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NBA Draft Workouts: Real Thing Or Myth

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Quinn ThomasContributor IJune 22, 2009

As the NBA Draft fast approaches and all of my pre-draft homework is done, I'm left to wonder why there is so much stock in these workouts. When you think about it, there usually three person workouts that involve three people in your draft playing each other in pickup games and running drills. I like to think as a general manager you have all the film you need from the season that they just completed or the combined they also just participated in a few weeks before. I know the routine, you fly in, do a two hour workout then you have dinner and explain why you can be an asset to said team. But I'm left too wonder how much stock do general managers put into too these kinds of things because, there are a ton of "workout warriors". I was reading an article earlier today that wrote about a workout in which top three draft pick James Harden participated in and it chronicled how frustrated he became at himself for missing shots. I know that the workout wont anywhere near take him of the top five of the draft but which probably wont change any opinion of the 29 other general managers in the league or the general manager he worked out with, because at the end of the day they can always check the film library on that particular player which, begs the question. Is there too much of an emphasis on the NBA pre-draft work out process?

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