2021 NBA Draft Preview Guide: Draft Order, Schedule, Top Prospect Rankings, Bet Picks
Welcome to our full 2021 NBA Draft Preview Guide, complete with the full 2021 NBA Draft pick order, 2021 NBA Draft schedule, NBA prospect top rankings, bet picks, and more. The 75th edition of the NBA Draft will be held on July 29, 2021.
2021 NBA Draft Preview Guide
2021 NBA Draft Schedule: When You Can Watch
- 2021 NBA Draft Combine: Monday, June 21, through Sunday, June 27 (TV: ESPN)
- 2021 NBA Draft Lottery: Tuesday, June 22 (TV 8:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN)
- 2021 NBA Draft: Thursday, July 29 (TV 8:00 p.m. E.T. on ESPN & ABC)
2021 NBA Draft Lottery System
On June 22, the NBA will host the draft lottery, when lottery-eligible teams will have ping=pong balls determine their draft positioning. The three teams with the worst records will share 14 percent odds at the No. 1 overall selection.
This lottery system is the NBA’s way of de-incentivizing tanking while randomizing the draft order to give bad teams a fair shot at better selections.
2021 NBA Draft Lottery Order
(Current as of April 12, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. E.T.)
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Houston Rockets
- Detroit Pistons
- Orlando Magic
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Washington Wizards
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Toronto Raptors
- Sacramento Kings
- Chicago Bulls (traded to Orlando Magic)
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Golden State Warriors
- Indiana Pacers
- San Antonio Spurs
2021 NBA Mock Draft
- 2021 NBA Draft Round 1 Mock: Cade Cunningham Clear No. 1, Plus All Lottery Picks
- 2021 NBA Draft Round 2 Mock: Who Will Pick Ayo Dosunmu, Luka Garza?