- Combine is First in Series of ESPN’s NBA Draft Events (NBA Draft Lottery, NBA Draft)
- New This Year: ESPN3 to Carry Full NBA Draft Combine Scrimmages
- Two-Time NBA All-Star Caron Butler to Serve as Guest Analyst
ESPN2 will televise the 2016 NBA Draft Combine from 3-7 p.m. ET, on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13. The event emanates from the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago, Ill. This is the first in a series of ESPN 2016 NBA Draft events, which also includes the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm (May 17) and the 2016 NBA Draft (June 23).
The ESPN2 telecasts will include whip-around coverage from the two scheduled five-on-five scrimmages on both Thursday and Friday, in addition to the regular set of drills: max vertical leap, no-step vertical leap, court sprint, shuttle drill, bench press and shooting drills. Simultaneously, ESPN3 will carry complete Combine scrimmage action from 3-7 p.m. both days. The 2016 NBA Draft Combine will also be available via WatchESPN.
Two-Time NBA All-Star Caron Butler (Sacramento Kings) will serve as a guest analyst for the ESPN2 telecasts. He will join the main crew, led by Mark Jones, who will serve as both host and play-by-play commentator during this year’s coverage. Jones will be joined by a variety of ESPN basketball analysts, including Jay Bilas (college basketball analyst), Jay Williams (college basketball analyst), Fran Fraschilla (college basketball analyst, International expert) and Tom Penn (NBA analyst, front office expert). Additionally, Andy Katz (ESPN.com senior writer) will serve as reporter and Brooke Weisbrod will serve as social media correspondent.
ESPN will exclusively televise the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm on Tuesday, May 17, at 8 p.m. prior to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals game at 8:30 p.m. (either Game 1 or Game 2). Additionally, ESPN will exclusively televise the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m.