The 2011 NBA Draft Combine is in full swing today from Chicago, IL, and it’s been an exciting couple of days of drills and player interviews.
Notable names like UConn’s Kemba Walker and San Diego State’s Kawhi Leonard didn’t work out yesterday, but are participating in drills today. Kyrie Irving went one step further and didn’t participate in any of the available activities yesterday, and won’t today either. He will undergo the standard medical tests and interviews though.
While it’s nothing new to have projected top picks sit out some of the drills, ESPN’s Chad Ford speculated that Irving may have something to hide by not participating.
“I wonder a little bit whether Kyrie Irving is afraid of what [participating in drills] is going to show. He’s a good athlete, but not an elite athlete. He’s not going to test like John Wall tested. He’s not going to test like Blake Griffin tested, and maybe there’s a little concern there. Maybe that’s the thing he has to hide.”
But while most of the top picks sat out, there were some notable players improving their draft stock with effective workouts.
Enes Kanter ran the floor extremely well, and showed great strength in the post. Marshon Brooks caught several eyes with his play, and he may be headed into the first round as a result.
Jimmer Fredette did participate in drills, knocking down every shot he took in transition, but wasn’t able to shake any of the defensive concerns that are carrying over from his BYU days.
Players can hurt their stock by not performing well at the combine, but no one can improve their stock by sitting out, which is why guys like Fredette were participating at full capacity.