Twenty gamers have acquired invites to attend the 2021 NBA draft and sit within the inexperienced room, sources instructed ESPN.
Cade Cunningham, Jalen Inexperienced, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, Jonathan Kuminga, Scottie Barnes, Davion Mitchell, James Bouknight, Keon Johnson, Franz Wagner, Josh Giddey, Jalen Johnson, Corey Kispert, Moses Moody and Kai Jones acquired the primary batch of 15 invitations final week, with Alperen Sengun, Cameron Thomas, Ziaire Williams, Chris Duarte and Isaiah Jackson receiving the ultimate 5 nods.
The inexperienced room is a staging space in entrance of the NBA draft podium the place gamers, households and brokers await the second when commissioner Adam Silver calls a participant’s identify upon choice.
The method of deciding which gamers to ask to the draft entails communication with common managers of groups choosing all through the primary spherical. Groups are requested to vote on the highest 25 gamers they count on can have their names referred to as first. That is to make sure that gamers aren’t sitting for very lengthy below the brilliant lights earlier than a nationwide tv viewers because the second spherical approaches.
Receiving an invite is taken into account a constructive signal for a participant’s draft inventory, though there have been loads of cases previously of prospects falling to the second spherical whereas sitting within the inexperienced room.
All 20 gamers invited are projected to be picked within the prime 25 of the latest ESPN mock draft.
Usman Garuba, thought of a probable top-20 choose, was invited however was compelled to say no as a result of he’s at present with the Spanish nationwide staff as a part of its preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.