2024 NBA Draft Format explained: Rounds, picks and rules

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Looking at the format and details of the 2024 NBA Draft with the league's new two-day draft system

This year, the NBA Draft will take place over two days, with the two rounds divided over the two nights. This will be the first time the NBA has used the new format. The decision was made in order to give teams more time between picks in the second round.

Teams will have five minutes to make their first-round selections like usual, however, in the second round, teams will have four minutes to make picks rather than two. Night one of the draft will take place on June 26, with night two of the NBA Draft taking place on June 27.

The first round will consist of 30 picks, and the second round will have 28. Because of violations for tampering and early offseason negotiating in the past, Philadelphia and Phoenix have forfeited their second-round picks.

Round 1 will be start at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. Pacific) with ABC and ESPN handling coverage from the Barclays Center. On the flip side, ESPN will then have the second round coverage the following night at 4 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. Pacific).

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Below, you can see the full NBA Draft order for the first and second rounds:

First Round:

  1. Atlanta Hawks
  2. Washington Wizards
  3. Houston Rockets (via BKN)
  4. San Antonio Spurs
  5. Detroit Pistons
  6. Charlotte Hornets
  7. Portland Trail Blazers
  8. San Antonio Spurs (via TOR)
  9. Memphis Grizzlies
  10. Utah Jazz
  11. Chicago Bulls
  12. OKC Thunder
  13. Sacramento Kings
  14. Portland Trail Blazers (via GS)
  15. Miami Heat
  16. Philadelphia 76ers
  17. LA Lakers
  18. Orlando Magic
  19. Toronto Raptors (via IND)
  20. Cleveland Cavaliers
  21. New Orleans Pelicans (via MIL)
  22. Phoenix Suns
  23. Milwaukee Bucks (via NO)
  24. New York Knicks (via DAL)
  25. New York Knicks
  26. Washington Wizards (via LAC)
  27. Minnesota Timberwolves
  28. Denver Nuggets
  29. Utah Jazz (via OKC)
  30. Boston Celtics

Second Round:

  1. Toronto (from Detroit via New York and LA Clippers)
  2. Utah (from Washington via Detroit and Brooklyn)
  3. Milwaukee (from Portland via Sacramento)
  4. Portland (from Charlotte via Denver, Oklahoma City and New Orleans)
  5. San Antonio
  6. Indiana (from Toronto via Philadelphia, LA Clippers and Memphis)
  7. Minnesota (from Memphis via Los Angeles Lakers, Washington and Oklahoma City)
  8. New York (from Utah)
  9. Memphis (from Brooklyn via Houston)
  10. Portland (from Atlanta)
  11. Philadelphia (from Chicago via Boston, San Antonio and New Orleans)
  12. Charlotte (from Houston via Oklahoma City)
  13. Miami
  14. Houston (from Golden State via Atlanta)
  15. Sacramento
  16. LA Clippers (from Indiana via Memphis and Milwaukee)
  17. Orlando
  18. San Antonio (from Los Angeles Lakers via Memphis)
  19. — Philadelphia (forfeited)
  20. Indiana (from Cleveland)
  21. Indiana (from New Orleans)
  22. Washington (from Phoenix)
  23. Golden State (from Milwaukee via Indiana)
  24. Detroit (from New York via Philadelphia and Charlotte)
  25. Boston (from Dallas via Sacramento)
  26. Los Angeles Lakers (from LA Clippers)
  27. Denver (from Minnesota via Oklahoma City)
  28. Memphis (from Oklahoma City via Houston and Atlanta)
  29. — Phoenix (from Denver via Orlando; forfeited by Phoenix)
  30. Dallas (from Boston via Charlotte)

Looking at NBA Draft projections

This year's NBA draft class is considered to be weaker than years past by many analysts. Allegedly without a player with superstar potential such as Victor Wembanyama, there has been quite a bit of talk regarding how things will play out through the first five picks.

Initially, there was talk of 7-foot standout Alex Sarr going first in the NBA Draft, however, according to the latest projections from Bleacher Report posted on NBA.com, Zaccharie Risacher is now projected to go first.

The projection is reportedly based on conversations around the league, with betting fans seemingly in agreement. According to the latest odds on FanDuel, Risacher is sitting as a -110 favorite to go first with Alex Sarr sitting in second-place with +105 odds.

Outside of the top two, the belief is that Reed Sheppard will go to Houston, with both NBA.com projection and live betting odds on FanDuel supporting the prediction.

From there, things get interesting. It's been unclear who the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons will select with the No. 4 and No. 5 picks, respectively. Similarly, through the remainder of the NBA Draft, teams will have to be flexible with their plans with the draft providing fans with two exciting nights of action.

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Edited by Rajdeep Barman
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