Shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern, Commissioner Adam Silver will take the stage at Barclays Center to begin the 2017 N.B.A. draft. Stay here for pick-by-pick updates and analysis.
How to watch: ESPN has the broadcast Thursday at 7 p.m. You can also stream it online at WatchESPN.
■ The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to take Washington’s Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall selection. Considered by most to be the top talent in this year’s draft class, he was coveted by the 76ers as a perfect guard to complement their young core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric. Sam Hinkie may no longer be Philadelphia’s general manager, but his “Process” gave Philadelphia the Lakers’ 2018 first rounder, which combined with the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft was enough to pry to the No. 1 pick away from the Boston Celtics.
■ All signs point to the Los Angeles Lakers using the No. 2 pick on U.C.L.A.’s Lonzo Ball. Ball, along with his outspoken father, made a fuss about only wanting to play for his hometown Lakers, but there is still some drama in imagining how things will unfold if the Lakers go in a different direction (or trade the pick to the Pacers for Paul George).
■ The draft is fairly deep in talent, especially at point guard, where Fultz and Ball will have some ball-handling competition from Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith, along with Frank Ntilikina, an international prospect from France. All but Ntilikina are college freshman, and they are part of a draft class that is expected to break the record for freshman selected in a single year, surpassing last year’s record-setting total of 14.
■ The N.B.A. off-season has already been chaotic, with Dwight Howard being traded from Atlanta to Charlotte for spare parts, and the Lakers trading away a potential superstar in D’Angelo Russell to rid the team of a financial burden in Timofey Mozgov. With Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Indiana’s Paul George available for the right price, and the Knicks listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis, there could still be a lot more drama to come.
■ The top international prospects are France’s Ntilikina and Anzejs Pasecniks, a center from Latvia. While there have been 20 N.B.A. players born in France — a list headlined, somewhat surprisingly, by Dominique Wilkins — Pasecniks would be just the fifth Latvian player to make the league. That list is growing exponentially, however, as Pasecniks would be the third Latvian player to join the league in the last three years.