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nba draft logoIt was an NBA first when the draft took place in 2020 in November, instead of its usual June date due to pandemic health concerns.

There's still no set date for the 2021 NBA Draft that usually takes place immediately following the 2021 NBA Championship which this year has been pushed back to July,

So keep watching for more updates on the 2021 NBA Draft including the official announcement of date, time and ESPN television schedule -- along with this year's top prospects -- when NBA Draft fever heats up this summer.


High school hoop star, Kobe Bryant.

DID YOU KNOW? NBA Draft trivia & fun facts

• 1984 is considered the greatest NBA draft class in history -- when 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.

 

More about the NBA Draft around the Web:

Elsewhere on the Web, keep up-to-date on the latest from inside the NBA - along with scouting reports from the field and expert tips from sports reporters who live and breath NBA draft picks season by season ....


ESPN 2020 NBA Draft
- Get the latest from insider experts with complete analysis including top 100 prospects, major news headlines & feature stories, player profiles & photos.

Draft Express - Check out weekly reports on top performers with in-depth analysis of first round picks, the latest news headlines plus NCAA and international coverage.

 

 
 

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