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NBA Pre-Draft Camp, Day One
by: Jonathan Givony - President
May 28, 2008
The NBA Pre-Draft Camp kicked off today outside of Orlando, Florida at Disney’s World Wide of Sports Complex. Every NBA team is in attendance, including a number of very high-profile faces, such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Chris Mullin, Kevin McHale, Scott Skiles, Patrick Ewing, Steve Kerr and countless others, who are walking around at all times.



The Pre-Draft camp is getting very good reviews early on, as the rosters assembled are extremely intriguing considering the type of high-profile college players that ended up making it out here. Wayne Ellington, Shan Foster, J.R. Giddens, Malik Hairston, Devon Hardin, Richard Hendrix, Davon Jefferson, Lester Hudson, Ty Lawson, Maarty Leunen, David Padgett, Trent Plaisted, Joey Dorsey, Gary Forbes, Pat Calathes, Richard Roby and Bryce Taylor are just some of the names highlighting the list. “I like this roster a lot better than the last four or five years” Detroit Pistons Director of Basketball Operations Tony Ronzone.

This speaks volumes about the depth of this draft, as a large number of quality NCAA players need to work their way into the first round or the top half of the second round, unlike anything we’ve seen in years past. A few eyebrows were raised by players like Jamont Gordon and Kyle Weaver shockingly deciding to pass up their invites to the pre-draft camp, but very few people wanted to dwell on it besides saying that they are clearly digging their own grave, Weaver especially, who can’t go back to school like Gordon can once he realizes that there is a strong possibility he will go undrafted.

This is basketball’s version of a meat market—drills and scrimmages going on on three courts chaotically at the same time simultaneously with 65 players of all shapes, colors and sizes, differentiated by numbers, only trying to stand out in any way possible. The coaches are trying to instill some basic plays that will give the camp a semblance of order in the games starting tomorrow, and it was not hard to see how little chemistry the teams have at the moment.



Nerves characterized the first day of the pre-draft more than anything, which is not a huge surprise based on what we’ve seen here in years past. Looking at the view from above, the players on court often looked like chickens running around with their heads cut out, as many of them came out way too amped up to try and show NBA teams the extent of their entire game and what they’ve been working on on every possession they played, and instead seemed to just confirm many of their weaknesses by forcing the issue repeatedly.

It was hard to read too much into anything we saw in day one—players are being sent in and out of the game constantly, whistles are being blown in all directions, and turnovers, over-dribbling and bad shots abound. Isolated possessions gave you brief glimpses into some of the things these players can bring to the table, but for the most part today was about putting faces and names to the jersey numbers as your eyes constantly darted back and forth between the court and the roster list. Although we’ve seen all of these players on film repeatedly, and many of them in person during the regular season or in private workouts over the past few weeks, even we didn’t recognize everyone, largely due to the fact that many of the players here have lost significant amounts of weight since the season ended.



Regardless of how things might sound on first glance, there were a few players that stood out. We’ll be breaking the standouts here in a lot more depth over the next few days, but early on, some of the guys that made a solid first impression included Lester Hudson, George Hill, Brian Roberts, Pat Calathes and Richard Hendrix. These players stood out more so because of their calmness and poise picking their spots than anything really. Too many players here decided to go out and try to make things happen on their own time after time rather than let things come to them and play up to their strengths.

Today is when the camp really starts. Drills start at 9 AM, followed by three games at 11 AM, 5 PM and 6:30 PM. Stay tuned.
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to jonathan@draftexpress.com .

 

Michael Jordan
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthday: 02/17/1963
51 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Emsley A. Laney
Previous Team: North Carolina , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #3 in 1984 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
20.0 Pts, 6.1 Rebs, 3.8 Asts


Larry Bird
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 12/07/1956
57 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Springs Valley
Previous Team: Indiana State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 1978 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: F,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
20.2 Pts, 9.6 Rebs, 6.8 Asts


Chris Mullin
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 07/30/1963
51 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Xaverian
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 1985 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: F,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
5.8 Pts, 2.1 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Kevin McHale
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 12/19/1957
56 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hibbing
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #3 in 1980 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: F,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
10.7 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Scott Skiles
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 03/05/1964
50 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Plymouth
Previous Team: Michigan State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #22 in 1986 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
6.3 Pts, 1.6 Rebs, 3.8 Asts


Patrick Ewing
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 08/05/1962
52 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Cambridge Rindge & Latin
Previous Team: Georgetown , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #1 in 1985 Draft
by the Knicks
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
6.0 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Steve Kerr
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthday: 09/27/1965
49 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Pacific Palisades
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #25 in 1988 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
4.0 Pts, 0.8 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Wayne Ellington
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 202 lbs.
Birthday: 10/29/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: The Episcopal Academy
Previous Team: North Carolina , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #28 in 2009 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
3.2 Pts, 1.0 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


Shan Foster
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthday: 08/20/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bonnabel
Previous Team: Vanderbilt , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #21 in 2008 Draft
by the Mavericks
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
5.9 Pts, 1.7 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


J.R. Giddens
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 208 lbs.
Birthday: 02/14/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: John Marshall
Previous Team: New Mexico , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #30 in 2008 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
17.6 Pts, 9.2 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Malik Hairston
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 204 lbs.
Birthday: 02/24/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Renaissance
Previous Team: Galatasaray , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #18 in 2008 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
8.4 Pts, 2.5 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


DeVon Hardin
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Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 235 lbs.
Birthday: 09/07/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Newark Memorial
Previous Team: California , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #20 in 2008 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
10.5 Pts, 5.6 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


Richard Hendrix
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 250 lbs.
Birthday: 11/15/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Athens
Previous Team: Kuban , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #19 in 2008 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
10.5 Pts, 7.3 Rebs, 1.9 Asts


Davon Jefferson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 213 lbs.
Birthday: 11/03/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: The Patterson School
Previous Team: Enisey , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
11.8 Pts, 6.9 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Lester Hudson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 196 lbs.
Birthday: 08/07/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Memphis Central
Previous Team: Guangdong , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #28 in 2009 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
26.5 Pts, 7.6 Rebs, 5.0 Asts


Ty Lawson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 197 lbs.
Birthday: 11/03/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Previous Team: North Carolina , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #18 in 2009 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
17.6 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 8.8 Asts


Maarty Leunen
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Birthday: 09/03/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Redmond
Previous Team: Oregon , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #24 in 2008 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
3.9 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


David Padgett
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Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 02/13/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Reno
Previous Team: Louisville , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
9.2 Pts, 7.4 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Trent Plaisted
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 10/01/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Clark
Previous Team: BYU , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #16 in 2008 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
6.0 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Joey Dorsey
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 265 lbs.
Birthday: 12/16/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Laurinburg Institute
Previous Team: Barcelona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #3 in 2008 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
5.3 Pts, 5.9 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Gary Forbes
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 221 lbs.
Birthday: 02/25/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Benjamin Banneker Academy
Previous Team: Cremona , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
17.7 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 2.1 Asts


Pat Calathes
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 204 lbs.
Birthday: 12/12/1985
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lake Howell
Previous Team: Saint Joseph's , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
9.2 Pts, 5.6 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Richard Roby
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Birthday: 09/30/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lawrence Academy
Previous Team: Colorado , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
16.4 Pts, 4.8 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


Bryce Taylor
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 09/09/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Harvard-Westlake
Previous Team: Oregon , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
11.5 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Jamont Gordon
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 03/16/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Previous Team: Galatasaray , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
11.3 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 4.8 Asts


Kyle Weaver
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 201 lbs.
Birthday: 02/18/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Beloit Memorial
Previous Team: Washington State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #8 in 2008 Draft
by the Bobcats
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
17.2 Pts, 7.8 Rebs, 3.5 Asts


George Hill
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 181 lbs.
Birthday: 05/04/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Broad Ripple
Previous Team: IUPUI , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #26 in 2008 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
10.3 Pts, 3.7 Rebs, 3.5 Asts


Brian Roberts
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 173 lbs.
Birthday: 12/03/1985
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. John Jesuit
Previous Team: Dayton , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
11.7 Pts, 2.1 Rebs, 3.9 Asts


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