Big Board: Top 30 NBA prospects

Nerlens Noel has kept a tight grip on his No. 1 draft status thus far. Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT

The NBA draft combine takes place this week in Chicago (on ESPNU and ESPN2 Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET), and historically the two-day event has played a significant role in players' draft stocks.

While most NBA GMs say the combine doesn't really change much for them, every year we see how the combine really does have an impact.

For example, a great shooting or athletic performance at the combine (there are no 5-on-5 games), a terrific physical measurement or a strong interview with a team can boost a player in the eyes of NBA GMs and head coaches.

Likewise, a poor performance, showing up out of shape, measuring poorly, interviewing badly or being medically red-flagged can cause a player's stock to drop.

So here's our final Big Board before the draft combine and individual and team workouts. Expect some significant changes in the coming weeks. Also, be sure to check out our updated Top 100 and our updated Lottery Mock Draft.


Nerlens Noel

SCHOOL: Kentucky
HT/WT: 6-11, 215

10.5 PPG
9.5 RPG
4.4 BPG

Noel will attend the draft combine, but obviously won't participate in the drills or athletic testing. However, a few important things can help his cause. He'll get his official measurements, he'll likely go through medical testing, which will give doctors their first good looks at his surgically repaired ACL, and he'll likely do interviews with the teams in best position to land the No. 1 pick.