When the 2013 NBA Draft begins at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, nobody knows what will happen. The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the No. 1 overall pick, but they are undecided on whether to take Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Otto Porter, Victor Oladipo or any of the other prospects at the top of the draft board, so their decision could drastically alter draft plans for the teams picking behind them. This draft class isn't considered top-heavy, but the sheer volume of solid role players expected to be available in the first round could lead to some creative trades and maneuvers on draft night.
Pre-draft coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV on Thursday, which flows into the half-hour draft preview on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET and the live draft coverage from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. ET on ESPN. Coverage will also be streaming on WatchESPN. Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons will be the commentators on the scene for ESPN, and Miami Heat forward Shane Battier will join the team to interview prospects after they have been selected.
NBA Commissioner David Stern will preside over the 67th annual NBA Draft, and it will be the final time he steps up to the podium to announce picks before he retires. Here's a look at the 2013 NBA Draft coverage schedule:
NBA TV - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET
ESPN - 7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET
ESPN (TV), WatchESPN (internet streaming) and ESPN Radio - 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET
NBA TV - 12 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. ET