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May 23rd, 2016
With the entire draft order set following the draft lottery which saw the order stay exactly the same as it was going in for the first time ever, here is our fifth extended mock draft, on the heels of the NBA draft combine.
Jamal Murray already had a pretty impressive resume heading into the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit. He had been named co-MVP of the 2013 Jordan Brand International Classic, scoring 24 points in an impressive fashion to firmly put his name on the map. He went on to lead Canada’s U16 team in scoring as they won a Bronze Medal in the FIBA Americas and play a strong role as the only 1997 born player-representing Canada in the Nike Global Challenge.
Last year Pat Connaughton recorded a 44 inch vertical at the combine which drew headlines and likely helped him get drafted (41st overall). The only problem was that his vertical was enhanced by four inches as his standing reach (8' 0) was recorded incorrectly, four inches below what it had been recorded at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
This year there apparently were a bunch of Pat Connaughtons.
|Player||Standing Vertical Leap||Max Vertical Leap||Lane Agility Time (sec)||Shuttle Run (sec)||Three Quarter Sprint (sec)|
1995 born, early draft entrant Guerschon Yabusele impressed numerous scouts at the 2015 adidas Eurocamp. He has a massive frame but also possesses very good body control, agility, explosiveness and shooting touch. His 7-foot-1 wingspan helps make up for the fact that he's a short (6-foot-8) power forward. He has strung together four straight 20 point performances and is one of the intriguing international prospects for the first round this year. We got the chance to interview him to learn more about his future NBA plans and background.
As is common during the past few seasons, many of the top prospects chose to skip the NBA combine, and this year is no different. Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are both absent in the list of players that were officially measured, (we have included their measurements from events within the past year) but quite a few players vying for a spot in the 1st round came in and at least participated in the measurements sections. Here are a few winners and losers for the 2016 combine.