NBA draft: Team preview, odds and stats
2017 NBA draft is here, and the league is in the midst of a major shakeup that will have a big impact on the NBA landscape for years to come.
For a few years now, the NBA has been on a bit of a roller coaster, one that’s helped bring the league’s total number of franchises to nearly 2,500, with the most recent expansion team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, having moved to the top of the list.
In some ways, the new format of the NBA’s two drafts is a departure from the old, where teams have to play two exhibition games to be eligible for the regular season.
But in some ways it also makes sense.
The league’s expansion draft will be an extra step in determining who will be on the roster.
And it will be a chance for players to prove themselves, something that’s become less of an issue as teams have learned how to play the game of basketball better.
The 2017 NBA Draft: Team previews, odds on, and moreThe draft order will be the same, as will the number of teams, with five teams selected in the first round, followed by two in the second round and a third in the fourth.
There will be no more than three teams that qualify for the playoffs, and no more that seven teams qualify for either conference.
The top two teams in each conference will play for the championship, with a tiebreaker between the teams with the best records.
A player’s draft position will determine the player who starts at the top, with players selected in this round receiving an automatic first-round pick in the upcoming draft.
It’s not clear what the criteria will be for each team in the draft, but if a team has two players that qualify as lottery picks, that team will be guaranteed a first-rounder.
A player must be in his draft year, meaning he will not be eligible to play next season if he hasn’t made his rookie contract by the time the draft takes place.
Drafting is not a priority this year.
Players will be eligible as of Feb. 17.
The NBA’s first two picks are not guaranteed until the first day of the draft.
A second round draft will occur in the third week of February, meaning there will be only one team that qualifies for the 2018 draft, which is expected to be at least the same size as the 2017 draft.
Players who play in the NBA for the first time will be considered for the 2021 draft, although there will still be one team left from last year’s draft.
The 2021 NBA draft will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the first NBA team to play in New York since the Nets moved there in 2003.
The league announced the dates of the events on Thursday.
Here’s what you need to know:The first round will consist of the first seven picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, and teams will be able to add to their selections by adding a third or fourth round pick.
Two teams that finished the regular-season schedule with a winning record, regardless of their position in the standings, will qualify for a second round, meaning that one team from the 2019 or 2020 season will qualify.
The second round picks will consist entirely of college players.
Players who are eligible to be drafted in the 2019 draft are likely to be selected in that round, while players who are drafted in 2020 or 2021 will likely be picked in the future rounds.
The 2021 draft will feature the first two rounds, with picks No. 2-4 being determined by the number and type of games a team plays during the regular and postseason seasons.
Teams that win at least 60 games in each of the regular seasons will have two No. 1 overall picks in each draft.
There are no guarantees that any of the top two picks will go No.1 overall.
The NBA will not make its official decision on the 2021 pick until after the 2021 season.
Teams will receive one final pick in 2021, with two selections in the 2017 and 2018 drafts.
More: What to know about the 2021 college draft