The Boston Celtics together with other teams are making noise at the 2016 NBA Combine and rumors are already swirling that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge stated that if they are lucky in taking the number one pick in next week’s lottery, they would consider drafting Brandon Ingram.
The 18-year old Duke University standout will be one of the underclassmen who made themselves available for the 2016 NBA Draft that takes place on June 23. Standing six-foot-nine, Ingram is a versatile forward and with his fast movement on both ends of the floor, teams like the Celtics will for surely move heaven and earth just to sign him up.
According to CSNNE.com, Ainge and the Celtics are scheduled to interview Ingram to assess their chances of landing him during draft night as they have a 15.6 percent chance to win the number one pick in the lottery. Aside from Ingram, the Celtics are also looking at LSU’s Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown.
The Combine is an important piece for NBA teams to assess who would be a best suit for their respective system. Though it is expected that the top candidates for the draft would not show up as they have scouts doing that the whole year, but coaches, team presidents and officials will get the chance to see for themselves the skills and talents that this year’s class of rookies will bring in to their teams.
Even Pelicans general manager Dell Demps stated that the Combine forms part of the integral of the draft process as it is one of the final steps wherein teams can observe and interview their prospects and be able to just watch the participants show off their skills.
“The NBA combine is an integral part of the draft process. It’s one of the final steps of preparing for the draft. Teams get the opportunity to interview and observe the participants in games, shooting drills, plus strength and agility testing. Most NBA coaches do not get the opportunity to watch college players during the NBA season (due to the 82-game schedule), so the combine is usually the first time they can watch them play in person,” Demps explained.
The Boston Herald also reports that if the Celtics gets the top pick then Ainge should pursue a top candidate that could help bring stability to the team or use it to lure in their top bet from the free agency market.
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