The value of NBA draft workouts

Updated: May 14, 2012, 2:27 PM ET
By Chad Ford

Draft workouts have been somewhat controversial. After months (and in many cases, years) of live-game scouting and watching players on Synergy, you'd think NBA scouts would have a pretty good handle on which players are the best in the draft.

Given the scrimmages, two-on-twos, drills and testing at workouts ... how much can you really learn in such artificial settings? Players don't run shuttle drills in NBA games.

The workouts obviously don't carry the same weight as the games. However, scouts insist that drills identify a few things.

First, they're a great way to check a player's work ethic and conditioning. These workouts tend to be grueling, and not everyone can take them. They provide a great way to judge how committed a player is to the game.