When Is the 2020 NBA Draft? Start Time, Complete First-Round Order and How to Watch

The most unprecedented season in NBA history may have ended only last month, but the Los Angeles Lakers' triumph in the Orlando bubble is already in the rearview mirrors as teams turn to the draft and free agency.

The draft takes place on Wednesday night, with the Minnesota Timberwolves holding the first pick for the second time in just five years. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event will differ from its predecessors in terms of location and, more importantly, place in the NBA calendar.

As was the case for the NFL draft in April, the NBA has abandoned its traditional glitzy ceremony in New York and will hold the draft from ESPN's studios. While this year's draft is held after the conclusion of the NBA Finals as usual, teams and rookies will have just over a month to get ready for the upcoming season, which will begin on December 22.

Training camps are set to begin on December 1, so the gap is considerably smaller than the usual four months.

Here's all you need to know ahead of the draft.

When is the 2020 NBA Draft?

The draft will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 18. Because of the COVID pandemic, the event will not be at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where NBA drafts have been held since 2013. Instead it will take place at ESPN's studios in Bristol, Connecticut.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will announce picks in the first round, with Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum overseeing the second round.

For the players there will be no walk on stage to shake Silver's hand. They will learn what franchise they have been drafted by via Zoom.

TV channel and live-stream

As usual, the NBA draft will be covered by ESPN. The network will broadcast the draft on its TV channel and live-streaming will be available via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app on smartphones, tablets and connected devices.

The live-stream will also be available via fuboTV, YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV and AT&T TV Now.

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The Black Lives Matter logo is seen on an empty court on August 27 during the 2020 NBA playoffs at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The NBA draft will be held on November 18 in the ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut. Kevin C. Cox/Getty

Which team will pick first?

The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the first pick for the second time in five years and only the second time in franchise history after winning the draft lottery.

After claiming three NBA championships in the past five years, the Golden State Warriors are in the unusual position of picking second, ahead of the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Atlanta Hawks will pick sixth, followed by Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards. The Phoenix Suns round out the top 10. Fresh from winning their 17th NBA title, the Los Angeles Lakers will pick 28th, but have already agreed to trade their selection to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with guard Danny Green in exchange for Sixth Man of the Year finalist Dennis Schroder.

Which team has the most picks?

Aside from the first overall pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves also hold the 17th and 33rd picks. The Timberwolves are one of eight NBA teams entering the draft with three or more selections, along with the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks.

With five picks, the 76ers have the largest haul. The Kings, Pelicans and Celtics hold four picks each. The Warriors, Hornets and Knicks, meanwhile, have three selections apiece.

At the time of writing, the Houston Rockets are the only team without a draft selection in the 2020 draft. The Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies don't have a first-round pick.