The NBA draft is Thursday night, but all Sixers fans seem to care about is Ben Simmons.

A trade is inevitable, league sources have told the Inquirer, but it remains unclear if a move could happen before the draft. Rumors have swirled involving interest from a host of teams, including Miami, Toronto, and Washington, but as of now the three-time All Star remains a member of the team.

After holding a virtual draft last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s draft will once again be live and in person at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Sixers have the 28th pick in the first round, and fans will have their choice of watching the draft on two different networks — ABC and ESPN.

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ABC’s coverage will begin at 8 p.m., anchored by longtime SportsCenter host and Temple grad Kevin Negandhi. ESPN’s coverage, anchored once again by Rece Davis, will begin at 7:30 p.m. ESPN will also air the second round of the draft beginning around 11 p.m.

At this point, we don’t really have any idea what will happen, especially with Simmons in flux and trade-happy Daryl Morey in charge. In his mock draft, Inquirer sports writer Marc Narducci has the Sixers taking Kansas guard Quentin Grimes, who led the Cougars to the Final Four this past season.

During the first round, each team has five minutes to make its pick, but not every team will take that long to make the selection. If the Sixers don’t trade out of the No. 28 pick, you can expect the team to go on the clock for their selection shortly after 10:30 p.m., based on the last few years of the draft.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch or stream the NBA Draft:

2021 NBA draft

  • When: Thursday, July 29

  • Where: Barclays Center, New York City

  • Time: 8 p.m. Eastern

  • TV: ABC, ESPN

  • Hosts: Kevin Negandhi (ABC), Rece Davis (ESPN)

  • Streaming: ESPN app (requires cable authentication), Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Fubo TV, Sling TV, AT&T Now (all require a subscription)

Media coverage of the NBA draft

Inquirer staff writers Keith Pompey, Marc Narducci, Damichael Cole, and Joe Juliano will be covering all the action live Thursday. Notes and observations about the draft can be found at Inquirer.com/Sixers and in our Locked On 76ers podcast.

ABC’s draft coverage will begin at 8 p.m., hosted by Kevin Negandhi with analysis by Jalen Rose and Chiney Ogwumike. Fresh off her role in the NBA Finals, ESPN reporter Malika Andrews will conduct one-on-one interviews with picks following each team’s selection. About 20 picks are expected to appear in-person.

The network’s coverage will also include a look back at the 1996 NBA Draft, which featured several future Hall of Famers, including Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, and Steve Nash.

Over on ESPN, draft coverage begins at 5 p.m. with a an special hour-long edition of The Jump from the red carpet of the Barclays Center. The special will be hosted by Rachel Nichols, her first prominent role since being replaced during the NBA Finals amid the controversy over a leaked phone conversation.

ESPN’s pre-draft coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Davis and featuring analysis by Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins, and NBA draft expert Mike Schmitz. NBA newsbreaker Adrian Wojnarowski will also join the broadcast, but all eyes will also be on his Twitter account, where you can once expect “Woj Bombs” announcing the picks before ESPN’s broadcast.

What time will the Sixers make their draft pick?

During the first round, each team has five minutes to make its pick, but not every team will take that long to make the selection.

If the Sixers don’t trade out of the No. 28 pick, you can expect the team to go on the clock for their selection sometime around 10:15 p.m., based on the last few years of the draft.

What to know about the Sixers ahead of the NBA draft

2021 NBA draft order

First round

Pick
Team
1.
Detroit Pistons
2.
Houston Rockets
3.
Cleveland Cavaliers
4.
Toronto Raptors
5.
Orlando Magic
6.
Oklahoma City Thunder
7.
Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves)
8.
Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)
9.
Sacramento Kings
10.
New Orleans Pelicans
11.
Charlotte Hornets
12.
San Antonio Spurs
13.
Indiana Pacers
14.
Golden State Warriors
15.
Washington Wizards
16.
Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami Heat)
17.
Memphis Grizzlies
18.
Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas Mavericks)
19.
New York Knicks
20.
Atlanta Hawks
21.
New York Knicks (via Dallas Mavericks)
22.
Los Angeles Lakers
23.
Houston Rockets (via Portland Trail Blazers)
24.
Houston Rockets (via Milwaukee Bucks)
25.
Los Angeles Clippers
26.
Denver Nuggets
27.
Brooklyn Nets
28.
Philadelphia 76ers
29.
Phoenix Suns
30.
Utah Jazz

Second round

31.
Milwaukee Bucks (via Houston Rockets)
32.
New York Knicks (via Detroit Pistons)
33.
Orlando Magic
34.
Oklahoma City Thunder
35.
New Orleans Pelicans (via Cleveland Cavaliers)
36.
Oklahoma City Thunder (via Minnesota Timberwolves)
37.
Detroit Pistons (via Toronto Raptors)
38.
Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans Pelicans)
39.
Sacramento Kinds
40.
New Orleans Pelicans (via Chicago Bulls)
41.
San Antonio Spurs
42.
Detroit Pistons (via Charlotte Hornets)
43.
New Orleans Pelicans (via Washington Wizards)
44.
Brooklyn Nets (via Indiana Pacers)
45.
Boston Celtics
46.
Toronto Raptors (via Memphis Grizzlies)
47.
Toronto Raptors (via Golden State Warriors)
48.
Atlanta Hawks (via Miami Heat)
49.
Brooklyn Nets (via Atlanta Hawks)
50.
Philadelphia 76ers (via New York Knicks)
51.
Memphis Grizzlies (via Portland Trail Blazers)
52.
Detroit Pistons (via Los Angeles Lakers)
53.
New Orleans Pelicans (via Dallas Mavericks)
54.
Indiana Pacers (via Milwaukee Bucks)
55.
Oklahoma City Thunder (via Denver Nuggets)
56.
Charlotte Hornets (via Los Angeles Clippers)
57.
Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn Nets)
58.
New York Knicks (via Philadelphia 76ers)
59.
Brooklyn Nets (via Phoenix Suns)
60.
Indiana Pacers (via Utah Jazz)