Top NBA Draft prospects Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, and Andrew Wiggins won't be among the dozens of prospects to descend upon Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine on Wednesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. As the veteran NBA scribe notes, Embiid and Parker are "two potential No. 1 overall picks," and he reported later Sunday evening that Wiggins has withdrawn as well.
The NBA Draft Combine affords the league's teams time to meet with Draft prospects one-on-one. In addition, players undergo physical tests, the results of which tests they then distribute to the league's 30 teams. Embiid missed the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments because of a back injury, so his decision to skip the Combine may raise questions about his NBA readiness.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel published Sunday morning a story offering insight into the Combine. His feature includes the Orlando Magic's perspective, as well as first-hand accounts from Magic guard Victor Oladipo, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, and Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum.
Orlando owns the league's third-worst record, meaning its own pick will fall between first and sixth overall. It will also receive an additional first-rounder from either the Denver Nuggets or the New York Knicks, whichever team owns the less favorable selection.