When Is the 2023 NBA Draft – Date, Time, and Format

The 2023 NBA Draft date is getting closer, and 30 NBA teams are doing their final scouting reports in order to get the best player possible, given their draft order. Many young players will finally see their basketball dreams come true, while others will go undrafted and look for their spot in the league in free agency.

The San Antonio Spurs won the Draft Lottery and will have the chance to pick first when the 2023 NBA Draft time comes. It seems like there is no doubt that the Spurs will select the French phenom Victor Wembanyama with the first overall pick, but, as we all know, anything can happen on draft night.

Many superstar players are ready to move from their current teams, and some of them will be involved in some draft night trades.

Every NBA fan is excited to see how this NBA Draft class will go, and in the following lines, we will present you with everything you need to know, including when is the NBA Draft, how does it work, which players are eligible, and what is the draft order.

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When is the 2023 NBA Draft?

The 2023 NBA Draft will start on Thursday, June 22 at 8 pm ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The draft will consist of 58 picks instead of the typical 60 because the Chicago Bulls and the Philadelphia 76ers have lost the right to their second-round picks for violating the NBA’s tampering rules during free agency. This is the second consecutive year when there are only 58 picks due to tampering violations.

How does the 2023 NBA Draft Work?

The NBA draft is essentially made up of two rounds. The order of the first 14 picks is set with the NBA Lottery. The San Antonio Spurs is the team that won the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery, which was held on May 16. The order of the first-round picks from 15th to 30th and the second-round picks is set by the team’s record from the previous season.

The order goes in the opposite direction from the previous regular season’s standings, aiming to help teams from the bottom improve their rosters. The draft picks and the order of each selection are often included in trades made by the teams, so the order looks pretty random, especially in the second round.

The 2023 NBA Draft will start with the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calling the first overall pick. After the team that has the right to the first overall pick will make their decision, then the next team has five minutes to decide and come up with their selection. For the second round, teams have only two minutes to come out with their selection.

NBA Draft Eligibility Rules

To be eligible for the NBA Draft, a player must be at least 19 years old in the calendar year of the draft, meaning that the players that are eligible to be selected this year may not be born later than 2004. The players also have to be a minimum of one year removed from their high school graduation unless they are international players. The players also should not be older than 22 years, unless they are coming off their senior year at college.

Where Can You Watch the 2023 NBA Draft

The 2023 NBA Draft will go live on ESPN starting at 8 pm ET on Thursday, June 22.

2023 NBA Draft Order

First Round

1. San Antonio Spurs
2. Charlotte Hornets
3. Portland Trail Blazers
4. Houston Rockets
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Orlando Magic
7. Indiana Pacers
8. Washington Wizards
9. Utah Jazz
10. Dallas Mavericks
11. Orlando Magic (from Chicago)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Toronto Raptors
14. New Orleans Pelicans
15. Atlanta Hawks
16. Utah Jazz (from Minnesota)
17. Los Angeles Lakers
18. Miami Heat
19. Golden State Warriors
20. Houston Rockets (from LA Clippers)
21. Brooklyn Nets (from Phoenix)
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Portland Trail Blazers (from New York)
24. Sacramento Kings
25. Memphis Grizzlies
26. Indiana Pacers (from Cleveland)
27. Charlotte Hornets (from Denver via New York and Oklahoma City)
28. Utah Jazz (from Philadelphia via Brooklyn)
29. Indiana Pacers (from Boston)
30. Los Angeles Clippers (from Milwaukee via Houston)

Second Round

31. Detroit Pistons
32. Indiana Pacers (from Houston)
33. San Antonio Spurs
34. Charlotte Hornets (via Philadelphia and Atlanta)
35. Boston Celtics (from Portland via Atlanta, LA Clippers, Detroit, and Cleveland)
36. Orlando Magic
37. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Washington via New Orleans)
38. Sacramento Kings (from Indiana)
39. Charlotte Hornets (from Utah via New York)
40. Denver Nuggets (from Dallas via Oklahoma City)
41. Charlotte Hornets (from Oklahoma City via New York and Boston)
42. Washington Wizards (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers and Washington)
43. Portland Trail Blazers (from Atlanta)
44. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto)
45. Memphis Grizzlies (from Minnesota)
46. Atlanta Hawks (from New Orleans)
47. Los Angeles Lakers
48. Los Angeles Clippers
49. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Golden State via Utah and New Orleans)
50. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami via Boston, Memphis, and Dallas)
51. Brooklyn Nets
52. Phoenix Suns
53. Minnesota Timberwolves (from New York via Charlotte)
54. Sacramento Kings
55. Indiana Pacers (from Cleveland via Milwaukee and Detroit)
56. Memphis Grizzlies
— Chicago Bulls (from Denver via Cleveland; forfeited by Chicago)
— Philadelphia 76ers (forfeited)
57. Washington Wizards (from Boston via Charlotte)
58. Milwaukee Bucks

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