Phoenix Suns 2014 NBA Draft Combine Preview

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The NBA Combine officially kicks off today, May 14th, with player interviews, but the real action starts tomorrow and goes through the 16th. Here is how you can watch, what you can expect to see, and who you should pay attention to.

What: NBA Draft Combine

Where: Chicago, Illinois

When: May 14th - May 16th

Watch: Interviews (May 14th on NBATV), Drills/Testing (May 15th-16th ESPNU & ESPN2)

Schedule of Events:
Date Time (Arizona) Channel Online
5/14 10am -12pm (Player Interview Special) NBATV N/A
5/15 7am - 9am ESPNU WatchESPN
5/15 10am - 12pm ESPN2 WatchESPN
5/16 7am - 9am ESPNU WatchESPN
5/16 10am - 12pm ESPN2 WatchESPN

The NBA Combine is the yearly event where 60 of the top NBA prospects get to interview with teams, compete in drills, and submit to physicals and athletic testing.

This year is no different, however, it will be without at least three of the top prospects:  Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Joel Embiid who have chosen to forgo the combine in favor of meeting with individual teams.

This probably won't affect the Suns though, as it's extremely unlikely that Phoenix, who is currently slotted 14th in the lottery, could end up with a top three pick in order to consider any of them.  However, two other potential Suns' draftees also announced they will miss the combine due to ailments:  Adreian Payne (sickness/mono) and Mitch McGary (back problems).

Although the international presence at the NBA Draft Combine is sparse, you will have a chance to see many of them in action as well at the Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy on June 7-9.

Still, the vast majority of the players who will be considered by the Suns will be in attendance.  Here's a look at the schedule and the full list of players, along with indications of which players could be in the Suns range in the first round of the coming draft.

Participants:
Player Name
College

Jordan Adams

UCLA

*Kyle Anderson (Draft Preview)

UCLA

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

D-League

Isaiah Austin

Baylor

Jordan Bachynski

Arizona State

Cameron Bairstow

New Mexico

Khem Birch

UNLV

Alec Brown

Green Bay

Jabari Brown

Missouri

Markel Brown

Oklahoma St.

Deonte Burton

Nevada

Jahii Carson

Arizona State

Semaj Christon

Xavier

Jordan Clarkson

Missouri

Aaron Craft

Ohio State

DeAndre Daniels

Connecticut

Spencer Dinwiddie

Colorado

*Cleanthony Early (Draft Preview)

Wichita State

Melvin Ejim

Iowa State

*Tyler Ennis (Draft Preview)

Syracuse

Dante Exum

Australia

C.J. Fair

Syracuse

*Aaron Gordon (Draft Preview)

Arizona

*Jerami Grant (Draft Preview)

Syracuse

*P.J. Hairston (Draft Preview)

D-League/UNC

*Gary Harris (Draft Preview)

Michigan State

Joe Harris

Virginia

*Rodney Hood (Draft Preview)

Duke

Cory Jefferson

Baylor

Nick Johnson

Arizona

DeAndre Kane

Iowa State

Sean Kilpatrick

Cincinnati

Alex Kirk

New Mexico

*Zach LaVine (Draft Preview)

UCLA

Devyn Marble

Iowa

*James Michael McAdoo (Draft Preview)

North Carolina

*K.J. McDaniels (Draft Preview)

Clemson

*Doug McDermott (Draft Preview)

Creighton

Jordan McRae

Tennessee

*Shabazz Napier (Draft Preview)

Connecticut

Johnny O'Bryant III

LSU

Lamar Patterson

Pittsburgh

*Elfrid Payton (Draft Preview)

Louisiana-Lafayette

Dwight Powell

Stanford

Julius Randle

Kentucky

Glenn Robinson III

Michigan

LaQuinton Ross

Ohio State

Marcus Smart

Oklahoma State

Russ Smith

Louisville

*Nik Stauskas (Draft Preview)

Michigan

Jarnell Stokes

Tennessee

Xavier Thames

San Diego State

Noah Vonleh

Indiana

*T.J. Warren (Draft Preview)

North Carolina State

Kendall Williams

New Mexico

C.J. Wilcox

Washington

*James Young (Draft Preview)

Kentucky

*Patric Young (Draft Preview)

Florida

What to Watch:

Besides watching the players identified above, who fit needs for the Suns and could also fall in their range, the combine will give lesser known players, and those from smaller schools, a chance to compete with the big boys, and possibly make a name for themselves and help boost their stock.

The players compete in drills individually, along with other players in their position group.  They also go through physical testing and measurements which help teams identify players with special attributes, and also those with potential red flags.

As such, some players listed will not participate in all the activities and physical testing.  But for those who do, we will get a better understanding of what they can contribute to the team, and how they stack up against their peers.

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