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NBA Draft

The NBA Draft is an annual event where (now 30 teams) the league franchises draft players, who are eligible and wish to play in the league, to their teams. The players are usually college basketball players but international players can also be picked if eligible.


NBA Draft Eligibility Criteria


The eligibility criteria is as follows: All college players that have completed their four years at college are automatically eligible, however, the underclassman have to declare their eligibility by foregoing their remaining college career. For international players, the automatic eligibility comes if they are aged 22. If younger, they must declare their eligibility.


The Draft is usually held in the second half of June, just over a couple of days after the NBA Finals end. Since 1989, the Draft has consisted of two rounds and allows a total of 60 players to be drafted (30 in each round). Up until 2006, even high school players could be drafted into the league but that isn't possible anymore. Now, every player that wishes to be drafted into the league without playing in college is eligible one year after graduating from high school or they must at least be 19 years old as of the end of the calendar year of the Draft.


The order for the Draft, especially for the top 14 picks of each round, is determined at the Draft Lottery. Normally held in the second or third week of May, this event is for the non-Playoff teams as they come together to participate in a slate-lottery style process in order to determine the first three picks of the Draft. In the current lottery system, the league uses "a lottery-style ping-pong ball machine with 14 balls numbered 1-14, and 1,000 four-digit combinations are assigned to the 14 lottery teams." Up until 2018, the worst team received 250 combinations, the second-worst got 199 and so forth.


From 2019 onwards, the NBA set the number of combinations received by each of the three worst-performing teams in the league at 140 with the fourth-worst team receiving 125 such combinations. The motive behind the move was to reduce the lure of tanking in a season by franchises in order to have a better chance of landing the No.1 overall pick.


After the order and teams for the first three picks are determined, the rest of the teams are ordered in the reverse order based on their record in the previous regular season.

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"If he doesn't work out, you didn't work him out then you're gonna look silly" - Dan Patrick criticizes Orlando Magic for drafting Paolo Banchero despite not giving him a pre-draft workout
"If he doesn't work out, you didn't work him out then you're gonna look silly" - Dan Patrick criticizes Orlando Magic for drafting Paolo Banchero despite not giving him a pre-draft workout

"If he doesn't work out, you didn't work him out then you're gonna look silly" - Dan Patrick criticizes Orlando Magic for drafting Paolo Banchero despite not giving him a pre-draft workout

“Some special things developing in Detroit, think Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars” - Stephen A. Smith believes the Detroit Pistons were the winners of the NBA draft, cites the backcourt of Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey
“Some special things developing in Detroit, think Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars” - Stephen A. Smith believes the Detroit Pistons were the winners of the NBA draft, cites the backcourt of Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey

“Some special things developing in Detroit, think Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars” - Stephen A. Smith believes the Detroit Pistons were the winners of the NBA draft, cites the backcourt of Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey

Revisited: Chet Holmgren shows up Steph Curry with a crossover and dunk at Curry’s camp 2 years ago
Revisited: Chet Holmgren shows up Steph Curry with a crossover and dunk at Curry’s camp 2 years ago

Revisited: Chet Holmgren shows up Steph Curry with a crossover and dunk at Curry’s camp 2 years ago

“Sam, Jabari just fell right into your lap” - Skip Bayless believes Sam Presti let Jabari Smith Jr. slip through his fingers, claims Presti is telling league that they’re wrong about Chet Holmgren
“Sam, Jabari just fell right into your lap” - Skip Bayless believes Sam Presti let Jabari Smith Jr. slip through his fingers, claims Presti is telling league that they’re wrong about Chet Holmgren

“Sam, Jabari just fell right into your lap” - Skip Bayless believes Sam Presti let Jabari Smith Jr. slip through his fingers, claims Presti is telling league that they’re wrong about Chet Holmgren

“That’s a Shaq move, that’s a LeBron move, that’s a Duncan move” - Shannon Sharpe on the Orlando Magic drafting Paolo Banchero despite no workout, says somebody in the franchise tipped off the bookmakers
“That’s a Shaq move, that’s a LeBron move, that’s a Duncan move” - Shannon Sharpe on the Orlando Magic drafting Paolo Banchero despite no workout, says somebody in the franchise tipped off the bookmakers

“That’s a Shaq move, that’s a LeBron move, that’s a Duncan move” - Shannon Sharpe on the Orlando Magic drafting Paolo Banchero despite no workout, says somebody in the franchise tipped off the bookmakers

"There's a lot of great players there with unique skillsets and I feel like I can kind of pair up with them" - Chet Holmgren excited about linking up with Shai Gilegeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey
"There's a lot of great players there with unique skillsets and I feel like I can kind of pair up with them" - Chet Holmgren excited about linking up with Shai Gilegeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey

"There's a lot of great players there with unique skillsets and I feel like I can kind of pair up with them" - Chet Holmgren excited about linking up with Shai Gilegeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey

"Jalen Duren been traded 12 times tonight", "Traded him for a bag of hot Cheetos to save money" - Fans relentlessly mock No. 13 pick as he gets traded by Charlotte and then New York
"Jalen Duren been traded 12 times tonight", "Traded him for a bag of hot Cheetos to save money" - Fans relentlessly mock No. 13 pick as he gets traded by Charlotte and then New York

"Jalen Duren been traded 12 times tonight", "Traded him for a bag of hot Cheetos to save money" - Fans relentlessly mock No. 13 pick as he gets traded by Charlotte and then New York

"Does anyone know a cool Australian way to say f**k yeah", "Pelicans need to draft Shaq son with their last pick to piss the Lakers off" - Fans post hysterical reactions after New Orleans Pelicans pick Dyson Daniels with No. 8 pick in the draft
"Does anyone know a cool Australian way to say f**k yeah", "Pelicans need to draft Shaq son with their last pick to piss the Lakers off" - Fans post hysterical reactions after New Orleans Pelicans pick Dyson Daniels with No. 8 pick in the draft

"Does anyone know a cool Australian way to say f**k yeah", "Pelicans need to draft Shaq son with their last pick to piss the Lakers off" - Fans post hysterical reactions after New Orleans Pelicans pick Dyson Daniels with No. 8 pick in the draft

"Stephen A was crying that the Knicks didn’t get Johnny Davis", "Best pick in franchise history", "You're a Wizard, Johnny" - Fans chip in with chucklesome reactions as Washington Wizards select Johnny Davis with No. 10 in draft
"Stephen A was crying that the Knicks didn’t get Johnny Davis", "Best pick in franchise history", "You're a Wizard, Johnny" - Fans chip in with chucklesome reactions as Washington Wizards select Johnny Davis with No. 10 in draft

"Stephen A was crying that the Knicks didn’t get Johnny Davis", "Best pick in franchise history", "You're a Wizard, Johnny" - Fans chip in with chucklesome reactions as Washington Wizards select Johnny Davis with No. 10 in draft

"She's an 8.5 but doesn't understand why I won't support Shaedon Sharpe", "When was last competitive game he has played in?" - Fans relentlessly mock young prospect drafted No. 7 by Portland without playing single college game
"She's an 8.5 but doesn't understand why I won't support Shaedon Sharpe", "When was last competitive game he has played in?" - Fans relentlessly mock young prospect drafted No. 7 by Portland without playing single college game

"She's an 8.5 but doesn't understand why I won't support Shaedon Sharpe", "When was last competitive game he has played in?" - Fans relentlessly mock young prospect drafted No. 7 by Portland without playing single college game

"Jeremy Sochan and his colorful hair will quickly become a fan favorite", "Born in Oklahoma, raised in England and plays for the Polish national team" - Fans with hilarious reactions after San Antonio Spurs draft the "overseas" star at No. 9
"Jeremy Sochan and his colorful hair will quickly become a fan favorite", "Born in Oklahoma, raised in England and plays for the Polish national team" - Fans with hilarious reactions after San Antonio Spurs draft the "overseas" star at No. 9

"Jeremy Sochan and his colorful hair will quickly become a fan favorite", "Born in Oklahoma, raised in England and plays for the Polish national team" - Fans with hilarious reactions after San Antonio Spurs draft the "overseas" star at No. 9

"If this was attempt to shed salary for potential Brunson run ... hand me the rope", "Knicks saw Nets looking like biggest f**k ups in the city and said not on my watch" - Fans obliterate New York Knicks for poor draft decisions
"If this was attempt to shed salary for potential Brunson run ... hand me the rope", "Knicks saw Nets looking like biggest f**k ups in the city and said not on my watch" - Fans obliterate New York Knicks for poor draft decisions

"If this was attempt to shed salary for potential Brunson run ... hand me the rope", "Knicks saw Nets looking like biggest f**k ups in the city and said not on my watch" - Fans obliterate New York Knicks for poor draft decisions

"I’d be crying if I was Jaden Ivey too, f**k going to the pistons", "Leon Rose u sneaky bas**rd the f**k u cookin back there" - Fans livid after New York Knicks miss out on Jaden Ivey, as Purdue star gets picked No. 5 in draft by Detroit Pistons
"I’d be crying if I was Jaden Ivey too, f**k going to the pistons", "Leon Rose u sneaky bas**rd the f**k u cookin back there" - Fans livid after New York Knicks miss out on Jaden Ivey, as Purdue star gets picked No. 5 in draft by Detroit Pistons

"I’d be crying if I was Jaden Ivey too, f**k going to the pistons", "Leon Rose u sneaky bas**rd the f**k u cookin back there" - Fans livid after New York Knicks miss out on Jaden Ivey, as Purdue star gets picked No. 5 in draft by Detroit Pistons

"Pray for Keegan Murray, nothing wrong with him, he just has to play for the Kings", "His back gonna be hurting after trying to carry this JV squad for 180+ games" - Fans leave no stone unturned to mock Sacramento Kings after they draft Keegan Murray with No. 4 pick
"Pray for Keegan Murray, nothing wrong with him, he just has to play for the Kings", "His back gonna be hurting after trying to carry this JV squad for 180+ games" - Fans leave no stone unturned to mock Sacramento Kings after they draft Keegan Murray with No. 4 pick

"Pray for Keegan Murray, nothing wrong with him, he just has to play for the Kings", "His back gonna be hurting after trying to carry this JV squad for 180+ games" - Fans leave no stone unturned to mock Sacramento Kings after they draft Keegan Murray with No. 4 pick

"Jabari Smith Jr. is really just an oversized Matty Ice", "Super fu**ing stoked the Rockets drafted Jabari Smith Jr." - Fans with hilarious reactions as Houston Rockets draft the Auburn star at No. 3
"Jabari Smith Jr. is really just an oversized Matty Ice", "Super fu**ing stoked the Rockets drafted Jabari Smith Jr." - Fans with hilarious reactions as Houston Rockets draft the Auburn star at No. 3

"Jabari Smith Jr. is really just an oversized Matty Ice", "Super fu**ing stoked the Rockets drafted Jabari Smith Jr." - Fans with hilarious reactions as Houston Rockets draft the Auburn star at No. 3

"Poku & Chet are going to look like Duncan & Robinson at Summer League", "We really passed on Jabari for White Rudy Gobert" - Fans pour in rib-tickling reactions to OKC Thunder drafting Chet Holmgren with the No. 2 pick
"Poku & Chet are going to look like Duncan & Robinson at Summer League", "We really passed on Jabari for White Rudy Gobert" - Fans pour in rib-tickling reactions to OKC Thunder drafting Chet Holmgren with the No. 2 pick

"Poku & Chet are going to look like Duncan & Robinson at Summer League", "We really passed on Jabari for White Rudy Gobert" - Fans pour in rib-tickling reactions to OKC Thunder drafting Chet Holmgren with the No. 2 pick

“He’s not gonna be Brady, LeBron” - Colin Cowherd says patience is required with Chet Holmgren because of his physique, says he should be the number 2 pick
“He’s not gonna be Brady, LeBron” - Colin Cowherd says patience is required with Chet Holmgren because of his physique, says he should be the number 2 pick

“He’s not gonna be Brady, LeBron” - Colin Cowherd says patience is required with Chet Holmgren because of his physique, says he should be the number 2 pick

“If he doesn’t win, he’s p****d” - Bruce Pearl says Jabari Smith’s "secret sauce" is his competitiveness, believes Kevin Durant is the most accurate comparison for him
“If he doesn’t win, he’s p****d” - Bruce Pearl says Jabari Smith’s "secret sauce" is his competitiveness, believes Kevin Durant is the most accurate comparison for him

“If he doesn’t win, he’s p****d” - Bruce Pearl says Jabari Smith’s "secret sauce" is his competitiveness, believes Kevin Durant is the most accurate comparison for him

“I don’t make the baby Giannis comparison lightly… He hits the deck, he gets right back up” - Jay Bilas says Chet Holmgren has the highest ceiling for greatness in this draft class
“I don’t make the baby Giannis comparison lightly… He hits the deck, he gets right back up” - Jay Bilas says Chet Holmgren has the highest ceiling for greatness in this draft class

“I don’t make the baby Giannis comparison lightly… He hits the deck, he gets right back up” - Jay Bilas says Chet Holmgren has the highest ceiling for greatness in this draft class

“You’re going against dogs, you’re going against the best of the best, and they will devour you” - Shannon Sharpe says he doesn’t see anything special or superstar-like in Chet Holmgren
“You’re going against dogs, you’re going against the best of the best, and they will devour you” - Shannon Sharpe says he doesn’t see anything special or superstar-like in Chet Holmgren

“You’re going against dogs, you’re going against the best of the best, and they will devour you” - Shannon Sharpe says he doesn’t see anything special or superstar-like in Chet Holmgren

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