With the NBA Draft just weeks away, this year's prospects will have one last chance to show why they deserve a lucrative contract and a spot on a professional roster. The 2013 NBA Draft Combine runs from May 16-17 in Chicago and will feature many of the projected top picks.
Ben McLemore, the guard out of Kansas, headlines the group of 60 players at the combine. He's out to prove that he should be the No. 1 overall pick. McLemore and the rest will be put through workouts in front of NBA scouts and media members, and will have scheduled media availability to answer any lingering questions and to give their impressions on how it all went.
While most prospects are showcasing their skills, one prime candidate for the top overall selection will not work out at all. Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel missed the last nine games of the season after tearing his ACL in a game against Florida and is still not ready to play. His rehabilitation appears to be on schedule, but his status for the start of the 2013-14 season remains uncertain.
Still, Noel's spot on a roster is pretty secure, which is more than some at the Combine could say. Guys like Ryan Kelly (Duke), Pierre Jackson (Baylor) and Reggie Bullock (North Carolina) are fighting just to prove they deserve to be selected at all. They each project to be late second-round picks at best. A couple good days in Chicago, however, could ultimately make the difference.
The complete list of guests at the 2013 NBA Draft Combine can be found below: