The NBA combine wrapped up drills and scrimmages on Friday giving teams one last chance to see second round prospects in live game action. Here are some of the players that helped their case, and the prospects that might have done harm to their draft stock at the combine. To see the stats from the 5 on 5 scrimmages for both days click here.
Claxton played well on day one, blocking 7 shots on Thursday and 4 on Friday showing his potential on the defensive end. Day 2 was a different story on the offensive end but his size and versatility intrigues team, whether he will be entering the NBA this season or next.
Hernandez had an up and down time at Miami, however he played very well in the scrimmages not only scoring but putting up a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds on day 2. He was not by any means a lock to be drafted coming into the combine and he definitely made the case that he is a legitimate prospect.
Shayok did not light it up with offensive numbers but he was efficient in his opportunities. He also played well in the other aspects of the game being able to rebound and set up teammates. His all around offensive game and the ability to shoot the ball at a high level should intrigue some teams, although there is no guarantee that he will be drafted.
The main question with Fall coming into the combine was how well he can handle the speed of the professional game, and his performances in the drills as well as the 5 on 5 scrimmages helped ease that concern. He blocked 3 shots the first game, and 2 in the second but there were also many shots that were altered due to his size on the interior.
Davis scored the ball well over the two days, scoring 11 on Thursday and 19 on Friday. He went 4 for 10 on three point attempts combined, showing off a solid all around offensive game. On the defensive side of the ball he blocked 3 shots over the two games and he guarded multiple positions on switches helping his case as a two way player.
Waters shot the ball well in the shooting drills, and he put up a 40.5″ max vertical leap. His size will always be a question but his performance in the drills and the scrimmages were some of the best out of the guards, going 4 of 9 on three point attempts over the two day scrimmages.
Teams already knew that Samanic has good size and all around offensive skill set, but it only helps his draft stock to see him performing well against fellow draft hopefuls. He scored 13 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the only game he participated in showing off that skill set, and putting the ball on the floor looking comfortable doing so. He will be a project for a team, but his potential is interesting at his size.
Did Not Help Stock:
Williams was one of the higher rated prospects to play in the scrimmages, and while he was never expected to excel in the measurements and physical test but he struggled offensively mightily on Thursday going 2 for 13 from the field. He played well on defense racking up some steals but going 0 for 7 on three point attempts did not help his case as a potential stretch four at the next level.
Queta struggled on Thursday looking overwhelmed at times, going scoreless while pulling down 4 rebounds. He played better on Friday grabbing 6 rebounds and blocking 4 shots, however his struggles on Thursday could hurt his stock for teams that were interested in Queta as a second round pick.
Harper showed off his solid athleticism with the physical tests, however he played poorly on the offensive end in the 5 on 5 scrimmages. He shot 1 for 8 on three point attempts, and 1 for 10 from the field overall. Lacking traditional size for a point guard in the league, there are teams that will believe that this was just a down couple of days but there is no doubt that it will cause concern for some teams.
Bone dished out six assists on day two, but he struggled shooting the ball 5 for 17 from the field and 1 for 8 on three point attempts in the two games. He did put up solid numbers in the physical tests but with his outside shooting being the main concern for teams about his game, his poor shooting will only add to that concern.
Bassey only played on Thursday and he struggled going 1 for 6 from the field. He did pull down 4 rebounds, but his ability to score the basketball will be a key to his professional potential with him not being a great athlete. We have heard that many teams expect returning to Western Kentucky to be a legitimate option for Bassey and he may choose to do so after a less than stellar performance at the combine.
Grimes had some impressive offensive moves on Thursday scoring 9 points on 4 for 8 shooting. He followed it up with a 1 for 9 game on Friday and went 1 for 6 on three pointers, which was the case with Grimes too often in his one season at Kansas. The skills are there, but his shot is just not consistent enough to be NBA ready, although there are teams that like his potential as his shot comes around.