NBA Draft 2021: rules, how it works, order of choice and how many rounds and picks there are

At dawn from Thursday to Friday (01:30, #Vamos -dial 😎 the 2021 NBA draft is held. Adam Silver, commissioner of the North American League, and Mark Tatum, deputy commissioner, will be in charge of announcing the elections at the Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets pavilion has been the venue for the gala since 2013, replacing the Prudential Center in New Jersey, with one exception: in 2020, last year, the ceremony was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also known as rookie night, has its origin in 1947 in order to make the NBA more competitive– The worst teams are given the opportunity to select the best promises of their generation, whether they are American or foreign. There was never a direct exclusion of players born outside the United States. They were simply not considered suitable for American basketball. A thought that has changed in recent times and that began in the eighties with the figure of Manute Bol.

What is the draft?

The draft is a selection process with changing rules over time. From the simple choice of number one by the franchise with the lowest balance of victories of the season (1947) to the current lottery (1984) to establish the teams that choose first, going through the toss of heads or tails between the two worst in the league (1990). They have also varied the number of rounds due to the expansion of the NBA. Thus, in 1950 there were 121 elections for a tournament with eleven teams. Now, there are 60 with 30. Each franchise has two teams starting out (one in the first and the other in the second).

Teams that have chosen more times with the one

Cleveland Cavaliers: 6

Washington Wizards: 6

Houston Rockets: 5

Sacramento Kings: 5

Milwaukee Bucks: 4

New York Knicks: 4

Philadelphia 76ers: 4

Portland Trail Blazers: 4

Atlanta Hawks: 3

Detroit Pistons: 3 (* counting this edition of 2021).

Los Angeles Clippers: 3

Los angeles lakers: 3

Orlando Magic: 3

Chicago Bulls: 2

Golden State Warriors: 2

New Jersey Nets: 2

New Orleans Pelicans/Hornets: 2

Minnesota Timberwolves: 2

San antonio spurs: 2

Boston Celtics: 1

Charlotte Hornets: 1

Phoenix Suns: 1

Toronto Raptors: 1

Teams that have never chosen number one

Denver Nuggets

Indiana Pacers

Memphis Grizzlies

Miami Heat

Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle SuperSonics

Number one throughout history

2020: Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves)

2019: Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)

2018: Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)

2017: Markelle Fultz (Philadelphia 76ers

2016: Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)

2015: Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)

2014: Andrew Wiggins (Cleveland Cavaliers)

2013: Anthony Bennett (Cleveland Cavaliers)

2012: Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets)

2011: Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)

2010: John Wall (Washington Wizards)

2009: Blake Griffin (LA Clippers)

2008: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)

2007: Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers)

2006: Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors)

2005: Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee Bucks)

2004: Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)

2003: LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)

2002: Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)

2001: Kwame Brown (Washington Wizards)

2000: Kenyon Martin (New Jersey Nets)

1999: Elton Brand (Chicago Bulls)

1998: Michael Olowokandi (LA Clippers)

1997: Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)

1996: Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers)

1995: Joe Smith (Golden State Warriors)

1994: Glenn Robinson (Milwaukee Bucks)

1993: Chris Webber (Orlando Magic)

1992: Shaquille O’ Neal (Orlando Magic)

1991: Larry Johnson (Charlotte Hornets)

1990: Derrick Coleman (New Jersey Nets)

1989: Pervis Ellison (Sacramento Kings)

1988: Danny Manning (LA Clippers)

1987: David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)

1986: Brad Daugherty (Cleveland Cavaliers)

1985: Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)

1984: Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)

1983: Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)

1982: James Worthy (Los Angeles Lakers)

1981: Mark Aguirre (Dallas Mavericks)

1980: Joe Barry Carroll (Golden State Warriors)

1979: Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)

1978: Mychal Thompson (Portland Trail Blazers)

1977: Kent Benson (Milwaukee Bucks)

1976: John Lucas (Houston Rockets)

1975: David Thompson (Atlanta Hawks)

1974: Bill Walton (Portland Trail Blazers)

1973: Doug Collins (Philadelphia 76ers)

1972: LaRue Martin (Portland Trail Blazers)

1971: Austin Carr (Cleveland Cavaliers)

1970: Bob Lanier (Detroit Pistons)

1969: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks)

1968: Elvin Hayes (San Diego Rickets)

1967: Jimmy Walker (Detroit Pistons)

1966: Cazzie Russell (New York Knicks)

1965: Fred Hetzel (San Francisco Warriors)

1964: Jim Barnes (New York Knicks)

1963: Art Heyman (New York Knicks)

1962: Bill McGill (Chicago Zephyrs)

1961: Walt Bellamy (Chicago Zephyrs)

1960: Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals)

1959: Bob Boozer (Cincinnati Royals)

1958: Elgin Baylor (Minneapolis Lakers)

1957: Hot Rod Hundley (Cincinnati Royals)

1956: Sihugo Green (Rochester Royals)

1955: Dick Ricketts (St. Louis Hawks)

1954: Frank Selvy (Baltimore Bullets)

1953: Ray Felix (Baltimore Bullets)

1952: Mark Workman (Milwaukee Hawks)

1951: Gene Melchiorre (Baltimore Hawks)

1950: Chuck Share (Boston Celtics)

1949: Howie Shannon (Providence Steam Rollers)

1948: Andy Tonkovich (Providence Steam Rollers)

1947: Clifton McNeeley (Pittsburgh Ironmen)

The draft lottery

The draft lottery was established in 1990 with the goal of avoiding the tankingSetting up a low-quality squad (early in the season or during the season) to get as low on the table as possible and thus get the first draft pick. Although it was an improvement, the lottery did not end with this dysfunction in the competition so it was decided to make a small modification, which is a patch on the first patch.

Until the reform, only the first three were drawn picks and the last classified in the League had a 25% chance of taking number one. The penultimate, 19.9% ​​and the third, 14%. With the change, the first four are drawn and the three worst teams in the NBA have an equal chance of getting the one: 14%. The fourth by the tail, it goes from 11.9% to 12.5%.

The lottery procedure is as follows: 14 ping-pong balls (representing the 14 teams outside the playoffs) are inserted into a pot, numbered 1 through 14, to create 1,001 possible combinations. Of these 1,001 combinations, each franchise has a certain amount (a series of determined numbers) according to its position at the end of the course. The last three, for example, have 140 numbers of those 1,001 options, that is, a 14% (13.9%) chance of getting the number 1. While the fourteen only has 0.5% of leaving with the first position.

After introducing the 14 balls, four are drawn, from which combination the winner of the first pick (choice). The same for 2, 3 and 4. The following are already in order according to the record of victories achieved in the regular phase. The teams that were left out of the lottery establish their order according to their win-loss balance: the one with the best proportion will be the last to be chosen. Any ties prior to the lottery are broken through a drawing.

These positions are not fixed and teams can negotiate with them.. Draft rounds can also be traded.

2020 draft order after lottery

1. Detroit Pistons

2. Houston Rockets

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

4. Toronto Raptors

5. Orlando Magic

6. Oklahoma City Thunder

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Orlando Magic

9. Sacramento Kings

10. New Orleans Pelicans

11. Charlotte Hornets

12. San Antonio Spurs

13. Indiana Pacers

14. Golden State Warriors

The rest of the first round

15. Washington Wizards

16. Oklahoma City Thunder

17. Memphis Grizzlies

18. Oklahoma City Thunder

19. New York Knicks

20. Atlanta Hawks

21. New York Knicks (vía Dallas)

22. Los Angeles Lakers

23. Houston Rockets (vía Portland)

24. Houston Rockets (vía Milwaukee)

25. LA Clippers

26. Denver Nuggets

27. Brooklyn Nets

28. Philadelphia 76ers

29. Phoenix Suns

30. Utah Jazz

Second round of the draft

31. Milwaukee Bucks (vía Houston)

32. New York Knicks (vía Detroit)

33. Orlando Magic

34. Oklahoma City Thunder

35. New Orleans Pelicans

36. Oklahoma City Thunder (vía Minnesota)

37. Detroit Pistons (vía Toronto)

38. Chicago Bulls

39. Sacramento Kings

40. New Orleans Pelicans

41. San Antonio Spurs

42. Detroit Pistons

43. New Orleans Pelicans (vía Washington)

44. Brooklyn Nets (vía Indiana)

45. Boston Celtics

46. Toronto Raptors (vía Memphis)

47. Toronto Raptors (vía Golden State)

48. Atlanta Hawks (via Miami)

49. Brooklyn Nets (vía Atlanta)

50. Philadelphia 76ers (via New York)

51. Memphis Grizzlies (vía Portland)

52. Detroit Pistons (vía Lakers)

53. New Orleans Pelicans (via Dallas)

54. Indiana Pacers (vía Milwaukee)

55. Oklahoma City Thunder (vía Denver)

56. Charlotte Hornets (vía Clippers)

57. Charlotte Hornets (vía Brooklyn)

58. New York Knicks (vía Philadelphia)

59. Brooklyn Nets (vía Phoenix)

60. Indiana Pacers (vía Utah Jazz)

Draft night

After establishing order, comes the great night broadcast live since 1980 and that last year due to the coronavirus was held virtually from the ESPN studios in Briston (Connecticut). This fact caused the Green Room (the area where the main candidates attended in person) He disappeared. This year it comes back. Each franchise will have two minutes to inform the NBA commissioner of the player’s name. Adam Silver, in this case, will announce it to the world and connect with the lucky man live.

Eligibility criteria

The NBA establishes a series of criteria so that players can appear in the draft.

Everyone must be 19 years old in the calendar year of the draft and, if they are not international, that at least one year has elapsed since they graduated from the institute.

International calls are those who have resided outside the United States during the three years prior to the draft and that they have not enrolled in any university in the country or graduated from an American institute. Once these conditions are fulfilled, players can be part of the draft either, declaring themselves eligible (otherwise they cannot be selected) or automatically.

As for non-international players, an automatic selection occurs in any of the following cases. Have completed four years of university training, have passed four years since graduation from their institute course or have enjoyed a professional contract in any competition in the world.

As for internationals, they automatically enter the draft if they have turned 22 years old. or if they have played basketball with a professional contract in any other non-NBA competition in the United States.


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