The Dallas Mavericks are giving quite a few point guards a workout this week in preparation for the NBA draft on June 24.
The Mavs, without a first-round pick, pick 50th overall.
Not expected to be given a personal workout is Kansas guard Sherron Collins, who had been projected as a late first-round pick earlier in his career, but is now viewed as a late second-round pick if he's picked at all.
The 5-foot-11, lightning-quick senior was the heart-and-soul of the Jayhawks the last two years, even if his statistics last season suggest he was not as productive as his junior year.
Reports on Collins say he's lost weight, dropped his body-fat percentage and is in much better shape entering the draft than he was last season at Kansas as he averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 assists.
"If Collins is down there, which he could be, he's one of the better point guards in this draft, but it depends on how good you think he is," NBA director of scouting Ryan Blake said. "This is not a point-guard draft whatsoever, but the guy is tough, he's quick and he's proved it. He doesn't have size, but you have [J.J.] Barea, who is very tough, comparatively, the same kind of guy."
The Mavs are working out two undersized point guards today in 5-9 Devan Downey of South Carolina and 5-11 Courtney Fortson of Arkansas. Dallas could move Barea, who has just one year left on his contract, in a deal, which would make room for a third point guard behind Jason Kidd and Roddy Beaubois, who could see more time at shooting guard than point guard.
But, if Collins is available and the Mavs want a point guard, Collins could fit the bill.