2014 NBA Draft to Air June 26

The 2014 NBA Draft will air on June 26th, 2014 on ESPN. The National Basketball Association will hold the draft at either the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or at Madison Square Garden (MSG). The 2014 draft will be the first since the previous commissioner, David Stern retired. Adam Silver is the new commissioner of the league and will preside over the draft.

General Information about the 2014 NBA Draft

The 2014 NBA Draft will occur on June 26th, 2014 after the NBA Playoffs have concluded. The draft will commence at 7PM EST with the opening round and go on for a total of two rounds. Players who are not selected in the two rounds of the draft are eligible to sign with franchises as a free agent after the draft concludes. ESPN will be providing full coverage of the draft online and on the primary ESPN network for 2014.

How Good is the 2014 NBA Draft Going to Be?

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When reading the various news sites about the NBA draft, the 2014 NBA draft is going to be one of the deepest in recent memory. Partly due to the impact of the “One and Done” eligibility rules, and partly due to the available talent, 2014 is one of the first years where the draft promises a number of players who have the potential to be superstars in the NBA. Some of the more highly touted prospects in this year’s draft include Andrew Higgins, Julius Randel, Jabari Parker, and Joel Emibiid. This year also features a highly touted international prospect, Dante Exum who has declared for this year’s draft. It remains to be seen of course if the 2014 class will stand up to the test of time; however, the class will be the most hyped in recent memory and since the current NBA draft eligibility rules have shaped the face of both college basketball and the draft.

Past NBA Draft First Round Picks

The following are the first overall picks of the NBA drafts from the past 20 years. Although you have heard of most of the players, there are some “flubs” that have been made over time by various NBA franchises. Of note, even though it seems as though LeBron James just came into the league, he was the first overall draft pick eleven years ago by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003!

1994 Milwaukee Bucks Glenn Robinson USA Forward Purdue
1995 Golden State Warriors Joe Smith USA Forward Maryland
1996 Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson USA Guard Georgetown
1997 San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan USA Forward/Center Wake Forest
1998 Los Angeles Clippers Michael Olowokandi NGA Center Pacific
1999 Chicago Bulls Elton Brand USA Forward Duke
2000 New Jersey Nets Kenyon Martin USA Forward Cincinnati
2001 Washington Wizards Kwame Brown USA Center Glynn Academy HS (Brunswick, GA)
2002 Houston Rockets Yao Ming CHN Center Shanghai Sharks (China)
2003 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James USA Forward St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (Akron, OH)
2004 Orlando Magic Dwight Howard USA Center SACA (Atlanta, GA)
2005 Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Bogut AUS Center Utah
2006 Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani ITA Forward/Center Benetton Treviso (Italy)
2007 Portland Trail Blazers Greg Oden USA Center Ohio State
2008 Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose USA Guard Memphis
2009 Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin USA Forward Oklahoma
2010 Washington Wizards John Wall USA Guard Kentucky
2011 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving USA Guard Duke
2012 New Orleans Hornets Anthony Davis USA Forward/Center Kentucky
2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Anthony Bennett CAN Forward UNLV
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