NBA draft Combine, altered for virus, starts Monday

Feb 12, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LaMelo Ball, younger brother of UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (not pictured) attends the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA won 78-60. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 NBA Draft Combine will begin Monday and extend into November, following a format change designed to emphasize safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The NBA announced Wednesday that the event will take place in two phases that will be held both virtually and in NBA team markets.

The Combine typically is held in one central location where all players eligible to be drafted gather for drills and workouts. The 2019 version took place over five days in Chicago.

“NBA Draft Combine is an essential part of the pre-draft evaluation process,” said Byron Spruell, the president of NBA League Operations. “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.”

Draft prospects will take part in league and team interviews by videoconference starting Monday and going through Oct. 16. Players then will have a chance to travel to the NBA team facility closest to their residence to create a Pro Day-type video reel of workouts, drills, and strength and agility testing. NBA-affiliated doctors will conduct medical exams at the location.

The 2020 NBA Draft originally was scheduled for June, then pushed to October and now to Nov. 18 amid the pandemic.

The draft picks will have a short time to acclimate to their new teams. Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that he expects the 2020-21 season to begin sometime in January.

The Minnesota Timberwolves own the No. 1 selection.

–Field Level Media