June 9, 2012
By Joe Kotoch
After two days, the NBA Draft Combine has concluded and the sixty invited participants have had the opportunity to meet and speak with teams. The participants have been poked and prodded and have been given the chance to make their best impressions. NBA executives from every team were in town and have had time to discuss league happenings. Here’s some of the rumblings, rumors and other nuggets coming from the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
After much speculation, it appears that the Phoenix Suns made a draft promise to Dion Waiters according to a PBD source.
Duke center Miles Plumlee has been one of the most impressive athletes in Chicago having registered a 41” vertical leap.
Jared Sullinger measuring in at a legit 6’9” put to rest any concerns about his size. Athleticism issues still remain but there’s growing chatter a team like Golden State may pull the trigger on Sullinger at #7.
Speaking of Golden State, the Warriors are said to be very open to trading out of #7 and if they can move down their top target appears to be Terrence Jones.
Ohio State star William Buford stock has plummeted for much of his senior season and into the NBA Draft season. While it was previously reported on PBD that Buford struggled to get through his workout in Orlando and became sick, there is a growing sense around the league that Buford’s conditioning is below average and is evident by his 11.3% body fat. Buford’s camp has responded by alleging he has been suffering from a virus; however teams around the league do not appear to be buying that excuse.
One player who has done his best to silence his critics is Iowa State power forward Royce White. White is a talented big man who has unique skills and abilities and some feel is a top-10 value in this draft. The concern with White is related to his anxiety disorder and fear of flying, however White has done a very good job in the interview portion of the NBA combine and addressed the other red flags in a mature way that makes teams more comfortable with him.
Players that have seen improvements in their draft stock while at the NBA Combine are Damian Lillard, Meyers Leonard and John Jenkins, while J’Covan Brown has seen his stock drop.