The NBA Draft Combine wrapped up in Chicago on Friday, and Rob Hennigan told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that the two day event was "very productive."
Many of the top prospects did not participate in the Drills portion, but that is not the point of the event for many general managers. For many of those players, the teams have done their research and their scouting. They know what these players will do and what they need to improve on. The next four-plus weeks are about learning who these players are as people and figuring out how they fit into the team's future plans.
That is why the interview process is often the most important part of the two-day event. Teams are allowed to interview up to 18 players for no more than 30 minutes during the two days. More interviews and individual workouts will follow leading up to the NBA Draft on June 28.
Hennigan told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:
It's been very productive. We got a chance to talk to a lot of guys who we've been following throughout the year, and anytime you get a chance to spend half an hour with them, you glean some valuable things.
The way the rules are set up, you're observing these players from a distance for such a long period of time. Then, you actually have a chance to have an interpersonal exchange. So that just adds another layer of information that you put into the cauldron, and you stir it around and then it will help you to try to make a decision.
The Magic interviewed several draft prospects during the two-day event. That included the favorites for the top pick such as Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel. Otto Porter also interviewed with the Magic. Trey Burke did not, but he is expected to be in Orlando for a workout in the very near future.
McLemore told Josh Robbins that he came away impressed with the Magic's energy. It certainly helped having Kansas alum Jacque Vaughn in the room.
Among the 18 players the Magic interviewed during the past two days (as Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports) were players that surely will not be available at No. 51 (the Magic's second round pick) and no team is considering for the top of the Draft. That would include point guards such as Lehigh's C.J. McCollum and Texas' Myck Kabongo. It also includes centers Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga and Steven Adams of Pittsburgh and forward Andre Roberson of Colorado.
Again, the Magic will not draft all these players. But, as Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel notes, these interviews can go a long way in helping the team prep for trades. Robbins notes that Hennigan interviewed Tobias Harris while he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder. While the Thunder did not draft Harris, that information came in handy when with the Magic he traded for the second-year forward from Tennessee.
The homework is continuing though.
Orlando will be eagerly awaiting the results from the Draft Lottery on Tuesday before continuing preparations for the NBA Draft.