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NBA Draft Rules

Draft Picks:

Structure:

  • All 30 teams get assigned one draft pick for each of the two rounds

Order:

  • First 3 picks are determined by weighted lottery drawing of the 14 non-playoff teams, with the teams with the worst record receiving more number combinations (See 'NBA Lottery Odds' below).
  • After the first 3 picks, all teams are placed in reverse order of regular season record
  • Second round order is determined by reverse order of regular season record

Eligibility:

  • Player must be 19 years old during draft calender year, and at least one season has passed since graduation of high school. If player did not graduate high school
  • Player must declare his eligibility 60 days before draft
  • Players are automatically eligible if United States player completes college eligibility or international player turns 22 by December 31.
  • An American player who signs a contract and plays for an international team is automatically eligible by age of 19.
  • No player is eligible for more than 2 drafts
  • Player loses college eligibility if agent is hired, or declares for draft twice

NBA Lottery Odds

1 Seed:
  • 25% chance at 1st
  • 21.5% chance at 2nd
  • 17.8% chance at 3rd
  • 35.7% chance at 4th
2 Seed:
  • 19.9% chance at 1st
  • 18.8% chance at 2nd
  • 17.1% chance at 3rd
  • 31.9% chance at 4th
  • 12.3% chance at 5th
3 Seed:
  • 15.6% chance at 1st
  • 15.7% chance at 2nd
  • 15.6% chance at 3rd
  • 22.6% chance at 4th
  • 26.5% chance at 5th
  • 4% chance at 6th
4 Seed:
  • 11.9% chance at 1st
  • 12.6% chance at 2nd
  • 13.3% chance at 3rd
  • 9.9% chance at 4th
  • 35.1% chance at 5th
  • 16% chance at 6th
  • 1.2% chance at 7th
5 Seed:
  • 8.8% chance at 1st
  • 9.7% chance at 2nd
  • 10.7% chance at 3rd
  • 26.1% chance at 5th
  • 36% chance at 6th
  • 8.4% chance at 7th
  • 0.4% chance at 8th
6 Seed:
  • 6.3% chance at 1st
  • 7.1% chance at 2nd
  • 8.1% chance at 3rd
  • 43.9% chance at 6th
  • 30.5% chance at 7th
  • 4% chance at 8th
  • 0.01% chance at 9th
7 Seed:
  • 4.3% chance at 1st
  • 4.9% chance at 2nd
  • 5.8% chance at 3rd
  • 59.9% chance at 7th
  • 23.2% chance at 8th
  • 1.8% chance at 9th
  • .01% chance at 10th
8 Seed:
  • 2.8% chance at 1st
  • 3.3% chance at 2nd
  • 3.9% chance at 3rd
  • 72.4% chance at 8th
  • 16.8% chance at 9th
  • .0.8% chance at 10th
  • .001% chance at 11th
9 Seed:
  • 1.7% chance at 1st
  • 2% chance at 2nd
  • 2.4% chance at 3rd
  • 81.3% chance at 9th
  • 12.2% chance at 10th
  • 0.4% chance at 11th
  • .01% chance at 12th
10 Seed:
  • 1.1% chance at 1st
  • 1.3% chance at 2nd
  • 1.6% chance at 3rd
  • 87% chance at 10th
  • 8.9% chance at 11th
  • 0.2% chance at 12th
  • .01% chance at 13th
11 Seed:
  • 0.8% chance at 1st
  • 0.9% chance at 2nd
  • 1.2% chance at 3rd
  • 90.7% chance at 11th
  • 6.3% chance at 12th
  • 0.1% chance at 13th
  • .01% chance at 14th
12 Seed:
  • 0.7% chance at 1st
  • 0.8% chance at 2nd
  • 1% chance at 3rd
  • 93.5% chance at 12th
  • 3.9% chance at 13th
  • .01% chance at 14th
13 Seed:
  • 0.6% chance at 1st
  • 0.7% chance at 2nd
  • 0.9% chance at 3rd
  • 96% chance at 13th
  • 1.8% chance at 14th
14 Seed:
  • 0.5% chance at 1st
  • 0.6% chance at 2nd
  • 0.7% chance at 3rd
  • 98.2% chance at 14th

1 Seed= Team with Worst Record in NBA
14 Seed= Team with Best Record in NBA Lottery