Sunday, while everyone was watching coverage of the NBA Playoffs, and celebrating Mother’s Day, there was a bit of basketball news that a lot of basketball fans, and Utah Jazz fans in particular, will find a bit interesting. With the NBA Draft Combine coming up May 14-18, some of the top prospects have decided they will not participate.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, who drops breaking news typically first before anyone else, dropped his first “Woj Bomb” early Sunday afternoon.
Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker — two possible No. 1 overall picks — will not attend the Chicago draft combine, sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 11, 2014
This kind of information was surprising to say the least, but a few short hours later, Wojnarowski dropped another “Woj Bomb” that made people really raise questions.
Andrew Wiggins has informed the NBA that he has withdrawn from the draft combine in Chicago this week, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 12, 2014
For Jazz fans who were excited to get a look at players who could be in a Jazz uniform next season, now they will have to wait more than likely until the Jazz bring in these players for a pre-draft workout.
So is there a reason for the players deciding that they all the sudden don’t want to participate in a draft combine where they can perform in front of NBA scouts, GM’s, and coaches? According to ESPN Basketball Insider, Jeff Goodman, the reason is pretty simple.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 12, 2014
The reasoning seems to pretty true. Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, and Andrew Wiggins are more than likely going to be the top three picks in the upcoming draft. They will still more than likely be the top three picks whether they attend the combine or not. It really just is upsetting more to fans who want to see them participate.
With a couple days still until the combine starts, there is still time that others could withdraw. However, one guy that I am really hoping stays in the combine is the guard from Australia, Dante Exum.
Exum has been said to be the best player to come out of Australia, and according to ESPN.com, if he were playing in the United States, he would be competing for the overall number one pick. Him attending the combine, give himself a chance to really prove what he can do in front of NBA executives. The combine could really be huge for Exum if he shows out well, but if he struggles, Exum could slip a bit in the draft.
If you are wanting to see any coverage of the NBA Draft Combine, there will be coverage on NBA TV, ESPNU, and ESPN2.