The NBA is about to take a page from the NFL’s book.
While the move is pending final approval from the NBPA, media reports have been circulating since November about the league’s inclination to make the change.
The concept was increasingly discussed in meetings with league officials, as team executives believe they could benefit from more time to make selections in both the first and second rounds, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
For the NFL, the first round of the draft is broadcasted as a prime-time viewing on a Thursday before the second and third rounds play out on Friday. The fourth through seventh rounds are on Saturday.
Obviously, the NBA doesn’t have as many picks to church through as the NFL. But the extended format could present some interesting TV opportunities for the league’s newest stars, potentially allowing for more storytelling and content.
The push from general managers comes from a desire to weigh options between prospects. As the value of draft capital increases for the NBA every year, it’s crucial to make the right decisions beyond lottery picks and first-round players. Under the current model, NBA teams get just five minutes to make their selections, an allotment of time that drops to two minutes in the second round.
The emphasis on finding sleepers in the second round will be higher than ever with an additional day, but many of those players are still likely to struggle for consistent roles in light of the league’s restricted roster spots. That said, it doesn’t seem like a third round will be introduced.
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