Indiana wingman O.G. Anunoby and big man Thomas Bryant are among the 60 invitees to the NBA Draft Combine, which will be held in the Quest Center in Chicago from May 9-14.
The combine should prove to be vital to both players for various reasons.
For Anunoby, many will likely be curious of his wingspan, among various measurements. Anunoby’s wingspan is reportedly around 7’6”, which would be both insane and also good for his draft stock. That being said, it will certainly be blown entirely out of proportion regardless of the measurement, which changes nothing about his play style or physique.
Those measurements are also important because they will likely be the only thing, if anything, that Anunoby can take part in during the combine given his recovery from his knee injury. Don’t be surprised if he passes on the tests and measurements aspect of the combine.
Bryant, meanwhile, will need to impress in the speed and agility tests. Bryant’s measurements are less important as they are more known and his game depends less on those. However, what is known is that his agility and speed have long been question marks. Where he ranks in those drills will be something scouts will have an eye on.
One of the newest additions to the combine is the 5-on-5 games, which give scouts and GMs a chance to see the players in action. Anunoby obviously won’t be able to attend, but it’ll be interesting to see if Bryant takes part in the games and how he fares in a pick-up game-like atmosphere, which should suit him a bit more with its up-and-down style.
Also important is those invited to the combine will get a chance to interview with teams at the combine.
For Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr., not making it to the combine is not surprising, so it will likely have little affect on their decision.
Their decisions will have to be made on May 24, the deadline to withdraw and remain eligible, which comes 10 days after the combine.