A common question asked by sports fans is when is the 2016 NBA Draft? The Draft will be held on June 23rd, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The draft will be televised live by ESPN, and will be broadcast in prime time for sports fans to enjoy the draft.
What are the Eligibility Rules for the 2016 NBA Draft?
The 2016 NBA Draft will be held under the eligibility rules that were included in the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NBA owners and players union. The CBA that ended the lockout in the 2011 NBA season ensured that there were no immediate changes made to the draft, but left the door open for future changes. The current rules dictate that all players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft which means that for this year’s draft the player must be born on or before December 31st, 1997. The NCAA also passed some big changes that impact this year’s draft which no longer makes a declaration for the draft automatic disqualifying criteria for college eligibility. As long as a player does not sign with an agent or sign with a professional team outside of the NBA, they will continue to maintain college eligibility as long as they withdraw from the draft within 10 days of the end of the NBA Draft Combine. For the 2016 NBA Draft, the withdrawal date will be May 25th, 2016 putting it about five weeks later than the withdrawal date for the 2015 NBA Draft. Players are also now allowed to enter and withdraw from the draft multiple times without losing any eligibility. Previously, a second draft declaration would result in permanent loss of eligibility for the player.