The NBA Draft combine is currently happening today and Friday in Chicago where the recruits show off their skills and get poked and prodded.
This year 61 prospects were invited, but it is mostly for those in the lower two-thirds of the first round to move up as many spots as possible with a good showing. The “elite” players forego the workouts so their draft stock doesn’t fall if they have a bad shooting day or so they do not get injured. However, those players still get checked out and go through interviews.
In terms of what is done at the combine in the measurement area and skills, the players get their weight, height, body fat, wingspan, standing reach, handsize, and vertical leap measured. Additionally, they go through fastbreak, shooting, and timed drills.
According to the Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro the group that the Suns are sending to Chicago includes:
“McDonough (the new general manager), President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, director of player personnel John Treloar, Vice President of Player Programs Mark West, head pro scout Bubba Burrage, college scout John Shumate, director of basketball administration Trevor Bukstein, team physician Thomas Carter and the athletic training staff of Aaron Nelson, Mike Elliott, Tom Maystadt and Tyler Wallace.”
They are trying to do all of this while figuring out who they should hire as the head coach to pilot this rebuilding ship.
These workouts don’t really affect the Suns’ first pick in the first round, but the final pick that Phoenix acquired from Miami through the Los Angeles Lakers.
The prospects at the end of the first round for the Suns will be discussed tomorrow.