The latest development in an unusual NBA Draft process, prospects can now meet with teams like the San Antonio Spurs in-person for workouts and evaluations.
Credit to the current NBA Draft prospects because this is one of the more unsettling times to enter any job market — Let alone professional sports. Many prospects didn’t get the NCAA Tournament or in certain circumstances, a conference tournament to showcase their talent and the fruits of their labor from the previous college basketball season. However, the San Antonio Spurs tend to get it right no matter the circumstances.
These players should’ve known their fate about four months ago and now, the San Antonio Spurs will be amongst those picking in the draft lottery in mid-November. That’s why it’s imperative that prospects can begin meeting with teams in-person for workouts and interviews for the first time in the pandemic.
Meeting someone over Zoom and phone call is certainly a good way to introduce yourself, but for NBA teams to be absolutely sure in their draft selection, they’ll need to see them with their own two eyes. Bringing a player through drills is a great way to get a feel for their ability to adapt to the professional ranks. When a player blows a workout away, they tend to be gamers who know what it takes to make an impact for their team.
Within 72 hours of prospect visits, all individuals must register negative coronavirus test. Three NBA team executives allowed per visit with 2020 prospects; the prospect is allowed to bring three individuals (family member, agent, etc). https://t.co/Q7pQzzOE3n
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 12, 2020
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Unfortunately, there will be a limited number of people allowed to take part in each meeting. There can b a maximum of seven people at each in-person meeting including three representatives of the player, three representatives of the team and the players. For the San Antonio Spurs, there’s really no telling who ends up representing the team. It could easily be more of a talent evaluator like assistant coach Mitch Johnson, or an appearance by the big man himself, Gregg Popovich.
General manager Brian Wright has to be the most obvious pick to show up, but there may be times when the San Antonio Spurs want R.C. Buford around to get a feel for a player. Limiting the number of interactions also means that there won’t be much of a chance to see these prospects going against NBA talent unless the team brings a player who stayed local to help with the workouts.
Regardless, everyone involved will be able to adapt. There’s enough trust in the Spurs’ front office and staff to effectively evaluate the players who walk through those doors. We already have a few names including Jalen Smith and Precious Achiuwa — Two of the many bigs that the Spurs have been linked to through Zoom interviews.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated when we hear more about the San Antonio Spurs’ intentions.