As the 2014 NBA Draft draws closer, speculation abounds regarding Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane’s draft position. Let’s look at each player and what teams might benefit most from their services.
Depending on which draft service you use, both Ejim and Kane are projected to go at different times in the second round. Ejim is what most consider the classic tweener. He isn’t the tallest or longest player and he suffers from not having a true position, but teams would be missing out.
Remember, Ejim led the Big 12 in scoring and won conference player of the year, and his combine marks were up near the top in several categories.
The best possible places I see for Ejim are the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, or his hometown in Toronto with the Raptors. Each spot has either a great front office, top-notch coaching, or both.
Kane is a little harder to place. Not because of his skills or physical attributes, but because there are many good guards this year. He’s also the oldest player in the draft and teams may shy away because of that along with knowledge of his past at Marshall.
Despite those small problems, I think the teams that would benefit most from his experience and physical style would be the Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, and New York Knicks.
Hoiberg has probably been advising the two closely and using his league connections to help whenever possible. Both players also performed well at the combine, which probably caught the eye of some scouts that weren’t initially interested.
Fans should be watch closely to see how both players’ stock changes closing in on the June 26th draft as each has scheduled workouts with several teams.