Top prospects snubbing NBA Draft Combine, but LaMelo Ball to participate
The list of the prospects who will be participating in the 2020 NBA Draft Combine has been completed, and not all of the top prospects will be there.
Not in the list are expected lottery picks Obi Toppin, Anthony Edwards, and James Wiseman. LaMelo Ball, however, will participate.
2020 NBA Draft Combine participants list — LaMelo Ball will participate; projected top selections Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and Obi Toppin are not: pic.twitter.com/Yp3kK5mBAD
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 28, 2020
With COVID restrictions and the amount of talent in this year’s draft class, the fact that some of the top players are opting out is surprising. Most of the time the reason a player would opt out of the NBA combine is due to an injury, which might concern some general managers. This year, instead of the combine occurring in one location, interviews will be held virtually, with prospects using the closest NBA facility for drills and workouts. Without being able to see or interview the players who have chosen to opt-out, some of the top teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors may be wary of signing them. While a player like Toppin more than likely won’t drop at all, Edwards and Wiseman may be taking a risk by not participating in the combine.
Some of the notable names that will be participating in the NBA combine include Killian Hayes, who is projected to be a lottery pick, as well as Deni Avdija. One underrated player to keep an eye on at the combine is Seton Hall’s Myles Powell, who is currently projected to be a second-round draft pick, but was one of the best players in the Big East throughout his career with the Pirates.