Ben Simmons to skip out on NBA Combine for interesting reasons
The NBA will begin their combine process on Wednesday, but don’t expect LSU’s Ben Simmons to be a part of it.
The league released the list of 63 players who will take part in the combine, which begins on May 11th and concludes on May 15th. Simmons, who is widely expected to go No. 1 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, was not one of those names on the list.
However, this isn’t exactly a first as top prospects from prior years also didn’t participate in the combine. For example, Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor all turned down the combine. Each one of them ended up being top three overall picks.
Unlike the NFL combine where all of top and lower prospects participate and have something to gain, the NBA prospects tend to attend mainly for interviews and medical testing.
The LSU forward has nothing to gain from participating at the combine. A few bad workouts or even an underwhelming measurement could hurt his draft stock.
All things considered, the 19-year-old Simmons will likely be the No. 1 overall pick when the draft takes place on June 23rd.