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NBA Draft Combine Notebook: Nicolas Claxton Displays Versatility - May 20, 2019


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CHICAGO - The on-court portion of the draft combine wrapped up on Friday, with two more scrimmages giving prospects a chance to perform in front of the entire league. As a whole, five-on-five play was heavily watered down this year as a vast majority of potential first-round picks opted not to play, aiming to protect their draft stock. Regardless, there were a number of intriguing players who benefited this week. There were also some guys who struggled. Some of the more noteworthy performers from both days of scrimmages are listed below.

Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99), Georgia
A potential first-rounder, Claxton really popped in the combine setting and made a wise decision to participate in scrimmages, where his defensive activity and smarts were on display. He's got impressively active hands and feet-measured at just under 7'0' in shoes with a 7'2.5' wingspan-and left a strong impression by constantly finding ways to disrupt the opposing offense. Offensively, Claxton is comfortable handling the ball and often did so at Georgia this season. And while that won't be his role at the next level, he's a pretty strong all-around player for someone who can also be classified as a project. If his jump shot can make additional progress, there's real upside here. He's the type of versatile big teams will be happy to develop, and will have a good case to remain in the draft if he chooses.   




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