The coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on society all around the world, and from a basketball point of view, this includes the 2020 NBA Draft. With no March Madness or options to meet or scout prospects in person, teams are far more limited than normal in how much they can study players.
This is obviously a major concern as the summer draws closer and the original draft date of June 25 approaches. It isn’t too surprising that ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that “many NBA teams” are hoping to encourage the league to delay the date of the draft to August at the earliest.
Reporting with @DraftExpress: As information gathering on draft-eligible prospects remains limited in a pandemic, many NBA teams are united in hopes of encouraging the league office to push the date of the June 25 draft until no sooner than August 1. Story soon on ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 10, 2020
It’s still so difficult to know how many months it will be before we can start getting back to any kind of normality. For now, it makes total sense to delay the draft and give teams a better chance of introducing more workouts and scouting opportunities later in the year to maximize their knowledge of different prospects.
The current situation also gives players who spent a full four years in college (such as Desmond Bane, who I wrote about as a possible Philadelphia 76ers target) a slightly better standing, as teams have more data and evidence to see what they’re capable of.
The Sixers need to make the most of this draft and add some valuable young talent to their incredibly expensive roster. Led by the 22nd overall pick and multiple second-rounders (including the 34th and 36th picks), they’ll have good chances to do so.
We’ll continue to break down more prospects who might be of interest to the Sixers in the coming weeks and months. LB’s Daniel Olinger has already been posting plenty of detailed player breakdowns that are well worth your time.