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ESPN to Televise NBA Rookies: The Introduction on Thursday

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Top Five 2017 NBA Draft Selections Featured in Special One-on-One Interviews with ESPN NBA Commentators

Six In-Depth Interviews, Including Lonzo Ball with Chauncey Billups & Jayson Tatum with Paul Pierce

ESPN will televise the NBA Rookies: The Introduction on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. ET. The one-hour special will provide an in-depth look at several of the top 2017 NBA Draft picks through on-site, one-on-one interviews with ESPN NBA analysts. NBA Countdown’s Michelle Beadle will host NBA Rookies: The Introduction.

Starting five:

  • Watch preview – Tracy McGrady with Philadelphia 76ers’ rookie and top pick Markelle Fultz from Philadelphia;
  • Watch preview – Paul Pierce with Boston Celtics’ rookie and second pick Jayson Tatum from Boston;
  • Chauncey Billups with Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie and third pick Lonzo Ball from Los Angeles;
  • Watch preview – Jalen Rose with Phoenix Suns’ rookie and fourth pick Josh Jackson from Phoenix;
  • Watch preview – Billups with Sacramento Kings’ rookie and fifth pick De’Aaron Fox from Sacramento.

Plus, Billups’ interview with Dallas Mavericks rookie (and ninth NBA Draft pick) Dennis Smith Jr. from Dallas will also air. Watch preview.

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ESPN NBA contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. Twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or [email protected]. Twitter: @Gianina_ESPN.