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2021 NBA Draft Preview Guide: Draft Order, Schedule, Top Prospect Rankings, Bet Picks

Posted: May 11, 2021Last updated: May 11, 2021

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.)

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Detroit Pistons
  4. Orlando Magic
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Washington Wizards
  7. Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. Toronto Raptors
  9. Sacramento Kings
  10. Chicago Bulls (traded to Orlando Magic)
  11. New Orleans Pelicans
  12. Golden State Warriors
  13. Indiana Pacers
  14. San Antonio Spurs

2021 NBA Mock Draft


2021 Top 50 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings


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