NBA owners and general managers across the league are putting the final touches on their respective big boards in preparation for the 2013 NBA draft on June 27.
Some players have moved up and some players have moved down. The latter is true for the following two players who had standout collegiate careers, but have fallen out of favor with their future employers.
ESPN.com’s NBA DraftTracker (subscription required) wrote on June 10 that McLemore’s work ethic has come into question:
His jump shot and elite athletic ability scream potential All-Star. But teams continue to wring their hands over whether McLemore has the drive to become a star. He was in Phoenix last week, but refused to work out against Oladipo and Muhammad. That's not an unusual ploy for a player ranked at the top, but given the parity at the top of the draft, it wasn't well received by the Suns, nor will it be from the other teams up high in the draft. "He needs to compete," one GM at the top of the draft said, "or it's only going to reinforce our biggest fears about him. There is no consensus in this draft. He's got to come and earn it."
Athletically, McLemore is one of the most gifted players available in the draft, as DraftExpress.com has his vertical leap at 42". He was also an outstanding shooter at the University of Kansas. It will be interesting to see if his character ultimately drags down his draft stock.
Burke has seen his draft position dip after posting below-average numbers at the NBA Scouting Combine in May. Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press wrote, “In six athletic tests at the May combine in Chicago, he rated in the Top 20 of only two – eight in the ¾ court sprint and 20th in the lane agility drill.”
In turn, Burke challenged the notion that his combine stats directly correlate to in-game situations:
“That’s testing,” he said. “On the court, in my opinion, is totally different. Change of speed with the ball and things like that. That’s a natural strength of mine. If you watch back at Michigan, even though this is another level, anytime I got to the rim it was change of speed, ball handling, craftiness and things like that. That’s their opinion. I feel like I am just as athletic as the guys my size. I’m not a super athlete like Derrick Rose and things like that. That’s their opinion and I’ll try to prove them wrong.”
Similar to McLemore, Burke did want to compete against Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. McCollum during June 10 workouts. That stubbornness could come back to bite him if teams like the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings pass on Burke.
Will McLemore or Burke remain top options in the draft or will Victor Oladipo, Carter-Williams and McCollum supplant them?