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NBA Draft Preview: Time, TV Schedule, And Latest Rumors

The future of the NBA arrives on Thursday, get all the details about the 2022 NBA draft.

The Golden State Warriors are your 2021-22 NBA champions! Well, that moment is over. Now it's on to the next one. It's almost time for the NBA draft.

When

The NBA draft is on Thursday, June 23rd.

Where

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

How To Watch

You can watch it on ABC or ESPN.

What Time

7:30 pm EST. Each team will get about 5 minutes per pick and the draft is roughly 4-5 hours. After the first round is when you're probably going to want to take your bathroom breaks. That is unless you're one of those dynasty fantasy league guys, in which case do your thing!

What You Need To Know

Nothing is certain in NBA draft settings. If you want an example of that, just ask Penny Hardaway and Chris Webber. There are some consensus choices from the pundits, however.

The Orlando Magic have the first pick in the draft. It is their first pick since 2004 and they will be hoping for the same level of success they had in that draft. Do you remember who they got in that draft? He's an NBA champion and one of the (I can't believe I'm saying this) most underrated players of his generation. Dwight Howard. He led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009 where they were bested by Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

Following the Orlando Magic are the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Detroit Pistons.

Who Is Going Off The Board First?

There is no certainty of who will be the number one draft pick, but there is a consensus choice. Most pundits believe Jabari Smith will be the Magic's pick as the number one choice in the 2022 NBA draft. He is a 6'10 power forward from Auburn University. He shot 42% from beyond the arc in college (this is the modern game) and is considered the most "bust proof" choice as the first pick. The only other player that some experts are guessing could go number one instead is Duke power forward, Paolo Branchero. Branchero has a more traditional power forward frame. He is also 6'10, but he has 30 pounds on Smith at 250. He is young, but as Duke is known for pushing out mature players, most agree Branchero is the most "NBA Ready" player on the board. Smith may have the most upside, but Branchero appears ready to play for big minutes.

Other players looking to be early draft choices are Kentucky shooting guard Shaedon Sharpe, (6'6, 200) Arizona shooting guard Bennedict Mathurin (6'6, 210), and Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren who stands 7'0, 195. Keep the names Jaden Ivy (Purdue) and AJ Griffin (Duke) fresh into your mind, as they could sneak into the top three picks.

Last Thoughts

As an NBA fan, I try not to get too excited if my team has a top draft pick (I'm a Lakers fan just kidding it never happens) year-to-year. It is virtually impossible to know whether your team just drafted a Michael Jordan or Kevin Durant, versus a Sam Bowie or Greg Oden. Just enjoy the festivities and the happiness these young athletes feel when their names are called.