Jordan Taylor is working out for NBA teams and now he’s learned he’ll be attending this Thursday’s NBA combine (after being left off the original list of invitees). The former Badger floor general is still a bit of a long-shot to be drafted, but here are five teams that could take a look at him with a late second round pick.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have only a single pick, the very last in the draft, and are expected to target either a point guard or a big man. Talk about culture shock, going from Bo Ryan land to Hollywood.
2. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are one of the teams expected to have Taylor in for a work out. San Antonio, with their uber-professional culture, would seem a perfect landing spot for a consummate team player like Taylor. Bo Ryan got the most out of Jordan in college and Gregg Popovich could do the same for him in the pros. And Manu Ginobili could teach him about flopping (not that he didn’t already learn a lot about flopping from Bo).
3. Philadelphia 76ers
Philly has three picks including the 24th pick in the second round and might be in the market for a back up guard. If Taylor goes to the Sixers he’d be teamed up with his old Big Ten rival Evan Turner, who is making quite a name for himself in the pros.
4. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have already worked out Taylor, along with the Bucks, Kings and Bulls. Lots of mocks have the Warriors taking a point guard with the 52nd overall selection. Going to Golden State would team Taylor up with Stephen Curry, the guy who knocked the Badgers out of the tourney with a sick shooting performance in 2008 (a year before Jordan arrived). One thing Warrior fans would like about Taylor: he doesn’t get hurt. Golden State could use more guys like that.
5. Toronto Raptors
Here’s another team that’s worked Taylor out. They pick 26th in the second round and may be in the market for a tough point guard who makes up for his lack of physical tools with smarts and will work his butt off to maximize his abilities.
What About the Bucks?
They worked Taylor out too but their last pick is the 42nd overall and that’s probably a tad too high for a fringe 2nd rounder. The Bucks might be more interested in another in-state guy, Marquette’s Darius Johnson-Odom.