03/02/2021

The Combine Report: Night One

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Last night, the 2021 NBA 2K League combine officially tipped off. 300+ draft eligible players went head-to-head in hopes of improving their draft stock in a brand new format. I’ll be here to keep you filled in on everything I watched, including the usual highlights, statistics, and of course, a few of my thoughts. Let’s get into night one.

1. Notable Performances

2. Who I’m Watching More Day Two

3. Quick Thoughts

4. Highlights

***NO ORDER FOR ANYTHING; THESE ARE NOT RANKINGS***

Notable Performances

Greenlight: 41 points, 14 assists, 6 steals (16-for-24)

630: 37 points, 10 assists (5-for-8 3PT)

Mo: 32 points, 11 assists (8-for-12 3PT)

Arsonal: 11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, steal, block (5-for-5)

Seldum: 17 points, 15 assists

MylesMade: 23 points, 7 assists, 4 steals (10-for-12)

TSJosh: 22 points, 4 steals (6-for-9 3PT)

MindOfMamba: 36 points, 6 assists, 2 steals (11-for-15)

Deadeye: 10 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, steal, 2 blocks

Feaky: 31 points, 3 assists, 2 steals (9-for-13 3PT)

Reign: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocks

Unguardable: 31 points, 13 assists, 3 steals (7-for-13 3PT)

Cuban: 36 points, 10 assists (13-for-17)

llAntoinell: 26 points, 16 assists

Fanta: 22 points, 14 assists (8-for-14)

TrustDJMoney: 15 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, steal, block

FollowTheGod: 22 points, 5 assists, 7 steals (9-for-12)

Rigby: 26 points, 8 assists, 7 steals (10-for-15)

Vults: 29 points, 9 rebounds, block (13-for-15)

DrippyYan: 32 points, 9 assists, 0 turnovers (5-for-9 3PT)

DTrick: 24 points, 14 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Deron: Two 50-point games (can’t find screenshots, can’t not include it)

Who I’m Watching More Day Two

***no order, minimal explanation, Twitter @’s linked***

Greenlight

Back-to-back 40+ points, 10+ assists performances for Greenlight last night. In a year with so few point guard spots available, combine play could be used as a separator for teams.

Deron

Another point guard who might be moving up draft boards, Deron recorded a pair of 50-point games last night.

Fanta

Another top point guard prospect because we all love talented point guards. Fanta recorded three double-doubles in four games last night.

WorthingColt

I think there’s a chance we’re talking about WorthingColt as the top overall big man come draft day.

Arsonal, Deadeye

A couple of more centers; these two both became ‘must-watch’ the second they registered night one triple-doubles.

MindOfMamba

Four games, four 30+ point performances for Mamba on night one of the combine; that’s enough for me to look a little closer.

FollowTheGod

It’s easy to get caught up with the point guards and centers but role players matter too. Follow recorded a 20+ point, 7-steal game last night.

Stylez

One more unretained player, Stylez has been one of my favorite players to watch for the duration of pre-draft.

TrustDJMoney

A lot of people say various players belong on whichever lists; DJMoney is one of the few common names that I can agree within.

KingDoomz

Doomz is one of the more ‘underrated’ players in this draft class in my opinion. He just seems to consistently make plays.

EG4Hunnid

Another ‘underrated’ player in this class, EG is quietly a really solid sharpshooter prospect.

Eren & Kado

This European point guard-center duo draws some lofty comparisons on Twitter: Kobe+Pau, Kobe+Shaq. Eren, FIBA MVP, scored 37 points in his first combine game last night.

KerryJR

Let’s just say Kerry is confident he’s a top power forward in this class.

Unguardable

He lives up to his name.

FAQ: Why am I not on this “list”?

I’m glad you asked! There are plenty of possible reasons and none of them are because I hate you as a person or player. I’m sure you’re a fine 2K player, it’s nothing personal, and honestly, my opinion doesn’t matter. Here’s a blueprint from Geo on how to respond to being left any ‘list’:

Quick Thoughts

1. know there was a rough start to the evening but this combine format is incredible. First of all, the experience as a fan is unbeatable. For 5-6 hours last night there was non-stop, competitive pro-am action that legitimately meant something. As a ‘content-creator’ (genuinely hate that term), it was hectic and it’s 4 A.M. as I write this, but I hope this format is here to stay. Could there be a few tweaks? Sure, but last night was a step in the direction.

2. A lot of the same women that were trashed on the timeline for earning draft eligibility performed really well last night.

3. I know I missed stuff. The thread below has nearly 50 replies with various combine related content. I’ll release this post with a highlight thread on my Twitter (@aarontfox) and we’ll repeat this process for night two. Recommendations, suggestions, etc. all welcome.

Highlights

Comments, likes, retweets, feedback, etc. all greatly appreciated. As always, thank you for reading. Find me at:

Twitters: @aarontfox; @shootmorethrees

YouTube:  SM3 (filled with pro-am highlights)

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