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Marcus Lee struggling at the combine


Marcus Lee may want to reconsider that 87 percent chance he remains in the draft. It has been a rough going for Lee in Chicago after a day and a half of combine action.

Yesterday he had the third worst Player Efficiency Rating in the five-on-five scrimmages. He is hustling and playing with a lot of energy (from what I’ve seen on the ESPN2 coverage) but shots like this aren’t going to get him drafted:

Sadly, I’ve seen more than one of those in his two televised games.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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10 Comments for Marcus Lee struggling at the combine

  1. whack0001
    4:09 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

    Is anybody surprised? He might be a good kid but he sucks at basketball.

    • plumloopy
      4:33 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

      Lee does not suck at basketball. I suck at basketball.

      I think he should come back to school an study the tapes of Rodman. He’s not going to become an offensive threat but he’s athletic and hustles. Maybe he can specialize in rebounding and defense.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:12 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

      I would still like to have him back at UK.
      The Dennis Rodman is a good analogy. I think if he watched some film of Rodman, it would be beneficial.

  2. @GoCayts
    4:13 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t think Lee is an NBA player, but it looked like he was pushed back like 3 feet during a hook shot … I’m watching from a phone, but was he not fouled?

    • jman3715
      4:17 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

      Unfortunately he got pushed under the basket on about every rebound this past season. They don’t call that stuff at the combine.

    • J-Dub421
      4:19 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

      You are right, Lee was fouled. However, we know that unless you’re a superstar like Lebron or Curry, you aren’t getting that call in the NBA.

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    4:24 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

    It’s a physical game in the NBA. They only call stuff like that when it serves to “enhance the drama” of a game.

  4. onsides
    4:45 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

    He may not be an nba player, but he can still earn a lot of money overseas. Go Marcus

  5. deltasig41
    5:45 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

    Yeah, I’m not sure why so many people are quick to criticize Marcus. He might not be an NBA caliber player, but that’s up for him to decide and it is his choice to go through the process and see where he stands. After that, he has a decision to make…Stay in the draft, or come back to school. Obviously, based upon our observations of his performances in the 5-on-5 it would appear as though he should come back. But we aren’t seeing the rest of the process. We aren’t seeing the drills. We aren’t seeing the team workouts or interviews. And, obviously there was interest in Lee as an NBA player from scouts and executives, or he wouldn’t have even been invited in the first place.

    What may be hurting Lee is the fact he appears to be trying to do things he really can’t do. If he just focused on defending and rebounding, perhaps his performances are viewed in a totally different light. And perhaps some team execs are thinking the same thing. After all, it only takes one team to pick him.

    Do I think he’ll get drafted? Probably not. He was a fringe second-rounder at best prior to the combine, and it doesn’t appear as though he has helped himself there (again, there are variables we don’t know about). But, even if he does decide to stay in the draft and goes undrafted, he could get picked up as a free agent or have a lucrative career overseas.

  6. 25OR624
    8:55 pm May 13, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t think he has a choice. CAL made a statement the other day. Many Duke fans got upset. Was it truly a barb at the Blew Drivel? Or, was he announcing that someone has had his share of time to produce and make it in the NBA? And, as the door opened for him, as someone else ‘went pro’ (CAL-speak for ‘departed’), it is now his turn to ship out so there’s room for Marques Bolden.