Combine still has value even if top NBA prospects skip it

Doyle BarkerMay 13, 2017

The NBA Draft Combine has gotten underway in Chicago as representatives from every team will get a chance to check out a number of potential draftees.

His advice for lottery picks in a situation similar to his 10 years ago? Predictions on the NBA's mock draft tracker have the Suns considering Josh Jackson, Lonzo Ball and Josh Tatum.

Here are a few things that jumped out to us during Thursday's NBA Draft Combine and how they might relate to Phoenix.

"I'm not really sure". I knew that. And I knew that you don't need to [bench-press] to lift a basketball up.

Vogel said he's also gotten to know interim Magic general manager Matt Lloyd better.

As many in his corner had pointed out previously, however, Williams also was quick to point to Mason's intangible qualities, which Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan also said could play a big role in the draft. So if I don't try to work as hard as I possibly can with those abilities then that's a disgrace to him. It still doesn't matter. I was ranked the last person in camp, drills-wise.

If the Suns still have this pick as it comes up during the draft, expect them to take an global player they can stash for a while overseas. "You learn a lot about guys".

The Sixers, however, are going beyond players who lie within the confines of their draft range.

Most NBA personnel regard this as a deep draft so they Pistons could have some better options to choose from than in past years. He doesn't seem to think much of the correlation between what the Combine measures and success at the pro level, and he wishes he had the power back in 2007 to sit out the Combine.

Washington point guard Markelle Fultz is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and he spent Wednesday at the NBA Combine interviewing with teams.

"This is just one piece, but it's an important piece as we get closer to the Draft", said one former National Basketball Association assistant coach. Keep laughing.' It was a amusing thing, because I was the only one that couldn't lift it and I was struggling to lift it.

"But I think the one thing I'm really trying to focus on is just try to get stronger".

Dozier was able to finish his sophomore year at SC and will return one day to get his degree, he said.

"I haven't tried. I know I can lift 185, though, now, but I don't bench-press", Durant said.

After going super-young for years with their picks, and approaching a season where the core of the team will STILL be 20-and-under to open the season, it might be in the Suns best interest to ignore age with the #32 overall pick and just take the best NBA-ready talent.

I'll be contrary and say Diallo returns to school as well. "Whatever happens, I'm going to be there for him". "I'm a very good playmaker, I've been shooting the ball a lot better, good passer, and it's always team-first with me". Good. The more you don't play the more they like you, the more they're impressed.

Calipari said he has never advised a player to skip the event. Furthermore, the draft lottery is make-or-break for some teams because its' results may be the difference between being able to draft a franchise player versus having to settle for someone else.

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