According to ESPN, Bamba is going out of his way to avoid getting picked by Memphis.
Mo Bamba has refused to come to work out for Memphis, refused to share his medicals, and has told them openly he would prefer not to be in Memphis, ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony said on Draft Express this week.
The Grizzlies hold the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA Draft which starts Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Several mock drafts have Memphis taking the 7-1 center.
NBA personnel people went wild after watching Podkolzin work out privately during the pre-draft camp in 2003 and there was talk about him becoming a top 10 pick, but he withdrew from the draft after becoming ill. That workout still was on a lot of people’s memories when he entered the following year, and Utah selected him for the Dallas Mavericks. He was unproductive in summer league for the Mavs and even less so in actual NBA games. He returned to Russia after his short NBA tenure and played professionally there.
Drafted for his size, Weis played for a decade in Europe, but he wasn’t any good there, either. He made the France Olympic team for the Syndey Games in 2000 and — though France was able to win the silver medal behind the U.S. — is best remembered for the night American guard Vince Carter jumped entirely over Weis’ 7-foot frame to dunk.
Other unproductive 15s: Cedric Simmons, New Orleans Hornets, 2006; Reece Gaines, Orlando Magic, 2003.
Bell was a star at Boston College, and maybe the Celts saw enough to realize his game translated poorly to the NBA, because they shipped him on draft night to Memphis, where he never connected. Bell was not a point guard in the least, but was far too small to earn a living as a pro shooting guard. He played in some of the U.S. minor leagues before taking off for a long overseas career that included Italy, Turkey and Argentina.