Machado increases value at NJ workouts
The NBA held its first NBA draft workout of the year in New Jersey on May 19-20.
The workouts in New Jersey and Minnesota (May 30-31) are the last two chances for NBA scouts to see players playing five-on-five. Players no longer participate in five-on-five scrimmages at the Chicago draft combine and are now limited to three-on-three games both in Chicago and during individual team workouts, per NBA rules.
That's a lot of folks for a group of players who likely won't catch a glimpse of the first round. None of the top 30 prospects attended the event, and 49 of our top 60 overall skipped New Jersey.
ESPN spoke with a number of NBA executives and scouts in attendance to get their take on standouts at the event. Opinions varied wildly among scouts and execs at this event -- making one wonder if they were watching the same game at times.
Nevertheless, I was able to pull together some semblance of a consensus on who the top players were.
Here's a look at five players who could have helped their case, at a minimum, for an invite to the Chicago draft combine and, perhaps, might have worked their way into first-round consideration. They might not have had the best weekend, but they were the players who most intrigued GMs and scouts .
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