Game two of the 2021 NBA Draft Combine took place on Thursday night, and it was a blowout from the jump.
As prospects prepare for next month’s draft, they have the chance to compete against each other and showcase their talents in June. These contests consist of likely first-round picks and draft hopefuls alike. Several marquee college basketball names are partaking in the scrimmages.
Team 4 defeated Team 3 by a final score of 94-54, and the stat sheet was filled with a wide range of big performances. Standouts included Arizona State’s Josh Christopher, Houston’s Quentin Grimes, Utah State’s Neemias Queta and Ohio’s Jason Preston.
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- The future of the G-League Ignite is uncertain, writes Sports Illustrated’s Noah Graham. “The landscape, though is evolving,” Graham said. “The NBA is expected to eliminate the one-and-done rule in its next collective bargaining agreement, perhaps as early as 2023, reopening its doors to high school players. If it does, the caliber of talent the Ignite could attract is murky. Nor is it clear how long NBA owners will want to continue footing the bill.”
Florida State forward Scottie Barnes is drawing interest from several NBA teams. He’s already spoken with the Celtics, Warriors, Raptors and Magic per Chase Hughes of NBCS Washington. Barnes is 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan and should be a valuable and switchable defender early in his career. His playmaking is another strength that will play well immediately.
- On the Knicks front, the organization has been expressing interest in UConn guard James Bouknight per Marc Berman of the New York Post. Many have speculated that New York could package their picks in an effort to move up in the first round, and that makes sense given Bouknight’s rising stock. The 20-year-old is a microwave scorer who would make a solid addition to the team’s rotation.