ESPN analyst Chad Ford updated his NBA Draft “Big Board” and held an online chat with readers Wednesday.
During the chat, Ford was asked how Alex Poythress’ recent knee injury affects his status for the 2015 draft. His response:
“Tough call. He was a bubble second rounder before the injury. The injury clearly doesn’t help his stock. He’s not ready for the NBA offensively. He still struggles to create offense for himself. Defensively, he could be a nightmare in the NBA and he faces a tough choice. He’s slated to graduate from UK in April. Does he return for another year? Transfer to a team that would give him more playing time (he’s eligible if graduated to transfer and be immediately eligible)? Or go to the NBA and work on his game in the D-League? Not sure what the best option is for the young man, but he’ll always get looks because of his elite athletic abilities.”