Players who improved their draft stock the most at 2019 NBA combine

Players who improved their draft stock the most at 2019 NBA combine


Players who improved their draft stock the most at 2019 NBA combine

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Potential second-rounders

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Tacko Fall, UCF (Big)

Pre-Combine AMD Rank: Not Ranked

Best Current Rank: 58 (CBS Sports Big Board)

Jonathan Wasserman recently explained the latest intel on (by far) the tallest prospect in the upcoming draft class (via Bleacher Report):

“Some NBA scouts have updated their mindsets about Tacko Fall and whether he’ll be draftable on June 20. ‘Why not?’ one answered. As in why not think about using a late pick on the tallest, longest prospect on recent record? It’s become a more accepted thought process following his appearance in Chicago, where he was initially selected to the G League Elite Camp before teams voted him into the NBA combine. Multiple scouts told Bleacher Report that Fall seems deserving of looks in the late 40s or 50s, mentioning him as a perfect G League stash.”

Perhaps no one understands the value of Fall quite like Utah State big man Neemias Queta, who had to match up with him during the NBA Combine’s five-on-five scrimmages. Queta, who was considered a Top 50 prospect, was held scoreless on four attempts with just four rebounds.

It seems as if an NBA team wants Fall on their squad, they will have to draft him because it is unlikely he will be available as an undrafted free agent. As such, any team with a pick in the second round may try to swipe him before it is too late.

Jordan Bone, Tennessee (Guard)

Pre-Combine AMD Rank: 78

Best Current Rank: 58 (ESPN Big Board)

There is a lot to like about Jordan Bone, who tested as arguably the most athletic prospect in Chicago. It was no secret that he was capable of these results but seeing them on full display was valuable information for scouts and executives.

During one of his scrimmages, he also notched a game-high six assists as well. He had the second-most assists in the SEC this season, ranked Top 15 among all players in the NCAA for total dishes.

Bone was one of the most efficient high-volume scorers and passers when operating a set offense last season. Given his athleticism, he would be a wise addition to any team.

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississipi State (Guard)

Pre-Combine AMD Rank: 74

Best Current Rank: 50 (ESPN Big Board)

Quinndary Weatherspoon could provide an instant spark to a fast-paced offense at the next level. He is a fairly polished prospect who finished with the second-most points per game in the SEC last season.

He struggled as a shooter during his first scrimmage game at the combine but added 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The next game, despite still not being able to find his shot from long range, he made six field goals and grabbed 7 rebounds while notching 5 more assists.

His name is starting to appear as a consistent choice in the latter half of the second round for most mock drafts.

Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech (Guard)

Pre-Combine AMD Rank: 71

Best Current Rank: 53 (ESPN Mock Draft)

The former Virginia Tech star scored the majority of his points as a spot-up shooter last season. But perhaps most impressive was his ability to run the pick-and-roll for his team. When including passes, he created 10.5 points per game on these sets. That ranked behind only five players in the ACC.

After missing a lot of time last season due to an ankle injury, the guard was largely considered the top point guard prospect at the PIT. He is still young for the amount of experience and polish he has had thus far.

Robinson has improved as a three-point shooter and he was a standout during his G League Elite Camp scrimmage. He is a high-character, high-IQ player and will continue to help himself during the pre-draft process and in all of his team meetings.

Terance Mann, Florida State (Guard) 

Pre-Combine AMD Rank: 70

Best Current Rank: 45 (Bleacher Report Big Board)

Sam Vecenie wrote a glowing review of his performance in Chicago (via The Athletic):

“Mann had, by far, the most interesting week at the combine. He played in the G League Elite Camp on Monday and Tuesday, and looked absolutely terrific. In my opinion, he was clearly one of the five best players in attendance at the camp and performed up to that standard in the games. His high-level feel for the game shone through, as did his defensive acumen.”

The former Florida State standout is a very versatile scorer who was able to produce when spotting up as well as handling the ball in a pick-and-roll and attacking the basket in transition.

His diverse scoring portfolio and leaping ability (which measured second-best among all participants at the combine) make him someone well worth a look in the second round.

Honorable Mentions

Charles Matthews, Michigan (Guard)

Tremont Waters, LSU (Guard)

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