Get a closer look at this week’s NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, as the team’s front office evaluates top prospects.
With the 2013 NBA Draft Combine underway and scheduled through May 19 in Chicago, a contingent of Kings front office personnel, led by President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie, has joined fellow League executives, coaches and scouts in evaluating 63 players invited to participate in the annual event (see full list below).
While evaluating the second half-improvement of the Kings last season and assessing the young group of incoming draftees, Assistant Coach Bobby Jackson believes the team needs to maintain its up-tempo pace.
“We’re so young, we should be running up and down the floor all night long,” he says. “I think the faster we play, the better we are, and I think the key is to definitely play at a pace other teams don’t like.”
Members of the team’s Basketball Operations Dept. will get an up-close look at many of the top prospects who’ve declared for this year’s NBA Draft.
Players will focus on completing a series of shooting, skill and agility drills – including standing and maximum vertical jumps, bench-press repetitions and three-quarter-court sprints. Participants will also undergo vital measurements, such as height (with and without shoes), weight, wingspan, body-fat percentage and more.
According to DraftExpress.com, among all 2011 Draftees, Kings guard Isaiah Thomas notched the fourth-highest maximum vertical leap (40 inches), while Jimmer Fredette ranked fourth in bench-press repetitions (14) at his position. The previous year, DeMarcus Cousins tied for longest standing reach (9-foot-5) among all invitees.
In addition to physical evaluations, individual interviews play an integral role in the process, allowing teams the initial opportunity to get to know prospects in an effort to assess intangibles such as maturity and motivation.
Fifty of the 60 players chosen in the 2012 Draft partook in last year’s combine, including all 14 Lottery selections and 29 of 30 first-round picks.
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2013 NBA Draft Combine Invite List:
|Player||Pos.||College / Club|
|Lorenzo Brown||PG||North Carolina State|
|Reggie Bullock||SG-SF||North Carolina|
|Isaiah Canaan||PG||Murray State|
|Jackie Carmichael||PF||Illinois State|
|Will Clyburn||G||Iowa State|
|Robert Covington||F||Tennessee State|
|Dewayne Dedmon||C||Southern California|
|James Ennis||SG-SF||Long Beach State|
|Carrick Felix||SG-SF||Arizona State|
|Jamaal Franklin||SG||San Diego State|
|Rudy Gobert||C||Cholet (France)|
|Erick Green||PG||Virginia Tech|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||SG||Michigan|
|Richard Howell||PF||North Carolina State|
|Colton Iverson||PF-C||Colorado State|
|Kenny Kadji||PF||Miami (FL)|
|Shane Larkin||PG||Miami (FL)|
|C.J. Leslie||PF||North Carolina State|
|Tony Mitchell||PF||North Texas|
|Norvel Pelle||C||Los Angeles College Prep Academy|
|Otto Porter Jr.||SF||Georgetown|
|Glen Rice Jr.||SG||Rio Grande Valley (D-League)|
|Dennis Schroeder||PG||New Yorker Phantoms (Germany)|
|Tony Snell||SG-SF||New Mexico|
|Deshaun Thomas||F||Ohio State|
|Nate Wolters||PG||South Dakota State|