The ins and outs of taking the first (and easiest) step into the NBA
With the NBA being a global phenomenon and the premier professional basketball league in the world, one can imagine that it is a mammoth task to become an NBA player. In many ways, this is true, in terms of the requisite hard work, talent, physical conditioning and exposure. Simply declaring for the NBA Draft is a breeze, however.
Step 1: If you are at least 19 years old on 1st January of the draft year and one season removed from your high school graduation, you are eligible for the NBA Draft. For those who are more than a season removed from college graduation, the process is even easier, with them automatically becoming a free agent who is able to sign with any NBA team.
Step 2: If you have exhausted your collegiate eligibility or played in a foreign league for at least a year, you are automatically eligible. This applies to some other conditions, such as being more than four years removed from high school. For others, generally college underclassmen, they have to declare for early entry status.
Step 3: Early entry status has to be declared in writing to the commissioner of the NBA, Mr. Adam Silver, at least 60 days before the draft. The NBA will send you an application form to fill out and return to them, before listing you on the early entrants list if you are eligible.
Step 4: Upon completing the due procedures, you can still decide to withdraw at least ten days before the draft, perhaps to take your talents elsewhere.
Step 5: You can now get drafted, take the League by storm and become both the MVP and a three-time champion.
Or perhaps not. As you can see, it is exceedingly easy to become eligible for the NBA Draft, requiring no more than some basic stationery. Actually getting drafted is undoubtedly the tougher part, with successful entry in the NBA eluding all but a selected few each year.