NBA Draft Combine Notebook: Day One
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With 62 of the top prospects in attendance, Chicago is the number one spot for prospective NBA draftees over the next two days. Top draft decision-makers and evaluators from all 30 NBA teams are represented at the 2013 NBA Draft Combine, ready to gather information and formulate preliminary draft strategies.
Between Thursday and Friday, the biggest names heading into the 2013 NBA Draft will go through numerous athletic drills to predict their potential professional acumen. These players will also have their brains picked by coaches, general managers and scouts around the NBA in numerous interviews that will help decide their draft fate.
The HOOPSWORLD team is in attendance as well – ready to bring you the low down on the current buzz at the combine:
- Shabazz Muhammad impresses in workouts/interviews: Expected to be one of the top picks of the 2013 NBA Draft, Muhammad’s stock likely rose after his performance Thursday – both on and off the court. Generally players touted around the league as top picks forgo participating in organized workouts at the combine, but not Muhammad. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard out of UCLA turned heads by not only participating in combine athletic drills, but wowing those in attendance. Muhammad shot the ball well and showed off the scoring acumen that has him projected as one of the top picks in the upcoming draft. Not only did Muhammad wow with his skills on the court, but also with his handling of the barrage of media questions off of it. Muhammad answered questions about his age and the issues surrounding his eligibility to start his freshman season. Instead of bobbing and weaving, Muhammad broached these issues head on and in the process put to rest many of those lingering questions.
- Trey Burke believes he could go number one overall: One of the most debated players in terms of draft stock heading into the summer has been former Michigan point guard Trey Burke. Arguably the best point guard prospect entering the combine, Burke has been projected to go in the top-10 of the 2013 NBA Draft but some teams are wary of the point guard’s miniscule body type. However, according to Burke, the possibility of a team in need of a point guard winning the draft lottery could make him the top pick. Burke told reporters Wednesday that he could see himself being the number one overall pick depending on how the ping pong balls fall. The New Orleans Hornets and Sacramento Kings are two teams that appear to be leaning toward taking a point guard early in the first round.
- Ben McLemore believes Ray Allen comparison is valid: Believed by most to be one of the best pure shooters in the draft this June, McLemore wasn’t fazed by comparisons to arguably the best shooter in NBA history. McLemore told reporters that his game is a “great comparison” to Ray Allen’s but he believes he’s the more athletic player at this point of Allen’s career. Generally, prospects shy away from accepting a lofty comparison like that, but apparently not McLemore. The shooting guard out of Kansas didn’t participate in drills Wednesday, but is projected by many to be a top-three pick this June.
- Nerlens Noel hoping to return to action this November. The freshman out of Kentucky suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament this past February, but believes he is ahead of schedule in the recovery process. In the midst of a sea of reporters Thursday, Noel said that he hopes to be ready to go for the upcoming season this November. Realistically Noel said the injury, which generally takes up to a year to cover from, could sideline him until around Christmas or even the beginning of 2014. Despite the possibility of starting the season in street clothes from the bench, Noel has a solid chance of going number one overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
- Every big man at the combine compares game to KG: HOOPSWORLD conducted over 50 interviews with draft prospects Thursday and asked nearly every player whose NBA game they felt they resembled. The general consensus among post players was that they either patterned their game after, or believe their skill-set resembles, Kevin Garnett. In the unlikely event that is indeed the case, get ready for an onslaught of KG clones next season NBA!
Look for more up to the minute news and video from the NBA Draft Combine over the next few days.