After having a mostly virtual process in 2020, the NBA will resume the in-person process with the 2021 NBA Draft Combine. To ensure the safety of the prospects, the league has informed that all team and league personnel has to be fully vaccinated if they want to attend the event unless it is justified by a medical or religious reason, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Sources: The NBA has informed franchises that team and league personnel must be fully-vaccinated in order to the attend the 2021 Draft Combine in June in Chicago, unless there’s medical or religious reason for no vaccination.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 24, 2021
This time the teams will have more access to the players with more measurements and drills that the players will perform during the events as well as some five-on-five games that will be televised by ESPN.
This is a big difference from the last year where the coronavirus pandemic forced the NBA to cancel that Combine and teams had to evaluate the upcoming players with virtual meetings and workout videos provided by the prospects.
The Combine will take place from the 21 to the 27 in the month of June at Wintrust Arena and Marriott Marquis in Chicago.