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Andrew Wiggins skipping NBA combine, too


The NBA Combine’s prestige is dropping quickly.

First Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker withdrew from the event, and now Andrew Wiggins will skip it too.

That’s, quite possibly, the top three of the draft – which obviously plays a part in the trio’s decisions. Why risk a bad showing, medically or measurably? Prospects like Wiggins, Embiid and Parker have nowhere to go but down.

The risk is, if they fall at all in the draft, they could fall considerably if teams picking 4-10 or so don’t have enough information to comfortably draft them.

But at this stage, that’s probably a risk worth taking. The combine is not.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.