Nets Draft Combine Preview – Part 2

Day 1 of the combine is in the books, and after some adjustments playing with a new group of players, a lot of them showed as well, or better than expected.  Sunday will be two new groups and some of the most anticipated players this weekend.  Jae Crowder and Marcus Denmon highlight the first group Sunday, while the second group brings us, the big man quartet of Kyle O’Quinn, Robert Sacre, Justin Hamilton and Eli Holman, as well a 4 guards who know how to score in Dee Bost, Maalik Waayns, Orlando Johnson and J’Covan Brown.  Here is a quick look at the Sunday groups – what we know about them and briefly what they should hope to show the NBA personnel in attendance.  Again, I will be there watching and will bring updates during the sessions – make sure to follow me on Twitter (@NBADraftBlog) for updates.

SESSION #3 – Sunday, 5/20, 9:30 am

Player

Position

Ht/Wt.

School

Thoughts/What they need to show

Malik Alvin

G

6’0/175

Shaw

Great speed and handle, can get to the basket. Needs to show control, tough defense and consistent jumper

Larry Anderson

F

6’5/210

Long Beach St

Runs floor well, plays bigger than size. Needs to defend the ball on perimeter and show that he can create scoring opportunities

D’Aundray Brown

G/F

6’4/195

Cleveland St

Great on-ball defender, improved shooter.  Needs to more range on shot and ability to get into lane

Jae Crowder

F

6’6/235

Marquette

All-around ability on both ends. Needs to show ability to take players off the dribble to basket.

Marcus Denmon

G

6’3/185

Missouri

Great shooter with range, speed on both ends. Needs to show ability to defend perimeter consistently

Donte Poole

G

6’3/190

Murray State

High motor, improved shooter and defender. Needs to show ability to get past defender and consistent shot.

Xavier Gibson

C

6’11/250

Florida St

Good size, defends post well. Needs to show offensive ability and rebounding on both ends.

JaMychal Green

F

6’8/237

Alabama

Very good defender and shot-blocker, improved offensive skills. Needs to show consistent shot and ability to face up and score

Mike Glover

F

6’7/220

Iona

Strong, uses body well, very good rebounder and can score and defend around basket. Needs to show ability to play on the perimeter on both ends.

Garrett Stutz

C

7’0/255

Wichita St

Skilled big-man on both ends. Needs to show more toughness and better footwork

Casper Ware

G

5’10/175

Long Beach St

Great speed, can get to basket and hit open shot.  Needs to show ability to run ½ court offense, defend on perimeter and create own shot

 

Group Thoughts: People lament the withdrawal of France’s Evan Fournier, but this is still and intriguing group.  A large group of guards, most who need to show more than the ability to score.  I would love to see a matchup of Brown guarding Denmon on the perimeter.  Gibson will have chance to show if he has improved in a matchup with the skilled Stutz.  My feeling is Jae Crowder outshines everyone in this group and solidifies his position in front of the NBA crowd.

 

SESSION #4 – Sunday, 5/20, 11:00 AM

Player

Position

Ht/Wt.

School

What they need to show teams

Dee Bost

G

6’2/176

Mississippi St

Good shooter, understands position well.  Needs to show consistency and ability to guard on-ball in space.

J’Covan Brown

G

6’1/197

Texas

Can score in bunches, runs the floor well. Needs to show ability to handle point and defend on the perimeter

Troy Gillenwater

G/F

6’8/238

NMSU/Apollon Limassol BC

Athletic, can score in a variety of ways. Needs to show better defensive skill and consistent play on both ends.

Justin Hamilton

C

7’0/260

LSU

Great skills in the post on both ends, can step out and hit perimeter jumper. Needs to show better foot speed on both ends

Eli Holman

C

6’10/260

Detroit

Improved around basket. Needs to show better footwork and ability to use body on both ends.

Orlando Johnson

G

6’5/205

UCSB

Very good all-around player. Can score in a variety of ways. Needs to show ability to create shot and tougher perimeter defense.

Tony Mitchell

F

6’6/210

Alabama

Great athlete, can finish at basket in variety of ways. Needs to show consistent jumper and ability to defend on wings

Kyle O’Quinn

C

6’10/240

Norfolk St

Very good athlete for size. Hits the boards and can block shots.  Needs to show post skills on both ends.

Robert Sacre

C

7’0/260

Gonzaga

Solid defender, offensively-skilled. Needs to show improved athleticism

Maalik Waayns

G

6’2/200

Villanova

Good speed, runs offense well, improved shooter. Needs to show consistency on both ends and improved first step to basket.

Alex Young

G/F

6’6/212

IUPUI

Handles ball well for size, can get to the rim or knock down mid-range jumper. Needs to show consistent shot from long-range and better on-ball defense.

 

Group thoughts: The best group of the 4.  Big battle of the big men, with 4 potential second rounders given the chance to separate themselves in the minds of NBA executives.  Alex Young and Orlando Johnson should show their ability to score in a variety of ways.  Malik Waayns may surprise some people with the chance to work with some skilled big men.  Bost and Brown need to both show that they can do more than score.  Gillenwater should be interesting to see after playing pro ball overseas for a season.  The mid-major guys should be able to have the top showing here.

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