Ainge: Pre-draft camp chance to see prospect progress

Ainge: Pre-draft camp chance to see prospect progress
May 12, 2014, 3:00 pm
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BOSTON — The NBA has released its list of 60 invitees to this week's pre-draft camp in Chicago.

As expected, the consensus top-3 players - Duke's Jabari Parker and Kansas tandem Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins - will not be in attendance

Even without their presence, lottery teams like the Boston Celtics still have plenty to gain from those who will be there.

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, says the approach to the draft combine is no different whether you're a lottery team or one that selects near the end of the draft.

"Like everybody else, we go to evaluate the players, just the continued evaluation of them," Ainge told "There are some opportunities to talk with people while you're there as well."

In addition to the dozen or so interviews teams will individually conduct with players, there are also opportunities to speak with agents who may also represent potential free agents.

For Ainge, the workouts offer an opportunity to see what progress if any, players have made since their college seasons ended.

"Plenty of players in the draft now are so much younger," Ainge said. "Kids change, their bodies change. They get stronger and work on their skills. What you see now may be different than what you saw from them in the regular season."

Ainge added, "I've seen a lot of guys that weren't very good at one element of the game, then they got to the combine and there was already marked improvement in that part of their game. A lot of kids have been preparing for the combine camp. It'll be good to see up-close where a lot of guys are right now."