2009 NBA Draft


2009 NBA Draft

The 2009 NBA Draft will be held on a date to be decided at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The draft will be broadcast in the United States on ESPN.

Eligibility rules

The current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NBA and its players union, which took effect with the 2005-06 season, established eligibility rules that ended the former practice of jumping from high school to the NBA. These rules, first used in the 2006 draft, affect players of all nationalities.

* All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players eligible for the 2009 draft must be born on or before December 31, 1990.cite web|url=http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-X.php |title=Article X, Section 1(b)(i) |work= 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement |publisher=National Basketball Players Association |accessdate=2008-04-17]
* Any player who is not an "international player", as defined in the CBA, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.

The "one year out of high school" requirement is "in addition to" the age requirement. For example, although O. J. Mayo, who declared for the draft after one season at USC, turned 19 in November 2006, six months before his high school graduation, 2008 was the first draft for which he was eligible.

Definition of "international players"

The CBA defines "international players" as those who meet all of the following criteria:cite web|url=http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-X.php |title=Article X, Section 1(c) |work= 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement |publisher=National Basketball Players Association |accessdate=2008-04-17]
* Permanently resident outside the U.S. for at least three years before the draft while playing basketball outside the U.S.
* Have never enrolled in a U.S. college or university.
* Did not complete high school in the U.S.

Automatic eligibility

Players born on or before December 31, 1990 who are at least one year removed from the graduation of their high school class and do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:cite web|url=http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-X.php |title=Article X, Section 1(b)(ii) |work= 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement |publisher=National Basketball Players Association |accessdate=2008-04-17]
* They have completed all of their U.S. college eligibility.
* If they graduated from high school in the U.S., but did not enroll in a U.S. college or university, four years have passed since their high school graduation.
* If they did not graduate from high school in the U.S., four years have passed since their high school class graduated.
* They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team outside of the NBA, anywhere in the world, and have played under that contract.

Those who have reached the minimum eligibility age of 19 and meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if:
* They are least 22 during the calendar year of the draft (i.e., born on or before December 31, 1987),cite web|url=http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-X.php |title=Article X, Section 1(b)(ii)(G)(1) |work= 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement |publisher=National Basketball Players Association |accessdate=2008-04-17] "or"
* They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team outside of the NBA "within the United States", and have played under that contract.cite web|url=http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-X.php |title=Article X, Section 1(b)(ii)(G)(2) |work= 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement |publisher=National Basketball Players Association |accessdate=2008-04-17]

Early entrants

A player who is not automatically eligible must declare his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices "in writing" no later than 60 days before the draft.cite web|url=http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-X.php |title=Article X, Section 1(b)(ii)(F) |work= 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement |publisher=National Basketball Players Association |accessdate=2008-04-17 (non-international players)] cite web|url=http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-X.php |title=Article X, Section 1(b)(ii)(G)(3) |work= 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement |publisher=National Basketball Players Association |accessdate=2008-04-17 (international players)]

NBA Drafts
preceded=2008 NBA Draft
succeeded=2010 NBA Draft

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