2020 NBA Draft live stream: How to watch the NBA Draft online

2020 NBA Draft Live Stream
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2020 NBA Draft start time, channel

The 2020 NBA Draft coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. The first round starts at 8 p.m. ET. It’s airing on ESPN in the US, Sky Sports Main Event in the UK and TSN in Canada.

The 2020 NBA Draft live stream is underway and it's going to give us our first glimpse of the upcoming NBA season, revealing where the latest batch of young aspiring athletes wind up (at least before they find ways to get traded for mega bucks). And our first Woj bomb of the day revealed that ESPN sources claim that the Knicks are getting the Jazz's No. 23 pick, for its 27th and 38th picks. 

The latest reports suggest the Knicks are eyeing forward Obi Toppin and point guard Tyrell Terry, for its top picks. After that, we learned that the 76ers are going to trade Al Horford and draft picks to the Thunder. 

Yes, now that we're in the shadow of the bubble season, it's time for a remote draft, where NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announce selections live from ESPN's Bristol, CT studios.

Top prospects include LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman, Onyeka Okongwu and Anthony Edwards. Ball, who is from Australia, is projected by ESPN to go at No. 1 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Okongwu from USC is expected to be taken by the Charlotte Hornets.

James Wiseman (center) from Memphis may go to the Golden State Warriors to protect the rim and finish alley-oops. Edwards (Georgia) is a 6-foot, 5-inch shooting guard who's expected to be taken by the Bulls at 4.

Analyst Stephen A. Smith says he would take Anthony Edwards out of Georgia as the No. 1 pick. Smith likens him to Dwyane Wade and calls him "lethal" in the open court. Update: Anthony  Edwards has been taken as the No.1 pick for the Timberwolves. 

Here's everything you need to watch tonight's 2020 NBA Draft live stream.

How to watch the 2020 NBA draft live streams with a VPN

If you're away from home, or you're subject to regional blackouts, can't watch the NBA live streams from where you are, you can still get the livestreams with a virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN makes it so that you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town, so you can access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

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2020 NBA Draft live streams in the US

In the U.S., the 2020 NBA Draft airs live on ESPN. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT. The first round of the draft starts at 8 p.m., while round 2 begins at 11 p.m..

If you don't have a cable or satellite package, and have cut the cord, you can get those channels via live TV streaming services (depending on your region), and our pick is Sling TV, one of the best streaming services — period. It starts at $30 a month and offers more than 50 channels, including ESPN (in its Orange package).

Sling TV

ESPN and TNT are a part of the Sling TV Orange package, which costs $30 and comes with more than 30 channels. Get the NBA TV add-on for $10. Sling is currently offering a three-day free trial and a 1-year price lock, so you don't need to worry about rising costs.

2020 NBA Draft live streams in the UK

Basketball fans in the UK get the NBA Draft live stream on Sky Sports main event. Coverage begins at 11 p.m. BST and goes until 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Good luck staying up through all that. Those without Sky Sports can pick it up from Now TV, with prices starting at £9.99.

2020 NBA Draft live streams in Canada

Canadian b-ball fans can watch the NBA Draft on TSN, as well as the TSN app and TSN Direct. Draft coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT, and the first two rounds of the Draft start at 8 p.m. 

NBA League Pass is also available in Canada.

2020 NBA Draft order


1. Timberwolves
2. Warriors
3. Hornets
4. Bulls
5. Cavaliers
6. Hawks
7. Pistons
8. Knicks
9. Wizards
10. Suns
11. Spurs
12. Kings
13. Pelicans
14. Celtics (via Grizzlies)
15. Magic
16. Trail Blazers — traded to Rockets
17. Timberwolves (via Nets)
18. Mavericks
19. Nets
20. Heat
21. 76ers (via Thunder)
22. Nuggets (via Rockets)
23. Knicks (via Jazz, per Woj)
24. Bucks (via Pacers) — traded to Pelicans
25. Thunder (via Nuggets)
26. Celtics
27. Jazz (via Knicks per Woj)
28. Lakers — traded to Thunder
29. Raptors
30. Celtics (via Bucks)


31. Mavericks (via Warriors)
32. Hornets (via Cavaliers)
33. Timberwolves
34. 76ers (via Hawks)
35. Kings (via Pistons)
36. 76ers (via Knicks)
37. Wizards (via Bulls)
38. Jazz (via Knicks per Woj)
39. Pelicans (via Wizards)
40. Grizzlies (via Suns)
41. Spurs
42. Pelicans
43. Kings
44. Bulls (via Grizzlies)
45. Magic
46. Trail Blazers
47. Celtics (via Nets)
48. Warriors (via Mavericks)
49. 76ers
50. Hawks (via Heat)
51. Warriors (via Jazz)
52. Kings (via Rockets)
53. Thunder
54. Pacers
55. Nets (via Nuggets)
56. Hornets (via Celtics)
57. Clippers
58. 76ers (via Lakers)
59. Raptors
60. Pelicans (via Bucks)

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