When do the NBA draft? – ESPN NBA Insider
6.58pm ET The NBA draft begins in two hours in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and the league is hoping to bring in some marquee names in the process.
The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns are among the teams that could be in the running to select top draft picks.
The NBA is expecting at least a dozen prospects to make their NBA debuts.
Here’s what we know about some of the names that could make an impact this season.
NBA Draft prospects who might make an immediate impact: New York Jets: The Jets will be hoping to keep their season alive in New York this season, as they prepare to host the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
The Jets are loaded at the backcourt, with Dante Exum, Darrun Hilliard and Jalen Ramsey also being high on their draft board.
If the Jets can keep those players, the Jets could be a top team in the West this season as they head into the final weeks of the regular season.
The team will also look to bolster its perimeter scoring with a high pick in the upcoming draft.
New York’s pick could land in the top three or four, depending on the market.
Philadelphia 76ers: The 76ers were the first team to announce they would be hosting the 2018 NBA Draft on Friday.
Head coach Brett Brown said the Sixers are planning to have at least one first-round pick in next month’s draft, which could end up being a high-end prospect.
Brown said they are looking for “three, four or five players.”
Brown said he would like to see the Sixers go after “three players who are really versatile.”
That would include the likes of guard/center Aaron Gordon, point guard Ben Simmons and wing Nerlens Noel.
Boston Celtics: Boston will be in need of a scorer this season after the Celtics lost Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder to the NBA Draft Lottery.
The Celtics will be relying heavily on Jae Crowden and Jae’Sean Tate, who both turned down NBA offers to enter the draft.
Boston will likely target players like Kentucky point guard Marcus Paige, Oklahoma State point guard Jahlil Okafor and Kansas shooting guard Marcus Smart.
Boston also wants a guard who can play multiple positions and has a “high ceiling.”
Boston has a top-five draft pick in 2019, and will be able to use the pick on a top player like Duke forward Grayson Allen or UCLA guard Aaron Harrison.
Orlando Magic: The Magic have a lot of young talent in their frontcourt and could look to draft a player who can be a threat in the post or on the perimeter.
They also need help in the back court.
Magic head coach Frank Vogel is high on Michigan State point forward Andrew Harrison, who turns 21 on Thursday.
Harrison could go higher than the Magic are looking to go.
The Magic also want a versatile wing who can shoot from distance, as well as a “two-way player” who can defend multiple positions.
The draft could land the Magic in the high-rounds, but they will have to wait until next week for the top picks to be announced.
Charlotte Hornets: The Hornets have the luxury of having a lot more talent in the frontcourt than they would have with Thomas and Smart, as both are still playing in college.
They have a number of guards who can help the team offensively and can also be a scoring threat on the block.
Charlotte’s top priority is shooting guard/forward Al Jefferson, who turned down a three-year, $27 million offer from the Lakers last month.
Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves have the second-most picks in the NBA and are loaded with picks, with a top pick in 2018 and another in 2019.
Head Coach Rick Adelman said that they are in no rush to make a big splash at the top of the draft, but that he is “very confident” in the team’s depth.
He added that the team will “have to keep a close eye on a few players who have made noise in the past” and “have been a part of some big wins.”
Sacramento Kings: The Kings were the only team to host a lottery game last season and are in need for scoring.
Head forward Rudy Gay has been mentioned as a potential pick in this year’s draft.
He turned down an offer from New Orleans, but could potentially be on the move if he doesn’t sign with the Pelicans.
He would need to meet a certain amount of requirements to get into the lottery.
New Orleans Pelicans: The Pelicans were the last team to hold a lottery for the 2017-18 season, and they have a big problem on the wing with Anthony Davis.
The Pelicans have the fifth-best record in the Western Conference, but are tied for first in the standings with the Oklahoma City Thunder and