In case you haven’t heard, the NBA Draft Combine took place this week and two former Cats (Julius Randle and James Young) were present. Some might say that the combine is useless and that the most important evaluation of players occurs during their previous seasons and individual workouts. Those people are probably correct; but the combine is still a fun tool for us over-analyzers in the off-season. I found a few mock drafts that have been released since the combine began this week. According to them, Randle’s stock hasn’t changed much while Young’s may have slightly improved. Here’s where they put our Cats and what they’re saying:
5. Boston Celtics: Julius Randle, Kentucky
A number of the top players didn’t participate in the combine, but Julius Randle did on the heels of his impressive run to the national title game with the Kentucky Wildcats.
His athleticism and measurables don’t exactly jump off the charts, but his pure strength is what makes him such an intriguing prospect. He can bully his way to the rim on post ups and is a rebounding force as well.
11. Denver Nuggets: James Young, Kentucky
The Denver Nuggets could use a shooting guard/small forward who can score with consistency to pair with Ty Lawson, and James Young fits the bill.
He was overshadowed by Randle during much of the year at Kentucky, but he can hit the three, finish at the rim with power and is a solid defender. Look for him to play serious minutes as a rookie for the Nuggets thanks to that scoring ability.
6. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, Kentucky
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: James Young, Kentucky
4. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
Not that the Jazz are in the position to be picky, but taking Dante Exum when they already have Trey Burke could be messy.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: James Young, SG/SF, Kentucky
Young can score, score and score some more, something the Sixers could use a lot more of.