The 2018 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place this Thursday night in Brooklyn, and here are some things you need to know.

NBA Draft 2018 Preview

The Phoenix Suns have the first pick after winning the draft lottery. The Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have the second, third, fourth and fifth selections, respectively.

The Nets will host the two-round event at the Barclays Center. The draft will air on ESPN and will start at 7pm EST. It can also be streamed at or the WatchESPN app.

Among the projected top draft picks are Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Oklahoma’s Trae Young. 


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Real Madrid’s 19-year-old Slovenian star Luka Dončić could also be selected in the top ten. The Sixers lead all teams with six draft picks. The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors both lack draft picks this year.

Here is the full draft order:

  1. Phoenix Suns
  2. Sacramento Kings
  3. Atlanta Hawks
  4. Memphis Grizzlies
  5. Dallas Mavericks
  6. Orlando Magic
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers
  9. New York Knicks
  10. Philadelphia 76ers
  11. Charlotte Hornets
  12. Los Angeles Clippers
  13. Los Angeles Clippers
  14. Denver Nuggets
  15. Washington Wizards
  16. Phoenix Suns
  17. Milwaukee Bucks
  18. San Antonio Spurs
  19. Atlanta Hawks
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves
  21. Utah Jazz
  22. Chicago Bulls
  23. Indiana Pacers
  24. Portland Trail Blazers
  25. Los Angeles Lakers
  26. Philadelphia 76ers
  27. Boston Celtics
  28. Golden State Warriors
  29. Brooklyn Nets
  30. Atlanta Hawks

Michigan State’s freshman center Jaren Jackson Jr. has also been a highly-touted player recently.

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Otherwise, NBA free agency and other offseason rumors have been swirling recently, including the potential next destinations for LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. 


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