2013 NBA Draft

Blogtable: Most Intriguing Prospect




Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


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Who is the one Draft prospect that intrigues you the most?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: I’m tempted to say Otto Porter, if only because the NBA hasn’t had a decent Otto since Otto (Say No) Moore, a journeyman center from Texas-Pan American who played from 1968 to 1977 for the Pistons, Suns, Rockets, Kings and Jazz. But the league never has had a Nerlens and Nerlens Noel comes into the draft facing instant challenges. First, there’s his delayed debut while he deals with the final stages of recovery from knee surgery; that requires a patience on both sides that needy teams and rookies rarely have. Also, any time a player arrives with (cough) “Kevin Garnett” potential, I smile and start looking for the fire, the work ethic, the defensive bent, the coach-level smarts and the preternatural maturity that Garnett had from the beginning. Alleged KG play-alikes have come and gone – Darius Miles, Jonathan Bender and Eddie Griffin are dreary examples. It’s more than length, some shot-blocking and a little range on a jump shot.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.comVictor Oladipo.  He already has the defensive chops, an attitude that seems to mean business and I just like watching him play.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.comDennis Schroeder. The German point guard has some special gifts with his speed, first step, change of pace and ability to deliver the pass when he isn’t forcing action, all with relatively little experience. But he will need time in a solid organization that can teach and help him grow out of the immaturity.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: How can you not be intrigued by Giannis Adetokunbo? He played in Greece’s second division and is only 18 (and looks younger). He’s a 6-foot-9 guard with long arms and huge hands, and is still growing. It doesn’t sound like any team is going to risk a lottery pick on the kid, but no matter where he goes, he could obviously be a steal or a complete waste of a pick.

Sekou Smith, NBA.com: I’m partial to Trey Burke for many reasons. But in a league where everyone seems to be involved in the eternal search for the next great big man find, Pitt big man Steven Adams has me intrigued. When I watched him during the college season he looked like a guy to keep an eye on for 2014 or 2015. When I watched during the pre-Draft camp he showed off skills I hadn’t seen previously. He’s got a tremendous ceiling and could be a nice get for someone late in the lottery.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blogKentavious Caldwell-Pope. I don’t watch much college ball, but having gone to the University of Georgia, I’ve followed KCP’s career, and think he could be an impact player in the NBA. He’s got the size to play on the wing and he can score in a variety of ways. I’m not sure how quickly he’ll adjust defensively, but some team could get a steal with Caldwell-Pope.

Selçuk Aytekin, NBA Turkiye: Victor Oladipo … His defensive ability and aggressiveness makes him ready to play for an NBA team. To be honest, other than him, nobody in this Draft shines as much as Damian Lillard did last year.

Hanson Guan, NBA China: An observation on Drafts of the past five years tells us that guards are far more likely to  thrive than big players. Because of that, it’s Trey Burke who’s caught my attention this year. Last season, Burke led Michigan all the way to the NCAA championships. While his team lost regrettably to the University of Louisville in the NCAA Tournament final, Burke impressed with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists per game. A Chinese proverb goes “what you lose in the morning, you gain back in the evening”; despite Burke’s failure to secure a national title, I can see his great promise in the NBA.

Akshay Manwani, NBA IndiaAlex Len. The 7-foot-1 Marlyand center is the best true center available by a big margin and in a league that is currently low on centers, Len could be one to watch out in future. Yes, he is down with an injury right now (stress fracture in the ankle), but his ability to play in the low post and block shots is a near guarantee. Not surprisingly, Len’s value has been in the upswing, with almost every other mock draft in recent days having him going before the sixth pick.


Nogueira Finally Ready To Make NBA Mark

Two days until the draft, and….

Lucas Nogueira is ready to learn his NBA future. At last. Without further delay.

The moment has been two years and, as of Thursday night, three drafts in coming. He was in the 2011 field, then withdrew just before the deadline. He stayed out last year. Now, after several calendars worth of scrutiny from front offices, Nogueira will hear his name called in the first round, maybe as high the teens, as the selections unfold at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“He feels like in the past two years he needed to grow in several different areas,” Nogueira’s agent, Aylton Tesch, said. “His maturity, his knowledge for the game. And after the season that he had, he feels like he has accomplished some of it and he feels ready mentally to take the next step.”

The concern is whether the power forward-center from Brazil has grown enough, which is why Nogueira isn’t a lock for at least the middle of the first round as a rim protector who runs the floor, has quick reflexes combined with extensive international experience. All this time later, teams still have questions about his focus and whether Nogueira is capable of actually being a difference maker or will continue to be adrift in inconsistency.

“He had heard that before, like two years ago,” Tesch said. “But ever since, he changed his attitude on and off the court. Things have changed.”

Things?

“His personality overall, about being more serious and more professional on the court,” Tesch said.

It’s not just the mental. Nogueira needs to get stronger at 220 pounds, and there may be language issues: the Brazil native does large portions of interviews in Portugese. He is asked if he is comfortable with English.

“No,” Nogueira  said. “So so.”

He may use a translator as a rookie. On the other hand, if he comes to the NBA rather than spend another season in Spain in the second-best league in the world, at least Nogueira will be a rookie. Finally.

Is Erick Green A First Rounder?

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Erick Green is one of the more interesting prospects in Thursday’s draft. He led the nation in scoring, but did so for a team — Virginia Tech — that went 13-19.

Of course, he also did it in the ACC. In fact, he was the first ACC player to lead the country in scoring since 1957. He scored 47 points on 16-for-26 shooting in two games against Duke and 46 points on 17-for-33 shooting in two games against Miami. Oklahoma State had the nation’s No. 11 defense according to kenpom.com, and Green scored 28 points in just 26 minutes and on just 10 shots in a win over the Cowboys.

Those numbers are fairly typical of what Green produced on a nightly basis. He wasn’t a “volume scorer” by any means. Instead, he was rather efficient, with an effective field goal percentage of 53.0 percent and a true shooting percentage of 60.0 percent, on par with NBA free throw leader James Harden. If you can get to the line like Green does (8.3 attempts per game), you can withstand an off shooting night.

Effective field goal percentage = (FGM + (0.5*3PM)) / FGA
True shooting percentage = PTS / (2 * (FGA + (0.44*FTA)))

But Green is only 6-foot-3 and size matters in the NBA, where shooting guards can be 6-foot-6 or 6-foot-7. Green’s main objective in Draft workouts has proving his skills go beyond the 25.0 points he averaged and that coaches can trust him to run an offense.

“I got a chance to show people that I’m not just a scorer,” Green said of his workout for the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, “that I can do other things, pass the ball, make plays for others. And I thought I showed some athletic ability out here.”

His perceived status as a shooting guard in a point guard’s body is not the only thing holding Green back. He’s also a 22-year-old senior and not a 19-year-old freshman, with more polish than potential. So he’s projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick by most experts. Our Scott Howard-Cooper has Green at No. 43 to the Bucks in his latest mock draft, and David Aldridge doesn’t have him in the first round either. DraftExpress is relatively optimistic on Green’s prospects, projecting him as the first pick of the second round.

Still, the Nets, who hold the 22nd pick in the Draft, had Green in for a workout against Tim Hardaway Jr., who is projected by most to go in the first round. Five other teams with picks in the late first round — Utah (21), the Clippers (25), Minnesota (26), Denver (27) and Phoenix (30) — have also had Green in for workouts. The positive aspect of being 22 years old is that good teams are looking for guys who can contribute right away.

There’s a huge difference between getting your name called by Commissioner David Stern in the first round and having it called by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver in the second round. First-round selections get at least two years of guaranteed money, but after those top 30 picks, you may be fighting for a job in training camp.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen on Draft night,” said Green. “Just having my name get called is a true blessing.”

Green doesn’t lack confidence though. He put in the work to get where he is and he believes teams will recognize just what he accomplished last season.

“To put up 25 in the ACC, that’s pretty hard to do on every given night,” Green said. “I went out there and did things a lot of people couldn’t do. I think people will take that into consideration.”

Bobcats’ 2011 Draft Could Shape This One

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Three days until the Draft, and….

The Bobcats have a very interesting decision on Draft night that is about more than this pick. It could be about the selection two years ago as well.

Bismack Biyombo, the defense and rebounding specialist taken seventh in 2011 as part of a pre-arranged deal with the Kings and Bucks, has gone from 23.1 mpg and 5.8 rpg as a rookie to 27.3 mpg and 7.3 rpg last season as part of what everyone knew going in would be a long-term project for a prospect with no offense and little previous basketball experience. Charlotte believed, and the ultra-confident Biyombo did as well, that he could become a game-changer just by his work around the rim, but that would take time.

While there was an ongoing internal assessment, the June 2013 read on Biyombo is particularly relevant as the Bobcats stare at a Draft board that would take them in two directions: Use the No. 4 choice Thursday night on Alex Len of Maryland as the new starting center and a much-needed infusion of post scoring. Or, go with Anthony Bennett of UNLV for the kind of offensive boost that is necessary for a power forward playing alongside the one-dimensional Biyombo.

Len makes sense because centers are always hard to find and he is the best one on the board this year. Maybe Biyombo’s best fit is as an energizing defensive force off the bench, able to spark a team the same way other coaches typically rely on a scorer for that role.

But, Bennett makes sense because Biyombo is clearly progressing in some areas. Plus, the Bobcats hired Patrick Ewing as an assistant coach and just maybe he knows something about playing center that can help a project develop. No one expected Biyombo to be making a major impact after two seasons anyway, and his rebounding numbers are encouraging.

Bennett is also a good fit with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the lottery pick a year ago. Kidd-Gilchrist can’t hit a jumper, so the Bobcats need someone with range. That’s Bennett. There are questions about who Bennett guards — not strong enough to handle power forwards, not quick enough to stay with small forwards — but Biyombo and MKG have the potential to become elite defenders and compensate.

Charlotte will be facing a lot of scrutiny by the end of Thursday night no matter what, just because owner Michael Jordan is the name at the top of the masthead. The potential Len-Bennett internal debate, with Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo worth putting in the conversation as well after his improved perimeter game last season, makes for an intriguing decision in the Bobcats’ future.

Shooter Crabbe Aiming For Milwaukee

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Four days until the draft, and….

Allen Crabbe to the Bucks at 15 just became a realistic consideration. That is higher than most teams have the shooting specialist from California projected. He is currently at No. 27 to the Nuggets in the latest NBA.com mock based on conversations with dozens of executives and scouts, yet it makes sense on some levels.

It makes so much sense, in fact, that Crabbe is doing his best to make sure it happens. Now that he is ready to resume limited workouts after cancelling four auditions because of painful tendinitis in the right foot, he re-scheduled only the Milwaukee visit for Tuesday with mostly shooting drills to avoid more hard pounding on the foot.

The injury had forced Crabbe to cancel with the Celtics, who pick 16th, yet he has no plans to be in Boston before the draft. (There was also a missed visit with the Jazz, but that more likely would have been for the Utah pick at 21, not 14.)

His eyes are clearly drawn to the Bucks, aware they will be picking four days before Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings and J.J. Redick go from the backcourt to free agency.

“You look at their roster and see that they have three guards that are going to be free agents,” Crabbe said of the Bucks. “I just feel like I’d be a good fit for them. I’d come in and develop early. I’d just need to get some experience.”

His other scheduled stop is the No. 22 Nets, but that is tied into the fact that Crabbe expects to attend the draft in Brooklyn, N.Y., even without an invitation to the green room as one of the projected top 12 picks. He has the same light shooting scheduled for the day before with the team that plays there, rather than workout in Boston with more than enough time to make New York by Thursday night.

The Clippers are the other missed stop for the Los Angeles native that apparently will not be made up. He had visits for the Bulls (20), Timberwolves (26, in addition to 9), Pacers (23), Cavaliers (19, in addition to 1) and Knicks (24) and a partial appearance for the Nets before getting hurt there.

Crabbe needs to get stronger at 6-feet-6 and 200 pounds, but his height, range and ability to score in transition or as a catch-and-shoot threat put him in position to become an important complementary piece in the NBA.

Saric Officially Withdraws From Draft

After months of vasciliating over his future — from saying he would only come to the NBA as a top-10 pick to applying for the Draft when it seemed unlikely he would be top 10, to statements he would not be in the 2013 pool — Croatian small forward Dario Saric officially removed his name from consideration.

draft-13-blog-logoProjected to be chosen in the middle of the first round and possibly get to the end of the lottery, Saric was among 18 players who filed before the Monday deadline, the NBA announced Tuesday. The other notable was Mouhammadou Jaiteh, likely headed for the second round.

Two players from the United States withdrew, Norvel Pelle, trying to jump start his career after going from a top prospect in high school to being unable to find stability in college, and Joshua Simmons.

The 16 others were from overseas: Francois Affia AmbadiangNemanja BesovicBogdan BogdanovicMatias BortolinLinos ChrysikopoulosDorde DrenovacViktor Gaddefors, Jaiteh, Louis LabeyriePhilipp Neumann, Artem PustovyiMarko Ramljak, Saric, Walter TavaresAxel Toupane, and Adin Vrabac.

The Draft is June 27 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In Defense Of Shabazz Muhammad

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Time passed, team workouts progressed, the reality of the draft set in, and suddenly Shabazz Muhammad isn’t so toxic.

The new perspective heading into the last full week before the draft is that Muhammad is still a possibility for the top 10, still appreciated for his scoring potential, and maybe even appreciated more than any time during his one-and-done UCLA career. Welcome to the recovery. Or at least the stability.

This isn’t nearly the early-season conversation of Muhammad on course to be one of the first three picks in the draft and possibly even No. 1 itself, but it’s also a lot different than a month ago, when it wasn’t hard to find a front office hammering Muhammad for selfish play while predicting Muhammad would plummet entirely out of the lottery.

What changed?

The view, for one thing. There are concerns about Muhammad’s ability to fit into a team, but good luck finding a player in this draft who doesn’t have big holes. The closer the draft got, the more players went under the microscope in workouts for individual teams, the more the realization set in that he is still one of the better options in an underwhelming class. Nothing has changed on one important front: He remains one of the top scoring threats on the board and a player eight months ago considered to have tremendous upside, and those are commodities that cannot be overlooked.

The auditions, for another. Muhammad got directly in front of executives and scouts for individual team workouts.

“Say what you will about him, but his work ethic is great,” one personnel boss said. “He might have the best work ethic in the draft. Seriously. He’s one of those guys you have to drag out of the gym.”

The talk of top three is long gone, but top 10, a possible outcome, would be a nice save. There are several safety nets in place for Muhammad to avoid that other potential finish, dropping out of the lottery. One of those, in the latest NBA.com mock draft, is No. 13 to the Mavericks, a team with O.J. Mayo possibly leaving as a free agent and Vince Carter getting closer to retirement.

Other draft notes as the push to June 27 continues:

  • St. Mary’s point guard Matthew Dellavedova is making an under-the-radar move. Though hardly one of the big names, the Australian has enhanced his chances for the second round and assured at the very least that he will get a chunk of guaranteed money for summer league and training camp as an undrafted free agent if it comes to that. Point guards who can run pick-and-roll always have value to the NBA, and Dellavedova can do it with precision. Good showings at group workouts hosted by the Nets and Timberwolves boosted his stock.
  • Great, and unique, praise, for Maryland center Alex Len, at No. 4 to the Bobcats in the latest mock despite not being able to work out for teams because of injury. Said one executive: “He should touch the ball every possession. He’s very smart.” Charlotte is a tough read because it has so many possible directions to go, but there is one important factor to keep in mind. Logically, Michael Jordan & Co. can’t have two non-scoring forwards, and 2012 lottery pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the future at small forward without being able to hit a shot yet. That makes Anthony Bennett, UNLV’s talented stretch-four, an excellent fit. Some front offices have Bennett as high as No. 3 on their prospect rankings, if not their actual mock with teams needs factored in.
  • Monday is the deadline for international prospects to withdraw from the draft. Dario Saric remains the focus of the waiting game, with his agent having said the Croation small forward projecting to the middle of the first round and possibly late-lottery will wait until 2014, but some NBA clubs are not entirely convinced.

adidas Eurocamp: The Wrap-up

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TREVISO, Italy – News, notes and observations as the adidas Eurocamp concluded Monday and NBA front offices began to return home for the final push toward the June 27 draft:

  • All indications are that Croation small forward Dario Saric will withdraw from the draft before the June 17 deadline for international players. While his agent, Robert Jablan, told BourbonStreetShots.com that the decision has been made, some teams are understandably wondering if this is an attempt to secure a promise. After all, Saric previously went from signaling he would stay in Europe to applying for the draft and now has turned around again about five weeks later despite no change in his standing with his stock still somewhere around the teens. One executive said chances are “about 99.9” Saric will jump out of the pool, meaning the NBA is not yet closing the door on 2013. Another said “It sure sounds like it,” when asked whether Saric is staying in Croatia. They’re waiting for 100 percent by June 17.
  • The positive reviews continue for Alex Abrines, who is getting looks for late in the first round without getting much publicity. It didn’t help his North American marking that Abrines was not at Eurocamp because his season in Spain was still in progress. “I don’t like him. I love him,” said one scout who has watched the Spanish shooting guard many times. “His feel for the game is incredible.”
  • Australian shooting guard Dante Exum is draft-eligible for 2014 and would open next season as one of the top prospects, but said “My gut tells me right now I’m going to college,” partly because he is intrigued by the idea of a run with a top U.S. program and partly because that would allow him to avoid the packed Class of ’14 led by Canadian phenom/incoming Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins. That would position Exum for 2015. The son of Cecil Exum, who won a national championship with North Carolina in 1982, has made one campus visit, to Indiana, and puts the Hoosiers at the top of his working list if he goes the NCAA route for 2014-15. He loves the college feel in Bloomington and the basketball tradition. He is also getting attention from a lot of other elite programs – mentioning Louisville, Kentucky and Michigan – so no decision is imminent.
  • The Bulls’ 2011 investment pick of Nikola Mirotic looks better all the time. Chicago got him at 23 while planning to keep him in overseas to develop, some teams said a year ago he might have cracked the lottery in 2012, and now this from a European scout when asked where Mirotic would go in the 2013 draft: “Lottery, easy. Five-six-seven-eight.” Lottery very easy, in other words. Mirotic, who might be able to play some small forward at 6-10 but is likely destined to an NBA future at power forward, was recently named MVP of the ACB in Spain, the second-best league in the world. Indications are that he will spend one more season there before negotiating with the Bulls.
  • Eurocamp may relocate. The gathering of top prospects and talent evaluators from several leagues around the world will return to the traditional home of the La Ghirada complex in Treviso in 2014, but adidas officials have had initial discussions about moving the event to Paris, Berlin or Munich closer to its global headquarters in Germany, or Spain. The shoe company wants to make a big push on the basketball front in Germany and Russia.
  • The reviews for Giannis Adetokunbo on Sunday night with the Greek national under-20 team in a tournament in nearby Jesolo were a step forward. They weren’t terrible 24 hours earlier – can’t shoot, not strong enough, but a very good feel for the game for an inexperienced player that has mostly faced bad competition. But Adetokunbo was more assertive on offense Sunday and in stretches more looked the part of an NBA first-round pick against an age-group field. He needed to show that.

Adetokunbo Scouting Run An NBA Event

JESOLO, Italy – No mascots, no Red Panda or Quick Change at halftime. No lob dunks, no TV timeouts, no air rifles shooting balled-up T-shirts into the crowd in the upper deck. No crowd in the upper deck.

But what an NBA happening Saturday night.

Greece-Croatia in the opener of a four-team under-20 tournament inside Pala Arrex was not just another age-group matchup in another neutral setting in another sleep gym that couldn’t build excitement if it had a quarry’s worth of equipment. It was Giannis Adetokunbo, international man of mystery, in a real game at the same time the adidas Eurocamp was taking place 30 miles away in Treviso, and that meant it was a league event.

Dozens of executives and scouts broke away from Eurocamp in the early-evening to make Jesolo by the 6:15 p.m tip, putting recognizable faces everywhere among the crowd of approximately 300, in the latest attempt at a decision with the June 27 draft bearing down and Adetokunbo still tracking to the end of the first round.

Is he a worthwhile investment for a team willing and able to be patient with a long learning curve or a one-hit wonder of 2012-13 who has gone from nowhere to the guaranteed money only because he faced very weak competition in a lower-division Greek league?

Saturday offered little in the way of concrete answers. Or as one front-office veteran said when asked afterward what he learned from Greece 62, Croatia 52: “Not much.”

Adetokunbo is smooth and has a good feel for the game for a 19 year old with little, and maybe less than that, experience against elite players. He can handle the ball at 6-foot-8, a particularly intriguing aspect, though nowhere near well enough to seriously be considered a possibility for a matchup nightmare at point guard. He can’t shoot. And he needs to get a lot stronger.

“Three or four years,” one scout said of a realistic timeline for Adetokunbo to make an impact in the NBA. “Maybe five.”

The Croatians were probably a step up from the competition Adetokunbo had faced in Greece, the equivalent of Division II or III in U.S. colleges. He did not, however, overwhelm the opponent in the way a prospect with size, mobility and court sense should torch a junior national team 19 days before the draft. The unknown to at least some of the NBA evaluators, and maybe all, was whether he was unable to assert himself or was simply fulfilling the role handed down by the Greek coach.

To members of personnel departments seeing him for the first time, it was not a great first impression. But there will also be more chances. The age-group tournament continues Sunday evening with Greece against Turkey, as the Europcamp also continues in a dose of convenient timing and location for NBA front offices. Before leaving Jesolo on Saturday, some had already bought game tickets to return.

The Eurocamp itself faced further attrition with the loss of two of the biggest names, with French center Rudy Gobert going from planning to play one of the three days in Treviso to withdrawing all together because of food poisoning and Australian shooting guard Dante Exum skipping at least the opening day to rest a foot injury. Exum instead did light shooting on a side court in the La Ghirada complex.

Neither absence will have a major impact – Gobert, trying to make a push to get into the end of the lottery, was at the Chicago pre-draft combine and has a full schedule of visits to NBA teams leading to June 27, while Exum is not in the draft until 2014 at the earliest and possibly 2015. Additionally, small forward Sergey Karasev, who would have been a candidate to play at Eurocamp, or at least show up for private workouts and interviews with NBA executives, has cancelled all visits, Yahoo! Sports reported. Karasev apparently has a promise from a team, but also gives up the chance to impress someone else enough into pick him higher and make more money.

International Players Use Camp in Italy To Pursue Dream: A Spot in NBA Draft

TREVISO, Italy — The three-day adidas Eurocamp begins Friday as part of the return of a strong international presence for the NBA Draft. Six to eight players without NCAA experience may be picked in the first round on June 27.

A year after a single prospect trained entirely outside North America was taken among the top 30 – French shooting guard Evan Fournier to the Nuggets – the new wave comes at a particularly opportune time. The thin class from United States colleges has created openings for the international products. Some teams may prefer developing a player overseas for another year or two over an American with limited potential.

“I get the sense a lot of teams don’t love their picks because they don’t love the draft,” one executive said. “This is the year, as you ask around, that a lot more teams are saying, ‘Yeah, we’d be glad to move our pick.’ Because of that, it seems they’d rather go with a player who can stay in Europe and maybe turn into something eventually over a player they don’t think will ever be much. That’s just short of getting rid of it.”

What this group lacks in the lottery impact of the 2011 class of Jonas Valanciunas, Jan Vesely and Bismack Biyombo – and Enes Kanter, who attended Kentucky without playing for the Wildcats – it makes up for in depth. Dennis Schroeder from Germany, Dario Saric of Croatia and Rudy Gobert from France are headed for the second half of the lottery or the teens in the current projections. From there, Sergey Karasev of Russia, Giannis Adetokunbo from Greece and, probably, Lucas Nogueira of Brazil are in the first round, with the possibility of other bubble picks getting the guaranteed money of the top 30 if NBA front offices continue to be underwhelmed with the American options.

The influence expands if products from outside North America via U.S. colleges are also considered. Alex Len (Maryland/Ukraine) will be a top-10 pick barring a late setback while Steven Adams (Pittsburgh/ New Zealand) has a chance for the lottery and Gorgui Dieng (Louisville/Senegal) will be in the first round.

Gobert and Nogueira are among 46 scheduled prospects who will play in front of dozens of representatives from NBA and international teams at the La Ghirada complex about 20 miles north of Venice, although Gobert said he will participate in only one of the three days. That’s not a problem for scouts and executives who have come from the United States and Toronto – Gobert was at the Chicago pre-draft camp and has a full schedule to visit cities around North America to audition for individual clubs. Second-round possibilities, most notably Nemanja Nedovic of Croatia and Livio Jean Charles are also here.

Traditionally, other top prospects will hold individual workouts for NBA front offices without joining in official activities. Plus, some may have commitments to national teams or a club still in the playoffs.