The NBA Draft 2015 live stream and televised coverage will be presented for basketball enthusiasts on Thursday night, as the top draft prospects will be selected from college basketball. Among them are Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Jahlil Okafor of Duke, two big men expected to be taken first and second by the Los Angeles Lakers. After that, it becomes anyone’s guess who goes where, and with potential trade rumors hitting the internet, it could make for a very interesting night. Live streaming online and TV presentation arrives via the ESPN networks.
According to USA Today in their June 24 report, the Minnesota Timberwolves are likely to select Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in this year’s draft. For weeks it had been a toss up over who would go first between he and Okafor, but it seems the Wildcats’ star has a more well-rounded skill set that the T’Wolves could use right now. He’s not as offensively skilled as Okafor, but that shouldn’t matter when Minnesota already has talents like Andrew Wiggins and Zach Levine on their roster.
That would seem to leave Okafor for the No. 2 pick for the Lakers, although trade rumors have been swirling. Will the Lakers manage to pull of a one or multi-team trade involving the Sacramento Kings to snag DeMarcus Cousins? That could put Okafor in a different zip code than where Kobe Bryant plays right now, as the Lakers continue to try to find that key player to help Kobe get another ring. At the third pick, there had been speculation that the Sixers might opt for foreign big man Kristap Porzingis, but now it appears they’ll go with the best player available, guard D’Angelo Russell from Ohio State. A trade could happen for that No. 3 pick as well.
While guards have become the standout stars of the league lately with players such as Stephen Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook all vying for the MVP award, this year’s draft has a plethora of big men available. Teams will be hard-pressed to overlook those options, especially when there are talents such as Frank Kaminsky from Wisconsin, Myles Turner from Texas or Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky. Most teams would be foolish to overlook guys who can guard the paint, protect the rim and snatch rebounds, although teams will still be looking for those draft stars of the future such as Harden and Curry.
Thursday’s NBA Draft 2015 has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. ESPN will present live televised coverage throughout the draft for television viewers in the United States. Live streaming online coverage is available through the ESPN3 or WatchESPN web portal or mobile apps for cable and satellite subscribers. There may also be live audio coverage available during the draft for Sirius XM satellite radio subscribers on either channel 86 or Sirius 207.