action-packed drama unfold live. So, get ready to immerse yourself in the electrifying world of the 2023 NBA Draft!
What is the NBA Draft?
The NBA Draft is a pivotal event for both the league and aspiring basketball players worldwide. Held annually, it serves as the primary mechanism for NBA teams to acquire new talent, providing them with the opportunity to select eligible players from colleges, universities, and international leagues.
Over two suspenseful rounds, teams take turns choosing prospects based on their draft order, which is determined by a combination of regular-season records and the results of the NBA Draft Lottery. There are 30 picks each round, so there are a total of 60 picks. Each team gets one pick per round.
As dreams come true for many young athletes, the NBA Draft shapes the future of basketball by introducing a fresh wave of talent and potential superstars into the league.
NBA Draft Lottery
The NBA Draft Lottery is a relatively complex process. The 14 teams that did not qualify for the playoffs are included in the lottery. With the help of 14 ping pong balls, the teams are assigned a number of different number combinations where the team that gets the most gets 140 combinations and the team that gets the least gets 5 combinations. The ping pong balls are shuffled again and four balls are drawn to get a number combination, the team that has that number combination gets the pick.
Where to watch the 2023 NBA Draft
In today's digital age, there are numerous ways available for fans to catch every moment of the 2023 NBA Draft from the comfort of their homes or on the go.
On cable TV
ESPN+ and ABC are the go-to options for comprehensive coverage, including expert analysis, interviews, and behind-the-scenes access. ESPN usually are the only ones that show both rounds of the Draft, but firm details on this year’s Draft hasn’t been released yet. Additionally, you can tune in to the draft through the official ESPN app, available on various devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.
For those without cable subscriptions, several streaming services, including Hulu Live, YouTube TV, and Sling TV, offer live sports channels carrying the Draft, making it easier than ever to stay connected. You can also stream the NBA Draft via ESPN and ABC on their apps.
Key dates and schedule for the 2023 NBA Draft
To ensure you're well-prepared for all the excitement surrounding the 2023 NBA Draft, we've compiled a list of crucial dates and events leading up to and following the big day.
The pre-draft activities kick off with the NBA Draft Combine, a multi-day showcase where prospects display their skills in front of team executives and scouts. During the Combine, the much-anticipated NBA Draft Lottery takes place, determining the draft order for the 14 teams that missed the playoffs. Finally, the main event, the NBA Draft itself, arrives in June, with fans around the globe tuning in as future stars hear their names called.
- May 15-21, 2023 - NBA Draft Combine
- May 16, 2023 - NBA Draft Lottery
- June 22, 2023 - NBA Draft
NBA Draft 2023 - Who are the top prospects?
This year’s Draft is seen as one of the deepest pools of talent in years, with a healthy mix of top talents that are lighting up college basketball, overseas stars, and talented players lower in the Draft that already show promise. Some picks are already obvious, with Victor Wembanyama from France expected to be the first overall pick. He is already seen as one of the greatest of his generation.
Check out this list with the ten most talked-about players for the 2023 NBA Draft:
- Victor Wembanyama (PF)
- Scoot Henderson (PG)
- Amen Thompson (PG/SG)
- Brandon Miller (SF)
- Ausar Thompson (SG/SF)
- Jarace Walker (PF)
- Anthony Black (PG)
- Nick Smith Jr. (PG/SG)
- Cameron Whitmore (SF)
- Gradey Dick (SF)
Which teams could get the number 1 pick this year?
As the order of the Draft gets decided by the NBA Draft Lottery, there are 14 teams in the running this year to get the coveted number 1 pick and (probably) select generational talent Wembanyama. This year’s pick is more talked about than any since Zion Williamson was selected first overall in 2019, or even LeBron James’s triumphant entrance into the league in 2003. So who could get the big prize year? The percentages break down like this:
- Detroit Pistons (14 percent)
- San Antonio Spurs (14 percent)
- Houston Rockets (14 percent)
- Charlotte Hornets (12.5 percent)
- Portland Trail Blazers (10.5 percent)
- Orlando Magic (9.0 percent)
- Washington Wizards (6.8 percent)
- Indiana Pacers (6.8 percent)
- Utah Jazz (4.5 percent)
- Dallas Mavericks (3.0 percent)
- Oklahoma City Thunder (1.8 percent)
- Orlando Magic (from Bulls, 1.7 percent)
- Toronto Raptors (1.0 percent)
- New Orleans Pelicans (0.5 pecent)
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Author: Dan Anderson