NBA draft 2021: What to expect at the NBA and G League draft combines

The NBA announced that 109 players have accepted invites to the NBA combine and G League Elite camps that will be held this week at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

The players will conduct interviews with teams, participate in competitive 5-on-5 games, conduct shooting competitions and other drills, and undergo thorough medical examinations, measurements, athletic testing and more.

The importance of the NBA combine has declined over the years as agents have wrested control of the pre-draft process from teams and largely prevented players of first-round caliber from participating in competitive action. Still, it remains an important week on the scouting calendar. For many executives this will be their first in-person exposure to a majority of the prospects due to the complicated COVID-19 protocols that were in place this year, which could cause for some fluctuation on team boards as executives get eyes on some prospects for the first time.