The 2018 NBA Draft Combine takes place this week, starting on Wednesday, May 16 and concluding on Friday, May 20.
Okay, so what is the 2018 NBA Draft Combine?
The NBA Draft Combine is the annual showcase in Chicago where top pro prospects are able to perform in front of NBA teams and scouts, and where they are able to meet with teams to assess their futures. This isn’t the only place they can do this, but it’s certainly the most convenient.
Players at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine will play in five-on-five games in addition to taking part in physical testing and interviews with teams.
Great! I can’t wait to watch DeAndre Ayton, Luca Doncic and Trae Young fill it up!
Some top players sit out all or part of the 2018 NBA Draft Combine.
These days, some of the top potential draft prospects skip the combine entirely. They already know which teams are in contention for their services and can meet with those teams separately. This year DeAndre Ayton, Luca Doncic and Robert Williams are skipping the showcase.
Where is the 2018 NBA Draft Combine?
The 2018 NBA Draft Combine will take place at the Quest Multisport facility in Chicago.
What do these players do at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine?
Self-explanatory. These often will be televised.
These are separated into spot-up and non-stationary drills.
These drills include standing vertical lane-agility time, the shuttle run, a three-quarter sprint, standing vertical leap, max vertical leap (after a short lead-in run) and the bench press.
The 2018 NBA Draft Combine is the chance for college players to determine if it’s time to go pro
More players declare for the draft every year now that they can do so without sacrificing their college eligibility. The number of spots in the combine isn’t infinite, though, so more and more players are getting left off the list. Still, it’s not like these players risked anything, and they still can gain something by declaring. Many of those fringe prospects are still able to work out with NBA teams. There, they can get a degree of the same thing they were looking for at the combine: Feedback from the pros.
Here’s every player invited to the 2018 NBA Draft Combine
Marvin Bagley III
Brian Bowen II
Bruce Brown Jr.
Troy Brown Jr.
Melvin Frazier Jr.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Michael Porter Jr.
Gary Trent Jr.