With the NBA Draft only a day away we thought we'd look at a few players who have been helping themselves as a result of participating in team workouts.
Chris Singleton had a great workout with Denver. Singleton is projected as a mid-first round pick but has been doing well in workouts. He's grown 1.5 inches in the last year and now stands at 6'8½ without shoes and 6'9½ to 6'10 with shoes. He has the length to guard the perimeter, has a decent shot and range, but must become more fluid offensively.
Klay Thompson has gotten great reviews at all his team workouts. Thompson is 6'7 with a quick release and great range. He's versatile, having played point guard in high school, sees the floor well and is a good passer. He's flexible enough to play three positions ultimately. He looks like a lottery pick at this point.
Xavi Rebeseda: The 6'6 Spanish shooting guard is strong with good size and defensive/rebounding ability for his position. He needs to become a more consistent three-point shooter, but we're hearing he might go in the mid-late second round. He'd likely stay in Spain another season or two.
Jeremy Tyler and Michael Dunigan: Both these American big-men took similar routes to Europe to get their professional careers going. Tyler has impressed with his freakish length (7'5 wingspan with 6'9 height) and has shown maturity in his interviews. He needs to still work on his game and get in much better condition, but we're hearing he's impressed enough to be selected in the late first round. Dunigan has re-made his body in his year overseas after leaving the University of Oregon. He's dropped 30 pounds, is in much better condition and has worked on the parts of his game that needed to be worked on. He's developed a solid 16-18 foot game. Look for Dunigan to be selected in the mid-to-late second round.
Nikola Vucevic: The 6'11 center from USC measured out as the biggest player at the Chicago workouts. He's not the most athletic player but he's big, long, has a step out game and can rebound and block shots. Look for him to go in the late first round.
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