Although the NBA combine isn’t quite as well-documented and persistently-followed by the casual fan as the NFL combine is, it’s still a big deal to teams and the players looking to be drafted. For some guys, their stock can rise or fall drastically based on performances in the combine. Zach LaVine of UCLA is seeing his stock rise drastically after a solid outing.
LaVine was considered one of the more athletic guards to come out of this year’s draft class and he will be highly-sought after by teams who are drafting anywhere from 10th to 20th.
Some have LaVine going as high as 10 while others have him dropping into the 20s. I can tell you one thing, however. After his solid combine performance in which he showcased his shooting ability and top-level athleticism, there’s no way he drops out of the teens.
This video is refreshing to a lot of scouts because many were weary of his shooting skills and he showed that he has a solid jumper and great form. Participating in drills was definitely a good idea for LaVine because this did nothing but improve his stock.
Although he averaged just 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in his freshman season at UCLA, he has a tremendous upside and is starting to show he is more polished than people think.
The choice to participate in drills — even though many top prospects are declining — was great for LaVine as it’s improving his stock ever so slightly.
Anyone who has him on the board in the 12-19 range must take him or it may haunt their franchise later on.
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