While the consensus around the league at the moment is that the 2020 NBA Draft will be postponed, it’s not clear if that will happen yet. However, it’s become very clear that changes will be made to the draft’s format.
According to college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, NBA teams are preparing to make their selections for the upcoming draft based on Skype interviews and prior in-person scouting.
Rothstein is also reporting that NBA teams are not expecting there to be a scouting combine or workouts. This will certainly affect the draft process and it might hinder prospects from raising their stock.
That being said, it’s understandable that league executives will be making changes to the draft process. It’d be unfair to ask these prospects to travel around the country for in-person interviews amid the current pandemic.
Sources: Several NBA teams are preparing to make their selections for the 2020 NBA Draft based on Skype interviews and prior in-person scouting. Many are moving forward with the expectation of no combine, no workouts, and no in-person interviews.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 21, 2020
On the bright side, it appears the pandemic isn’t stopping notable college basketball players from declaring for the NBA Draft.
We’ll know more about the draft process in the coming weeks. For now, it’s highly unlikely this year’s draft will be similar to ones in years past.