This move has been expected for a while but is now official: The NBA Draft will now be a two-night event, with the first round taking place one night and the second round taking place the following night.
This year the first round will be held on Wednesday, June 26 and the second round will be held on Thursday, June 27, in New York, NY.
I’m a huge fan of this change. As someone who has always been a massive NBA draft fan (and now covers the draft) the one night event has always been a combination of head-spinning chaos and then an “over so soon” feeling. We wait all year for the draft, only to have it over in a night. Now we get two nights!
Plus the draft tends to devolve into absolute chaos in the second round, as teams trade players and picks, which then get traded again, leaving fans elated one moment, deflated the next and then scratching their heads, trying to understand everything that just happened.
The second round will still be chaotic but at least we’ll all be better rested and ready for the madness. Plus teams will now have four minutes to make their second round selection, instead of the previous limit of two minutes – which would go by in the blink of an eye.
Most basketball fans might not care one way or the other about this move but for draft nerds like yours truly, it’s a godsend. Good job NBA!