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Lack of predraft workouts should not impact Shai Gilgeous-Alexanders’s draft position

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Bobby Marks, ESPN’s front office insider for the NBA draft, doesn’t think Shai Gilgeous-Alexander avoiding workouts with some NBA teams will have little impact on his draft status Thursday night.

“I think there’s enough body of work for players in college that we’ve seen, either in one year, if they’ve been healthy, to get a clear evaluation than bringing a player in and having him go one on 0,” said Marks Thursday during a teleconference with media members.

“I think where we probably miss out a little bit if a player does not come in is that the kind of — you let your coaching staff kind of touch that player, where you feel — you can see how coachable he is, get him on the court, and have him walk through with your coaching staff as far as from sets, get him out to dinner, get a good interview if you haven’t done it yet in Chicago.

“You already have the background on him, you already have the medical on him. And I’ve been in New Jersey where we’ve drafted players that never came in for a workout.

I don’t know if you’re an organization if you can hold that against the player.


Marks said Gilgeous-Alexander had a list of players that he wanted to work out against like Collin Sexton, Trae Young and others. From information Marks had, those players did not want to do any workouts against other players.

Gilgeous-Alexander’s agent wasn’t going to send him to work out against lesser players and take a chance on only hurting his draft status.

” I wouldn’t probably make too much into it that he’s got a guarantee somewhere. But that usually is the mindset. You line up certain players that you want to work out against, and if they’re not — those players will not work out against you, then you usually kind of pull back,” Marks said.

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