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Inside the pre-draft workout process

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The deadline for underclassmen declaring early entry for the NBA draft has come and gone, and now begins the next phase of the draft process: individual workouts and the Chicago combine. This year, the Chicago combine (May 12-17) will again consist of 5-on-5 scrimmages and individual drills. Although the best players will attend the combine, most agents will advise they do so with restrictions; most of the top players will only participate in the medical exam, measurements and individual interviews with requesting teams.

Each NBA team is allowed two meetings with potential draft choices. These can either be at the team’s facility or away from their building. The Chicago combine does not count against the number of allowed contacts.

Seniors who have played their final game and European players over the age of 22 can begin individual team workouts following their season, while underclassmen are not allowed to start until after the NBA league office sends its final early entry list.