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2024 NBA Draft: Date, location, format, how to watch & latest odds

The 78th annual NBA Draft will take place in June 2024.

Hot on the heels of what is likely to be remembered as the Victor Wembanyama draft, we’re looking ahead to the class of 2024.

2024 NBA Draft date

The 2024 NBA Draft will begin with the first round on June 26, with the second round taking place the next night, June 27. This is the first year in which the draft will take place over two nights.

NBA Draft Lottery format

The NBA Draft Lottery is a draw that determines the order of picks 1-14 for the draft itself, with the 14 teams that did not make that season's playoffs all involved.

Only the top four picks are drawn from the lottery and the three teams with the worst records from the regular season have the best percentage chance of taking the top pick.

The team which finishes the season with the worst record is guaranteed one of the top five picks, as selections 15-30 are decided by the final league standings from worst to best.

NBA Draft Combine

The NBA Draft Combine is a multi-day showcase where draft hopefuls will undergo a series of tests in front of coaches, general managers and scouts from the NBA.

This is an opportunity for players heading into the draft to showcase their talents and prove they are up to the rigours of the NBA, with their performances in the Combine potentially affecting their draft status, salary and career prospects.

There is also a G League Elite Camp held during the opening two days of the Combine where players yet to be confirmed for the draft will get an opportunity to earn their place.

Previous players that have gone on to compete in the NBA after coming through the G League Elite Camp include Jose Alvarado, Terance Mann, Alex Caruso, and Max Strus.

2024 NBA Draft location

The 2024 NBA Draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The venue has hosted the draft every year since 2013, aside from in 2020.

How to watch the 2024 NBA Draft

Next year's draft is again expected to be broadcast on ESPN.

NBA Draft history

The NBA Draft has been held on 77 previous occasions since it was first introduced in 1947, with the first player ever to be drafted being Clifton McNeely, who was selected as the first pick by the Pittsburgh Ironmen.

Other notable first-overall picks in the draft include Magic Johnson, who joined the LA Lakers in 1979, Allan Iversen, who was snapped up by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996, and current NBA star LeBron James, who began his journey with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003.

The San Antonio Spurs selected Victor Wembanyama with the top pick in the 2023 draft. The 7ft 5 Frenchman has been labelled as a generational talent and the best number 1 pick since James was selected 20 years ago.

2024 NBA Draft top prospects

We are not likely to see anyone at Wembanyama’s level in the 2024 draft – although his 6-foot-7, 16-year-old brother Oscar could be arriving in 2026 or 2027.

The early talk around the 2024 draft is that it is weaker towards the top, with few if any potential superstars expected to be taken at the top of the draft. Of course, we heard similar things around the class of 2020, but No. 1 selection Anthony Edwards has made a big impression in his three years in the league.

Rob Dillingham, Alexandre Sarr, Matas Buzelis, Zaccharie Risacher, Nikola Topic, Ron Holland, and Cody Williams are regarded as the top prospects. Only Dillingham and Williams play in the NCAA; Sarr plays in Australia, Risacher plays in France, Topic plays in Serbia, and Holland and Buzelis play for G-League Ignite.

Number of rounds in the NBA Draft

The NBA Draft consists of two rounds, with 30 selections per round. There are a total of 60 picks made in the NBA Draft. In 2024, the two rounds will be held on different nights.

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