NBA Draft FAQ: A Fan’s Guide

The NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm will mark the 76th year of the event. Below you can find answers to some of the main questions regarding this year’s NBA Draft.


Q: When is the 2022 NBA Draft?

The 2022 NBA Draft will take place Thursday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Q: Where will the 2022 NBA Draft be held? 

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be the home of the NBA Draft for the 9th consecutive year.

Q: How do I get tickets to the NBA Draft?

You can purchase general admission tickets for the NBA Draft here.

The NBA Draft is also offering Official Experiences, which include premium packages and VIP access, that you can purchase here. You can also contact an event representative at (866) 619-3373.

Q: Where can I watch the NBA Draft?

You can watch the first round of the draft live on both ABC and ESPN. ESPN will continue coverage for the second round.

It will also be available for streaming on the NBA App for iPhone & Android.

Q: Who has the first pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

The Orlando Magic won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 17 to secure the first-overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Q: How many picks are in the NBA Draft?

There are only 58 picks this year instead of the traditional 60. Chicago and Miami both forfeited second-round picks due to a violation of league rules governing the timing of free agency discussions.

Q: What players are eligible to be drafted?

The main rule of thumb for an eligible player is that they must be 19 years of age by the date of said draft. NCAA players are considered eligible after playing at least one year at their respective college/university or school.

Another way to be eligible for the draft is having signed and played with an outside league other than the NBA itself, such as the NBA G League, Overtime Elite (OTE) or playing overseas, while still meeting the age and duration of play requirement as listed above.

Q: How many teams participate in the NBA Draft?

All 30 teams participate in the NBA Draft.

Q: How many rounds are in the NBA Draft?

There are two rounds.

Q: Who are the top prospects for the 2022 NBA Draft?

The Consensus Mock Draft keeps track of the top mock drafts across the media landscape. It is updated weekly prior to the Draft.

Q: How can I learn more about the 2022 NBA Draft prospects?

NBA.com features complete prospect profiles for some of the best players available this year.

Q: Who was the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft?

Cade Cunningham was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the first-overall pick in last year’s draft.

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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]