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

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

<strong>ESPN</strong> will televise the <strong>NBA Rookies: The Introduction</strong> 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 <strong>ESPN</strong> NBA analysts. <strong>NBA Countdown's</strong> <strong>Michelle Beadle</strong> will host <strong>NBA Rookies: The Introduction</strong>.

<strong>Starting five:</strong>

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

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

ESPN NBA contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or Twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or Twitter: @Gianina_ESPN.

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