Future NBA Draft Locations for 2024, 2025 and beyond
With the NBA season already over for the New Orleans Pelicans, all we have to look forward to for a while is the 2023 NBA Draft. And that’s not a bad thing to have to look forward to at all.
In fact, the NBA Draft is one of the best and most exciting times of the league year. It is such a riveting time that some fans may be thinking about attending the actual draft itself, particularly if it is located in an area near their primary domicile.
So, where is the 2023 NBA Draft being held?
This year’s draft will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New Jersey – otherwise known as the home of the Brooklyn Nets.
Is that too far for you? Well, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but it doesn’t appear likely that the location for the draft will be changing any time soon.
Barclays Center has been the home of the draft since it opened its doors on September 21, 2012. That means every draft (outside of the 2020 NBA draft, which was held remotely) since 2013 has taken place there. So, it is unlikely that the venue will change in 2024 or even in 2025.
For those wondering, the 2011 and 2012 NBA Drafts were held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Before that, every draft from 2001 to 2010 took place at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York (home of the New York Knicks).
The last time that an NBA draft took place somewhere that was not New York or New Jersey was in the year 2000 when the event was hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota (home of the Minnesota Timberwolves). Ironically enough, the New Jersey Nets had the first pick in that draft, which they used to select forward Kenyon Martin.
This 2023 NBA Draft Lottery will take place on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. The actual draft itself is set to occur on Thursday, June 22 (four days after a theoretical Game 7 in the NBA Finals would go down).