Chad Ford Big Board 10.0
Vonleh, LaVine big winners after NBA combine; Ennis drops
The annual NBA draft combine is in the books. NBA teams got to take a close look at prospects during two days of drills, athletic testing, measurements, interviews and medical exams. It also gave us a chance to talk to numerous NBA general managers and scouts at the event in Chicago to get a better feel for how they were being evaluated.
But how does all of that affect their draft stock? Well, it's time for our 10th Big Board of the 2014 NBA draft.
Wiggins didn't even travel to Chicago, let alone participate in the combine. There was no reason given for his absence, other than both Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid also were skipping the event. But that didn't stop Wiggins from having a major impact. Peak Performance Project, the group that is training Wiggins, tweeted an iconic picture of him during his vertical jump. His agent, Bill Duffy, later told me that Wiggins jumped 44 inches in that photo -- good enough to top everyone at the combine. It's no surprise that Wiggins can jump out of the gym, but the photo was more evidence that he's the best athlete in this draft.
NBA general managers were especially disappointed that Embiid didn't show. There are major questions about his back, and teams were hoping they would be cleared up in the medical tests. The impact of Embiid's absence could be profound. Without those tests, most NBA GMs would be very wary of drafting him. Did he skip the combine because his back is still ailing? Or was this a power move by his agent to control which team drafts him? I suspect it's the latter. But until something leaks, we are left in the dark about Embiid's back, and thus his draft status.