NBA Draft date set for October 16
The schedule of the highly-anticipated 2020 NBA Draft has just been revealed. According to no less than premier NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, this year’s edition of the draft has been set for October 16th.
Source: NBA Draft will be on October 16, with early entry deadline on August 17.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2020
This falls in line with the league’s new timetable following more than three months of being in hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was earlier announced that the league will restart the season in the Florida bubble on July 31. This provides teams with a couple of weeks to determine the final sixteen teams that will be participating in these season’s playoffs.
A play-in tournament for the final spots in the postseason will be held on August 15 and 16, while the actual playoffs is slated to start on August 17.
The NBA Finals is set to commence on September 30, and will end on or before October 13 (Game 7, if necessary). This gives teams a minimum of just three days from the end of the season to the actual date of the draft. The schedule has never been this tight in the history of the NBA, but as it is, we are certainly living in unprecedented times.
The Draft Lottery is expected to take place in mid-August, which means that teams will have just a couple of months to prepare for their draft plan.
7-foot-1 Memphis freshman James Weisman is highly regarded as the first overall pick in this year’s draft, and as it is, his future in the NBA shall be decided on October 16.