Kevin Durant questions importance of National Basketball Association combine, tells players to skip it

Posted May 13, 2017

What will Hamidou Diallo do?

Scout: "He is a crapshoot". I think you'd have a team that you'd have to say could be vulnerable in some regular season games, based on youth and shooting uncertainty alone, but it would be one of those teams that would easily be a frontrunner by the time the tournament rolls around. Let's start with a pair of athletic wings' OG Anunoby (Indiana) and Terrance Ferguson (currently playing professionally in France). "Wilson, who looks like a very productive front court player with center-size (6-10" height, 7-3" wingspan) who could be in National Basketball Association rotations for years.

Diallo insists he is not leaning either way. I got more on the bench than I thought I would so that's always a success. He's still recovering from a midseason knee injury, but could be a steal late in the first round. Teams like the Cavs and Heat are also looking into him.

"It was really just on me", Dozier said Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine.

Jackson has had interviews already with San Antonio, Charlotte, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Utah, Oklahoma City and the New York Knicks.

The particulars on Diallo are probably familiar. That will change my opinion on a lot of things, I'm sure, and the lottery isn't far behind.

Word was that his vertical was an inch shy of the combine record.

He measured 6-5 in shoes here, as expected, and weighed in at 197.4 pounds. Hami practiced four months. Diallo is raw, and any team taking a chance on him will have to have considerable patience.

If the same team comes up a few times, the result is discarded and another 4-ball combination is selected.

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The 6-foot-10 forward nevertheless insisted that that wasn't behind his decision to jack up a contested jumper from the top of the key on the first possession of the first scrimmage of the 2017 NBA Draft Combine on Thursday afternoon.

"When they tell me something (like not playing in 5-on-5- competition here) and they've been through it, I tend to listen". I was ranked the last person in camp, drills-wise. People are mad, 'He didn't play!' This is what this is for. Well, the Blazers pick 20th and the Nets are at 22. "Maybe not, but at the end of the day, this is what they asked us to do, so that's what we're going to do". "For the guys, if you think there's anything here that would hurt you, don't come". "Coming out of high school, none of that had mattered coming into college". Are they going to work to get the most out of that talent?

Plus, the Sixers are in no rush to bring him here.

The wingspan, yes: 6-11 1/4.

Some other players to watch in the middle of the first round include power forwards' Ivan Rabb (California) and John Collins (Wake Forest).

Of the 67 players invited to participate in the combine, many reports have at least five or six skipping part of the activities. With enough polish, he could wind up a draft steal. "All the strength coaches were laughing at me and s***". "He was able to step on the floor because he was able to handle that mentally and physically, and I think I'm along those lines". Fox was a first team All-SEC selection previous year. Yes, he can hit an open three, but Alkins showed he can also run the pick-and-roll.

"I said it depends on where I'm going", Patton said. "I'm happy to have them in my corner".

Diallo will work out for a handful of teams in the next 10 days and go from there.