The NBA Draft Combine will be held Thursday and Friday of this week. Last year's No. 1
floppick, Anthony Bennett, skipped the NBA Draft Combine but that was due to a shoulder injury. Well it appears that three of the possible top 4 picks are going to skip the NBA Draft Combine this year.
Also noted in the article is that Creighton's Doug McDermott may only participate in the measurements aspect of the Combine according to his father.
Question is: How important is the NBA Draft Combine? For some of the players in the draft we have years of data and tape to go off of. But for players like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid, we only have one year of college data. Yes, in today's world, we do have YouTube which provides us with high school mixtapes, but those are against High School players in a pool of kids who often don't even stack up to college players let alone NBA players.
In my personal opinion the NBA Draft Combine doesn't exactly provide much more than the college data and later personal team interviews and workouts will provide. Each team can do the same tests and drills that the Combine does. Therefore, it doesn't really bother me that much except that there won't be public data to consume. As a die hard fan of the NBA, I like to stack up the draft and see how each one "ranks" against each other by position, size, ability, etc.
Ok, I don't have much more to add. Simply saw the article and was curious as to what my DBB brethren and sist...ren thought on the topic.