NBA Draft 2019: Where to Watch, Time, Live Stream and TV Channel, Plus Complete First Round Order

With the NBA Finals in the history books and free agency still 10 days away, one of the most eagerly anticipated NBA drafts in history takes center stage on Thursday.

From the moment the New Orleans Pelicans won the Draft Lottery on May 15, their sights have been set on Zion Williamson. A generational talent, the 18-year-old has generated the kind of excitement not seen around a NBA draft since LeBron James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003.

If Williamson does land in New Orleans, he will not find Anthony Davis to welcome him after the latter was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

While the trade will not be announced until July 6 at the earliest, it is understood that as part of the package the Pelicans have secured the rights to the Lakers' pick, the fourth overall in this year's draft.

New Orleans could potentially flip the pick in exchange for an already established star or could decide to pick twice in the top four. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the draft.

When and where is the 2019 NBA draft?

The draft will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 20. The event will be hosted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the home of the Brooklyn Nets, where each NBA Draft has been held since 2013.

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, while live-streaming will be available via and via the WatchESPN app.

Which team will pick first?

The New Orleans Pelicans won the draft lottery and hold the first overall pick, with which they are widely expected to select Zion Williamson. After trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers at the weekend, the Pelicans now also hold the Lakers' pick, the fourth overall.

The Memphis Grizzlies will pick second, followed by the New York Knicks in third. Cleveland, Phoenix, Chicago are next in line, while Washington will pick ninth.

The Atlanta Hawks, meanwhile, hold both the eighth and 10th overall pick after receiving the latter from the Dallas Mavericks last year.

The 2019 #NBADraftLottery order is set.

— NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2019

Who are the top prospects?

It is hard to look past Zion Williamson. In fact, it is practically impossible. Not since LeBron James entered the draft straight after high school in 2003 has a prospect polarized attention as much as the soon-to-be-former Duke Blue Devils.

During his only season in college basketball, Williamson has emerged as a generational talent and it would be a shock of enormous proportions not to see him go with the first overall pick.

His Duke teammate RJ Barrett is also widely expected to be one of the top three picks, along with Murray State point guard Ja Morant. Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland and Virginia big man De'Andre Hunter complete the top-five of ESPN's best prospects.

Cam Reddish, the third member of Duke's star trio last season, is also expected to be a top-10 pick, along with North Carolina duo Coby White and Nassir Little.

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Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils concentrates at the free-throw line in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional Final at Capital One Arena on March 31 in Washington, DC. Getty/Lance King

Complete first round order

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