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Andrew Wiggins skipping NBA combine, too

May 11, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

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The NBA Combine’s prestige is dropping quickly.

First Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker withdrew from the event, and now Andrew Wiggins will skip it too.

That’s, quite possibly, the top three of the draft – which obviously plays a part in the trio’s decisions. Why risk a bad showing, medically or measurably? Prospects like Wiggins, Embiid and Parker have nowhere to go but down.

The risk is, if they fall at all in the draft, they could fall considerably if teams picking 4-10 or so don’t have enough information to comfortably draft them.

But at this stage, that’s probably a risk worth taking. The combine is not.

  1. crik911 - May 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Lots of film on these guys playing ball, what can an individual workout really do to hurt or raise their stock anyways?

    • jusdre313 - May 12, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      feel the same way about the NFL draft. you have to 2-3 years worth of film of the player.. but one day at a combine can make you whole stock drop.. BS IMO

      • willkill4caffeine - May 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Bridgewater fell from an almost consensus top-overall pick to last pick in the first round based on his combine performance. It is a tad ridiculous.

    • edbrowndesign - May 12, 2014 at 3:20 AM

      Many decisions are made with based on the stats that comes from combines.

  2. 00maltliquor - May 12, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    On some real s, I feel like this a b_-made move on these guys parts. I do understand why they do it as there is very little to be gained and more to lose, but it shows weakness IMO. Grow a pair and if your as good as you say you are then show and prove. As crik911 said above…

    • duhwighthoward - May 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Who picks up the tab if they get hurt?
      And drop to the 2nd round?
      And end up like Greg AllDone?

      • 00maltliquor - May 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Name me one player that has ever gotten hurt at a combine. I’ll wait….

        Also, these are the top guys. They aren’t some projected mid to late 1st rounders. Nothing can make them slip to the 2nd round. They show up and show out, they can SOLIDIFY the #1 spot and get that top dollar.

      • mogogo1 - May 12, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        They’re already guaranteed top dollar by going high in the draft. And if it’s impossible for their stock to fall, how could they hope to solidify themselves as the number-one pick? Either teams take the combine really seriously, or they don’t.

  3. campcouch - May 12, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    There’s no denying that they’re talented and will go 1-2-3,but if you want to go #1 out of the group,why not show up and do the dance. Show the teams that will pay you,that you’re worth it by doing it.

  4. ravenswhat - May 12, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    These guys could walk into the combine and poop on the court and they are still going top 3. What team is knocking any of those 3 dudes off their board based on a combine? Come on man.

  5. brotherlove2012 - May 12, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    So why should they go? The combine won’t change anything anyway …

  6. canadatude - May 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Why have a combine at all? College players have been followed all year and they don’t ever get out on the court to play against each other in Chicago. It’s just a set of drills and a physical.

    • xmen1906 - May 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      I think it would be great if they did have these play 5 on 5 and some 3 on 3 action

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