The 2013 NBA draft is approaching fast (Thursday, June 27), and the talk around the league has shifted from the combine to which players’ stocks have dropped after the event.
Whether it’s other players performing much better or teams getting their first good look at a prospect and not liking what they saw, all of the following future NBA draft picks have seen their stock drop.
Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA
Coming into the 2012-13 college basketball season, there was a huge focus on UCLA shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad and how well he would slide into the star role many thought he could fill so well.
After a freshman season to forget and enough drama at UCLA to convince him to stay just one season, Muhammad enters the 2013 NBA draft with a falling stock. The shooting guard had a chance to save face at the combine, but as ESPN’s Chad Ford reports, it didn’t go so well:
While there is no doubting the raw talent of the young player, the shooting guard has trouble creating off the dribble from the 2-spot and will be forced to move to small forward at times in the NBA.
At 6’4.75” in socks, that’s an issue.
Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
There was nothing that Nerlens Noel could do about his torn ACL and the fact that the recovery from the surgery kept him from participating in drills at the combine, but that didn't keep his stock from falling.
As his stock began to falter, though, the top players in the country were doing their best to unseat Noel as the consensus No. 1 overall pick. The recovery process and the knee injury itself are major red flags for teams.
Add in the fact that the center prospect weighed in at an unbelievably light 206 lbs—most centers in the NBA would outweigh him by 30-50 pounds—and the realization that Noel is a long-term project could scare away the team picking No. 1 overall, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas
There are many experts around the NBA that believe Myck Kabongo has the raw talent and leadership ability to be a viable point guard in the NBA, but his lack of success at Texas and a poor combine performance will have teams concerned.
Kabongo shot an abysmal 5-of-25 during three-point drills at the combine, and with a 33.5” vertical, it’s clear that the Texas standout isn’t the kind of polished prospect franchises will be looking for in the early stages of Round 1.
While drafting a long-term project is something winning teams will be able to take on, a team in need of an instant impact player will have to look elsewhere because Kabongo just isn’t ready to be a game changer.
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