FAQs – Men’s Basketball

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When is the NBA Draft?

The NBA Draft is held each year near the end of June, after NBA Finals. In 2015, the Draft took place on June 26 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Who’s eligible to be Drafted?

The pool of players includes all players over the age of 19 who are more than a year removed from high school, and who have also officially declared for the NBA Draft; all international players over the age of 22; all players over 19 who’ve signed a contract to play with an international professional team; and all US-born players who’ve played their four years of college eligibility.

How does the Draft order and Draft Lottery work?

Each spring, a lottery — comprised of ping-pong balls drawn randomly in an audited event — decides the fate of the 14 teams who did not qualify for the Playoffs. The teams with the fewest wins have the greatest chance at winning the Lottery. Three Lotto balls are drawn, deciding the first, second and third picks. After that point, the remaining picks go sequentially, in order of lowest finish to highest finish in the standings. After pick No. 14, the teams choose in reverse order of regular season finish (the team with the best record goes last). Teams may move up and down in the order with trades.

How many teams are there in the NBA?

The NBA is a collection of 30 teams, broken down by two conferences with three divisions apiece.

The Western Conference plays host to the Northwest, Pacific and Southwest Divisions, featuring the following 15 teams:

Northwest: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz

Pacific: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers,Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings

Southwest: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs

The Eastern Conferences 15 squads also break up across three divisions: the Atlantic, Southeast and Central.

Atlantic: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors

Central: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers,Milwaukee Bucks

Southeast: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic,Washington Wizards

How many games are there in an NBA season?

There are 82 games in the NBA’s regular season.

 How many teams make the playoffs?

The top eight teams in each Conference reach the postseason, with the No. 1 seed facing No. 8 in the first round, No. 2 vs. No. 7 and so on. Each round features a best-of-seven series with a 2-2-1-1-1 format (two games at the top seed’s home court, two games at the lower seed’s home, then back and forth one game at a time). The winners of each Conference meet in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

How many players are on a NBA roster?

Each NBA team can have a maximum of 15 players, 12 of which can be active each game.

What is the NBA Development League?

The NBA Development League, or NBA D-League, is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers and front office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory.

How many games are in an NBA Development League season?

Each NBA D-League teams plays a 50-game schedule.

When do the regular season and playoffs begin and end?

The regular season begins in November and runs into April. In April, the playoffs consist of three rounds, all of which follow a best-of-three series format.

How many NBA Development League players have made it to the NBA?

A record 170 players with NBA D-League experience were on NBA rosters at the end of the 2014-15 regular season, representing an all-time high 38 percent of the league. During the 2014-15 season, a record 47 players were called up to the NBA a record total of 63 times. A total of 56 NBA players were assigned to the NBA D-League a record 195 times.

Who are some of the best NBA players who have played in the NBA Development League?

Top players who have been assigned to the NBA D-League include Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Pistons guard Reggie Jackson and Rockets forward Terrence Jones. Top players who were called up from the NBA D-League include Spurs guard Danny Green, Heat guard Gerald Green, Hornets guard Jeremy Lin and Heat center Hassan Whiteside.

What is a Call-Up?

A Call-Up occurs when a player under contract with the NBA D-League is signed by an NBA team to an NBA contract. Over the past three seasons, an average of 38 players have received a Call-Up.

What is an assignment?

An assignment occurs when an NBA team sends a player to its NBA D-League affiliate. That player remains under NBA contract and the assigning NBA team has the exclusive rights to recall that player at any time. Over the past three seasons, an average of 58 NBA players have been assigned to the NBA D-League an average total of 188 times (players with under three years of service can be assigned an unlimited number of times each season).

How many teams make the playoffs?

The playoff rules have changed as the league has expanded. In 2015, eight teams made the playoffs – four in each conference. This included the winners of each of the four divisions and two Wild Card teams in each conference – the top two teams in each conference on the basis of regular season record regardless of division.

When is the NBA Development League Draft?

The NBA D-League Draft is typically held in the last week of October or the first week of November. This occurs after NBA start-of-season rosters are finalized.

Who is eligible to be drafted?

The league signs about 180 players each year to join the pool of draft-eligible prospects. They include college players who went undrafted in the NBA Draft, international prospects, and players who were recently waived by NBA teams following training camp. Players must be 18 years old to be eligible for the NBA D-League Draft, as opposed to the NBA’s age minimum of 19.

How many players are on an NBA Development League roster?

There are a minimum of 10 players on rosters, with two additional spots for players placed on the inactive/injury list. A team’s active roster may expand to up to 13 players if its parent club assigns players from the NBA roster.

How do NBA Development League contracts work?

NBA D-League players sign standard one-year contracts with the league, not individual teams, according to three different salary scales. (This excludes players on assignment from the NBA, who remain under NBA contract.)

Where do NBA Development League players come from?

There are eight different paths a player can take to the NBA D-League:

  • NBA teams can assign players to their NBA D-League affiliate and recall them at any time.
  • NBA teams can draft players and sign them to NBA D-League contracts, thus retaining their rights through the “Draft Rights Player” rule.
  • NBA teams can designate up to four players that they cut during training camp as “affiliate players,” meaning those players will join that team’s NBA D-League affiliate (should the players choose to sign into the NBA D-League). These players are signed under contract with the league rather than the team, however, meaning they are technically free agents who can be called up to any of the 30 NBA teams.
  • NBA D-League teams hold local tryouts each offseason and can invite up to five players from these tryouts to their training camps.
  • The NBA D-League holds a draft every year consisting of nearly 200 players who have signed contracts with the league. In 2014, the draft consisted of eight rounds.
  • Players who return to the NBA D-League are, by rule, re-acquired by the teams that they played for within the last two seasons (Returning Players).
  • Once the NBA D-League season begins, players who sign NBA D-League contracts are placed into a rotating waiver pool so that teams can claim them.
  • If a player from high school, college or overseas enters the NBA D-League without ever having declared for the NBA Draft, he will also join the waiver pool. That player remains NBA Draft-eligible but is not eligible to be called up to the NBA.

When a new franchise joins the league, an expansion draft is held in which the new team selects 16 players from a pool of unprotected players among the league’s other teams. The expansion team will then hold that player’s NBA D-League rights for two seasons. Each returning team can protect up to 12 of its players from being selected.

Has an NBA Development League player ever been drafted into the NBA?

Six players have been drafted into the NBA out of the NBA D-League. These players entered the NBA D-League either out of high school – the league’s age minimum is 18 rather than the NBA’s 19 – or as early entry college players. They include: Mike Taylor (2008), Latavious Williams (2009), Chu Chu Maduabum (2011), Glen Rice Jr. (2013), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (2014, pictured) and P.J. Hairston (2014). In 2014, Hairston became the first first-round NBA Draft pick the NBA D-League has ever produced, and Antetokounmpo became the first international prospect ever to be drafted out of the NBA D-League.

What do affiliations between NBA and NBA Development Leagues entail?

There are two types of affiliations: one-to-one affiliation, in which the NBA team fully owns and operates its NBA D-League team; and “hybrid” affiliation, in which the NBA team manages and funds the basketball operations while local ownership maintains control of the business and community relations aspects of the team. NBA teams primarily use their NBA D-League affiliates as a place to develop their young talent. Players with three years of service or less can be sent, or “assigned,” to the NBA D-League an unlimited number of times. The NBA team retains an assigned player’s rights and can recall that player at any time. NBA teams often install the same offensive and defensive systems – including the same terminology and even some of the same plays – on their NBA D-League affiliates. The staffs within the organization are in constant communication about the development of their major- and minor-league talent.

How do NBA franchises not affiliated with an NBA D-League team assign players?

With the Pacers’ acquisition of the Mad Ants, the NBA D-League’s flexible assignment system which was instituted prior to the 2014-15 season will continue to enable the 11 independent NBA teams to assign players to the NBA D-League for development or rehabilitation from injury. Upon receipt of an assignment from an independent NBA team, the NBA D-League will identify any NBA D-League team willing to accept the assigned player.  The assigning independent NBA team will then choose the destination for assignment between those teams.  If no NBA D-League team is willing to accept the assigned player, he will be assigned to one of the hybrid affiliate teams pursuant to a lottery.

What is the NBA Development League Showcase?

NBA D-League Showcase is the NBA D-League’s annual in-season scouting event, when all of its teams converge in one city to play in front of NBA general managers and player personnel executives from all 30 NBA teams. The 2015 event marked the 11th NBA D-League Showcase. Showcase traditionally coincides with the time when NBA teams can begin signing players to 10-day contracts, since the majority of the players signed to 10-day contracts are GATORADE Call-Ups from the NBA D-League.

How do 10-day NBA contracts work?

Each season, from early January to early April, NBA teams can sign free agents to 10-day contracts. A player can be signed to a maximum of two consecutive 10-day contracts before a team must either sign him for the remainder of the season or release him.

How can I try out for the NBA Development League?

The league holds a National Tryout once each year. Participants must fill out an application and make a $350 online payment. The event is limited to 220 players, and between 25 and 40 typically sign contracts and become eligible for the NBA D-League Draft.

Two players from the NBA D-League National Tryout have gone on to reach the NBA: Dennis Horner (Nets) and Dwight Buycks (Raptors, Lakers).

Additionally, each NBA D-League team holds its own local tryout(s) prior to the start of the season and can invite up to five of the participants to its preseason training camp.