How to watch the 2020 NBA Draft live and free in Australia
The scouting is over and NBA franchises are hoping to land their next superstar saviour at the 2020 Draft. Here's how to watch in Australia.
The 2020 Draft has been pushed right back to November this year because of the coronavirus, adding even more intrigue and suspense to this high stakes selection of the world's top young basketball talent.
There is also a strong Australian connection, with potential No. 1 pick LaMelo Ball having played for the Illawarra Hawks last season in the NBL and Aussie Josh Green widely tipped to be plucked in the first round.
When is the 2020 NBA Draft?
The Draft is set to start at 12pm AEDT on Thursday 19 November. It was to be held at the Barclays Center in New York but has been moved to ESPN's Bristol studios due to coronavirus concerns.
How to watch the 2020 NBA Draft in Australia
The Draft will once again be on ESPN in Australia. That means Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV are among your options. You can also stream it on NBA League Pass. You can watch the Draft on TV or live stream it to your favourite device via the Internet.
Live stream the NBA Draft on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports, the streaming platform dedicated exclusively to sports, is a great option for this year's Draft festivities. A Basic subscription to Kayo costs $25 a month and enables you to watch 2 simultaneous streams. A Premium subscription lets you watch on 3 screens at the same time for $35 a month.
No matter which option you choose, you'll instantly get access to over 50 sports as well as an impressive collection of dedicated features. New users can also take advantage of Kayo's 14-day free trial.
You can read all about it, including the list of compatible devices, in our extensive Kayo review.
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Stream NBA Draft on NBA League Pass
If you are a current subscriber to NBA League Pass, you are all set for the Draft. If not, download the app from your usual provider and that will take you through the steps needed to gain access to the event.
Who will be the No. 1 pick?
It is expected to be a choice between LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards. The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the top pick and, if they don't decide to trade it, may lean toward athletic shooting guard Edwards as the better positional fit.
Point guard Ball, the younger brother of established NBA player Lonzo, is a supreme passer but there are concerns over his shooting ability and fit with Timberwolves playmaker D'Angelo Russell. Big man James Wiseman is also expected to be picked in the top three.
How does the NBA Draft work?
College stars and international prospects can declare for the Draft and become eligible to be selected by any of the NBA's 30 teams. Draft order is determined by a lottery system and teams that missed the play-offs all have a shot at the top pick.
Generally speaking, the weaker teams get to pick earlier although there is an anomaly this year with the Golden State Warriors picking second despite already boasting a star-studded roster. The injury-hit Warriors suffered an unusually bad season in 2019/20. There are 2 rounds in the Draft, meaning 60 players will be selected.
Keen to know about more basketball? Check out our how to watch NBA guide. If you're still not sure who to stream with, we've got a Foxtel vs Kayo comparison so you can decide which one suits you best.
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