North Carolina State forward C.J. Leslie has a chance to be drafted in the second-round of the 2013 NBA Draft, but he will not be participating in basketball drills at the NBA Combine because of what his agent calls a “minor sprained shooting hand.”
Leslie’s agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA, informed the NBA on Tuesday of the decision to sit out the basketball drills portion of the combine, league sources said. Leslie will participate in some athletic testing and interviews with team executives.
Leslie’s right hand is expected to be fully healed to work out individually for teams in the near future.
The good news for Leslie is that his athleticism is his strongest attribute and he will be able to show that at the combine, despite not participating during the on-court drills. For Leslie, the decision to skip the basketball drills may not end up hurting him in the long run, because it is his athletic ability that will attract teams.