The 2020 NBA Draft was pushed back to November so that teams can properly prepare. As a result, the draft will take place on November 18th. So instead of an expedited process, teams will get about a month and a half to evaluate players through an update NBA Draft combine plan that was announced Wednesday afternoon.
“NBA Draft Combine is an essential part of the pre-draft evaluation process,” NBA League Operations President Byron Spruell said in a press release on Wednesday. “While the circumstances surrounding this Combine are unique, we’re excited to creatively deliver a valuable experience for our teams, who have remained flexible through the process, and for prospective draftees who are just beginning their NBA journeys.”
The combine will take place both in NBA Markets and virtually, according to the League. Phases will begin on September 28th and run through the middle of November leading up to the 2020 draft. Draft prospects will partake in both team and league interviews conducted via video conference call starting on Sept. 28.
A cool function of this process is an application called HomeCourt. This allows prospects to record a pre-draft video of their skills to show coaches and evaluators. Players can use personal trainers to help them with the videos and the videos will run up to 45 minutes. The League will also bring back Combine HQ, which is used by teams to get quick scouting reports on prospects.