The 2005 NBA Draft
took place on June 28, 2005 in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden
in New York City. In this draft, NBA
teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball
players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from high schools
and non-North American leagues. The NBA announced that 49 college and high school players and 11 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft.
This was the last NBA Draft for which high school players were eligible. The new collective bargaining agreement
between the league and its players union established a new age limit for draft eligibility. Starting with the 2006 NBA Draft
, players of any nationality who complete athletic eligibility at a U.S. high school cannot declare themselves eligible for the draft unless they turn 19 no later than December 31 of the year of the draft and are at least one year removed from the graduation of their high school classes. International players, defined in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement as non-US nationals who did not complete athletic eligibility at a U.S. high school, must turn 19 (or older) in the calendar year of the draft, up from 18.
Trades involving draft picks
The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft: