The NBA draft combine began today in Chicago, and 53 players were invited to participate in the workouts. Logic dictates that most of these players will be among the 60 drafted June 24 and many will make NBA rosters in the fall. However, there will be a few prospects that, uninvited to Chicago, will surprise people and make teams next season, as well.
Keep in mind that the combine may be the least important part of the entire 12-month evaluation process for NBA teams that have done their homework. It now, simply, consists of agility and shooting drills, medical evaluations and player interviews, but no competitive drills or games. There's little for a player to do to impress NBA teams at the combine.
Wesley Matthews and Garrett Temple were excellent college players at Marquette and LSU, respectively, who were not invited to Chicago in May 2009. Undaunted, they both made NBA rosters and, particularly Matthews, contributed significantly to their teams this past season, proving once again that evaluating pro prospects is not an exact science.
Matthews earned a starting position for the Utah Jazz, going from an undrafted free agent to guarding Kobe Bryant in the playoffs. Temple also went undrafted, but after call-ups from the D-League by the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings, he finally stuck at the end of the season with the San Antonio Spurs.
Here are five seniors not invited to this year's combine that could be on NBA rosters at some point next season:
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