NBA Draft 2020: How COVID-19 will change this year’s NBA Draft

NBA Draft 2020: The NBA Draft is going to start tomorrow virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A major event for the young players who dream of playing in the NBA, the draft might make their NBA dreams come true.

Just 4 weeks ago, LeBron James and the LA Lakers won the NBA finals that were held in Orlando in a bubble.

This is a tightly packed offseason with the Draft being held tomorrow, the Free Agency beginning 2 days later, on the 20th of November, the training camps starting on the 1st of December, and the NBA opening night on the 22nd of December.

Since the NCAA tournaments were canceled, scouts and the general managers of the various teams had little difficulty in assessing players. Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers acknowledged the interruption to the basketball this year.

“It’s different from anything we’ve ever experienced. I’ve never seen the NCAA Tournament or conference tournaments shut down midway through or just before they began, so nobody has seen that,” said Myers.

How was the NBA Draft Combine affected by the pandemic?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the dates for all the events were pushed back. This also affected the way NBA Draft Combine was conducted this year. The new Combine continues to provide NBA teams with player evaluation possibilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The NBA has expanded the use of “Combine HQ” to create a one-stop-shop for scouting information off all the players on the court.  Using this, the scouts will be able to compare players before finally deciding who to pick in the NBA Draft on the 18th of November.

While the teams usually bring players to their facilities and evaluate them on the basis of their workout and different tests.

We take them to dinner, we do all kinds of stuff. When you’re committing whatever, $20, $30, $40 million to a player, you want to get it right,” said Myers.

Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves’ acknowledged that the shortage of game tape had made it harder to assess prospects. He also mentioned the example of the 2013 draft wherein the No.1 pick Anthony Bennett was a bust and the 15th pick, Giannis Antetokounmpo won the MVP twice.

“The reality is we won’t know what this draft brings until three or four years down the road, people don’t know. There haven’t been enough games. “We feel good about the talent in this draft, not only at the top but throughout it. I think this is a deep draft,” Rosas said.

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Schedule of the NBA Draft 2020:

Date: November 18, 2020

Time: 07:00 P.M. ET, 05:30 A.M. IST

Location: Hosted virtually at ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut

Where can you watch the NBA Draft?

ESPN and Turner are the Official Broadcasting Partners of the NBA.

Fans can watch the NBA Draft Live here.