The 22-team field for the NBA’s Disney World restart is set, and an offseason schedule is in place.
The draft lottery will be held on Aug. 25, and the draft itself on Oct. 16, separated just three days from a possible Game 7 of the NBA Finals (Oct. 13) and two days before the start of free agency (Oct. 18).
So are the rigors of an unprecedented offseason, given the wideranging ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the league’s schedule.
Though not much has changed on the prospect evaluation front with the combine still postponed indefinitely and predraft guidelines amended, what’s the harm in looking a little bit ahead? For the eight teams currently out of contention – the Bulls are one – it’s currently the largest major tentpole to look forward to.
With that said, here is NBC Sports Chicago’s latest 2020 NBA Mock Draft (first round only).