Pro Days: Agencies host workouts to aid NBA teams, hopefuls

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 7:46 PM

After all that, he'south seen only about half the NBA'south teams. But all thirty clubs have seen him, and did so at the same time.

Pro Days: Agencies host workouts to aid NBA teams, hopefuls

Davon Reed has crisscrossed the country nearly nonstop for the latest few weeks, playing anywhere he could with hopes of raising his NBA draft stock.

After all that, he'south seen only about half the NBA's teams.

But all thirty clubs have seen him, and did so at the same time.

Pro Days — where many top agencies invite in every team to look players they represent work out at once in a controlled setting — are still a relatively new concept in the NBA world, though quickly have become a vital portion of the evaluation process. Players are frequently still invited to various cities for workouts and meetings, but having them in a Pro Day also gives the agents a chance to point out various selling points they perceive may have been missed.

"For us, they've really been valuable from the standpoint of there's thirty teams but there'south only so many teams that you can obtain to," said agent Tag Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Entertainment, which had about two hundred onlookers from NBA teams at its Pro Day in Chicago this year. "This gives everybody a chance to look the players at the same time, at the same vision. And we also attempt to create the workout very taxing. It'south not a dog-and-pony show.

"Teams fly a long way to look us do this," Bartelstein added. "We wish to give them a grand picture of our guys."

Reed is represented by ASM Sports, which had its Pro Day in Las Vegas. Reed said he was trying to not see into the bleachers and study precisely who was there — people who'll have a huge declare in the immediate future for the former Univ of Miami guard — but couldn't assistance but notice how many teams were in attendance.

Number one needed to tell him how critical the session was.

"All that you prepare for in this process, just trusting the work and the time you keep in, overshadows whatever pressure you might feel," Reed said. "Also playing college basketball at the highest level, being in front of maybe millions of people every night on TV when you play, you construct that tolerance. You obtain used to knowing that people are watching."

True, but this obviously wasn't the typical crowd. It wasn't uncommon at Pro Days across the league this year to look the likes of Miami'south Pat Riley, the LA Lakers' Magic Johnson and New York'south Phil Jackson walk through the doors and assess with their staffs. And it'south clear that what goes on at Pro Days — even though the sure-fire top picks don't necessity to get part — can have a decided effect on what'll happen at Thursday night's draft.

Teams would nearly always declare that they prefer to keep their own workout with a player. They wish to get their own measurements, running players through specific drills, have some control of what they obtain to see.

But in an era where the NBA Draft Combine seems to be losing much of its value, with top players either not partaking in much or skipping it altogether and many of the invitees not going to be drafted anyway, the Pro Day concept — which frequently is a combination of workouts and interviews — seems to assistance providing teams with more real information.

Many top agencies love Roc Nation, CAA, Wasserman, BDA Sports and more all had Pro Days this year. It wasn't necessarily just for the draft eligible; Rudy Gay, coming off an Achilles injury, worked out a bit before the Roc Nation crowd.

"My experience, they're fine," Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. "You obtain to interact with the player. You obtain to look the player. At that point hopefully you've done your homework sufficient (that the) pro day doesn't sway you in any way because — it'south just shooting, some very vanilla stuff. But to be able to speak to a player, I think it's fine."

ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas doesn't seem surprised that Pro Days are catching on, if only because NBA teams wish all the information they can obtain out of the evaluation process.

"If they obtain an opportunity to look somebody, they're going to go look him," Bilas said. "You may memorise something, obtain a chance to speak to somebody. You're going to go and they go to everything. If the agents are putting on a Pro Day, they're going. From that standpoint, I think it does have some value."

In a grouping of three other players, Reed tried to indicate off his whole game: He went 1-on-1, he got out in transition, he showed his finishing skills, as executives standing or sitting just a few feet far took notes.

And, he hopes, took notice.

"Pro Day gives you an opportunity," Reed said. "A team might really be there to look someone else in the gym but they can look your talent as well. Or maybe what you do in that Pro Day gets you a workout with a certain team. But the intimate setting of a workout for a team is necessary as well, seeing how you fit in their style. So it'south all portion of the process. And we'll look what happens."

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