2020 NBA draft

The 2020 NBA draft will be held in 2020. It will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams will take turns selecting amateur United States college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. It will be televised nationally on ESPN. The lottery will take place in May 2020.

2020 NBA draft
General information
LocationBarclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Network(s)ESPN, Yahoo Sports
60 total selections in 2 rounds
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Trades involving draft picksEdit

Pre-draft tradesEdit

Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams. Trade details to follow.

Draft-day tradesEdit

Draft-day trades will be made on the day of the draft.


The invitation-only NBA Draft Combine and its on-court element will be held in May.

Draft lotteryEdit

The NBA conducts an annual lottery to determine the draft order for the teams that did not make the playoffs in the preceding season. Every NBA team that missed the NBA playoffs have a chance at winning a top four pick, but teams with worse records have a better chance at winning a top four pick, effective as of the 2019 draft.[1] After the lottery selects the teams that receive a top four pick, the other teams receive an NBA draft pick based on their winning percentage from the prior season. As it is commonplace in the event of identical win-loss records, the NBA will perform a random drawing to break the ties. The lottery will take place in May.

Eligibility and entrantsEdit

The draft is conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's 2017 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with its player's union. The previous CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft, but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss future changes.

  • All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players who are eligible for the 2020 draft must be born on or before December 31, 2001.
  • Since the 2016 draft, the following rules, as implemented by the NCAA Division I council for that division, are:[2]
    • Declaration for the draft no longer results in automatic loss of college eligibility. As long as a player does not sign a contract with a professional team outside the NBA, or sign with an agent, he will retain college eligibility as long as he makes a timely withdrawal from the draft.
    • NCAA players now have until 10 days after the end of the NBA Draft Combine to withdraw from the draft. Since the combine is held in mid-May, the current deadline is about five weeks after the previous mid-April deadline.
    • NCAA players may participate in the draft combine, and are allowed to attend one tryout per year with each NBA team without losing college eligibility.
    • NCAA players may now enter and withdraw from the draft up to two times without loss of eligibility. Previously, the NCAA treated a second declaration of draft eligibility as a permanent loss of college eligibility.

The NBA has since expanded the draft combine to include players with remaining college eligibility (who, like players without college eligibility, can only attend by invitation).[3]

Early entrantsEdit

Players who are not automatically eligible have to declare their eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 60 days before the draft. For the 2020 draft, the date will fall on April 26. After that date, "early entry" players are able to attend NBA pre-draft camps and individual team workouts to show off their skills and obtain feedback regarding their draft positions. Under the CBA a player may withdraw his name from consideration from the draft at any time before the final declaration date, which is 10 days before the draft. Under current NCAA rules, players have until 10 days after the draft combine to withdraw from the draft and retain college eligibility.

A player who has hired an agent retains his remaining college eligibility regardless of whether he is drafted after an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Underclassmen who declare for the NBA draft and are not selected have the opportunity to return to their school for at least another year only after terminating all agreements with their agents, who must be certified no later than August 1, 2020.[4]

College underclassmenEdit

International playersEdit

Automatically eligible entrantsEdit

Players who do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:[87]

  • They have completed four years of their college eligibility.
  • If they graduated from high school in the U.S., but did not enroll in a U.S. college or university, four years have passed since their high school class graduated.
  • They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team not in the NBA, anywhere in the world, and have played under that contract.

Players who meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:[87]

  • They are at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players born on or before December 31, 1998 are automatically eligible for the 2020 draft.
  • They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team not in the NBA within the United States, and have played under that contract.
Other automatically eligible players
Player Team Note Ref.
  Terry Armstrong South East Melbourne Phoenix (Australia) Did not attend college; playing professionally since 2019–20 season [88]
  LaMelo Ball Illawarra Hawks (Australia) Did not attend college; playing professionally since 2017–18 season [89]
  R. J. Hampton New Zealand Breakers (New Zealand) Did not attend college; playing professionally since 2019–20 season [90]

Invited attendeesEdit

The NBA annually invites around 15–20 players to sit in the so-called "green-room" a special room set aside at the draft site for the invited players plus their families and agents. When their names are called, the player leaves the room and goes up on stage. Other players who are not invited are allowed to attend the ceremony. They sit in the stands with the fans and walk up stage when or if they are drafted.


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