Howdy there, all you trick-ass marks. It's draft prospect workout season, which is actually relevant this year since the Knicks will be in the position to pick somebody!
The big news on Monday was a combined workout by three of the biggest names in the draft: Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and D'Angelo Russell. There were several Towns highlights, none of which I will cover here. Tommy Beer tidily summed up my feelings on the matter:
Knicks fans watching video clips of Karl Anthony Towns' impressive workouts: pic.twitter.com/8T0i7lvqEz— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) June 1, 2015
Cauley-Stein, the guy the Knicks have a chance at drafting, looked smooth with the J, per Chad Ford:
WCS shot it impressively today. Heard he often did the same in UK practices. If he can get that down consistently in a game setting, wow— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 1, 2015
I mean, pretty much every NBA player in history, with the possible exception of Jared Jeffries, could shoot the ball well in practice. WCS has dramatically improved his shooting stroke since his freshman year, however, and he wasn't totally inept from mid-range last season:
Cauley-Stein took 30 shots outside of 11 feet this year and made 41% of them. Super small sample, but a little promising.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) June 1, 2015
D'Angelo Russell looked quite impressive. If you were hoping the 76ers might pass on him due to questions about his athleticism, you best think again:
Just watch D'Angelo's Russell's vertical jump test. 30.5" standing vert. 39" max vert. Much better than expected.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 1, 2015
At this point Emmanuel Mudiay might have dunk from halfcourt if he wants to convince the Sixers he's the choice at No. 3.
Speaking of Muiday, he's ready to start his nationwide workout tour, and he'll be playing New York:
Larry Brown says Emmanuel Mudiay was always a "huge" Lakers fan http://t.co/ZzA3m0f7DM— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 1, 2015
HE'S A LAKERS FAN! CHARACTER ALERT! CHARACTER ALERT!
Perhaps Mudiay has something up his sleeve to wow the Lakers, who likely need some serious convincing to pass over Okafor/Towns at No. 2. The only thing we can be sure of at this point is whoever the Lakers pick will be awesome and whoever the Knicks pick will require reconstructive surgery within nine months.