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2017 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 6.0

With 15 days left until the 2017 NBA Draft, here is the latest Moch Draft from four different perspectives.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2017 NBA Draft.

Here is this week’s Mock and the Draft notebooks from each writer.

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Joel’s Notebook:

Just like they did in the Porzingis draft a couple of years ago, New York is essentially going to have their decision made for them by the time they pick at #8. They end up with Jayson Tatum there in this draft, which is a pick as damn fine as the coffee and cherry pie at the Double R Diner. Tatum might not be the megastar they had hoped to land in this draft, but they would not be disappointed in the return on that investment. There are eight or nine really, really good players in this draft. All the Knicks have to do is nab the best of who’s left over.

I also had it in my mind heading into this mock that there was no way De’Aaron Fox was going to fall to Sacramento at #5, and he may still not, but Kings fans don’t have as bad a chance as they probably think of landing arguably one of the top three talents in this draft with the fifth overall selection. If the Lakers pass, as happens in this mock, there’s a reasonable chance he’s still there at #5. He won’t make it past the Kings.

This is probably the highest I’ve ever had Ike Anigbogu, and I’m good with it. Sacramento needs to gamble on potential future stars, and Anigbogu, the youngest player in this draft, has a chance to be really good. Every radio show I’ve done in the last three weeks somehow has come back around to him somehow, and I imagine he’s pretty high on a lot of teams’ wish lists despite his relative inexperience. Go watch a YouTube highlight video on him if you haven’t already. Kid’s a freak show defensively.

Chicago will lose their minds if Justin Jackson is still available at #16. He’s exactly their kind of kid, having played three years of college basketball for an elite program like UNC. Jackson’s a really, truly great kid with top-rate pedigree. There’s a better chance that John Paxson and Gar Forman “get younger and more athletic” this offseason than there is of Chicago passing on Jackson if he’s available at that slot in the draft.

Jackson’s UNC teammate Tony Bradley made his way into the first round of this mock, too. He’s insanely inexperienced and right on that first-round bubble, but I think late in the first round, ceiling wins out and somebody with a young core (like L.A.) takes a gamble.

Moke’s Notebook:

It’s almost unbelievable that the NBA Draft is only about two weeks away, but here we are. This is actually the third-to-last mock draft we are going to put out, and this week, I don’t really have anything earth-shattering to report.

All indications I have gotten from Los Angeles is that Lonzo Ball is likely to land with the Lakers, but that the team is doing its due diligence in exploring other options and opportunities that may be there with the pick. If the Lakers truly are in love with Lonzo, fooling everyone into thinking that De’Aaron Fox could be their choice could actually motivate Ball to both show up and show out for his Lakers workout, as well as gauge the extent to which he truly wants to be a Laker.

As for the Sixers, I am still standing behind my belief that they will walk away with Malik Monk and a bunch of other outlets are finally catching up. I believe that Josh Jackson might be the third-best prospect in this draft, which will bode well for the Phoenix Suns. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Suns nab Fox with the fourth pick, as the combination of Fox and Devin Booker is one that could form a dynamic backcourt for the next 10-15 years. Not being intimately plugged into the front office in Phoenix, I can’t say I know how they’re thinking.

In the latter half of the lottery, we are seeing some names move up and down. The most notable is Frank Ntilikina. There are some that think he has incredible talent, but many that believe he is a few years away from making an impact at the NBA level. The Knicks could have interest in him, but from what I’ve been told, he trails both Malik Monk and Dennis Smith on the team’s wish list. If the Mavericks pass on Ntilikina, he could make a lot of sense with the Pistons at number 12, which is where I had him last week. He goes down with Terrance Ferguson and Rodions Kurucs as the guys whose floor and ceiling in the draft we truly don’t know. It’s similar to Thon Maker last year, as some mock drafts had him lasting until the second round before the Milwaukee Bucks surprisingly chose him with the 10th overall pick.

One scout told me that he only thinks four players in this draft have “star caliber” ceilings—Markelle Fultz, Malik Monk, Josh Jackson and Dennis Smith. He thinks that Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox will be “solid” pro guards, but has reservations about each of them. While I may not agree, his opinion underscores a recurring theme in this draft: outside of the top five, many people think there is a lot of parity among the players being projected to fall in the second half of the lottery. That said, there are certain players that I have confidence in believing where they will fall, and that’s pretty much been indicated in my consistency over the past several weeks.

Michael’s Notebook:

Check your smoke detectors, folks. Smokescreens are spreading rampantly with two weeks until the draft as executives try to keep their competitors guessing.

Even Pat Riley recently joked at an American Express event alongside Magic Johnson that the Lakers’ president of basketball operations wants to be Lonzo Ball’s mentor. This followed several reports that the Lakers are not committed to Ball yet if the Celtics select Markelle Fultz first overall as expected.

In addition, the rumor mill churned out new reports of the 76ers and Kings being open to trade discussions. 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo left the possibility open for trading down. Conversely, the Kings have had internal discussions about trading their two picks to move up and land De’Aaron Fox, according to an ESPN report.

The Kings can also trade the fifth and 10th picks to move up and select Kansas forward Josh Jackson. Rudy Gay is entering unrestricted free agency, which leaves a void at small forward.

Speaking of point guards, Jawun Evans is drawing interest from several teams in the 20s and will have upcoming workouts with the Trail Blazers on June 8, the Thunder on June 9, and the Jazz on June 10, league sources told Basketball Insiders. Evans also wrapped up a workout with the Lakers earlier this week.

Luke Kennard is another player who is seeing his stock rise after an impressive shooting display at his CAA Pro Day.

Some of the top prospects will begin working out for teams with high draft picks over the coming days. Those workouts will help determine where that player ranks on each team’s big board and how they envision moving up or trading down on draft night.

The Celtics fell in love with Terry Rozier years ago, and he was drafted higher than many expected at the time. We’ll find out over the next week or so who can be the next Rozier.

Steve’s Notebook:

Throughout the Draft process, we often get a chance to sit in on workouts or take part in Pro Days for players trying to get into the NBA Draft discussion. Last year we got a chance to see Juan Hernangómez’s Pro Day and were blown away by his upside. The same was true of D-League Rookie of The Year Abdel Nader.

This year there have been a few impressive showings, but for whatever reason, some of these guys may not get a lot of draft consideration. But as teams start to field Summer League squads there are some names to watch.

Craig Victor played for LSU before running into issues off the court and was ultimately dismissed from the team. Once considered a top 40 high school prospect, Victor has spent a ton of time in the gym not only re-making his body (dropping some 20 pounds) but remaking his game. The slimmer Victor looks every bit the part of a NBA small forward, but his track record may make him too risky to draft – but he could be one of the better diamond in the rough prospects in the class.

Chris Perry, who played at South Florida for a bit before running into his own issues, looks every bit the part of a Big Baby-Lite type player. Crafty around the basket. Has a knack to score from a lot of places. He is a little undersized for his game, but his ability to play fluidly in the open court and to finish around the rim makes him an interesting name to watch, especially if a team take a chance on him in summer league.

Kobi Simmons falls into this group as well. He has not done as well in team workouts as his camp had expected, but his athleticism and raw ability make him an interesting player at the bottom of the draft. Simmons could go undrafted in this particular draft, but it’s not hard to imagine that he’ll get a look in the NBA once he proves that he can really be a point guard at the next level.

The sleeper of all sleepers may be Virginia Military Academy’s QJ Peterson. In terms of flat out NBA ability, he checks a ton of boxes. The problem for QJ is he is really undersized and a tad older than most teams are willing to invest a draft pick in. He averaged 19 a game for VMI, and in his Pro Day at IMG, he flat out crushed drills and shot the ball incredibly well. He may not be a draft pick, but he did enough in this process to think he could play at the next level and is a name to watch as summer roster start to get constructed.

The 2017 NBA Draft is in 15 days, so there will be two more Consensus Mock Drafts before the final picks are made.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 19 years. Moke Hamilton is a Deputy Editor and Columnist for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last seven years. Joel Brigham is a Senior NBA Writer and has covered the NBA for the last 12 years. Michael Scotto is a Senior NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last seven years.

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 4.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft. With every new version, you’ll see an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts, and information from the pre-draft process as well as a notebook, outlining each writers’ thoughts, observations and reporting on the draft.

Keep in mind; we are trying to find commonalities, which is why it is called the Consensus. The writers involved do not see each other’s selections until these are posted. It is done deliberately to make sure each writer is not influencing the others.

As this process plays out, the mocks will evolve, so look for a new Consensus each Wednesday, all the way up to draft day on June 20th.

Here is this week’s Consensus Mock:

Version: 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0

Spencer’s Notebook: With the NBA Draft Lottery set and the 2019 NBA Combine in the books from Chicago, there are some significant changes to my mock draft.

Brandon Clarke tested out at the top of his position with a 34-inch standing vertical, a 40.5-inch max vertical and a 3.15-second three-quarter court sprint. He was already a lock to go anywhere from the lottery to the early 20s before the event, so it’s clear that this performance should vault the Gonzaga forward leaped into the top 10.

Outside of the physical portion of the Combine, the rumor mill was churning. We learned of multiple promises for players going to teams, including one about Darius Garland being rumored as the Los Angeles Lakers guy once he left the combine. However, it is the Phoenix Suns that many also believe are interested in the Vanderbilt product with the sixth pick.

Another situation to monitor is the New York Knicks and the third overall pick. Everything seems to be hinging on what happens with the Anthony Davis situation in New Orleans. The Pelicans’ new vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin, would prefer the All-Star big man to stick around once they bolster the team’s core of Jrue Holiday and himself with rookie sensation Zion Williamson.

An ultimatum will be extended to Davis—if he changes his mind about wanting out, they’ll bury the hatchet. If he sticks to his original request, Griffin will begin looking for trade partners.

The Knicks would like to choose the second scenario. Their main focus is on adding marquee free agents to usher in a new era of basketball at Madison Square Garden. If the rumors are true and Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving come to town, they probably won’t want to play with a rookie in the chase for a title. Offering the third pick along with a combination of their young talents—Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Allonzo Trier—could be a package worthwhile for New Orleans in the Davis talks.

If Davis is moved elsewhere—Boston is a destination often mentioned with Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and picks or if the Pels persuade him to stick around for one more year before his free agency period hits in the summer of 2020, New York could be stuck in a predicament. RJ Barrett should be the pick at three, yet there are members of the team’s coaching staff who are enamored by another highly touted Duke prospect—Cameron Reddish.

The Cleveland Cavaliers met with Reddish last Friday, but at the same time, their front office is a big fan of Barrett’s. Should the Davis scenario not go the way the Knicks would hope, maybe the two could work out a deal to swap picks? Cleveland does have two first-round picks (five and 26) and quite a few assets to offer. New York is reportedly interested in moving Frank Ntilikina as well.

The trade idea is purely that, but it almost sets up perfect, doesn’t it?

Jesse’s Notebook: The NBA Lottery certainly shook things up last week with the New Orleans Pelicans winning the Zion Williamson sweepstakes and the Los Angeles Lakers landing the fourth overall pick. With the Lottery and Combine behind us, there is a bit more consistency in most mock draft boards.

The player I am keeping an eye on right now is Cam Reddish. Reddish didn’t have a standout freshman season at Duke, but his combination of athleticism, skill, and upside make him an intriguing prospect. I would not be surprised if a team with a top pick takes the risk that his game is well-tailored for the NBA and his lone season at Duke is not indicative of the player he will become. There is also a risk that Reddish slips a bit on draft night, but that is a less likely scenario in my opinion. For more on Reddish, take a few minutes to read this insightful article from Basketball Insiders writer Shane Rhodes:.

Drew’s Notebook: The NBA Draft combine is complete, and we’ve walked away with a few key learnings:

First of all, it appears that some promises were made to a select few prospects including Darius Garland and Rui Hachimura. This sets a floor for them and their camp. While it’s not entirely clear which teams made them promises, in some instances, it’s pretty intuitive (e.g., PG-desperate Suns probably ensured Garland’s camp that they’d nab him at six).

The guy who I’m most enamored with based on the combine is Luka Samanic. Samanic is a 6-foot-10, 227-pound forward with a 6-foot-10.5 inch wingspan. He demonstrated a nice shooting stroke last week at the combine and proved he can stay in front of quicker guards for periods via the 5-on-5 scrimmage. While he’s incredibly unlikely to break into the lottery, I see Samanic climbing into the late first-round.

Bol Bol continues to be an enigma. His wingspan is impressive, and we know he can stroke. But at 7-foot-3 and 209 pounds, will he be able to impact that gain enough from a physicality standpoint and/or stay healthy? Those are huge questions for whichever team selects him – which will likely be team with a relatively high lottery selection.

I was discouraged by Naz Reid registering a 14% body fat percentage (highest of all prospects) –especially since he was someone I pegged as a sleeper in the draft. Now his position as a first-round draft pick may be in question. However, I still feel that Reid’s ability to shoot threes mixed with his 7-foot-3 wingspan spells huge potential. This should be viewed as an opportunity to snatch up a strong prospect at a lower spot considering NBA training regimens.

Tyler Herro represents another challenge for front offices. His 6-foot-3 wingspan was a bit of a surprise, and it presents a slight problem for whoever ultimately selects him – albeit one that can worked around given the right personnel. Fortunately for Herro, it was assumed by many that his floor is a three-point shooting specialist. So while his wingspan presents a physical limitation, he wasn’t assumed to be an above average athlete/attacker/defender anyway. He’ll still probably be a top-20 pick given the perpetual need for shooters.

Finally, the big news (pun intended) out of the combine was Tacko Fall. Fall is 7-foot-7, 289 pounds with an 8-foot-2 wingspan and a 10-foot-2 standing reach. Fall is definitely on the raw side of all serious prospects, but his mobility and skill set are fairly impressive considering his size. He is not a serious consideration for any team in the first round; however, it will be interesting to see who roles the dice on Fall in the mid-to-late-second round. While Fall and Mitchell Robinson are ENTIRELY indifferent players, teams may look back at passing on Robinson and think twice before passing up another unique big man.

With the draft less than a month away, teams have already begun ramping up their workout schedules. We will learn a lot more in the next few weeks. And we’ll probably be fooled by a number of smoke screens, too. Stay tuned!

Steve’s Notebook: With NBA teams now past the Combine and well into Pro Days, there has been a tremendous amount of chatter on where some players may have early draft commitments, and how teams may really feel about some of the notable names.

It’s important to clarify the role commitments have in the draft process. There are two kinds of commitments teams will offer a prospect, one is the hard fast promise. The promise is exactly what you think it would be, a team zeros in the player they want and offers to select that player with their pick removing the pressure and uncertainty of the draft process in exchange for the player shutting down workouts and access for other teams. Players and their agents take a little risk in trusting the team will keep their word, which is why teams typically shy away from promises unless its exactly the player they covet.

The other type of commitment teams make is what’s commonly referred to as the floor – the lowest level a player will likely fall. Teams tend to make these kinds of commitments to players they like, but understand that they may go higher, but in the event the player falls, they know they have a landing spot.

Why does either side care about all this? For teams it is hard to plan around uncertainty, there are so many things that can happen around the draft and knowing they can secure a player they want, means they can move on the seeing what else can be done to improve the roster or gain assets. For players, it allows them to lighten the workout load and possibility for an injury, and start focusing on their NBA careers. It’s always possible a team can grab a player earlier than expected, but for the most part teams and agents work fairly hard to make sure promises are kept.

With all of that in mind here is what’s being talked about in NBA circles:

Word is Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland received a promise in the top ten, with most believing is was the Phoenix Suns that made the promise with their sixth overall pick. League sources said it’s possible that the Lakers still consider Garland with the fourth pick, but the prevailing thought is Garland will not workout or meet with anyone below the sixth pick.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura is also believed to have received a draft promise in the top 12, with the Minnesota Timberwolves believed to have been the team to make the promise with their 11th overall pick. The problem with promises outside of the top five or six picks is the domino effect of players falling out of the expected range, but at this point, it seems Hachimura is headed towards being a lottery pick.

Oregon’s Bol Bol is something of a draft enigma. According to a team drafting in the mid-teens, they do not expect he’ll be on the board when they drafted, and there was a belief that he was the first name on the board for the Atlanta Hawks with their eighth overall pick. The Hawks hold two picks in the top 10, so they have the luxury of taking a gamble on Bol. While Bol doesn’t seem to have a promise, there is a belief one of the teams with two first round picks would grab him, simply because his upside is off the charts.

Washington’s Matisse Thybulle was believed to have a promise from the Oklahoma City Thunder at 21, however, a few days after the Combine wrapped, the tone on that promise changed. The current chatter has the Celtics making that promise with their 20th overall selection. One league source said that Thybulle checked all of the advanced analytic boxes that the Thunder covet in a player, so it will be interesting to see if the Thunder try and jump in front of the Celtics to nab a player they are believed to be very high on.

There are a couple of other players to watch as the workout process continues:

Boston College’s Ky Bowman has been doing very well in individual workouts, and there is talk that he may have played his way in the solid second round situation, if not a late first. Bowman has had some solid workouts and seems to be a name to watch as the process plays out.

Duke’s Cam Reddish had his pro day in Phoenix yesterday, and while he only did one on zero work, there are many in NBA circles that believe he’ll be a Paul George-type NBA player, and that he is firmly in the hunt in the top 10.

Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter skipped the annual NBA Draft combine, but there is a belief that he is high on the board for the LA Lakers with the fourth overall pick and the Cavaliers with the fifth overall pick. Hunter seems to be a player whose draft stock is improving simply be being absent.

Things on the team front will heat up the first week of June, that’s when teams are expected to start seeing lottery level players in their gyms, and that’s when will really lock in on players.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 21 years. Jesse Blancarte is a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last five years. Spencer Davies is also a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last three years. Drew Maresca is an NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders and is finishing his first season covering the NBA.

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 3.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

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The 2019 NBA Draft lottery produced some unexpected results. Here are the results:

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 2.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft. Each week you’ll see an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts, and information from the pre-draft process as well as a notebook, outlining each writers’ thoughts, observations and reporting on the draft.

Keep in mind; we are trying to find commonalities, which is why it is called the Consensus. The writers involved do not see each other’s selections until these are posted. It is done deliberately to make sure each writer is not influencing the others.

As this process plays out, the mocks will evolve, so look for a new Consensus each Wednesday, all the way up to draft day on June 20th.

Here is this week’s Consensus Mock:



Version: 1.0

Jesse’s Notebook: The NBA Combine is set to take place next week with 66 players expected to attend. Many of these players are going to scrimmage, take measurements, go through a variety of drills, and interview with teams. The Combine should provide a good amount of intel on these prospects that either isn’t available yet or has thus far been overlooked. This is also the time when teams will start giving more clues about their thoughts on certain prospects, what their respective teams are looking for and who is catching the attention of several teams. Oftentimes prospects start setting themselves apart and climbing team draft boards based on their performance at the Combine. On the flip side, some prospects are likely to start falling down team boards as new information is discovered. However, this is also a time where some players may get too much hype based on their measurements and other data points (let’s not forget the hype surrounding Luke Babbit after the 2010 Combine).

Mock draft boards are already all over the place and are sure to start shuffling even more as we move towards the Combine. However, the overall picture should start to become a bit clearer as prospects interview with teams, receive feedback, and as front office executives start making soft commitments to players and leaking out information about the players they have an eye on.

Spencer’s Notebook: In version two of our consensus mock draft, my top nine draft picks stayed the same as they were last week, but there was some slight tweaking otherwise.

As Steve said in the inaugural mock, predicting selections outside of the top slots is difficult. A good amount of teams could be picking for their need first and foremost rather than having a simple “best player available” approach. The picture will be a little clearer next week when we learn the results of the NBA Draft Lottery on May 14.

My most notable observation—there is an abundance of talented wings, raw and polished, in this 2019 NBA Draft class. Younger players such as RJ Barrett, Jarrett Culver, Cameron Reddish and De’Andre Hunter have the tools to succeed. However, finding the right organization to put those respective skill sets to use in the correct manner will be imperative to every one of them to reach their full potential.

Playoff teams are going to be able to add the more pro-ready prospects at that position, with multiple upperclassmen forwards who may be able to help right away – regardless of what team they end up with. Rui Hachimura, Cameron Johnson, Brandon Clarke, Matisse Thybulle and Grant Williams all fit the bill in that sense. While collegiate experience hardly compares to that of the NBA, the maturation of playing the game longer puts these guys ahead of the curve if you were to ask me.

Drew’s Notebook:Not much has changed since last week. The most noise we’ve heard in the last seven days is around accepted invitations to the NBA Draft Combine, as well as workouts. But fear not NBA fans, the Draft Lottery takes place this Tuesday with the Combine beginning the very next day. Things will definitely heat up soon!

With that being said, I spent a lot of time looking at the top teams in terms of draft order and thought a lot about their needs: the Bulls, Suns and Wizards could all be interested in adding a lead guard. This is, of course, an exercise in futility because we have not yet landed on a final draft order. Never the less, this led me bump Darius Garland up a few spots. I think he is extremely NBA-ready. And while a little undersized, he has an IT factor that most prospects at his level do not possess (excluding Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett). Garland could develop into Kyrie Irving-type of player, or he could end up closer to D.J. Augustin. But I really like his confidence and how he moves with the ball. And until the Draft Lottery dictates the final order on 5/14, I’ve got to arrange prospects by my feelings on overall talent.

Another guy I plan to plan to study more closely is Sekou Doumbouya. I was compelled to drop him a few spots after watching more film of him over the weekend, but his youth (18 years old) and perceived versatility indicate that he’ll grow into an effective NBA player, assuming he’s given the proper time and resources to develop. And potential is just as important (if not more) as refined skill. I’m excited to see what, if anything, we can learn about Doumbouya at the Combine.

Tuesday, May 14 can’t get here soon enough.

Steve’s Notebook: The invite list of the 2019 NBA Draft Combine is out, and 66 players accepted the NBA’s invite to take part in the NBA’s annual draft showcase event. It’s important to note that there are three types of invitations; the first is extended to those players expected to go in the top 20, which does not require participation in the on-court portion of the Combine. Those players will undergo medical testing and face to face interviews with teams. The next group will do the same medical and interviews but are also expected to participate in the on-court portion as well. The third tier are those players willing to be last minute alternates in the event players pull out.

This year the NBA is holding a G-League event for draft-eligible players, just prior to next week’s Combine, the NBA has pledged the possibility of a full Combine invite to players that stand out among those additional 40 plus players that were invited to participate.

Why is a Combine invite important? In a typical year, more than 70 percent of players invited to the Combine end up being drafted, making the Combine list a pretty solid barometer on who is legitimately in the draft discussion.

There are two notable players that declined the NBA’s invitations, the first being Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura and Washington’s Matisse Thybulle.

While it is not uncommon for players to bypass the Combine, especially if the players is all but assured to be drafted, it also usually signifies a player may have a draft commitment they are comfortable with making the dog and pony show of the Combine less desirable.

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14th, with the Combine itself getting underway on Wednesday with face to face team interviews.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 21 years. Jesse Blancarte is a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last five years. Spencer Davies is also a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last three years. Drew Maresca is an NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders and is finishing his first season covering the NBA.

More Twitter: Make sure you are following all of our guys on Twitter to ensure you are getting the very latest from our team: @stevekylerNBA, @LangGreene, @EricPincus, @TommyBeer, @jblancartenba, @SpinDavies, @JamesB_NBA, @MattJohnNBA, @DrewMaresca, @JordanHicksNBA, and @Ben__Nadeau .

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