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NBA Draft 2019: How to watch live tonight, start time, draft order and top picks

Tonight the best basketball prospects in the world, starting with Duke's Zion Williamson, will get drafted by NBA teams. Here's how to watch.

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson is widely expected to be the first pick of 2019 NBA Draft.

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For many teams in the NBA, the future begins tonight. The 2019 NBA Draft will determine which franchises get the best new players coming into the league, including top college players Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett from Duke, Ja Morant from Murray State and De'Andre Hunter from Virginia. The New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks and other top lottery teams will have a chance to pick a future star.

Tune in to our sister site CBS Sports HQ for live coverage throughout draft night.

Rosters for next season are already taking shape with trades before the draft, including the blockbuster that sent Anthony Davis from the Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers. Now the Pels have two top-five picks: no. 1 overall, widely expected to be Zion, and the fourth pick acquired from the Lakers. Other trades involving picks include the Grizzlies, who added the number 23 pick; the Atlanta Hawks, who added number 17; and the Detroit Pistons, who acquired number 30. Plenty of other trades are possible today too, right up to the draft itself.

Here's how you can watch all the NBA Draft action live, whether or not you subscribe to cable TV.

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When is the draft?

The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 20. It starts at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and comprises two rounds.

Where is the draft?

The 2019 draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, home of the Brooklyn Nets.

What is the draft order?

The New Orleans Pelicans won the Zion Sweepstakes, er, NBA Draft lottery and have the first pick. And in the last few days, the aforementioned Anthony Davis trade, the multiteam Grizzlies deal and others have shuffled the order somewhat.

Here's how the first round shapes up so far:

  1. New Orleans Pelicans
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. New York Knicks
  4. New Orleans Pelicans (acquired from Lakers)
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Phoenix Suns
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Atlanta Hawks
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  12. Charlotte Hornets
  13. Miami Heat
  14. Boston Celtics
  15. Detroit Pistons
  16. Orlando Magic
  17. Atlanta Hawks (acquired from Nets)
  18. Indiana Pacers
  19. San Antonio Spurs
  20. Boston Celtics
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder
  22. Boston Celtics
  23. Memphis Grizzlies (acquired from Jazz)
  24. Philadelphia 76ers
  25. Portland Trail Blazers
  26. Cleveland Cavaliers
  27. Brooklyn Nets
  28. Golden State Warriors
  29. San Antonio Spurs
  30. Detroit Pistons (acquired from Bucks)

How can I watch the draft on TV?

The draft will be broadcast on ESPN.

How can I stream the draft online?

You can livestream the draft on WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app, but you will need to prove you have a TV subscription that includes ESPN. If you don't have a login and you still want to stay on top of the draft as it unfolds, tune into CBS Sports HQ (from our sister site) for live coverage thorough draft night.

Cord cutters have a number of options to watch the draft. You can livestream the draft with a live-TV streaming service. Each service offers a free, seven-day trial.

Other stuff to know about live TV streaming services:

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Sling TV's $25-a-month Orange plan includes ESPN.

Hulu with Live TV costs $45 a month and includes ESPN.

PlayStation Vue's cheapest, $45-a-month Access plan includes ESPN.

YouTube TV costs $50 a month and includes ESPN.

DirecTV Now's cheapest, $50-a-month Plus package includes ESPN.