2012 Draft Central - Draft Combine Preview

June 6, 2012

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—With the 2012 NBA Draft Combine beginning Wednesday in Chicago, Brooklyn Nets Assistant General Manager Bobby Marks will join a contingent of team executives at the three-day event. He checked in with brooklynnets.com to break down expectations heading in.


Bobby Marks

BrooklynNets.com: For those who may not know, how will the three days play out?

Bobby Marks: Starting tonight, from 6 o'clock to 9 o'clock, we'll interview four or five prospects. We have a half hour each with each player in an interview-type setting. The people in the room are: (General Manager) Billy King, myself, (Head Coach) Avery Johnson, (Director of Player Personnel) Gregg Polinsky, (Director of Player Procurement) Frank Zanin, and then our team psychologist, Dr. Sara Hickman. We spend a half hour with each guy .

The next day, the morning is designated from 9 o'clock to 1 o'clock for workouts, so we'll go over to the gym, we'll watch the guys partake in a skills workout -- they don't play 5-on-5 or game setting or anything like that. It's all general workout stuff. That afternoon, we'll start the interviews again; I think we go from 2 in the afternoon to 9 o'clock that night. We'll interview another eight or nine players during that seven-hour gap. The following day, which is Friday, starts it all over again: There will be drill work and skill work in the morning, from 9 til 12, and then there's interviews from 2 o'clock to 5 o'clock.

BrooklynNets.com: Who else from the Nets will attend, and how did you decide on the makeup of that group?

Bobby Marks: It's basically -- besides the people I just mentioned -- Garry St. Jean, who's our scout out West and (Pro Scout) Bob Ferry, who does our stuff on the East Coast, college-wise. They're the other two people on stuff like that. It's the people who've seen these guys over the course of the year. Of course, Avery being out there is important, and Billy, at the end of the day, he's the decision-maker. Gregg is the chief college scout. Frank's got the pulse of the NBA from a personnel standpoint. It's a little bit of a mix of everything.

BrooklynNets.com: With the interviews playing such a prominent part of the process, what knowledge are you looking to gain from them?

Bobby Marks: We've already done a lot of background checks on these kids, so we already have an idea of them from a written standpoint. We do a lot of researching before we go in there and we'll all have our iPads with their background stuff; if anything stands out, it'll probably be brought up: if there was something with their family, if there was a prior arrest, where they went to school and what they can bring to the NBA. A lot of it is off the research that we've already done with the kids.

We're going to interview 18 kids and I don't know if we're going to draft one, but you'll always be ahead of the game, you'll be prepared; if it's not now, it could be next year in a trade; could it be one of these kids doesn't get drafted? Could it be four years from now, when they're a free agent? You can say, 'We interviewed him -- he had a great interview; he's a stand-up guy; we already have the background.' It's not always about 'the now' -- it's down the road. The main goal is to have a library on every possible NBA player who's in the league.

BrooklynNets.com: And what about the measurements and workouts? What kind of impact can those have this late in the process?

Bobby Marks: I think the big thing you probably get out of it is the measurements: the heights, the weights. Because a lot of guys are listed in their college media guides at a certain height and you might see something that stands out (like) their wingspan. We've seen a lot of guys who've been at school a year, probably seen them five or six times in an actual game setting, and at their high end. Or a guy who's been there three or four years, you've seen a ton of stuff like that. There's no better setting than watching them in person in a 5-on-5 game type setting -- anyone can look good in skill work or agility work, when nobody's defending you.

BrooklynNets.com: How many times have you been to the Combine? And what do you look forward to?

Bobby Marks: I think this is my fifth or sixth time in Chicago. The last three or four years, it's been similar to what's going on this year. There was a time they had it in Orlando about five or six years ago, where they actually played 5-on-5 games, they had teams and everything. They also had that one in Chicago prior to when they had it in Orlando, and you weren't getting some of the better prospects, so they wound up eliminating that type of setting and made it into more of a skill workout.

The interview process is a good setting, just because you really don't know much besides what you've done background on; you've never really met these kids. And you get to see the other people who are in your position, GM-wise, and get the dialogue going toward the Draft and free agency. It's more about gathering a lot of intelligence and a lot of information.

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