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  • #1225822
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    OhCanada-
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    https://clutchpoints.com/nba-draft-news-teams-preparing-to-use-skype-for-2020-draft/

    “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.”

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    Teams need to interview players, that being said I wonder how many prospects either don’t interview as much or interview more, knowing they don’t need to travel as much. The draft was already gonna be difficult, now its going to be even more difficult. My mock is just so up in the air at the moment.

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    It will probably work out better for a lot of players. Teams look too much into the combine stats and a lot of good players get tossed aside because maybe their wingspan is 2 inches short from perfection. The reverse is also true, a lot of bad players had phenomenal combine stats.

    I’m not saying combine is unnecessary, just think teams put more weight into it than they should.

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    The pre-draft process has value. Given the circumstances, there isn’t a ton that can be done. Even just within the NBA’s orbit of issues raised by the corona virus, this is low on the list of important items. For the guys who want to get picked, it can be more difficult to change perceptions and get into the NBA through the front door. Portsmouth has benefited a lot of guys. Terence Davis didn’t get drafted, but ultimately got a guaranteed deal and the chance to show he is an NBA player by killing every phase of the process from Portsmouth to Chicago to the team workouts to the summer league. Before him, guys like Derrick White, Dorian Finney-Smith, Bryn Forbes, Richaun Holmes, Robert Covington, Jimmy Butler, etc did similarly to get drafted or jobs with that as a catalyst.

    Chicago is beneficial because it is good to have accurate measurements. It is absolutely true that an inch in wingspan or the type of shoe a guy wears shouldn’t impact draft positioning, and a lot of things are already baked in. With some of the guys, particularly the 4s and 5s in this class who appear undersized, especially for their style of play, it would be good to know their proper measurements. I assume teams will gather that information in a less public manner. Also, some guys are more or less athletic than their perception. Eric Paschall did not have the appearance of someone who was athletic as he was, and has admitted his college strength and diet program helped him. He tested extremely well, got drafted, and has performed well enough to likely stick around in the league. Donte DiVincenzo wasn’t looked at as someone would have the best vertical a couple years ago. It is also good to have guys in those scrimmages getting after one another, and getting a close up look at their shots even if whether they are making shots on a given day can be deceiving.

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