On June 21, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, this year’s NBA Draft will be conducted. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams will be doing rounds choosing naive U.S. college basketball players and other qualified players, including international ones. The entire programme will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN.
This draft is going to be the last one to operate the original weighted lottery system that provides teams on the bottom of the draft better chances at the top three picks of the outline while teams on top are at most risks in the procedure. This particular regulation was settled on by the NBA on September 28, 2017, but will be under execution till the 2019 draft.
The total list of players requested to the 2018 NBA Draft Combine have been declared and it includes a lot of Southeastern Conference players (SEC) who will be showcasing their skills in Chicago between May 16 to 20. However, the home – court part of the combine will be conducted on May 18 and 19. The list was first announced by Shams Charania of Yahoo which constitutes a total of 69 players.
Some of the top contenders who are omitting the combine due to prior commitments are- Arizona forward DeAndre Ayton, Real Madrid forward Luka Doncic, Texas A&M center Robert Williams and Dzanan Musa of Croatian club Cedevita and Doncic.
Some players did not, surprisingly, receive combine invites like Tyler Davis of Texas A&M and Bryce Brown of Auburn. Short of a combine invite, it is definitely going to be difficult for such players to get noticed by NBA teams, and therefore have lesser probability of even getting picked.
The anticipated NBA Draft lottery is going to be held on May 15, followed by the combine the next day.
According to a recent report by Yahoo Sports, only one Michigan basketball player has been requested to grace the NBA Draft Combine event; Moritz Wagner. This totally rules out the possibility of Charles Matthews, also Michigan based, in the running for NBA teams.
Some reports have asserted that Matthews was among the 69 players who did receive an invitation. But after Yahoo’s Charania report, it was clear that the second Michigan player is not on the list. Although, speculations are still doing rounds that Charles may still be participating in the combine which starts on May 16.
The 21-year-old Matthews has finished his sophomore year this season. Since he did not hire an agent, there might be a chance that he is willing to stay in school and play more the upcoming two seasons.
So even then, if Charles does not get summoned to Chicago, he can utilize that time by organizing workouts and interviews with teams and gain feedback from the league’s advisory committee. He would still have until May 30 to rule out his name from the draft and continue to maintain his NCAA eligibility. It will be interesting to watch which way time swings and how the May 16 event turns out.