Many people truly don't understand the point of the NBA Combine. I understand the point of view, though. Many of the prospects have been scouted since high school, some since middle school. However, I am a fan of the combine because it allows one to view a prospect since season's end, and that intangible can be telling. The season has been over for approximately two months for some, while others have made the late postseason push, therefore, we have to revisit their overall ability with the eye test.
Also, we cannot take for granted how a prospects performs in unique drills under pressure. My thought: if a prospect can perform under pressure in a small capacity, the better prepared he is when the team is down 2 with 10 seconds on the clock.
Finally, personnel are also searching for official measurements, athleticism metrics, medical analysis, and any tangible nuances that can influence draft projections. The NBA Combine shouldn't be taken for granted. No audition should be taken for granted. Even if a prospect has a great body of work at the college/high school/AAU level, this week can shift a prospect's stock as well as expose him to a new level in his career.
-Kevin Daniels, Northeast Scouting Report, LLC