On the Beat | NBA Confirms '17 Draft Combine Attendees

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – With all early entrants registered, and participants for the combine now revealed, NBA Draft engines can start to crank up in earnest.

On the heels of releasing the names of the nearly 200 early entry candidates eligible for this year’s draft two weeks ago, the NBA on Friday afternoon announced the 67 pro hopefuls set to appear at this year’s draft combine, which will be held next Tuesday through Sunday in Chicago.

Potent Washington All-American guard Markelle Fultz headlines a list further highlighted by Kentucky backcourt speedster De’Aaron Fox. Texas’ Jarrett Allen, Indiana’s OG Anunoby, Gonzaga’s Zach Collins, and North Carolina’s Justin Jackson represent the other projected lottery picks expected to travel to the Windy City.

As for the extent to which these attendees, or any others, for that matter, will participate in the combine’s activities has yet to be disclosed. The event revolves primarily around interviews with team executives and coaches, five-on-five scrimmaging, skill drills, anthropometric testing, and medical evaluations.

Josh Hart, the 2017 Big 5 and Big East Player of the Year who helped lead Villanova to a national championship in 2016, will be heading to his second straight combine. He ultimately removed his name from the draft last spring, and went on to earn unanimous All-American honors as a senior this past season.

Looking ahead to additional draft-related matters, players with NCAA eligibility left for 2017-2018 have until May 24th to decide whether or not to remain in this year’s draft pool.

As far as the Sixers are concerned, based on finishing with the 27th-ranked winning percentage in the NBA this season, they have, on their own, an 11.9 percent chance of landing the number one spot for a second year in a row. Combined with a pick swap incentive obtained from a 2015 trade with Sacramento, those odds jump to 14.7 percent.

Furthermore, when accounting for separate trade conditions with the Kings and Los Angeles Lakers, the Sixers have a 15.1 and 15.4 percent shot at the second and third positions in the draft, respectively. There’s also a 39.6 percent chance the Sixers come away with two picks in the top five, a 52.3 percent chance they get two choices in the top six, and a 53.1 percent chance they snag two selections in the top seven.

The Sixers could have as many as four picks in the second round, too.


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