NBA Draft Combine Results 2012: Winners and Losers from Chicago Workouts
The 2012 NBA Combine in Chicago is the perfect place for NBA prospects to open some eyes and potentially improve their draft status along the way.
Of course the opposite can hold true as well, as a poor showing can hurt an individual's draft stock as well.
With that being said, several top prospects chose to sit out the first day of the combine instead of working out, including: Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Jeremy Lamb, Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Austin Rivers, Dion Waiters, Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond and Arnett Moultrie.
Day 2 saw more of the top stars at least take place in the testing, although many of the big names didn't participate in the drills.
As is the case with any camp or combine, there will be some winners and some losers. Here's a look at a handful of each from the NBA Drat Combine in Chicago.
Winner: Perry Jones III, Baylor
2011-12 Stats: 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, .500 field-goal percentage, .303 three-point percentage and .696 free-throw percentage
Jones may have been the biggest winner of them all as he worked out with the power forwards on Thursday.
He showed off his incredible skills, intensity and athleticism, which were never brought into question.
It's his inconsistent production in college that raised red flags, but if he continues to play like he did at the combine, he can really make himself stand out.
Jones came in with something to prove and could see his draft stock rise to where it was before the season.
I still see him as an NBA 3 and not a 4, but he was able to show his versatility and NBA scouts definitely took notice.
Winner: Meyers Leonard, Illinois
2011-12 Stats: 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, .584 field-goal percentage and .732 free-throw percentage
NBA scouts love big men with potential and Leonard could have made himself a top-10 pick with an outstanding two-day showing.
He's a legit seven-footer and was able to demonstrate outstanding agility, soft hands and the ability to knock down the 10-foot jumper. Leonard measured bigger than teams thought as ESPN's Chad Ford reported via Twitter that Leonard measured over seven feet with shoes on.
Meyers Leonard 6' 11.75" socks 7' 1.25" shoes and 7' 3" wing 9' 0.5" reach— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 8, 2012
In addition, Ford reported that several NBA scouts said that Leonard looked awesome in his workouts.
Loser: Tony Wroten, Washington
2011-12 Stats: 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.8 turnovers, .443 field-goal percentage, .161 three-point percentage and .583 free-throw percentage
Wroten was not a good shooter during his freshman season at Washington, knocking down only 16 percent from behind the arc and he did nothing to improve that on Day 1 of the combine where his jumper was awful.
It's going to take a ton of work to improve his shooting to the point where it can even be called respectable.
While he has a ton of overall talent, Wroten did nothing to improve his draft status—in fact, he may have hurt them drastically.
Winner: Dion Waiters, Syracuse
2011-12 Stats: 12.6 points, 2.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, .476 field-goal percentage, .363 three-point percentage, .729 free-throw percentage
Waiters cancelled all of his workouts, but according to Ford, he did so because one lottery team made him a promise that he will be their pick.
That team hasn't yet been revealed, but it looks like Waiters has assured himself to be selected as a lottery pick.
Loser: Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
2011-12 Stats: 16.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, .549 field-goal percentage, .444 three-point percentage, .780 free-throw percentage
Moultrie is a guy I've been very high on during my mock drafts, but it's very puzzling why he elected to not participate in drills, as he's by no means a lock to be a lottery pick.
I understand the likes of Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Bradley Beal and Michael-Kidd Gilchrist not wanting to hurt their draft stock, but a guy like Moultrie could only improve his.
He did participate in testing on Friday, but by electing not to participate in drills, could leave a lot of unanswered questions in many teams' eyes.
Winner: Damian Lilliard, Weber State
2011-12 Stats: 24.5 points, 4.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, .467 field-goal percentage, .409 three-point percentage, .887 free-throw percentage
The book on Lillard is that he's a great shooter and he wanted to show that first hand.
Lillard did so by shooting the ball very well and proving that he could play with the top players in the game. He had the opportunity to skip the the event, but looked good by participating in it.
Ford said that Lillard created the most buzz among NBA representatives in Chicago and assured himself of being a high lottery pick.
Winner: Terrence Ross, Washington
2011-12 Stats: 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, .457 field-goal percentage, .371 three-point percentage, .766 free-throw percentage
The stock of Washington's Ross has been soaring for weeks and he made a very nice impression in Chicago, showing off his athleticism and smooth jumper.
The fact that the other top shooting guards in Beal, Lamb and Rivers decided not to participate possibly made Ross stand out even more and potentially land a spot in the lottery.
Loser: Quincy Miller, Baylor
2011-12 Stats: 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, .447 field-goal percentage, .348 three-point percentage, .816 free-throw percentage
Miller's jumper was inconsistent on the season at Baylor, but he shot the ball very poorly on Thursday.
Miller really struggled shooting the ball, threw up some ugly air balls and looked like he was still struggling a bit to recover from that ACL injury last year.
According to Ford, there were a lot of disappointed scouts.
Winner: Moe Harkless, St. John's
2011-12 Stats: 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.6 steals, .452 field-goal percentage, .215 three-point percentage, .676 free-throw percentage
Watching Harkless on Thursday, you got to see a player who could really take advantage of the combine and really help his draft stock.
After the top small forwards in Kidd-Gilchrist, Barnes and Jones, there is a group of guys that include Harkless, Jeff Taylor, Terrence Ross, Royce White and others that really could go anywhere in the draft.
Harkless may have separated himself from the rest of that group by shooting the ball well and showing outstanding athleticism.
Ford says that Harkless impressed so many people that he may wind up in the top 10 before it is all said and done.
Loser: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
2011-12 Stats: 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, .491 field-goal percentage, .255 three-point percentage, .745 free-throw percentage
Projected by many as a guy that could be the No. 2 pick in the draft, Kidd-Gilchrist did himself no favors by showing up late on Day 2 of the combine for the testing portion.
There's also the fact that he has something to prove as a shooter, only shooting 25 percent on the season from behind the arc, but elected not to participate in any drills.
Kidd-Gilchrist will still be a high lottery pick, but may have cost himself the No. 2 pick by not showing anything in Chicago.
Winner: Royce White
2011-12 Stats: 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, .534 field-goal percentage, .333 three-point percentage, .498 free-throw percentage
White has tremendous skills, but a lot is made by how these prospects interview.
Ford reports that while the likes of Robinson, Beal, Barnes, Kidd-Gilchrist, Harkless and Orlando Johnson had great interviews on Thursday, White stole the show as he left NBA teams amazed by how well his interviews went.
During the draft telecast on ESPNU, White gave an excellent on-camera interview with ESPN's Andy Katz in which he talked about everything from his past problems, to being dismissed from the University of Minnesota.
White was witty and intelligent during his on-camera time, even discussing how he taught himself how to play the piano and that his beard is an attempt to honor John Lennon, because his favorite band is The Beatles.
That may seem minor, but he showed passion in the way he talked about everything.
There may have been some concerns about White coming into the draft, but with the way he conducted himself during interviews, he may have eased those concerns.
Winner: Thomas Robinson, Kansas
2011-12 Stats: 17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, .505 field-goal percentage, .682 free-throw percentage
Another big part of the combine is the measurements, which you can view by clicking the links at the bottom of the page (via Ford).
By measuring bigger than teams think, it helps ease teams' minds on where to draft a certain player.
Guys like Austin Rivers and Jared Sullinger helped their causes as Rivers measures 6'5", which is very good for a 2 guard and Sullinger came in at 6'9", although there are still plenty of concerns about his length and lack of athleticism.
But if the measurements helped one guy in particular, it's Robinson, who measured 6'8.75" in shoes with an impressive 7'3" wingspan.
There were some concerns about him being undersized for the position, but after those numbers, they could start to go away and Robinson could legitimately be the No. 2 pick in the draft.