Malika Andrews is the first woman to host the NBA’s Draft

In what is sure to be a historic move for the league, a woman will moderate the NBA draft for the first time.

Malika Andrews is the first woman to moderate the NBA draft

According to reports earlier this week, Malika Andrews will make her name in the history books Thursday night when she moderates the 2022 NBA draft, becoming the first woman to moderate the league’s big event. While this is understandably a big step for Andrews, NBA fans will remember her as the host of the NBA draft lottery on May 17th. Indeed, the 27-year-old is hosting league duties, making her NBA draft debut as a television reporter in 2020. Incidentally, earlier this year the NBA Draft Lottery announced that the host of NBA Today would be hosting the draft himself when it finally got going.

“I am very excited to be the host of the 2022 NBA draft,” she said at the time. “It’s really kind of indescribable. We just finished the draft lottery and I think that might be great practice, hopefully for the draft. But at the end of the day, I know I’ve got a great team behind me.” Speaking of the team, Andrews will likely have the support of veteran NBA journalists like Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins, Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz when the event takes place on Sept Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

If there’s one person ready for the NBA draft, it’s Malika Andrews

Apparently poised and ready to go, Andrews only let fans know on Wednesday night what she will be doing with her Thursday night and how they might find her. “It’s the eve of the NBA Draft and @KendrickPerkins, @BobbyMarks42, @JayBilas, @wojespn and I are about to preview on ESPN2. Join us,” Andrews tweeted.

Of course, if you want to watch the 2022 NBA draft, you can watch the first round live on ESPN, and then it’s off to either ABC or ESPN for the second round. The official draft begins at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, although as always there will be hours of preparation to enjoy right beforehand here on AS USA. If you want to stream the action online, you must be a subscriber to DIRECTV, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, or fuboTV. Keep in mind that the latter two have a handy seven-day free trial if you’re new to them.

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