BOSTON – The list of players who will be in attendance at the NBA pre-draft combine in Chicago next week has been released.
And not surprisingly, there are some projected near the top of the NBA draft board who will not be in attendance.
LSU’s one-and-done stud Ben Simmons, projected to be among the top two players selected, will not be in attendance.
Joining Simmons among the more notable players who won’t be in Chi-town is Croatian big man Dragan Bender whose current team Maccabi Tel Aviv is still in the middle of their season. He is projected by most as being the third overall pick.
Providence star guard Kris Dunn, projected as a top-10 pick, will be among those in attendance, as well as his Friars teammate Ben Bentil.
The Celtics usually cast a pretty wide net at the combine, but this year it’ll likely be even wider due to the fact that Boston has eight picks that represents 13.3 percent of the draft.
Boston has three first-round picks, with the first to be determined during the draft lottery later this month. The pick comes from Brooklyn, and will be no worse than the sixth overall selection.
The Celtics also have the 16th and 23rd overall picks in the first round, along with five (31st, 35th, 45th, 51st and 58th) in the second round.
Here's the full list of prospects attending the NBA Combine:
|Ron Baker||Wichita State|
|Cat Barber||North Carolina State|
|Malik Beasley||Florida State|
|DeAndre Bembry||St. Joseph's|
|Joel Bolomboy||Weber State|
|Deyonta Davis||Michigan State|
|Demetrius Jackson||Notre Dame|
|Justin Jackson||North Carolina|
|Brice Johnson||North Carolina|
|Thon Maker||Orangeville Prep/Athlete Institute|
|Isaiah Miles||St. Joseph's|
|Malik Newman||Mississippi State|
|Georges Niang||Iowa State|
|Marcus Paige||North Carolina|
|Gary Payton II||Oregon State|
|Zhou Qi||Xinjiang (China)|
|Pascal Siakam||New Mexico State|
|Denzel Valentine||Michigan State|
|Isaiah Whitehead||Seton Hall|
Danny Ainge and Larry Bird were both hired as NBA general managers in 2003. Ainge was back with the Celtics, where he spent the prime seasons of his playing career. And Bird went back to the Pacers, where he coached for three seasons.
There's no question that Bird was the better player. But who has been the better GM?
Trenni Kusnierek has a very interesting argument for why Ainge gets the edge. Watch the video above for her reasoning.
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, a good friend of Brad Stevens, is out in Indiana.
Pacers president Larry Bird made the official announcement on Thursday.
Vogel’s contract was up in Indiana and Bird elected to not renew it. That, according to Bird, was hard for Vogel to hear.
Both Bird and Vogel spoke shortly before Bird’s press conference with members of the media, and that’s when Bird gave him the news.
Larry Bird says he and Frank Vogel spoke for about a half hour on the phone this morning, and that Vogel kept asking him to reconsider.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 5, 2016
There is speculation now as to who will take over as head coach. With Kevin McHale removing himself from consideration for the Sacramento Kings job, there was some thought that he could become the head coach of the Pacers under good friend and former teammate Bird.
That isn’t going to happen either.
Bird: Kevin McHale won’t be a candidate: “I would not do that to Kevin, to have him work for me. That’s not fair. I respect him too much."— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) May 5, 2016