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Why Are There Only 58 Picks in This Year’s NBA Draft?

Why Are There Only 58 Picks in This Year’s NBA Draft?

This year’s NBA draft, which takes place on Thursday, June 23, will only showcase 58 picks instead of the typical 60.

Two teams, the Bucks and the Heat, lost a second-round pick each for this year’s draft due to tampering violations. These picks came in at No. 54 and 55, and will be skipped on Thursday night.

Milwaukee forfeited its second round pick after the team attempted to sign-and-trade Bogdan Bogdanovic in Nov. 2020. The Bucks were found to have conversations with the former Kings guard and/or his representation before his free agency began. This violates the NBA’s rules. Bogdanovic ended up signing with the Hawks instead.

A similar situation occurred with the Heat when they were going through their sign-and-trade with Kyle Lowry in Aug. 2021.

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