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NBA jumping from Finals to draft more quickly than it has in decades

2015 NBA Draft

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: A displays the first 30 picks at the end of the First Round of the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The NBA Finals are over.

Ready for the draft?

A record 18-day Finals and calendar that produces an early draft date has combined to create a historically short turnaround between the major events. The draft is Thursday (June 23), just four days after the Finals with the Cavaliers’ Game 7 win over the Warriors on Sunday (June 19).

That’s the shortest gap since 1978, when the draft was two days after the Finals ended.

Here’s how many days after the Finals the draft was held each year, plotted by date:


There were actually years the draft was held before the playoffs ended. Those are marked in blue.