With the draft only ten days away, NBA teams are scrambling to get a final look at as many prospects as possible in order to put the finishing touches on their draft boards. At the same time, agents are trying to give their clients draft stock a final boost, by getting them in front of as many decision makers as possible.
With that in mind, 24 NBA teams came together this weekend in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the Nets practice facility, to take in 36 players in six separate workouts. The prospects ranged from late lottery candidates such as Austin Daye
, to likely undrafted players such as Jimmy Barron, with many borderline first rounders scattered in between. Players that were on the initial list and decided not to attend include Terrence Williams
, Sam Young
, Jrue Holiday
, B.J. Mullens
, Marcus Thornton
, Tyler Hansbrough
and Jon Brockman
Besides working the players out and having them compete in three-on-three action, the players were also measured (height, wingspan, reach, hand-size) and again asked to participate in athletic combine style testing.
Here was the list of participants, including some notes from various people that were in the gym to evaluate the talent on hand:Friday June 12th: 9:30am Session Lester HudsonAustin DayeOmri CasspiDarren CollisonDerrick BrownGani LawalComments from observers in the gym:
vs. Omri Casspi
turned into a real wrestling match. Casspi just manhandled Daye, really threw him around. It was a bit disappointing to see how little Daye was able to compete from a strength perspectiveCasspi is a kind of a skinny guy himself. At one point Casspi cut Dayes lip open--he had to go to hospital for stitches. The Nets should have done a better job of getting someone to call fouls. Casspi was fouling the hell out of Daye. Some of the guys were looking at each other like what are we watching here?
Casspi was impressive, just like hes been everywhere hes gone. He plays hard, competes. He hit tough shots. Step-backs, runners. Then he missed some wide open Jsgo figure. He hits the toughest shots, but cant always make the easiest ones. He looked like he could be a great complementary player in a 5 on 5. Definitely an atypical player for a European. Gani Lawal
was disappointing. Im not impressed. He should go back to school. Derrick Brown
-- some really liked him, others didnt. Darren Collison
looked quick, shot well. Hes solid. Friday June 12th: 11:15am Session Eric Maynor
Jimmy BaronChase Budinger Joe InglesA.J. PricePaul Harris Comments from observers in the gym:
may have helped himself the most I thought here. He plays so hard. He got in everyones face. No one wanted to go against him. On offense and defense. On top of that, his measurements were ridiculous. He came up a bit shorter than expectedonly 6-3 in shoes, but his wingspan is outrageous6-11 ½. Hes also absolutely jacked at 237 pounds, all 100% muscle. On top of that, he measured a no step vertical of 36 inches, which is off the charts. Hes like Ron Artest
was awful in my opinion. He just doesnt play. All he wants to do is shoot jumpers. Thats not basketball. He didnt want to be there. Didnt want to compete. He couldnt put it on the floor. You should have seen his face when he was switched onto Paul Harris
. He definitely didnt want anything to do with him. Saturday June 13th: 9:30am SessionLee Cummard DaJuan Summers Damion James
- replaced by Connor Atchley Nick CalathesWes Matthews Danny Green Comments from observers in the gym:
had probably the best workout here. Then again, he was going up against Connor Atchley
, so thats somewhat to be expected. He absolutely killed him off the dribble. He was blowing by him, dunking on him. He had a bunch of really nice dunks. He looked good in the full-court stuff too. He was very good shooting off dribble, but not so good on the catch and shoot. He probably helped himself, but it might have impressed more people had he done it against Damion James
like originally scheduled rather than Connor Atchley
. You can see that he really thrives in these up-tempo settings, which is something we werent able to see too much of at Georgetown.Nick Calathes
was average. He did not shoot or finish well around the basket. Defensively he had problemshe has very little strength or length. He is obviously more of a 5 on 5 guy, even though in the 3 on 3 his court vision was very obvious. There wasnt a whole lot to get excited about here. His conditioning probably isnt where it needs to be with all the hoopla hes been through lately. Danny Green
did not have a good workout. Matthews was good, but Im not sure hes an NBA player. Cummard didnt show much.
measurements: 6-4 ½ in shoes, 193 pounds, 6-4 ½ wingspan. Hand size 9 ¼, Standing reach 8-3, No step vert 10-1 ½, with step 10-4. Saturday June 13th: 11:15am SessionGreivis Vasquez Wayne EllingtonTaj GibsonJeff Teague Patrick Beverley Jermaine TaylorAhmad NivinsComments from observers in the gym:
This was a good workout. Greivis Vasquez
did a very nice job. Hes had strong workouts in most of the places hes been I hear. He struggled defensively a bit, especially guarding real physical guys like Jermaine Taylor
, or quick guys like Teague. He competed, though, was very vocal. He raised the level of intensity. He grabbed rebounds. He shot the ball OK. Jeff Teague
didnt say a word the entire workout. He was happy to just stand around. He didnt talk to his big men, instructing them, telling them where to go. He looked a bit disinterested. If thats the leadership your point guard is showing, then I dont know. On the other hand hes obviously a phenomenal athlete. He blew by Vasquez at will. He didnt shoot that well, though.
Ellington had a really good showing, doing what he normally does. He may have been the best of the bunch actually. Hes so advanced offensively. Jermaine Taylor
started the workout on fire. He was hitting crazy shots, and was really helping himself. Unfortunately he hurt his hamstring and that really slowed down. His basketball IQ looked average to me. In the transition drills he was throwing passes at peoples feet.Taj Gibson
did a nice job. Hes just a solid all-around player. He did a little bit of everything. Im hearing some people like him in the late first.Sunday June 14th: 9:30am Session Ryan Toolson B.J. Mullens
replaced by Luke Zeller Luke Harangody Jack McClintonJosh Heytvelt Luke Nevill Comments from observers in the gym:
pulled out of the workout, and he was replaced at the last minute by Luke Zeller. His agent says he has a promise I heard. Jack McClinton
did very well. He can really shoot and is very quick. Unfortunately there wasnt much to see with him going up against Toolson. Josh Heytvelt
was also very good. He shot the ball great. He rebounded well, and he looked tougher than advertised. He doesnt say much, but hes pretty athletic and his skill level is very good for his size. Luke Nevill
was not that good in my opinion. Its tough for him to get out and guard guys. It would have been better for him if Mullens was there. He killed him in Minnesota. Sunday June 14th: 11:15am SessionDemarre Carroll Josh ShippJeremy Pargo
Taylor Griffin Dionte Christmas
Jimmy BarronComments from observers in the gym:
was much better than I thought. He can shoot, he can move, he can really play. He was very active. He helped himself. Josh Shipp
did very well too. He was labeled as a soft guy at UCLA, but that really wasnt the case here. He battled with Pargo and Delaney, and he shot well too. Dionte Christmas
just knows how to play. He was shooting great, guarding guys, moving well. Paul Delaney
was the biggest disappointment to me. He couldnt make a shot. Taylor Griffin probably isnt an NBA guy, but hes a solid all-around player.