I haven't had many profound thoughts lately; the playoffs have gone as expected (given Westbrook's injury, and then Griffin's) and there hasn't been any earth-shattering draft news. NBA Draft combine measurements were yesterday. A few things of note regarding some of the top prospects:
-Anthony Bennett is injured, was not present, and therefore was not measured. His actual height is still unknown as far as we know. That is a big deal. Bennett becomes a much better prospect if he's 6'7" without shoes - but I have a feeling he's closer to 6'5".
-Nerlens Noel weighed only 206 pounds. That is a skinny prospect, and actually should raise some concerns. Noel could add another 20 pounds and still be one of the thinner big men in the league. His weight might mean he is more naturally inclined to play power forward in the NBA as opposed to center. Injury and weight make Noel seem less of a surefire top prospect than he was in January. I would still probably take him first, but I can see why teams might be hestitant to do so.
-Both Victor Oladipo and Ben McLemore are less than 6'4" without shoes - not great size for a shooting guard. That's not a surprise, but it is somewhat significant. Oladipo has a huge wingspan, which should help make up for his height.
-Otto Porter, on the other hand, is really big for his position - almost 6'8" without shoes. I could see why a team would select him #1, although that appears unlikely.
-Rudy Gobert and Steven Adams, as expected, had great measurements. Both are big, big guys. You can't teach size, and each player has shown enough skill to make him worthy of being selected in the top ten.
-Michael Carter-Williams is almost 6'5" without shoes - huge for a point guard. That certainly helps his case for being drafted early.