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Likely top pick Kyrie Irving not working out at combine

May 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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And the NBA draft combine continues its evolution into the NFL combine. Complete with the top players not really doing anything.

Kyrie Irving, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick out of Duke, will skip all the athletic testing and drills at the NBA Combine, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chad Ford. That combine is taking place now and for the next few days in Chicago (and can be seen on ESPNU and NBA TV).

This is new for the NBA. Guys have skipped out on the drills done on Thursday but John Wall did the Friday athletic testing, as did Blake Griffin a couple years ago. But the best players not risking their draft status and only working out in very controlled environments for teams is a staple of the NFL draft process and you’re starting to see that more and more in the NBA. As much as the agents can control that, anyway.

It’s not going to matter, in this draft Irving should go No. 1 and Cleveland wants a point guard. So it’s done, basically.

But expect the trend of top prospects skipping the drills to grow, if the NFL combine is any example.

  1. pl4tinum514 - May 19, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Everyone’s saying its a done deal that he’s going to the Cavs, but I’m not convinced.

  2. lucky5934 - May 19, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I agree with you pl4tinum514! I’ll be honest, I think we see another version of Corey Maggette. A talented player that left way too early and will never find a solid rhythm in the NBA. And looking at the Mock Drafts, their are talented point guards that can be had at the 4th spot. I personally would go with Derrick Williams and get some scoring on that team. Then go Brandon Knight at 4th pick.

  3. king7key - May 19, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Well considering he didn’t play much this is people pick him to be #1 pick might work in his favor. I think anyone in this draft that take that top spot will be considered a bust. Its not one person in this draft that deserve to be a #1 pick truth be told. I would trade down to get more value.

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