Feb 22, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) and guard Andrew Wiggins (22) speak with media after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 85-54. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Top Prospects Are Skipping NBA Draft Combine: Is There Concern?

Last night, Adrian Wojnarowki reported that Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid will not be attending the NBA Draft combine in Chicago. Soon after, Wojnarowski also reported that Andrew Wiggins also withdrew from the combine. One would imagine that Wiggins withdrew after he found out about Parker and Embiid. All three of these gentleman are in discussion to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Certainly, all three players will be gone within the first three picks of the draft. Remember, that NBA teams can still bring all three in to do their own medical tests and interviews. This is comparable to skipping the NFL combine, but performing at a pro day. Why did this happen? Who knows. People can say that Embiid is scared of his back injury, but teams are without a doubt going to evaluate him 110 percent before the draft. If there’s any red flags, it will be well known. There probably wasn’t much for these three to prove at the combine, but it would have been fun to see their measurements on paper. I’m dying to know what Andrew Wiggins’ vertical is at this point. But, the intrigue about the top-three selections will just have to live on. There shouldn’t be too much concern about this announcement. In this day and age, NBA teams are going to find out everything about a prospect, it just won’t be blasted all over NBATV and ESPN. It’s a little curious to wonder why these prospects are skipping out, but really, they don’t have much to gain. All three are almost guaranteed to be selected within the top-three picks of the draft. Who knows what sort of freak injury could happen. Better safe than sorry. Don’t worry, no damaged goods will be coming to Philadelphia. Draft lottery is in EIGHT DAYS SIXERS NATION!

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