The NBA Draft is a system of bringing players to the NBA from all over the world. In 1983, Manute Bol was one of the first major players to make the NBA more international. Though Bol did not become a big star, the NBA was changed forever. That led to others being drafted from an international stock.
Previous to 2005, high school players were allowed to be selected. That allowed 41 players to go from “prep-to-pro”. Though there were some success stories, there were also some failures. The problem that caused was it made high school students choose between college, the euro circuit, or the NBA’s developmental league. The rules change in 2006 states that a player must now be 19 years old by the end of the calendar year of the draft or wait a year after high school graduation. In other words, players must be 1 year removed from High school. Educators believe it is more beneficial for the players to attend college first. Just imagine how many college programs would have missed out on talent if players could still go directly into the NBA from high school.
The first draft was held in 1950, and then every year since. 1980 marked the first year the NBA draft was televised. Since it’s original TV appearance, the draft has always been on cable or satellite TV, most recently ESPN. Though it is not as popular as it’s football counterpart in some areas, many would argue that basketball is the superior sport. The ability to play indoors or outdoors with minimal equipment is definitely part of the draw of the sport. Anyone that has a basketball can practice and get good.
Here is a list of the first ten draft picks:
- Oklahoma City
- New Orleans
- San Antonio
As far as the list of candidates goes, there are some obvious ones, but everyone knows the draft is not set. The picks, of course, depend on the needs of the team. Tune in to find out where your favorite college players will end up. Check out all of the action live at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN. If you are outside the USA, a good VPN service would be key in allowing you to see everything. You would need to have a subscription to a cable or satellite system or something like Sling TV, because ESPN is a premium channel. If you haven’t tried Sling TV yet then you can sign up for a 7-day free trial.
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