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NBA Draft: 2024 dates, schedule, how to watch, order of picks, history and more

The 2024 NBA Draft marks the 78th in history, as a new crop of young talent gets set to enter the league.

Let's get into all you need to know about the NBA Draft, including 2024 dates, schedule, how to watch, the order of picks, and more.

NBA Draft 2024 dates

The 2024 NBA Draft will begin with the first round on Wednesday, June 26. The second round will take place on Thursday, June 27.

2024 marks the first year the draft will take place over two nights.

How to watch the NBA Draft, TV channel and streaming

The 2024 NBA Draft will be broadcast on ABC (first round) and ESPN (entire draft).

Streaming will be available on any service that carries ABC and ESPN, such as ESPN+, YouTubeTV or FuboTV.

NBA Draft location and venue

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.

NBA Draft 2024 order of picks

First round

  1. Atlanta
  2. Washington
  3. Houston (from Brooklyn)
  4. San Antonio
  5. Detroit
  6. Charlotte
  7. Portland
  8. San Antonio (from Toronto)
  9. Memphis
  10. Utah
  11. Chicago
  12. Oklahoma City (from Houston)
  13. Sacramento
  14. Portland (from Golden State)
  15. Miami
  16. Philadelphia
  17. LA Lakers
  18. Orlando
  19. Toronto (from Indiana)
  20. Cleveland
  21. New Orleans (form Milwaukee)
  22. Phoenix
  23. Milwaukee (from New Orleans)
  24. New York (from Dallas)
  25. New York
  26. Washington (from LA Clippers)
  27. Minnesota
  28. Denver
  29. Utah (from OKC)
  30. Boston

How many rounds are in the NBA Draft?

The NBA Draft consists of two rounds, with 30 selections per round.

How many picks are in the NBA Draft?

There are a total of 60 picks made in the NBA Draft.

What is the NBA Draft Lottery?

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.

Read more about the NBA Draft Lottery and how it works on site.

NBA Draft history

The NBA Draft was first introduced in 1947, with Clifton McNeely becoming the first-ever drafted player after being selected with the first pick by the Pittsburgh Ironmen.

Until the 2006 NBA Draft, high school players were eligible to be selected in drafts. The NBA created an age limit in 2006 stating that players must turn 19 years old by the end of the calendar year in which they were drafted to be eligible.

Between 1950 and 1966, teams could forfeit their first-round pick to use a territorial pick and select a player from the team's immediate geographic area. The best example of a territorial pick is Wilt Chamberlain, a Philadelphia native who was selected by the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959. Oscar Robertson, Tom Heinsohn and Bill Bradley were also territorial draft picks.

In the draft's early years, teams would select players in drafts until they ran out of prospects. For example, the drafts in 1960 and 1968 went 21 rounds. In 1974, the league stabilized the draft to 10 rounds.

The draft was shortened again in 1985, this time moving from 10 rounds to seven. The first NBA Draft Lottery was also held in 1985, and it was won by the New York Knicks who had the third-worst regular season record and used the ensuing top pick to select future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing.

In 1989, the draft was again shortened to its present-day format of two rounds.

Read more NBA Draft news on site.

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