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Kevin Durant thinks the National Basketball Association scouting combine is a waste of time

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The Minnesota Timberwolves wanted to know. I was feeling down about it, because everybody needed something to say about me. And I knew that this wasn't football, where that stuff matters.

So it should come as no surprise that Durant, speaking to ESPN while the Warriors prep for the Western Conference finals, dismissed the National Basketball Association draft combine and its importance altogether. He recalled a rough experience in 2007 when he was 19 and turning pro after one year at Texas.

"All the strength coaches were laughing at me and [shit]", Durant recalled.

The Golden State Warriors forward recently told ESPN a freaky story about being harassed at the pre-draft workouts because he had a weak bench press. Durant should know too, because his combine experience was far from ideal.

After making the 2017 NBA Playoffs, the Bulls will pick 16th in the upcoming NBA Draft in June.

But the combine isn't quite the star-studded showcase it used to be.

Their trip overseas will come before they start bringing in players for individual workouts and interviews in Dallas.

DraftExpress.com has six Big 12 players listed in its two-round mock draft.

Durant's point is sound.

Why did you think it was valuable for you to participate in [the Combine]? .

Mitchell is a player certain to help himself in the interview process.

"Now [players aren't attending], but back then, every player was there", Durant said. My job is to protect my guys. "It's not the way it is for these kids".

"He just told me to be myself, to be vocal and compete and play hard", he said. But he has told them not to play, for example, if they have nothing to gain. The Times reported Durant's overall performance ranked 78th out of 80 prospects.

"Stay your ass home, work out and get better on your own time", Durant suggested. The Magic are expected to interview 20 total prospects total as the Combine wraps up Friday and Saturday. But he doesn't understand missing it entirely. "But if you're like a top pick and you know you're going to be a top pick, just work out".

The recent salary cap spike and the increased role of the D-League means that the value of draft picks is higher than ever, even if they are picks that sit outside of the lottery and general share of top prospects. And players looking to move up in the draft or into it are getting a showcase. "I'm a very good playmaker, I've been shooting the ball a lot better, good passer, and it's always team-first with me". "Every time we have a combine, they look at ways to improve it".

The Duke freshman point guard played well in the 5-on-5 portion of the NBA Draft combine at Quest Multisport Complex and that should help his draft stock going forward.

North Carolina's Justin Jackson isn't playing. "You also get a feel for their energy, their juice, the spirit they have just by talking to them".

"I just stuck with what I did, man". "If he signs with one, who knows whether he'll have the option to even go".

For UCLA forward TJ Leaf, it's a chance to answer questions some might have about his game. Would he buy Ball's basketball shoes?

"I like him personally", Fraschilla said. "Wherever it might be, that's where I'm going to try to leave my mark and be as good as I possibly can".