2016 NBA Draft Recap: Reaction and Analysis Cover Image
2016 NBA Draft Recap: Reaction and Analysis
Brett Squires
Ben Simmons Headshot

Ben Simmons says he's up to 250 lbs.

The first overall pick in the 2016 draft was listed at 240 when he was selected, so this bulk up might be something to watch. He was expected to see upwards of 30 minutes a game this season, but if the weight gain adversely affects his endurance it could be a problem. On a different note, isn't is exciting to see the media tracking NBA weight gain and loss like the paparazzi track the weight of Oprah? Perhaps Weight Watchers should consider a sponsorship deal here.
24 minutes ago
C.J. Wilcox Headshot

C.J. Wilcox, who broke a finger during summer league, will be cleared fully for camp if an X-ray Monday looks good.

Wilcox had surgery back in July to help repair a fracture, but isn't expected to miss any regular season time. Even if he misses some of camp, it's not likely to affect him overall as he is really just a minor bench option anyway.
43 minutes ago
Marc Gasol Headshot

JaMychal Green says Marc Gasol looks good, he's shooting the ball well and is slimmer.

Let's give it up for coach-speak and camp-talk, people! You're going to be inundated with all sorts of chatter from the teams, but let';s face it...barring a seething hatred for a particular player, the majority of what you'll hear is rah-rah rhetoric trying to get the team and fan-base hyped up for the season. Don't be that fantasy owner who bases decisions on this type of talk. Gasol is who he is and will be a strong option, but slimmer and "looking good" should not be factored in here.
46 minutes ago
Aaron Gordon Headshot

Aaron Gordon (sprained ankle) will not be in full-contact drills early in camp, Frank Vogel said.

The Magic do not believe the sprain to be too serious, so they will happily take it slowly with their star, young forward. He is not expected to miss any regular season time, so don;t be concerned if they handle him with kid gloves to start camp. Draft Gordon accordingly.
49 minutes ago
Dion Waiters Headshot

Dion Waiters has lost 12 pounds and cut 2.5-percent off his body fat.

The report comes just shy of saying that Waiters in in the best shape of his life, so tread lightly here. While some players do well with weight loss, others find that their overall stamina and endurance is adversely affected. You won't know whether this change in body will be beneficial or not until you see him on the court regularly. Watch how he plays in camp this year as he stands a good chance of landing the starting shooting guard role for the Heat. There is certainly some scoring upside, but don;t get too crazed over a report that says he's slimmed down.
1 hour ago
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