Reports: 13 prospects receive NBA Draft green room invitations
The NBA has reportedly invited 10 prospects to the green room for Thursday's 2013 NBA Draft.
ESPN.com reported Saturday the list of names, which lacks any major surprises, and a list of secondary candidates who could also receive invitations between now and Thursday.
Those invited are: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky); Victor Oladipo (Indiana); Otto Porter (Georgetown); Alex Len (Maryland); Anthony Bennett (UNLV); Ben McLemore (Kansas); Trey Burke (Michigan); Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse); C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) and Cody Zeller (Indiana).
Several others players, including Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Pittsburgh's Steven Adams, UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, Russia's Sergey Karasev, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk and Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, could be extended invites.
ESPN.com reported three additional names on Monday.
Steven Adams (Pittsburgh), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia) and Sergey Karasev (Russia) are last three green room invites for Thursday's NBA Draft, per source.
Green-room players and their guests are seated at tables in front of the stage, allowing for televised interviews during the broadcast of the draft as well as the iconic handshake moment with NBA commissioner David Stern once they are selected. Players who aren't invited to the green room can still attend the draft in person if they so choose.
A green-room invite does not guarantee a player any particular selection, but it's rare for an invitee to fall too far out of the lottery. Last year, 14 players were invited to the green room, and the last green-room invite selected was UNC's Tyler Zeller, who went No. 17 to the Cavaliers. In 2011, 15 players were invited to the green room, and the last invite selected was Florida State's Chris Singleton, who went No. 18 to the Wizards.
The accuracy of mock drafts has improved to the point where green-room invites rarely cause a raised eyebrow. Nine of the 10 players already invited to the green room appear in the top 10 of the latest mock draft from SI.com's Chris Mannix. The only player who was invited and is outside Mannix's top 10 is Carter-Williams, currently projected to go No. 13. The only player in Mannix's top 10 who has not yet been invited is Muhammad, who could well join the rest of the group.ESPN.com's latest mock draft top 10 also includes nine current invitees; DraftExpress.com's latest mock draft top 10 includes eight current invitees.