Nolan Smith could be drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the late first round. (Icon SMI)
By Ryan Feldman
Sunday, June 19, 2011
We are now just 26 days from the NBA Draft. With Chicago and Minnesota out of the way, team workouts are heating up. This past week was a big week for draft workouts and the upcoming week will be even more crucial.
With a number of workouts, including standout performances at many of them, plus a terrific performance at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, three players that are moving up the draft boards are JaJuan Johnson, Justin Harper and Andrew Goudelock. Johnson may have secured himself into the first round at this point. Harper has a great chance at landing in the late first round as well. Goudelock may not last past the first 10 picks of the second round and he could even possibly land himself in the late first round.
On Wednesday, the Detroit Pistons hosted a workout with Malcolm Lee, Andrew Goudelock, Cory Joseph, Norris Cole, Andrew Albicy and Kalin Lucas. Lee, Goudelock, Joseph and Cole could be options for the Pistons with the No. 33 pick.
Also on Wednesday, the Miami Heat hosted a workout with Jimmy Butler and Iman Shumpert. Both are options with the No. 31 pick.
On Thursday, the Indiana Pacers hosted a workout with Darius Morris, Josh Selby, JaJuan Johnson, Justin Harper, Corey Fisher and Chris Wright (Georgetown). Sources at that workout said that JaJuan Johnson stood out as the best player there. Justin Harper and Josh Selby also played well.
Also on Thursday, the Houston Rockets hosted a workout with Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Tristan Thompson, Nolan Smith, Cory Joseph and Nikola Vucevic. That workout included possible options for the Rockets' draft picks at No. 14, No. 23 and No. 38.
On Friday, the Rockets brought in Tobias Harris, Malcolm Thomas, Tyler Honeycutt, Jerai Grant, Chris Wright (Georgetown) and Demonte Harper.
The Heat brought in Malcolm Lee, Jordan Williams, Charles Jenkins, JaJuan Johnson and Jon Leuer on Friday. The Heat's first draft pick isn't until No. 31. They are hoping one of those six players will be available, but they also could be looking at trading into the late first round to choose one of them.
The Los Angeles Clippers hosted a workout on Friday that included Kyle Singler and Diante Garrett.
Friday was a busy today. The Oklahoma City Thunder hosted Andrew Goudelock, Lavoy Allen, Nolan Smith, Josh Selby, Cory Joseph and Matt Howard. A source at the workout said that Selby "was the best guard out there" and Goudelock "shot the hell out of the ball."
The San Antonio Spurs had a busy week with three draft workouts. First, they hosted Demetri McCamey and Jeremy Tyler on Monday, then they hosted Malcolm Thomas on Wednesday, then they brought in Chandler Parsons and Nikola Vucevic on Friday.
The Spurs will continue with another workout next Friday that will include Andrew Goudelock, Malcolm Lee and Lavoy Allen.
The Utah Jazz will hold their first workout on Sunday with Norris Cole, JaJuan Johnson, Dallas Lauderdale, Shelvin Mack, Markieff Morris and Jeremy Tyler. Of those players, Morris is the only realistic option at No. 12. But more likely, the Jazz will consider some of those players if they trade down or acquire another pick.
Enes Kanter will visit with the Jazz next Friday, as the Jazz try and decide whether or not they want to draft Kanter with the No. 3 pick.
Malcolm Lee will participate in the New York Knicks' first draft workout since May 6 on Tuesday, but before then Lee will stop in New Jersey for a workout with the Nets on Monday. The Knicks workout will also include Rick Jackson and Julyan Stone.
An important week for the Knicks will continue on Thursday when they host Jimmer Fredette and on Friday when they bring in Tobias Harris. Fredette and Harris could be in play when the Knicks are on the clock at No. 17.
On Tuesday, the Rockets will host a workout with Darius Morris and Kevin Anderson. Morris could be an option at No. 23 or No. 38.
The Los Angeles Lakers will host a workout on Tuesday that will include Andrew Goudelock, Austin Freeman and Diante Garrett. All three of them could be options with the Lakers' four second-round picks.
On Wednesday, the Boston Celtics will take a look at a group of big men when they work out Lavoy Allen, Justin Harper, Matt Howard, Jon Leuer and Jamie Skeen. Harper and Leuer could be options with the No. 25 pick, while the others could be options at No. 55.
The Indiana Pacers will host a workout on Wednesday that will include Jamine Peterson.
The Milwaukee Bucks will bring in Andrew Goudelock and Malcolm Delaney on Wednesday.