Why Ben Simmons decided to skip NBA draft combine

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The draft board and stage pre draft. (Photo Courtesy: bikeride/Wikimedia)

Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor skipped last year’s NBA draft combine. It’s a trend for the top two or three projected draft picks to avoid the draft combine. And Ben Simmons duly obliged to maintain the leverage on the teams.

“Agents would prefer not to have their clients go through the exhaustive medical screening the NBA puts every Combine participant through, especially now that the Combine is held before the official order of the NBA draft is set at the Lottery,” Draft Express correspondent Jonathan Givony wrote.

“The physical is an incredibly important component to most teams’ decision making process, and is one of the few pieces of leverage agents have.”

Instead, Simmons is eager to strike a sneaker deal before May 17. Dejounte Murray, another fellow point-guard from Washington represented by Klutch Sports like the 19-year-old Australian, has also decided to skip the draft combine. Klutch Sports is run by Rich Paul, a  close friend of LeBron James.

The draft combine camp is scheduled to be held at Chicago from May 11-15.

The Australian also didn’t attend the camp due to his underwhelming measurements. A comparative study of Simmons’ measurement with his challenger Brandon Ingram, shows that Ingram has an impressive wingspan (7’3”) and standing reach (9’1.5”). Ingram is ahead of Simmons in this regard. Simmons has a wingspan (7’0.25”) and standing reach (9’0.5”), as reported by the Fox Sports.

But  6’10 Simmons is taller than Ingram, who is 6’8. Another fellow Australian, Thon Maker will be attending the draft combine. Maker is expected to have decent measurements, and for him the on-court drill process may improve the draft rankings. Indian’a Yogi Ferell hasn’t been invited in the draft.

The NBA draft lottery is on May 17.

Here is the full list of attendants:

Ron Baker (Wichita State)
Wade Baldwin (Vanderbilt)
Cat Barber (North Carolina State)
Malik Beasley (Florida State)
DeAndre Bembry (St. Joseph’s)
Ben Bentil (Providence)
Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson)
Joel Bolomboy (Weber State)
Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia)
Jaylen Brown (California)
Robert Carter (Maryland)
Marquese Chriss (Washington)
Elgin Cook (Oregon)
Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma)
Deyonta Davis (Michigan State)
Cheick Diallo (Kansas)
Kris Dunn (Providence)
Henry Ellenson (Marquette)
Perry Ellis (Kansas)
A.J. English (Iona)
Kay Felder (Oakland)
Dorian Finney-Smith (Florida)
Michael Gbinije (Syracuse)
Daniel Hamilton (Connecticut)
A.J. Hammond (Purdue)
Josh Hart (Villanova)
Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin)
Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)
Brandon Ingram (Duke)
Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame)
Justin Jackson (North Carolina)
Brice Johnson (North Carolina)
Damian Jones (Vanderbilt)
Skal Labissiere (Kentucky)
Dedric Lawson (Memphis)
Jake Layman (Maryland)
Marcus Lee (Kentucky)
Caris LeVert (Michigan)
Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep/Athlete Institute)
Patrick McCaw (UNLV)
Isaiah Miles (St. Joseph’s)
Jamal Murray (Kentucky)
Malik Newman (Mississippi State)
Georges Niang (Iowa State)
Chinanu Onuaku (Louisville)
Marcus Paige (North Carolina)
Gary Payton III (Oregon State)
Jakob Poeltl (Utah)
Taurean Prince (Baylor)
Zhou Qi (Xinjiang, China)
Malachi Richardson (Syracuse)
Wayne Selden (Kansas)
Pascal Siakam (New Mexico State)
Diamond Stone (Maryland)
Caleb Swanigan (Purdue)
Melo Trimble (Maryland)
Tyler Ulis (Kentucky)
Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa)
Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall
Troy Williams (Indiana)
Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga)
Stephen Zimmerman (UNLV)

Photo Courtesy: bikeride/Wikimedia

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