NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2008 – The NBA Development League’s 2008 Draft will take place live from the NBA TV studio in Atlanta, GA on Friday, Nov. 7, it was announced today. The eighth-annual event which offers NBA D-League teams the opportunity to build their rosters from a pool of promising players will be telecast on NBA TV and streamed on-line (www.nba.com/dleague) beginning at 7 pm EST.
The draft order will be determined by lottery drawing at the NBA D-League’s annual coaches meetings in Dallas on October 14, 2008.
Thirty-seven players previously selected in NBA D-League Drafts have earned Gatorade Call-Ups to the NBA, including San Antonio’s Ime Udoka, Sacramento’s Mikki Moore and Houston’s Chuck Hayes. Seventy-seven percent of players selected in the first round of the 2007 NBA D-League Draft participated in NBA training camps, including Eddie Gill, the first overall selection, who then earned Gatorade Call-Ups to New Jersey and Seattle during the season. Additionally, 92 percent of players selected in the first round of the 2007 NBA D-League Draft earned All-Conference or higher accolades during their collegiate careers.
“The 2008 NBA D-League Draft will feature more than 160 talented prospects, many of whom will have recently competed in NBA training camps and summer leagues,” said Chris Alpert, NBA D-League Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel. “Past players selected in the NBA D-League Draft have gone on to successful careers in the NBA.”
Each of the NBA D-League’s 16 teams will be given one pick in each of the 10 rounds. No trades will be permitted during the draft and only players signed to an NBA Development League Standard Player Contract are eligible to be selected.
The NBA D-League Draft utilizes a “serpentine” format, meaning the order will be reversed in each of the ten rounds. For example, the team picking last in the first round will select first in the second round, giving them the 16th and 17th overall choices.