While the NBA season remains on pause, teams are continuing their preparations for the 2020 NBA Draft. This time around those preparations have a very different feel.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reports that teams are prepared to go into the draft lacking some of the prep they’ve historically done. Teams are prepared to draft players without the benefit of a pre-draft visit or workout. In addition, there are fears than the annual NBA Draft combine could be cancelled. The combine is where teams often get physical measurements and athletic test results.
The combine is also where teams often have their first, and sometimes only, one-on-one meetings with prospects.
Early Entry candidates have until Sunday, April 26 to declare for the draft. That date could be moved back by the NBA. The NCAA has a withdrawal deadline of Wednesday, June 3 for players wishing to return to college. Pushing back that date is also expected to be discussed.
One NBA team executive quoted in Givony’s article said “The draft is the last thing on their list. Revenue drivers will come first, and then we’ll see what happens with the draft after all that gets figured out.”
Teams who are known to have solid scouting departments that get their work done early, may have an advantage in this year’s draft. Teams who rely on conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament, along with the pre-draft process, to catch up could struggle. With a draft class that isn’t deep on surefire NBA players, that could make a huge difference on landing talent.