Draft prospects talk weaknesses, NBA adjustment and more

Monday May 19th, 2014
Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon is confident that he can play both forward positions in the NBA.
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Anderson: "I have to credit my teammates for that. The way we shared the ball, the way they knocked down shots, they made me look a lot better. I understand that point guard may not be the position I'm able to play in the NBA. Defensively, it could be something. But big point guards have had success in the NBA. I'm not comparing myself to Magic Johnson, but he put little guards on his hip and sometimes defended threes and fours. [Rookie of the Year] Michael Carter-Williams is paving the way for bigger point guards as well."

Adreian Payne, a 23-year-old forward, says he's been dealing with mononucleosis since January.
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Zach LaVine, who played one season in college, wants to prove that he can flourish as a point guard.
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Adams: "I regret saying it, but [the NCAA} gave us a date and it seemed like we had to or something was going to happen. So I did it. It wasn't that I just wanted to be in the draft, but teams showed interest after I decided to come back. Every team that has interviewed me has asked about it and I said the exact same thing to them."

Jahii Carson had a maximum vertical leap of 43½ inches at the combine, tied for the best in Chicago.
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Smith: I averaged 13 shots per game this year. I was the most efficient player in the country the last two years, according to Ken Pomeroy [the analytics guru named Smith the most productive player in the country those seasons]. For someone to say that I just jack shots, that's kind of making fun of me. That's disrespectful. I work hard. I play both ends of the floor. Last year, maybe you could pull that card. But I was still the most efficient player in the country."

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