Payton was hoping to have McMillan watch him during Thursday’s workout, but McMillan missed it because of a prior engagement. That did not stop Payton of thinking about the possibility of McMillan being his first coach in the NBA if the Pacers select him.
It's no secret the Indiana Pacers are still searching for a solution at point guard. On Thursday, the team continued its pre-draft workouts with two intriguing point guard options at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Oregon State's Gary Payton II and North Carolina's Marcus Paige. When the Pacers enter the draft June 23, they will have just one true point guard on their roster: Joe Young, a second-round pick who just finished his rookie season. Ty Lawson, who the team signed in March, is an unrestricted free agent. For most of the season, the Pacers used Monta Ellis and George Hill to initiate the offense, although both aren't known as pass-first players.
For Payton, Thursday’s workout in some ways felt like a small homecoming. When Payton was growing up in Seattle, his father was teammates with Pacers coach Nate McMillan on the SuperSonics. For eight years, the elder Payton and McMillan played together in the Seattle backcourt. Before and after games the younger Payton would shoot on the court inside KeyArena.
The 76ers liked what they saw Thursday from former Imhotep Charter standout Brandon Austin in his pre-draft workout at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The 6-foot-7 point guard was by far the best shooter in the portion of the workout that was visible to media. He also had a nice feed to Isaia Cordinier on a fast break.
Chriss has caught the fancy of NBA scouts and executives who have marveled at his leaping ability and potential to develop a perimeter shot. “A guy that I think may be the best athlete in the entire draft is going to be in that range,” former St. John’s coach and ESPN draft analyst Fran Fraschilla said. “That’s Marquese Chriss from University of Washington, a freak-ish athlete, young, one of the youngest players in the draft, and improving skill level.”
Cal freshman Jaylen Brown worked out for the Celtics this week, but according to a source at the workout, it was Danuel House who stole the show, matching up nicely against Brown and showing he has the potential to be a steal as a 3-and-D wing in the second round.
Scott Agness: Pacers pre-draft workout No. 5 with Gary Payton II, Robert Carter Jr, and more. https://t.co/fnZ8oX64O5
Brett Dawson: Jaylen Brown will be in New Orleans tomorrow to meet with the Pelicans. Jamal Murray was in earlier this week.
Maker said he has used workouts to prove to executives and coaches that he is talented enough for the NBA. “I’ve played against most of these guys already when they were in high school,” he said. “Sure enough in college they developed a lot more in terms of physically getting stronger. But I’ve held my own. They’ve watched me and they see that – and I see that – not much has changed since they were in high school.”
But in order to reach his potential in the NBA, Maker said, he understands that he will have to get stronger and add weight to his 216-pound body. “I’ve gotten better, I’ve matured and physically I’ve gotten stronger,” he said. “Over the years I’ve gradually put on weight and gradually gotten stronger. I’ve always done it the right way and I’ve always put on the right amount of weight so that it’s not too much because I have to be able to hold on to that weight. We’re taking our time.”
Keith Pompey: Former #Syracuse G Malachi Richardson will workout for the #AtlantaHawks Thursday. He's on the #Sixers radar ... https://t.co/6EDhYENCD1
Ian Begley: Also, a Knicks executive was among six other teams to watch UConn's Sterling Gibbs and Eastern Kentucky's Jarrelle Reischel earlier this week, sources confirm. SNY.tv earlier reported the Gibbs/Reischel workouts and Thursday's workout with English.
Adam Zagoria: Former Iona G A.J. English and former Stony Brook F Jameel Warney work out today for the @WashWizards
The 7-foot-1 Croatian, as athletic as he is tall, impressed with great shooting form, 3-point range, world-class length and a sharp instinct to pass. He’s skinny — a bony 223 pounds — but so is Kristaps Porzingis, the improbably successful Knicks rookie who has Danny Ainge wondering if the European talent pool can produce legitimate high draft talent for the second year in a row. The Celtics president and his son, director of player personnel Austin Ainge, watched Bender in two practices with Maccabi Tel Aviv last weekend. Bender told them he will fly to Boston for a workout once Maccabi’s playoff season ends, at the latest, on June 9.
Darren Wolfson: Hear Kentucky big Skal Labissiere will workout for the #Twolves on June 14. Henry Ellenson due in this week. @ Jon Krawczynski first on Henry.
Adam Zagoria: Former Kansas big man Cheick Diallo impressed in San Antonio workout against Stephen Zimmerman & Damian Jones, source says. Has Phoenix Thurs.
The Pacers will hold their fourth pre-draft workout on Wednesday, June 1 in preparation for the 2016 NBA Draft. The six players scheduled to participate in workouts are Jake Layman (Maryland), Thon Maker (Athlete Institute Basketball Academy High School), Retin Obasohan (Alabama), Shavon Shields (Nebraska), Fred VanVleet (Wichita State), and Stephen Zimmerman (UNLV).
The predraft workouts for the Wizards, who don't have a pick June 23, begin Wednesday with five players scheduled to participate, including one they've already interviewed and two with local ties. A.J. English (Iona), Nick Faust (Maryland/Long Beach State), Jalen Reynolds (Xavier), Jameel Warney (Stonybrook) and Kevin Larsen (George Washington) constitute the first wave at Verizon Center, CSNmidatlantic.com has confirmed.
Adam Zagoria: Former Manhattan F Jermaine Lawrence works out for Golden State on June 6 & Shane Richards works out for the Nets Wednesday. @Josh Newman
Vincent Ellis: Among players in today for #Pistons draft workouts: N.C.State F Tyler Harris, brother of Tobias Harris.
David Mayo: #Pistons 1st draft workouts: Derrick Jones, Marcus Paige, Tyler Harris, Thomas Walkup, Ron Baker, Yogi Ferrell.
Alex Kennedy: Former Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead will work out with the Indiana Pacers on June 2 and the New York Knicks on June 4.
Michael Scotto: Cleveland Cavaliers brought in Ron Baker, Yogi Ferrell, Derrick Jones and Kyle Wiltjer among others today for a workout, per league sources.
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves GM Scott Layden made it to Cal's campus today to see Jaylen Brown. But no Thibs. Word is Brown was very impressive.
Marc J. Spears: Cal's Jaylen Brown scheduled group workout w/MIN, MIL, TOR, maybe LAL Saturday, source says. Expected to workout at BOS, NO, & PHX next week
Gerald Bourguet: Today’s #Suns draft workouts: Wade Baldwin IV, DeAndre’ Bembry, Malcolm Brogdon, Isaiah Cousins, Dorian Finney-Smith and James Webb III
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Boston's Danny Ainge, Austin Ainge headed to Israel to watch Dragan Bender work.
Adam Zagoria: 7-footer Thon Maker works out today for Atlanta. Was at Utah on Wednesday. Projected No. 40 on @Jonathan Givony but could well go higher.
What do you want the Nuggets organization or the fans to know about you? Ben Bentil: I’m a competitor. I’m a person who competes no matter what the ups and downs are. Who would you compare your game to in the NBA? Ben Bentil: I model my game after Wilson Chandler, Draymond Green, Paul Millsap and Kevin Garnett.
Andy Larsen: Was really impressed talking with Thon Maker today at Jazz workout. "The player [the mixtape makers] envision is not the player I envision. The mixtape guy just shows lots of dunks and crossovers and fancy one hand passes. The other me I envision is more steady, controls the pace, gets teammates going, and is fundamentally sound, both offensively and defensively."
Adam Zagoria: 7-footer Thon Maker works out for Utah today and then Atlanta on Friday, source tells @SNYtv. Also has Detroit & Indiana w/in the next week.
A team first calls a player’s agent to set up a visit. Agents will determine when a player will visit and often what other players will compete against him. It is not uncommon for an agent to give teams a list of players with whom his client would like to work out. In the case of Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, each player will make team visits but will likely not compete in a three-on-three setting.
Teams will have agents on speed dial when it comes to finalizing the draft workout. Starting in early May and leading up to the day of the draft, teams will operate on seven-day workweeks based on the availability of prospects. The first piece of the puzzle is getting a prospect to commit. The second piece is filling out the workout with prospects within the same skill level. Because players have been scouted heavily in five-on-five settings, the goal for the team is to get a player in their gym to get to know him better
Teams that put a lot of stock into the draft workout are often the ones that miss out on top prospects in the draft. It’s just not as important as the other parts of the evaluation process. The workout is more for the benefit of the coaching staff. Players will go through a one-hour, practice-like setting that will combine agility, shell drills, shooting and three-on-three. The true test of the prospect is not how skilled they are; it's their conditioning. Unlike a practice setting where there are 15 players, the draft workout is built on repetition with less rest.
Keith Pompey: The #Sixers, led by own Josh Harris, were well represented at today's Excel Sports workout featuring Brandon Ingram and Jamal Murray in NY. Coach Brett Brown and vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley were also among the large Sixers' contingent at the Excel workout.
Jeff Goodman: Denver Nuggets workout tomorrow: Wade Baldwin, Ben Bentil, Ty Wallace, Derrick Jones, Anthony Gill and Ryan Stephan (Colorado-Mesa).
A. Sherrod Blakely: Per sources, Weber State's Joel Bolomboy, one of the standouts at the #NBA combine, will be in town for a workout w/the Celtics on June 1.
Adam Zagoria: Was told former Kansas F Cheick Diallo was very impressive in workout today with Atlanta. They pick at No. 21.
Darren Wolfson: Reminder: #Twolves closed workout today = F. VanVleet, Isaiah Briscoe, Kyle Collinsworth, D. Finney-Smith, Majok Deng, + Michael Carrera.
Adam Zagoria: Former Kansas F Cheick Diallo works out tomorrow for Atlanta, source tells @SNYtv. Hawks have the No. 21 pick.
Adam Zagoria: Ben Bentil works out for Indiana on Monday and also has Orlando this week, source tells @SNYtv
Even so, several sources told The Undefeated that Philadelphia expects to also work out ex-California forward Jaylen Brown, ex-Providence point guard Kris Dunn and ex-Kentucky combo guard Jamal Murray. The Sixers are also considering offering workout invitations to ex-Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield and Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Dragan Bender, too. The Sixers have yet to schedule any workouts with any of the aforementioned NBA prospects. Philadelphia has the top pick as well as the 24th and 26th selections in the first round, but no second-round picks. The NBA draft will be held June 23 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He said he would like to work out against Ingram and Simmons, but posed a question. “Do they want to work out [against] me?” Brown asked. “I think that’s the question.”
Chris Dempsey: #CUBuffs star Josh Scott worked out for the #Nuggets today. He said he has workouts with Dallas and the L.A. Clippers next week.
Adam Zagoria: Melo Trimble: "If I'm not ready for the next level, then I go back" to school twitter.com/Bucks/status/7…
The Sixers are scheduled to look at St. Joseph's Isaiah Miles, Baylor's Taurean Prince, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet, Columbia Maodo Lo, San Diego State's Winston Shepard and Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame during Friday's predraft workout.
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves are in the process of finalizing workouts w/ Skal Labissiere + Henry Ellenson, among many. They'll do their due-diligence, surely.
October 6, 2022 | 8:55 pm EDT Update
“And this is not even basketball,” Beverley added. “Two guys fell on the floor today. Half the team helped one guy up, half the team helped the other, that shows that we’re building a brotherhood here. And the more we do that, be a cohesive unit and be together, wins will come.”
“I just feel like, you go through a season especially with new guys, new faces, and a new team, I think you have to build that brotherhood first,” Beverley said following the Lakers’ five-point loss. “That brotherhood comes with trust and once you build that brotherhood and you start to trust each other, I think the basketball comes easy.”
“There was a specific tweet that was put out yesterday insinuating that [Poole’s] attitude or something has changed … it’s absolute BS,” Curry said to reporters. “Andre [Iguodala] addressed it yesterday with his tweet, and we can kind of leave it at that. [Poole] has been great, there’s nothing that warranted the situation yesterday, to make that clear. But it’s also something that, I feel like, will not derail our season and what we’re trying to do.”
Jamie Hudson: Blazers Injury Report: Damian Lillard (rest), Anfernee Simons (rest), Jerami Grant (rest), Jusuf Nurkic (rest), Josh Hart (rest), Justise Winslow (rest) and Gary Payton II (core muscle recovery) are OUT. Trendon Watford (right hip flexor) is AVAILABLE.
Ben Golliver: 7’1” center Rudy Gobert says “I feel good, I feel small” next to 7’4” French countryman Victor Wembanyama
October 6, 2022 | 7:52 pm EDT Update
“He’s solid, he’s solid. He’s like the 2K create-a-player,” Curry said of Wembanyama. “Every point guard that wants to be seven-foot, cheat-code type vibes. He’s a solid talent. It’s great to watch. They had a pretty entertaining game with the Ignite team, so it was dope.”