PBT Podcast: Making the NBA from outside the draft, the Pro Basketball Combine

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Watch the Game 7 coming up Sunday between Portland and Denver and you will see a few players — Seth Curry for the Blazers, Torrey Craig for Denver in particular — contributing for their teams, guys who were not highly sought after lottery picks. They weren’t drafted at all.

How does a guy like that get noticed? How does a player not drafted in the first 45 (if at all) get the attention of a team, make a Summer League or G-League roster?

Enter Jake Kelfer and his Professional Basketball Combine, an event in Southern California later this month where players not at the NBA’s Draft Combine or G-League Elite Camp get a chance to impress in workouts and other combine events. Kelfer joins me to talk about the Professional Basketball Combine, its success — players such as Antonio Blakeney and Charles Cooke have come through it, nine players have landed two-way contracts, and 23 guys have picked up Summer League invites out of the PBC — and what it takes to get paid to play basketball for the guys not destined for the NBA lottery.

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