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2024 NBA Draft Guide

On June 26 and 27, we’ll see how this year’s top NBA Draft storylines pan out. Beyond the potential of Bronny James joining his iconic dad, LeBron James, on the Lakers’ court and finding out where top prospects like the towering Frenchie gone Downunder, 7 '1 " Alex Sarr land, keep an eye on the G League crew.

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Players like Ron Holland and Matas Buzelis come from the G League Ignite program and are set to make a big splash, proving just how effective this alternative path to the NBA can be. Indeed bball fans, this year’s NBA Draft is shaping up to be one of the more exciting ones of recent times!

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Overview of the 2024 NBA Draft

The 2024 NBA Draft will take place on June 26 and 27, 2024, at the Barclays Center in New York, the current home of the Brooklyn Nets. This year’s event is stretched over two evenings, with round one on Wednesday, June 26, and round two taking place Thursday, June 27, allowing for teams and analysts to better prepare for second-round picks.

For teams, the NBA Draft is a prime opportunity to snag new talent and fill in gaps on the court to strengthen or even rebuild their team. Savvy trades, long-term planning, and serious analytics go into the draft each year, with teams hoping to grab gold like the Spurs did last year by signing Victor Wembanyama (Wemby), boosting the team’s prospects and energizing the fans. But, of course, it can go south too. In any draft, there’s usually at least one or two controversial picks or projected superstars that turn out to be, quite frankly, duds.

For players, the opportunity is obvious. The draft is where they secure their first NBA contract, launch their professional careers, and see their childhood dreams come to fruition!

NBA Draft Basics

Just like other national leagues, like hockey (NHL) and football (NFL), the NBA hosts an annual draft to allow teams to build their roster with fresh talent. These ‘kids’ are mainly college players, but increasingly, we’re seeing G League contenders, international players, and even high school players vying for a shot in the NBA.

Changes to the NBA Draft

As with many things, the NBA Draft has evolved since it began in 1947. Like life in the 40s, it was much simpler. For starters, a team’s picking position was based solely on their win-loss record from the previous season, with the losers, so to speak, getting first dibs at the fresh blood. But this ‘reverse order’ system wasn’t without its flaws. It did come with a tendency to see teams tank games to boost their pick position.

Up until 1965, teams could also make territorial picks. This meant teams could forfeit their first-round pick to select a local player, usually a local college kid who came nicely packaged with a strong fan base already in place. The idea was to boost local fan engagement, but it often ended up giving already strong teams in big markets an extra edge.

By 2005, the NBA brought in a ‘one and done’ rule - players have to be out of school for at least a year and be 19 years old or older, to promote college or overseas experience before jumping into the NBA. All of these shortcomings led to the NBA Lottery.

The Draft Process - How it Works

The NBA Draft will see 60 players sign their first NBA contract. Each team typically makes two picks, but they can trade picks to acquire established players or gain additional selections. Conversely, teams may trade away picks and end up with fewer than two selections. The draft not only brings new talent into the NBA but also helps struggling teams add promising young players.

The first round starts with the lottery-winning teams picking in the top four places, followed by the remaining teams based on their win-loss records. The second-round picks are entirely based on the previous season’s final standings.

For the first time, this year’s event will cover two nights of anticipatory draft action, as the first round takes place on June 26, and wraps up with the second round on June 27. This format change will give the league, team management, and analysts more time to strategize.

Draft Lottery - Explained

Of the NBA’s 30 teams, 14 do not make the playoffs each season. But their defeat comes with benefits as these teams enter the draft lottery which determines the first-round picking order that gives them a shot at drafting the best young basketball talent.

The teams are given a four-digit number combination, and the lottery is weighted to provide certain teams with a better chance of winning. The teams with the worst records from the previous season have the highest statistical chances of landing the No. 1 overall pick - but it’s certainly not a guarantee. Now, teams within this bottom bracket can also affect market dynamics, with teams potentially becoming focal points for trade discussions.

Back to the draw itself. Ping pong balls are randomly drawn, and the team with the corresponding numbers will receive the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. After the top four are determined, the remaining ten teams have their draft selection places determined by the previous season’s win-loss record.

While missing out on one of the top-four draft places can be frustrating - all hope at landing the next superstar is not lost! Back in 2013, Giannis Antetokounmpo was picked 15th overall and has since become a two-time MVP and an NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks. Another example is Devin Booker, selected 13th overall in 2015, who has grown into a perennial All-Star and one of the league's premier scorers with the Phoenix Suns.

Top Prospects in the 2024 NBA Draft

Ron Holland

A 6'8" forward from the G League Ignite, Ron Holland is looking to go into the top 4 this year. His size, athleticism, and defensive versatility make him highly attractive to teams looking for a dynamic forward who can contribute on both ends of the floor. Comparisons include Draymond Green for his defensive impact and versatility, with athleticism reminiscent of a young Shawn Marion. It’s a little early to say where he’ll go, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Detroit, Houston, San Antonio, or Charlotte become his new home.

Stephon Castle

A 6'6" guard from UConn, Stephon Castle is looking to crack the top 10 this year. His scoring ability, court vision, and strong defensive skills make him a versatile option for teams needing a dynamic guard. Comparisons include a mix of Jrue Holiday's defensive tenacity and playmaking, combined with Devin Booker's scoring. While it’s early to call, teams like Indiana, Orlando, Washington, or Utah could be great fits.

Reed Sheppard

A 6'3" guard from Kentucky, Reed Sheppard is making a strong case to be a top 15 pick this year. His sharpshooting, high basketball IQ, and playmaking ability make him a valuable asset for any team. Comparisons to current and former NBA players include a blend of J.J. Redick's shooting and savvy, with a bit of Steve Nash's playmaking touch. Teams like Chicago, Miami, or Toronto could be eyeing him to add depth and skill to their backcourts.

Jalen Hood-Schifino

A 6'5" guard from Indiana, Jalen Hood-Schifino is aiming for a top 20 spot in the 2024 NBA Draft. His playmaking skills, defensive versatility, and ability to score in multiple ways make him a highly intriguing prospect. Comparisons to current and former NBA players include a mix of Malcolm Brogdon's all-around game and Jrue Holiday's defensive capabilities. Teams like Golden State, Brooklyn, or Portland might make a go here.

David Roddy

A 6'5" forward from Colorado State, David Roddy is looking to secure a spot in the late first round of the 2024 NBA Draft. Known for his physicality, scoring ability, and versatility, Roddy is a unique talent. Comparisons to current and former NBA players include a blend of P.J. Tucker's toughness and Draymond Green's versatility. Teams like Milwaukee, Philadelphia, or Denver could be potential landing spots.

Justin Lewis

A 6'7" forward from Marquette, Justin Lewis is projected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. His strength, rebounding ability, and scoring versatility make him an attractive prospect. Comparisons to current and former NBA players include a mix of Jae Crowder's physicality and Paul Millsap's versatility. Teams like Atlanta, Boston, or Phoenix could benefit from his skill set and toughness.

Alexandre Sarr

Towering describes the 7'1" center from the Overtime Elite, Alexandre Sarr. His unique skill set as a 7'1" center with shot-blocking and offensive potential certainly makes him a candidate for a high selection, if not the No.1 pick overall, and garners him comparisons to Rudy Gobert and Kristaps Porziņģis.

Devin Carter

A 6'3" guard from South Carolina, Devin Carter is looking to be a late first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. His defensive tenacity, athleticism, and ability to score off the dribble make him a valuable prospect. Comparisons to current and former NBA players include a blend of Avery Bradley's defensive skills and Marcus Smart's intensity. Teams like Dallas, Memphis, or Toronto could be interested in adding his dynamic skill set to their roster.

Cody Williams

A 6'8" forward from Colorado, Cody Williams is projected to be a mid-first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. His versatility, basketball IQ, and ability to contribute across the board make him a valuable asset. Comparisons to current and former NBA players include a mix of Otto Porter's shooting and versatility and Nicolas Batum's all-around game. Teams like Minnesota, New York, or Utah might be eyeing him for his balanced skill set.

Tyler Kolek

A 6'3" guard from Marquette, Tyler Kolek is aiming to secure a spot in the second round of the 2024 NBA Draft. Known for his playmaking, shooting, and high basketball IQ, Kolek is a savvy guard prospect. Comparisons to current and former NBA players include a blend of T.J. McConnell's hustle and J.J. Barea's playmaking ability. Teams like Indiana, Cleveland, or San Antonio could find value in his steady and intelligent approach to the game.

Team Needs and Strategies

Atlanta Hawks

With the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft, the Hawks are utterly oozing with excitement. Their hawk eyes are honing in on two Frenchies, Alexandre Sarr and Zaccharie Risacher, but they may also make a go at Kentucky guard Reed Sheppard and UConn center Donovan Clingan.

Boston Celtics

This year, the Boston Celtics will have 30th pick in round one. In the mock draft, we saw the 6’6” towering Baylor Scheierman looking promising as a Celtics pick.

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have been competitive in recent seasons but have struggled with deep playoff runs due to injuries and roster instability. The Nets have no picks in this Draft, but they have other ways to build on their roster via coaches and finagling future pick positions.

Charlotte Hornets

While the Hornets have Mark Williams and Nick Richards, they might focus on backcourt scoring. Kentucky’s Reed Sheppard, with his shooting and ball-handling skills, may be an ideal candidate to build a stronger offence.

Chicago Bulls

Potential draft picks for the Bulls include guard Isaiah Collier, Colorado's Cody Williams (brother of OKC's Jalen Williams) for his versatile scoring, and G League Ignite prospect Ron Holland for his defensive potential.

Cleveland Cavaliers

For many rising teams, the No. 20 pick is a chance to secure young talent for future contributions. Cleveland, however, might need more immediate impact, especially with free agent Isaac Okoro's uncertain status after his playoff struggles. Mock drafts suggest Carlton (Bub) Carrington from Pittsburgh as one of their stronger options.

Dallas Mavericks

Denver faces a choice with veteran starter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is likely to opt out this summer. They may offer him an extension or seek a replacement in Kevin McCullar, a 23-year-old 6’ 6’ from Kansas.

Denver Nuggets

Championship contenders often don't heavily rely on draft picks, as rookies struggle to break into the rotation. With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope likely to opt-out, Denver must decide whether to re-sign him or seek a replacement. If they can't find help through trade or free agency, the 28th pick could be crucial; they may also be eyeing Kevin McCullar.

Detroit Pistons

Despite building their team with talents like Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey, the Pistons slid last season. Matas Buzelis, a 6 '9' wing from the G League Ignite, is a favoured pick for his scoring ability and defensive skills.

Golden State Warriors

With just the 52nd pick in the Draft and limited cap space, the Warriors won't find immediate help. They'll be looking to snag PJ Hall, a forward from Clemson. Now, whether Stephen Curry is willing to stay for another two years or not is a question they’re likely dealing with, and may look for immediate help with Jonathan Kuminga.

Houston Rockets

Houston is likely considering trades to grab assets or use their No. 3 pick for an established star. They may select Reed Sheppard for shooting, given his impressive 3-point percentage but may also be eyeing Stephon Castle, Donovan Clingan, Zaccharie Risacher, and Matas Buzelis.

Indiana Pacers

After trading Buddy Hield and acquiring Pascal Siakam, the Pacers lack a first-round pick but have several in the second round. However, it's unlikely these picks will greatly impact their plans for next season.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Lakers' draft situation cleared up when the Pelicans deferred their first-round pick to 2025. They could select Duke center Kyle Filipowski at No. 17 or trade the pick considering LeBron James' timeline. The decision on Bronny James adds some serious excitement to this pick! Will he be joining his iconic dad on the court?

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are making Center and wing depth priorities this Draft. Potential picks include Alexandre Sarr and Justin Lewis.

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis may trade their No. 9 pick, aiming to strengthen their core for contention in the West. Despite injuries in 2023-24, they found talent like GG Jackson and Vince Williams Jr. They could use a big frontcourt presence due to rebounding issues but might stick to the best available player at No. 9, like Rob Dillingham or Stephon Castle and go for Christie and Scheierman with their No. 39 pick.

Miami Heat

Miami's No. 24 pick could add some young talent to The Heat roster, for team building and future benefits but their strategy depends on availability.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks have pick No 27 and are likely looking to build their young player base for development purposes, and are likely to target a shooting guard and power forward. Potential picks include Reed Sheppard, a sharpshooter who can stretch the floor, and David Roddy, a versatile forward with strong defensive capabilities.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves, picking at No. 20, look to replicate past draft successes like Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels. Led by Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, this pick is vital for Minnesota's depth and growth.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans are in need of a dynamic playmaker and additional shooting to bolster their lineup. Focusing on a point guard and a wing scorer, potential picks include Stephon Castle, a skilled playmaker with excellent vision, and Reed Sheppard, a sharpshooter who can provide much-needed scoring from the wing.

New York Knicks

Concerned about having two rookie salaries, The Knicks may trade to consolidate their picks for a better selection. But, focusing on a backup point guard and shooting guard, potential picks may see Tyler Kole and Justin Lewis get a spot on their roster.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Cody Williams, known for his 3-point shooting ability and the younger brother of Jalen Williams, is a standout with his towering stature of 6 '8 and a 7' 1' wingspan a selling point. Another option is 18-year-old Frenchman Tidjane Salaun, and Ron Holland, who could fill a need for the Thunder.

Orlando Magic

Orlando faces a choice: accelerate growth with a shortcut or proceed gradually. Keeping their 18th overall pick, they could select a player who falls unexpectedly or choose a defensive specialist, possibly Baylor's Yves Missi, a 6 '10' rim protector.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers need to strengthen their bench with playmakers and defenders. Prioritizing a backup point guard and wing depth, potential picks include Jalen Hood-Schifino, a versatile guard who can run the offence, and Justin Lewis, a forward known for his defensive abilities and scoring. But, they also may target players like CJ McCollum or Kyle Lowry in trades, or look for shooters like Doug McDermott or Patty Mills in free agency.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns are seeking a backup point guard and a versatile forward. Potential picks include Tyler Kolek and David Roddy. Using the No. 22 pick to build their roster, especially with a point guard to support Devin Booker, is key this Draft, making players like Yves Missi or Bobi Klintman possible valuable additions.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers, post-Damian Lillard trade, seek to develop their young talent, particularly in the backcourt. With the No. 7 pick, they should prioritize the best available player. Prospects like Kyle Filipowski, Ron Holland, and others could be options at No. 14.

Sacramento Kings

Keegan Murray's shooting is crucial for the Kings, who need to improve their shooting efficiency despite relying heavily on 3-pointers. Duke's Jared McCain and Baylor's Ja’Kobe Walter are much-anticipated targets, known for scoring and two-way play.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors prioritize shooting in the draft, considering players like Devin Carter and Jared McCain. They are developing Barnes into a versatile star and have flexibility in their selections. In free agency, decisions loom regarding Immanuel Quickley and Bruce Brown.

Utah Jazz

Utah has significant draft capital due to trades involving Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, providing flexibility for future acquisitions. For now, the Jazz focus on player development, likely selecting Stephon Castle from UConn at 10 and Zach Edey from Purdue at 29 in this draft.

Washington Wizards

The Wizards lack a clear starter beyond Kyle Kuzma and face uncertainty at point guard with Tyus Jones entering free agency. Holding the No. 2 pick, they have the flexibility to target any player; Popular mock draft prospects for them include Zaccharie Risacher, Alex Sarr, Reed Sheppard, and Nikola Topic.

2024 NBA FAQs

What is the date of the 2024 NBA Draft?

The much anticipated 2024 NBA Draft is set to take place Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27. This year, the NBA Draft introduced a new two-night format which begins at 8 PM ET, live from Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York.

How does the NBA Draft Lottery work?

The NBA Draft Lottery decides the order of the first 14 picks from teams that missed the playoffs. Teams are given odds based on their regular-season record, with worse records getting better odds. Four ping-pong balls are drawn to determine the top four picks, while the rest are ordered by record. It’s a system designed to prevent tanking and helps maintain a competitive balance.

Who are the top prospects in the 2024 NBA Draft?

The top prospects in the 2024 NBA Draft include Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren, known for his versatility and shot-blocking, Purdue's Jaden Ivey, a dynamic guard with scoring ability, and Duke's Paolo Banchero, a skilled forward with a high basketball IQ.

Who has the 1st pick in the NBA draft 2024?

This year, the Atlantic Hawks will get to pick first, for the first time in their franchise history.

Will Bronny get drafted in 2024?

Right now, the betting odds are +160, favouring Bronny James to join his dad, LeBron James, on the Los Angeles Lakers. As you can imagine, this relationship is drawing some serious fanfare and anticipation for the Lakers pick!

Will Zach Edey get drafted in 2024?

Yes, the seriously tall 7’4” Canadian basketball centre, Zach Edey has officially entered the 2024 NBA Draft and is expected to get drafted by the 19th pick.

Why are there 58 picks in the NBA draft?

For the third year in a row, the NBA Draft will have 58 picks instead of its usual 60. The drop is because both the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns each lost a second-round pick for violating the NBA's tampering rules during free agency.

How long is the NBA draft?

For the first time, this year’s NBA Draft will take place over two nights. The first round will take place Wednesday, June 26 from 8 PM ET, taking anywhere from two to four hours. The second round will take place the following night, Thursday, June 27 starting at 4 PM and lasting a similar few hours. One of the perks of this new format allows teams more time to prepare between rounds.

Do the Warriors have a first-round pick in 2024?

Not this year. The Golden State Warriors' first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, originally the 14th overall pick, has gone to the Portland Trail Blazers due to a previous trade agreement​.

How many rounds are in the NBA draft 2024?

This year’s NBA Draft in June 2024 has two rounds, with each round seeing 30 picks.

Do all NBA teams get a draft pick?

Yes, there are 30 teams in the NBA and all 30 will get a pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. But, as we touched on above, not all teams will be privy to a first-round pick.

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