Draft Notes: Tatum, Kennard, Jefferson, Allen

Duke’s Jayson Tatum worked out today in Los Angeles for the Suns, who will give him strong consideration with their No. 4 pick, writes Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic. The 6’8″ forward may be the most offensively talented player in the draft, but he has shortcomings on defense, which is the prime concern in Phoenix. Still, he is ranked fourth or fifth in most mock drafts and could easily wind up in a Suns uniform.

There’s more news from a busy day of draft workouts:

  • Duke’s Luke Kennard wants teams to think of him as more than just a shooter. In a video posted on The Detroit News website, Kennard tells reporters he can handle the ball and has the physical strength to play in the NBA. He worked out for the Pistons today and has upcoming sessions with the Magic, Knicks, Mavericks and Hornets.
  • Duke teammate Amile Jefferson is going through a workout marathon, relays Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. Jefferson, who was part of a six-player session with the Hornets today, hopes to work out for about half the league’s 30 teams before draft day. “I love every minute of it,” Jefferson said. “This is the only chance you get to do something like this. From state to state, really introduce yourself and show off your talents to 15 or more teams in the NBA. I’m cherishing all these places. I’m really thankful for this opportunity.” He has also held workouts for the Timberwolves, Jazz, Knicks, Rockets and Nuggets, with six more on his schedule.
  • Texas center Jarrett Allen, who worked out for the Kings today, is trying to develop a more consistent outside shot, relays Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee. Allen watched Game 4 of the NBA Finals with team officials Friday night and said he enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere. “I like how they understand it’s a really busy time,” Allen said, “so they’re just trying to get into a relaxed situation; it helps us out a lot more than people think.” Sacramento also held a six-player workout today with Joe Rahon of Saint Mary’s, Milton Doyle of Loyola, Matt Williams of Central Florida, Semi Ojeleye  of SMU, RaShawn Thomas of Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Eric Mika of BYU. Zach Collins of Gonzaga is scheduled for a session on Sunday.
  • Terrance Ferguson, who committed to Alabama and Arizona before playing last season in Australia, was among the players who worked out for the Trail Blazers today, relays Mike Richman of The Oregonian. He is considered to be a first-round talent who can contribute as a “3 and D” wing player. “Every NBA teams needs shooting,” he said. “…Shooting and a coachable player and defense. I think I can bring that to the table.” Ferguson has also worked out for the Lakers, Pacers, Bulls and Nuggets and has visits remaining with the Hornets, Heat, Pistons, Nets and Bucks.
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8 thoughts on “Draft Notes: Tatum, Kennard, Jefferson, Allen

  1. Corleone

    Suns need a Big Time Trade

    Bledsoe Chandler and Dudley for a first rounder and Drummond first rounder from Miami

    I think the Suns can pick

    Fox or Ball
    And
    Jackson or Tatum

    Best lineup

    Fox – Ball
    Booker – Barbosa – Ulis
    Warren – Jackson or Tatum
    Chriss – Bender
    Drummond – Williams

    • Connorsoxfan

      Why would Detroit take Bledsoe and Chandler?? They have Jackson and Chandler just sucks. Drummond has way more value than that. And ha you have Detroit giving a first rounder

    • oriolesravenstimberwolves04

      Totally the most misinformed person on this whole site

  2. formerlyz

    I’ve heard so many mixed things on Fergyson, it’s hard to peg where his value is. Couple of teams in the late lottery-mid 1st round that could use a wing, so maybe he moves up for that reason

  3. Corleone

    Bledsoe is a very big update to Jackson and the pick and Chander for Drummond is very good move

    • Chandler will get you Nothing! He’s too old!
      Bledsoe maybe a mid to late 1st rounder? The pistons will want a helluva
      Lot more for Drummond.

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