watch NBA Draft online

Excited for this year’s NBA draft? The 2023 NBA draft will take place at 20:00 ET / 17:00 PDT on June 22. Once again, this will take place at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York, marking the tenth time in a row this venue has hosted the draft.

Unfortunately, if you’re traveling abroad, then you may face some difficulties watching the draft live online. That’s because it won’t be broadcast in every country, and some of the channels it airs on aren’t available internationally. Don’t worry, though: we’ll show you several ways you can watch both NBA Draft live streams from anywhere.

We’ll only be discussing official sources below. Because the NBA Draft is a big event, however, it will no doubt be shown on a number of unsanctioned streaming sites. These sites often contain intrusive or malicious ads, low-quality video, and unreliable streams that could get shut down at any moment.

How to live stream the NBA Draft with a VPN

If you are outside the US, you’ll need a VPN to access ESPN live streams and watch the 2023 NBA Draft online.

Here’s how to live stream the NBA Draft 2023 online from anywhere:

  1. Download and install your preferred VPN (we recommend NordVPN but Surfshark and ExpressVPN are great alternatives
  2. Open the app and lgin
  3. Choose a server in your home country
  4. Hit the Connect button
  5. Visit your country’s NBA broadcaster and try watching something. If you’re still having trouble, clear your cookies and reload the page


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How to watch the NBA Draft in the US

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ABC will be broadcasting the first round of this year’s NBA Draft but if you’re looking to watch the whole thing, you’ll need to tune in on ESPN. If you already get either of these channels as part of your cable plan, you can just log into the respective website and watch at no added cost.

Don’t have cable? No problem; you can watch ESPN and ABC online in a few different places. All of them are only available in the US or through a VPN. Note that most require a US-based payment method but offer free trials, allowing you to watch the entire NBA Draft for free online and then cancel afterward:

  • ESPN+: The official standalone streaming service of ESPN costs $9.99 USD per month or $99.99 per year. Note that a VPN will likely not work if you’re using an Android or iOS smartphone to watch.
  • Watch ESPN: ESPN’s main website and app where you can watch live streams by logging in with your US cable provider.
  • Sling TV: Streaming television service for cord-cutters who don’t want cable or satellite. Sling Orange, the bundle that includes ESPN, is $40 per month. At the time of writing, a first-month discount reduces the price to $25 per month.
  • YouTube TV: YouTube’s paid service shows live channels for $72.99 per month including ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. You can record live streams for later viewing with no storage limits. Up to six accounts are allowed per household, and it comes with a 14-day free trial as of time of writing.
  • Hulu + Live TV: Hulu’s live TV streaming service lets you watch in a web browser or via the apps for Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, game consoles, Roku, and smart TV. Includes ABC as well. There’s no longer a free trial and the price is $69.99 per month.
  • fuboTV: FuboTV recently added ABC and ESPN to its lineup, so subscribers can now stream both rounds of the NBA draft. Prices start at $74.99 per month but there’s a seven-day free trial.

Can I watch the NBA Draft outside of the US?

Yes! If you’re in the UK, Canada, Australia, or anywhere else (barring a handful of countries), you can live stream the 2023 NBA Draft on NBA League Pass. This service costs €17.99 per season in Europe, £14.99 GBP per season in the UK, and $19.99 per month in Canada.

Who picks first in the 2023 NBA draft?

The NBA uses a lottery system to decide which teams get to pick first. This year, the order for the first round looks like this:

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