NBA Draft FAQ: A Fan’s Guide

Presented by State Farm, the 2022 NBA Draft marks the 76th year of the event. Below are answers to some of the top questions about this year’s NBA draft.


Q: When is the 2022 NBA draft?

That 2022 NBA draft takes place on 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 home to the NBA Draft for the 9th straight year.

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

Here you can purchase general admission tickets for the NBA Draft.

The NBA Draft also offers official experiences that include premium packages and VIP access, which you can purchase here. You may 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 to stream on the NBA App for iPhone and Android.

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

The Orlando Magic won the NBA draft lottery on May 17, earning the first overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

Q: How many picks are in the NBA draft?

This year there are only 58 picks instead of the traditional 60. Chicago and Miami both lost second-round picks due to a violation of the league’s rules on the timing of free agency discussions.

Q: Which players can be drafted?

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

Another way to qualify for the draft is to sign and play in a league other than the NBA itself, such as those listed above.

Q: How many teams enter the NBA Draft?

All 30 teams participate in the NBA Draft.

Q: How many rounds does the NBA Draft have?

There are two rounds.

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

The Consensus Mock Draft tracks the top mock drafts in the media landscape. It is updated weekly prior to draft.

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

NBA.com features full prospect profiles for some of this year’s best available players.

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

Cade Cunningham was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the first overall pick last year.

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