With the 2020 NBA Draft delayed until Nov. 18th, prospects are capitalizing on the extra time off to work on their game and improve their draft stock.
The 2020 NBA Draft was initially set to occur in the Barclays Center on June 25th but was rescheduled for Nov. 18th and will be conducted virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With an extra five months to prepare, prospects are capitalizing on the extra time off to work on their game and improve their draft stock.
It can’t be overstated how unusual this past season was. The offseason hasn’t had any more sense of normalcy either. For the first time in my lifetime, the NBA offseason is taking place as fall comes to a close as opposed to the beginning of summer.
The transaction moratorium was finally lifted on Monday, the draft is Wednesday, and free agency begins Friday. After a series of tentative dates, months of postponements, and uncertainty, the NBA offseason moves full steam ahead with the 2020-2021 season scheduled to tip-off Dec. 22nd.
The cancellation of the March Madness tournament cost many prospects a chance to showcase their talents on a big stage. With all the cancellations and postponements of games and events worldwide came a blessing in disguise for those very prospects.
With the draft put on hold for so long, the 2020 NBA Draft talent pool had more time to prepare for the draft than any crop of prospects has ever been allotted.
Whether it’s making improvements to their game, hitting the weight room, performing well in the combine, or crushing their interviews, prospects are impressing NBA scouts and executives. When the season starts, we will see who took advantage of the long layoff and who didn’t, similar to the NBA Bubble last season.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players who have caught the attention of NBA scouts and executives and may have drastically improved their stock.