The National Basketball Association, or NBA, is a professional basketball league based in the United States of America with one team from Canada (Toronto Raptors). There are several leagues in Europe and Asia, but the National Basketball Association or NBA is regarded as the best leagues in the world. Some of the best players in the NBA today include LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant. There are several international players who play in the NBA. The NBA has influence in Asia and Europe from many of its players. Michael Jordan is often the player that is credited with "globalizing the game" as he was an icon both on and off the court everywhere around the world during his time in the NBA. This is also one of the many reasons why some consider him to be the best basketball player of all time.
The NBA Draft in basketball is a selection process of the next wave of NBA players for all 30 teams. International and college players declare for the draft and are eventually taken and added to the rosters of NBA teams. The draft is two rounds and picks in the draft are decided based on how you placed in the past season outside of the top ten. Inside the top ten, it is decided by the lottery. The best teams are at the end of the draft barring trades with draft picks between teams.
The worst team in the league doesn't always get the #1 pick. For example, in the 2011 NBA draft when the Cleveland Cavaliers did not have the worst record by the end of the summer league, they got the #1 pick by way of the ping pong balls, drafting former Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the first selection in that draft.
NBA Conferences And Team Structure
There are a total of 30 basketball teams in the NBA divided into two conferences -- the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. Teams in the western part of the U.S. play in the western conference and vice versa. There are also six divisions in the NBA, each with five teams. These divisions are based on location even more specifically than just west or east. Teams compete to win their division or to make the postseason as a wildcard and compete for a chance to play in the NBA Finals.
The NBA Regular Season
The regular season comes in mid-October and ends in early April. Each team in the NBA plays 82 games 41 on the road and 41 at home. Teams compete within and outside of their division in order to have a good record and make the playoffs.
The NBA Postseason
After the regular season, depending on teams' records from both conferences, they will have the eight playoff spots in each conference filled. After four rounds of the playoffs, the NBA champion is crowned. Each division winner earns a playoff spot and other teams can get in if they have a good enough record to be a wildcard. Postseason play is an even greater atmosphere than the regular season as stakes and competitive fire are higher than ever.