Thursday and Friday afternoon in Chicago 59 hopeful NBA prospects gathered together in Chicago for the 2014 NBA Draft Combine to start the process of making a team fall in love with them so that they can be picked in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Results for all of those measurements and drills can be found here.
In all reality almost all of these numbers won’t mean anything for the Pelicans. Unless the team hits on the four percent chance they have to land in the top three of the draft they will have exactly zero picks on draft night, barring any trades.
Even if they do hit in the top three it seems unlikely that they would actually be interested in any of the players that worked out at the combine as the three most likely picks for them in the top three of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid all passed on the gathering.
But you never know. Maybe someone like Thanasis Antetokounmp or Patric Young lands undrafted and the team decides to bring them in as a free agent, then at least they have some information on each guy.
Like all combine settings though there is a lot of caution that needs to be taken when evaluating these numbers. It is much easier to shoot in a setting where there and no defenders and without the fatigue of being involved in a game as physical as the NBA. In things like the vertical jump and the cone drills players who knew the tests were coming and may be important for them could have trained exclusively for the test and put up results that may not translate into a real game.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to look over numbers though. Stuff like a 5-11 point guard jumping 43.5 inches into the air (Jahii Carson) is never not going to be fun to watch or crazy to thing about. Also, and probably most importantly, the combine is one of the first meeting places between these prospects and NBA front offices where they can sit down and talk. Those interviews are incredibly important for everyone involved.
Unfortunately we don’t get to see those results, so until lottery time have fun looking over some of these numbers and trying to find the diamond in the rough of the bunch. At the very least it should kill time before we get games again tomorrow.