The dire state of the NBA draft combine: Can 5-on-5 save it?

CHICAGO -- The 2015 NBA draft combine officially got under way on Wednesday with player physicals, measurements and team interviews. But the real fun begins at 3 p.m. ET Thursday in Chicago (ESPN2). As always, a horde of NBA general manager, scouting staffs and head coaches are here to dig deeper in their draft evaluations. Will they get anything of real value here?

First, for some good news.

After years of vocal frustrations from NBA scouts and GMs who were sick of spending 10 hours in a gym watching players go through shooting and layup drills, the NBA is bringing back 5-on-5 play as part of the combine for the first time since 2008 to augment the drills and physical testing portions of the event.

Now, for some bad news.