On June 22, the best college and foreign basketball players around the world will gather in Brooklyn to hear their names called by Commissioner Adam Silver as they start the next chapter of their basketball careers in the NBA. These players will most likely be accompanied by their close family and are more than likely to be wearing some flashy suits.
Like most NBA drafts in the past, there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty regarding where specific players will be drafted as well as who can potentially trade their picks for superstar players. The Boston Celtics have the first pick in the draft via the Brooklyn Nets and are expected to take Guard Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington to help provide current Celtics’ guard Isaiah Thomas with some offensive support. Besides Fultz, there is no clear indication as to who will be selected from the second overall pick to the last pick in the draft which should result in a lot of drama.
One player who has made waves of noise leading up to the draft is UCLA Guard Lonzo Ball. However, the recent publicity surrounding Lonzo actually stems from his father Lavar Ball who has turned into a very polarizing figure in the sports world. Lavar has done several outrageous actions such as commenting about beating Michael Jordan in a game of basketball as well as requesting a billion dollar endorsement contract for his son despite Lonzo not even playing a game in the NBA yet. After refusing to work out for the Boston Celtics, the initial projections had the Los Angeles Lakers lead by Magic Johnson, their new president of basketball operations, selecting Ball with the second pick in the draft. However, after working out with the Lakers, Ball did not impress the Lakers’ staff and allegedly had an issue regarding his conditioning. With his unimpressive workout and his outspoken father, one would not be surprised if the Lakers decide to pass on Ball and select another guard like De’Aaron Fox from the University of Kentucky.
With this abnormally high level of uncertainty, this year’s draft should be highly entertaining and should be watched by every basketball fan in the country.
NBA Draft 2017 Viewing Details
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time: 7:00 P.M. EST
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
TV Channel: ESPN
How To Watch the NBA Draft Online
Your best bet for watching the NBA Draft via a live stream is WatchESPN. You will need your log-in and password information for your cable or satellite provider and you’re good to go.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the NBA Draft through Sling TV. Sling TV is a service that allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV channels on TVs, computers, or mobile devices for a monthly fee. It’s just like a cable or satellite TV service, except it’s delivered over the internet. The service’s Orange package includes ESPN and costs $20 a month, but you can sign up for a free seven-day trial. If you cancel your subscription within the week, you will not be charged. Once signed up, simply download the app for your computer to start watching.
You can also live stream ESPN online through DIRECTV NOW. DIRECTV offers a free seven-day trial, so you will receive a full week free before your paid membership begins. If you cancel your subscription within the seven day period, you will not be charged. DIRECTV NOW is available on Desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.
Watch the NBA Draft On Phone, Tablet Or Mobile
If you can’t watch the NBA Draft on your TV or computer, the Worldwide Leader has you covered with the WatchESPN app. As long as you have a cable or satellite provider, you can download the app for free in the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Store, or Windows Store.
You can also watch the draft on the Sling app. Sign up for a free Sling trial and download their app from the App Store or Google Play. There is also a Sling app for Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.