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Isaiah Austin

Commentary: When grading NBA draft, give commissioner an A+

The 2014 NBA Draft was held last Thursday. Television coverage and analysis of the draft focused on and dissected the teams’ selections of the best available players, those players who best fit with the teams’ needs, and/or those players with the greatest potential. The NBA’s pre-draft processes, particularly the league’s medical evaluations of its top prospects at its Chicago pre-draft combine, are incredibly and increasingly thorough; more-so than the most rigorous physical exam you could imagine. But, with player salaries ranging from six-to-eight figures annually, the stakes are high.   Doctors and medical staffs conduct thorough screenings and exams,...