For the first time in history, a woman will host the NBA draft, and the league has tapped Malika Andrews for the job.
On Thursday (June 23), Andrews, 27, will make history as she hosts the 2022 NBA Draft, Sports Illustrated reports. The ESPN analyst has been primed for the role as she hosted the NBA draft lottery last month.
At May's lottery, news broke that the 27-year-old was slated for the hosting gig.
“I am so excited to be the host of the 2022 NBA draft,” Andrews said at the time. “It’s really kind of beyond words. We just finished the draft lottery, and I feel like that’s great training, maybe, hopefully for the draft. But, at the end of the day, I know I have a great team behind me.”
Andrews began her rise as an analyst when she covered the Orlando NBA bubble two summers ago. After Rachel Nichols' controversial exit from the network, Andrews reported on the sidelines of the NBA finals last year.
On Thursday, she will join Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins, Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobby Marks, and Mike Schmitz while covering the 2022 draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.