After talking to sources around the league, Chad Ford sees 23 prospects who are locks for the first round of the NBA draft. But what about those final seven spots? There are roughly 20 players in the mix. Ford identifies them and breaks down their games.
Last season Tyler Hansbrough faced doubts about everything from his size to his athleticism, but after quelling them at the Chicago combine, he shot up the draft board. This season, there's another player making a big move after wowing GMs in Chicago.
The biggest story of Day 1 at the Chicago combine was the number of no-shows. However, some prospects made strong impressions, a couple of highly regarded players had rough interviews with teams and an International Man of Mystery emerged.
Chad Ford lists five lessons he learned from observing workouts in Las Vegas, the second stop on his pre-draft tour, and rearranges his Big Board a bit as a result. Among those who impressed: Avery Bradley, Lance Stephenson and James Anderson.