After completing the 2020 NBA Finals just a little over a month ago, the 2020-21 NBA season began with the end of the moratorium earlier this week. Trading began on Monday, but for a lot of teams, the future begins with the 2020 NBA Draft. All 30 NBA franchises will be looking to improve upon their 2019-20 campaigns with their draft selections, with some franchises looking to do a complete 180 by drafting a franchising-changing player.
Here’s how you can watch the 2020 NBA Draft.
When does the draft begin?
The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 7 PM Eastern and will be airing exclusively on ESPN.
How to watch?
Cord cutters can watch the 2020 NBA draft by subscribing to any streaming service that carries ESPN or by using the Watch ESPN app. Choosing from any of these subscription services below has its benefits because there are no hidden fees, you can cancel anytime with most offering a free trial for new subscribers.
- AT&T TV Now: Subscribers to the AT&TV Now can watch the NBA Draft on ESPN, and over 45 other channels for only $55/month with their Plus package. 500 hours of DVR is included so you won’t miss your team’s pick, and you can record your other favorite shows.
- Hulu + Live TV: For only $65/month, Hulu + Live TV gives you access to ESPN, the 2020 NBA Draft, over 65 channels, and access to Hulu’s large library of content including exclusive shows and movies. With 50 hours of Cloud DVR included you’ll be able to record all the trades and selections of the draft.
- fuboTV: Perhaps the best sports-orientated streaming service is fuboTV because subscribers can watch ESPN, the NBA Draft, over 130 events in 4K, and 110 channels, starting at $64.99/month. 250 hours of Cloud DVR means there is plenty of room to save your favorite events.
- YouTube TV: For $65/month, YouTube TV is a great service for watching ESPN, the 2020 NBA Draft, and over 85 other channels. With unlimited Cloud DVR storage, it’s the perfect place to record the draft, sports analyst predictions, games from the upcoming season, and have the ability to come back to it at season’s end.
- Sling Orange: The Sling Orange package is only $30/month and it includes 10 hours of Cloud DVR storage. Sling is one of the most affordable services to watch the 2020 NBA Draft on ESPN, and it comes with over 30 other channels.
Predictions: A night of trades
With the 2019-20 college basketball season being cut short and the NCAA Tournament being canceled, this year’s draft is going to be like no other, as teams have had less tape to scout players. Either the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Golden State Warriors are 2 of the top 3 teams that I expect are going to trade down to get more picks. Trading down will allow either team to get more picks in this year, or in future drafts, and maybe some decent role players.
It will be interesting to see what the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets do with the 3rd pick, as the team hasn’t had much success when drafting in the top 10 since returning to the league as the Bobcats in 2004. The team could use a Rookie of the Year type of player to change their fortunes.
With the 6th pick, the Atlanta Hawks may be another team looking to get more pieces to pair with star PG Trae Young. Teams that could be looking to move up include the San Antonio Spurs or Dallas Mavericks, if the right player is available.
It will be interesting to see what happens and which franchises will make any progress after the events of the 2020 NBA Draft on ESPN.