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The NBA
NBA
DRAFT is an annual event dating back to 1947 in which the thirty teams from the National Basketball Association (NBA) can draft players who are eligible and wish to join the league. These are typically college basketball players, but international players are also eligible to be drafted. College players who have finished their four-year college eligibility are automatically eligible for selection, while the underclassmen have to declare their eligibility and give up their remaining college eligibility. International players who are at least 23 years old are automatically eligible for selection, while the players younger than 22 have to declare their eligibility. Players who are not automatically eligible but have declared their eligibility are often called "early-entrants" or "early-entry candidates". The draft usually takes place at the end of June, during the NBA
NBA
offseason. Since 1989, the draft has consisted of two rounds; this is much shorter than the entry drafts of the other major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada , all of which run at least seven rounds. Sixty players are selected in each draft. No player may sign with the NBA
NBA
until he has been eligible for at least one draft.

In the past, high school players were also eligible to be selected . However, starting in the 2006 draft , high school players were not eligible to enter the draft directly after graduating from high school. The rules now state that high school players will gain eligibility for draft selection one year after their high school graduation, and they must also be at least 19 years old as of the end of the calendar year of the draft. Some players have chosen to use that year to play professionally overseas for example, such as Brandon Jennings (Italy), Emmanuel Mudiay (China), and Terrance Ferguson (Australia). Thon Maker was eligible for the 2016 draft despite not going to college because he chose to undertake a postgraduate year, so he was technically one year removed from graduation.

CONTENTS

* 1 Draft selection process * 2 The Lottery

* 3 Globalization of the draft

* 3.1 Selecting foreign players * 3.2 International players selected number 1 overall

* 4 Other notable past NBA
NBA
drafts * 5 NBA
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Draft on television * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

DRAFT SELECTION PROCESS

Main article: Eligibility for the NBA draft

Some players must be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year of the draft, and a player who completed basketball eligibility at an American high school must also be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class. Restrictions exist on players signing with sports agents and on declaring for, then withdrawing, from drafts—although most of them are enforced by the NCAA rather than the NBA. There had been only 44 draftees from high school to college to play in the NBA
NBA
throughout this process. Any players who are not an "international player", must be at least one year out of the graduation of his high school class in order for them to qualify for the upcoming draft. Not many high school players went directly to the NBA
NBA
draft for almost 20 years after Darryl Dawkins in 1975 because of the exposure of the college games.

In the early years of the draft, teams would select players until they ran out of prospects. The 1960 and 1968 drafts went 21 rounds. By 1974 , it had stabilized to 10 rounds, which held up until 1985 , when the draft was shortened to seven rounds. By agreement with the National Basketball Players Association , the drafts from 1989 onward have been limited to two rounds, which gives undrafted players the chance to try out for any team.

From 2009 through 2015, the college underclassmen had until the day before the April signing period to withdraw their name from the draft and retain NCAA eligibility. Beginning in 2016, players could enter the draft and participate in the NBA
NBA
Draft Combine multiple times and retain NCAA eligibility by withdrawing from the draft within 10 days after the end of the mid-May NBA
NBA
draft combine.

THE LOTTERY

The NBA
NBA
Draft Lottery is an annual event held by the NBA
NBA
, where the teams who did not make the playoffs in the past year participate in a state-lottery style process in order to determine the first three picks of the draft. The team with the worst record receives the best odds of receiving the first pick. The NBA
NBA
introduced the lottery process in 1985. The league was attempting to counter accusations that certain teams were purposefully losing in order to gain a chance to participate in the annual coin flip, where the worst team in each division flips a coin to see who will receive the first pick in the upcoming 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." The worst team receives 250 combinations, the second worst getting 199, the third worst team 156, and so on. After the first three draft picks are determined, the rest of the teams are ordered in reverse order based on their record in the previous season.

The lottery is generally held in the third or fourth week of May. The NBA
NBA
goes to great lengths in order to keep the selection process both fair and not tampered with in any way. "The actual Lottery procedure will take place in a separate room just prior to the national broadcast on ESPN. Select media members, NBA
NBA
officials and representatives of the participating teams and the accounting firm of Ernst starting in 1985 , TBS did so as part of its NBA
NBA
on TBS package. From 1990 to 2002 , TNT took over the draft as more NBA
NBA
properties moved to the network (the NBA
NBA
on TNT ). When ESPN
ESPN
acquired the rights to the NBA
NBA
from NBC in 2002 , ESPN
ESPN
began broadcasting the draft (starting in 2003 ) with the _ NBA
NBA
on ESPN
ESPN
_, which it continues to do today.

SEE ALSO

* List of first overall NBA
NBA
draft picks

* _ National Basketball Association portal

* Draft bust * Expansion draft * Haywood v. National Basketball Association _ * Mock draft * NBA
NBA
draft lottery * NBA
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territorial pick * W NBA
NBA
draft

REFERENCES

General

* "Basketball 101: NBA
NBA
Draft". _NBA.com_. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 8, 2010. * Eichenhofer, Jim. " NBA
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Draft Lottery 101". _NBA.com_. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 8, 2010. * ‘One-and-done’ rule about to hit colleges hard – Ken Davis, NBC Sports, March 23, 2010 * Roots of one-and-done rule run deep – Myron Medcalf, ESPN, June 26, 2012 * The unknown future of one-and-done – Myron Medcalf, ESPN, June 27, 2012 * Some college better than none: \'One-and-done\' here to stay – Mike DeCourcy, December 9, 2011

Specific

* ^ "Article X: PLAYER ELIGIBILITY AND NBA
NBA
DRAFT" (PDF). _nbpa.com_. 2006. Section 1a. Archived from the original on February 11, 2013. * ^ "Evolution of the Draft and Lottery". _NBA.com_. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 24, 2011. * ^ Vertuno, Jim (2016-01-13). "NCAA rule change to allow NBA evaluation flexibility". NBA.com . Retrieved 2016-05-19. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ Zillgitt, Jeff (July 22, 2017).

* NBA.com: NBA
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Draft History * Basketball-Reference.com: NBA
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Draft Index. * TheDraftReview.com: NBA
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Draft Index

* v * t * e

NBA
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drafts

* Draft lottery * Draft Combine * Eligibility * Territorial picks * First overall picks * High school draftees * Supreme Court case * W NBA
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draft * 1976 ABA Dispersal Draft

1940S

1947 1948 1949

1950S

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959

1960S

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969

1970S

1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979

1980S

1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

1990S

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

2000S

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

2010S

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

EXPANSION DRAFTS

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1966

1967

1968

1970

1974

1980

1988

1989

1995

2004

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National Basketball Association

Eastern Conference

ATLANTIC Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets New York Knicks Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors

CENTRAL Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers Milwaukee Bucks

SOUTHEAST Atlanta Hawks Charlotte Hornets Miami Heat Orlando Magic Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards

Western Conference

NORTHWEST Denver Nuggets Minnesota Timberwolves Oklahoma City Thunder Portland Trail Blazers Utah Jazz

PACIFIC Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix Suns Sacramento Kings

SOUTHWEST Dallas Mavericks Houston Rockets Memphis Grizzlies New Orleans Pelicans San Antonio Spurs

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