NBA Draft: History, development & Updates

NBA Draft: History, development & Updates

What is the NBA draft?

NBA draft is a yearly event that has been conducted to select team players & join their rosters from American colleges and international professional leagues. When a team chooses a player, they amass exclusive rights to sign him to an NBA contract.

How does the NBA draft function?

  • In the NBA draft, teams take it in turns to choose eligible players.
  • There are 2 rounds in the draft, and each of the 30 NBA teams has a choice in each round, which implies every year 60 players are drafted.
  • The initial 14 picks of the first round are elected by the NBA draft lottery, which specifies the order of choice for teams that didn’t enter the playoffs in the last regular season.
  • The significance of the lottery is to deter teams from purposely losing to get a bigger pick.
  • Rather than the worst team in the league is automatically given the best player in the draft, the team that achieves the lottery obtains the first pick.
  • The remaining 16 picks are determined by the last regular season’s statuses in reverse order. The team with the promising record receives the 30th pick, the team with the second-best record obtains the 19th, and so on in chronological order.
  • There is no lottery for the second round, teams merely pick in reverse order based on the last regular season’s standings.

Can NBA teams trade draft choices?

Draft choices can be traded among teams both before and during the draft. These trades can contain picks alone or a mixture of players and picks. For instance, in the year 2019, the Minnesota Timberwolves auctioned the No. 11 picks and forward Dario Saric to the Phoenix Suns in a trade for the No. 6 picks. Draft pick exchanges are incredibly common. In the year 2019 alone, 15 of the 30 selections in the first round were exchanged, and five exchanges took place on draft night. There are some limitations, though. The Stepien Rule averts teams from exchanging their first-round draft selection in successive years. The rule was initiated after Ted Stepien traded away the Cleveland Cavaliers’ top choice in five successive years during his ambiguous assignment as the team’s owner between 1980 and 1983.

What are the draft’s eligibility rules and regulations?


  • To be qualified to be drafted, a player must be at least 19 years of age in the current calendar year of the draft. Unless they are inferred to be an “international player”, they furthermore have to be a minimum of one year eliminated from when they finished high school in the US.
  • Players obtain voluntary eligibility if they attain four years of college in the US, or four years have finished since their high-school class graduated.
  • They are moreover automatically competent if they have played under a professional contract for a team outside of the US.
  • An “early entry” player is any non-international player who chooses to proclaim themselves competent for the draft without having attained four years of college in the US.
  • Early-entry players must have played in college for at least 1 year, which has appeared to be inferred as the “one-and-done rule”.
  • Early-entry players must acknowledge themselves as competent no later than 60 days before the draft.
  • An international player is specified as anyone who has always lived outside of the US for at least 3 years before the draft while playing basketball.
  • They must never be enrolled in an American college, and must not have attained high school in the US.

Significant past NBA drafts

Some of the greatly prominent NBA draft years are 1984, 1996, and 2003. Each of those is always referred to as one of, if not the, promising NBA draft ever. The 2003 NBA draft is now supposed to be the best draft in the earlier 20 years, with megastars such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh highlighted.

The 2000 NBA draft has been considered as the worst in the past, with Sports Illustrated naming its first round “a terrible group of players”. The 1986 Draft was significant for the number of strong and even extraordinary players elected in later rounds, partially because of drug issues that alleged the life of second all-around pick Len Bias and affected the careers of various other first-round picks.

Updates from NBA Draft 2021

The 2021 NBA Draft is on the topic. As predicted, the Detroit Pistons bought the busy night commenced by choosing Cade Cunningham, the do-it-all guard out of Oklahoma State. He had prevailed as the presumptive top choice anyways since Detroit won the Draft Lottery the previous month, and won the No. 1 pick for the 3rd time in franchise record.

Filling out the rest of the top 5 were Houston selecting G League star Jalen Green at No. 2, Cleveland getting on with USC’s Evan Mobley at No. 3 and the Raptors, in a wonder, carrying Florida State’s Scottie Barnes at No. 4 before Orlando picked Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs at No. 5   


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