They’re at the top of every NBA Draft list, except for one.
The college basketball stars expected to be taken with the first three picks this June have removed their names from the list of participants at this week’s pre-draft combine in Chicago.
That means the Jazz won’t get Jabari Parker’s measurements.
They won’t get to examine Joel Embiid’s back.
They won’t get to sit down and interview Andrew Wiggins.
But general manager Dennis Lindsey says that shouldn’t leave the franchise with a draft-day blind spot as front office leaders prepare for one of the biggest drafts in team history.
“We’ve been building a profile on all the best players over multiple years,” he said, “in anticipation of things happening and not being able to get guys in for workouts or them not showing up in Chicago.”
The combine, a four-day evaluation of some of the game’s best prospects, is a key piece in a team’s draft preparation. Sixty players, including Australian guard Dante Exum, Kentucky forward Julius Randle and Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, will be in attendance.
And after next week’s draft lottery, the Jazz will have a better idea of who might be available for them in June. Utah finished the season with the fourth-worst record — and therefore the fourth-best chance of landing the top overall pick. But the Jazz could end up anywhere between No. 1 and No. 7.
Depending on how the ping-pong balls bounce, the Jazz could be able to convince Parker, Wiggins or Embiid to visit Salt Lake City for workouts this summer.
“We hope so,” Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin said last week. “If we’re at No. 1, we’ll get everybody in that we want.”
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