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nba draft logoFollowing the 2018 NBA finals the first and second rounds of NBA draft picks will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Watch for the NBA draft televised live nationally by ESPN on Thursday, June 21, 2018.beginning at 7PM ET (6PM Central, 5PM Mountain and 4PM Pacific time).

Meanwhile, keep it here for reports on who's in line to join the ranks of the NBA.

With the best field of talent in recent memory, so far this season a handful of players are turning heads as they strut their stuff on the court. The up-and-coming include stars like Slovenian-born Luka Doncic, one of the strongest players outside the NBA who just happens to be first in line to be drafted -- from the ranks of Real Madrid in the Liga ACB and EuroLeague.

2018 NBA Draft picks
Top NBA Draft prospects from left to right : Real Madrid's Luka Doncic, Oklahoma's Trae Young,
Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Arizona's Denadre Ayton, and Missouri's Michael Porter, Jr

Other top five contenders at the college level include Oklahoma's Trae Young, who has take the college basketball world by storm this year with comparisons to NBA great Stephen Curry; Duke's Marvin Bagley III who's been breaking records with shooting and rebound stats; Arizona's Denadre Ayton, whose physical presence at 7'1, 260 pounds belies the fact that the man can really move; and Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. who, despite a back injury early in the season, is still considered one of the best freshman shooters in the country and is returning as a top prospect for the NBA in 2018.

Meanwhile, keep it here for updates on who is still in, and who is out of the running come June.

High school hoop star, Kobe Bryant.

DID YOU KNOW? NBA Draft trivia & fun facts

• 1984 is considered the greatest NBA draft class in history. Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Hakeem Olajuwon were all selected during the first round.

• In 1978, Larry Bird was selected by the Boston Celtics, but he decided he wanted to finish his final year in school. As a result, the NBA instituted the “Bird Collegiate Rule” that said teams could only draft players who were ready to sign on the dotted line.

• Drafted by the LA Lakers right out of high school, Kobe Bryant had to have his parents co-sign his first NBA contract. He was 17 years old.

• Kentucky and Duke have each had three players selected as the No. 1 NBA draft pick, the most for any school. For Kentucky it was John Wall (Wizards, 2010), Anthony Davis (Hornets, 2012) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves, 2015). For Duke, it was Art Heyman (Knicks, 1963), Elton Brand (Bulls, 1999) and Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers, 2011).

• The San Antonio Spurs haven't had a lottery pick since 1997, the longest stretch in the NBA.


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