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When is the 2022 NBA Draft? Start Time and How to Watch

Isaiah De Los Santos
When is the 2022 NBA Draft? Start time and how to watch.
When is the 2022 NBA Draft? Start time and how to watch. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the Finals coming to a close, that means the 2022 NBA Draft is right around the corner. This year's class is as talented as ever, and fans are excited to see which future star their team lands.

When is the NBA Draft 2022?

The 2022 NBA Draft is one week away and will be held on Thursday, June 23.

Auburn forward Jabari Smith remains the favorite in NBA Draft odds on FanDuel Sportsbook to be the No. 1 overall pick at -135. He's followed closely by Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren (+115), who could make a serious push to be the first off of the board.

Duke forward Paolo Banchero is a major long shot at +1500 to be the top pick.

NBA Draft 2022 Start Time

The 2022 NBA Draft is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET. That's when the Orlando Magic, who own the No. 1 overall selection, will be on the clock to make their choice.

Orlando is followed by the Oklahoma City in the No. 2 spot and Houston Rockets at No. 3. The Sacramento Kings (4) and Detroit Pistons (5) round out the top five.

The remaining teams currently slated to make picks in the lottery are the Indiana Pacers (6), Portland Trail Blazers (7), New Orleans Pelicans (8), San Antonio Spurs (9), Washington Wizards (10), New York Knicks (11), Oklahoma City Thunder (12), Charlotte Hornets (13) and Cleveland Cavaliers (14).

How to Watch NBA Draft 2022

The June 23 NBA Draft will air at 8 p.m. ET. Basketball fans have several ways to watch the big event. The draft can be viewed in its entirety on ESPN, while ABC will also show the first round live. Streaming is available through Watch ESPN as well.

This year's showcase of the top college prospects will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which has hosted the last nine in-person drafts (2020 was virtual).

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