Tonight at 6 pm the NBA Pre-Draft camp kicks off at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex outside of Orlando. The Pre Draft Camp will be held from May 29th until June 1st. Sixty four of the top draft prospects will participate in the camp. They will conduct drills and play 5 on 5 games in front of hundreds of NBA executives. There will be an additional 11 top prospects who will attend only for the physicals, strength testing, and to participate in the combine.
In previous years, players were free to conduct individual workouts before the camp but this year, players have been barred from conducting any agent or team-sponsored workouts until Tuesday, June 5th. Because the players can't work out individually until after the camp, they moved it from mid June where it was last season up to the end of May. Once the 75 players are finished with their NBA Pre-Draft Camp obligations, they will be free to work out for teams beginning on the 5th of June. Some teams have scheduled private workouts in Orlando on June 5th with other teams invited to watch. This allows more teams access to players they might not otherwise get to see and helps players to be seen by as many teams as possible.
The NBA combine that begins on June 1 will be different than in the past as well. . The league is adding in some light non-contact skills testing such as ball-handling and shooting drills that was not previously tested in the combine. They will open it up for all NBA teams to view and those participating will be not only those who played in the camp, but also the “physical-only” players who previously didn't participate in the combine. Agents of the top players may not like this new wrinkle but it will certainly make it more interesting.
After the camp there will be 23 days until the draft and since there are 30 teams looking to work out players, I expect to see some teams double up on workouts as the Celtics and Wolves did last season. The time constraints may also limit teams from doing a second workout with players that they particularly like as the Celtics have done for several years.
Mohamed Abukar Mario Boggan Craig Bradshaw Aaron Brooks Bobby Brown Russell Carter Coleman Collins Daequan Cook Ryvon Covile Jermareo Davidson Justin Doellman Zabian Dowdell Jared Dudley Rashaun Freeman Aaron Gray Caleb Green Taurean Green Brandon Heath Herbert Hill Quinton Hosley James Hughes Jeremy Hunt Ekene Ibekwe Dominic James Trey Johnson Joseph Jones Rashad Jones-Jennings Jared Jordan Coby Karl Antanas Kavaliauskas Marcelus Kemp Carl Landry Stephane Lasme Marko Lekic Ron Lewis Cartier Martin James Mays Dominic McGuire Sammy Mejia Brad Newley Demetris Nichols Ivan Radenovic J.R. Reynolds Chris Richard Dustin Salisbery Blake Schilb Renaldas Seibutis Ramon Sessions Mustafa Shakur Sean Singletary D.J. Strawberry Curtis Sumpter Sun Yue Jamaal Tatum Reyshawn Terry Anthony Tolliver Ali Traore Kyle Visser Darryl Watkins Major Wingate DaShaun Wood Avis Wyatt
Players who will be attending for physicals only:
Corey Brewer Mike Conley Jr. Javaris Crittenton Kevin Durant Jeff Green Spencer Hawes Al Horford Acie Law Josh McRoberts Joakim Noah Greg Oden Jason Smith Rodney Stuckey Al Thornton Brandan Wright Julian Wright Yi Jianlian Nick Young Thaddeus Young
I have updated the list with the new info from Draft Express (with a thank you to Jeff of Celtics Blog for pointing it out.) Hopefully there will be reports on the camp daily. As information becomes available, we will update you here.