Even if the stars largely skipped the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, there was a lot of information to be gleaned from the proceedings.
And by stars, I mean Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, none of whom even showed up, as well as the dozen or so first-round prospects who sat out during drills.
Those who chose to participate had their physical measurements taken, their athletic tools tested and performed in a number of drills. The measurable ones were largely shooting drills, as the prospects attempted to connect off the dribble, on the move and while spotting up from various zones around the court.
And between the interviews, 2-on-2 showings and everything else, there was even more information out there than the raw numbers would indicate.
Over the course of two days, not that much can change. Opinions are shaped, but they aren't really being formed for the first time. Consider the combine more of a tweaking process than anything else, as the extra inches and small-sample-size shooting drills can put a bit of luster or damper on a prospect's already established stock.
Nonetheless, the perception of each position was altered during the combine. Most for the better and one for the worse.
Even if the NBA playoffs are rolling along in full force now that the field has dwindled to only four teams, draft season is officially underway.