Jimmer Fredette, Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight and the majority of the American-born NBA draft prospects were all in attendance at the draft combine last week, and there were some notable players who saw their stocks both rise and fall based off of a variety of factors.
Irving didn’t measure well (10.2 BMI, or body-fat percentage), Knight’s wingspan and body fat may have pushed him ahead of UConn’s Kemba Walker and Jimmer showed everyone he can still shoot and score, but his defense didn’t help his stock.
From the draft combine, it’s onto the individual workouts for everyone, where the real evaluations will begin.
Not that the combine isn’t valuable for gauging player ability, but it’s the in-depth assessments that will now give everyone a clearer indication of the directions each team will want to go.
Hoopshype’s Gery Woefel caught up with Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond, who offered his insight on why the combine isn’t as valuable as the individual workouts:
"With the way the pre-draft camp is structured and with the way it is formatted, I’m not really sure a player’s stock will dramatically increase or decrease. When players are now being limited with the things they can actually do on the floor and having the chance to spend 30 minutes with an individual, between those two facets, a player isn’t going to help himself or hurt himself in any drastic measure. Before there was a more true evaluation period."
With that in mind, let’s turn our focus to the latest news surrounding player workouts, the top picks and the teams that are in line to select them.
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