With the NBA Draft just a little over a month away, NBA teams have been working vigorously to evaluate incoming talent from both the college and international levels, while hopeful NBA players-to-be have been exerting all possible efforts toward preparing themselves for the biggest day of their basketball careers. Yesterday, @DraftExpress offered a little insight into the normal ins and outs of an NBA Draft workout:
What does a NBA Draft workout consist of? Here's the schedule breakdown. pic.twitter.com/n4s5iKGmM1
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 22, 2014
As for NBA executives, the job doesn’t get much easier. Assessing the current skill sets, as well as the future potential of respective prospects is far from simple. For most teams (save for the Cleveland Cavaliers), second opportunities don’t come along after taking a chance on a particular athlete. Front offices rely on scouts to evaluate talent on a highly critical level. While we as fans may not have access to the same player analyses as NBA general managers, we do have the next best thing available: DraftExpress scouting videos.
>Check out the video below detailing the strengths and weaknesses of Kentucky’s own James Young. In the eleven-minute footage, DraftExpress lists Young’s size and length, shooting ability, and youth (James is the third youngest player in the draft, behind fellow 18-year-olds Aaron Gordon and Noah Vonleh) as positives. Defense, creating offense, and shooting consistency, however, are thought to be Young’s shortcomings. Fortunately for the 6’7″ Rochester Hills, MI native, his NBA stock has appeared to be on the rise ever since he declared for June 26’s NBA Draft. As a projected lottery pick, it’s safe to assume that we will be hearing James’ name (along with Wildcat teammate Julius Randle’s) called sooner rather than later come Draft night.