The 2014 NBA Draft is on pace to have more players in the green room than at any time in recent memory, and on Friday, former North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren was extended an invitation to attend the festivities.
TJ Warren has also been invited to NBA Draft and the green room, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 20, 2014
More confirmed NBA Green Room invites: Stauskas, Young, LaVine, Nurkic, Payne, Warren, Ennis, Hood, Napier. 21 total.
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 20, 2014
While Warren isn’t considered to be a lottery pick, he joins the likes of Duke swingman Rodney Hood in being a player with a first-round projection that was invited despite the possibility of a lengthy stay. The 6-foot-8 forward led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring (by a wide margin) this past season, and despite the lofty projections of a player like Duke’s Jabari Parker, T.J. Warren actually produced the best statistical profile in that region of the country.
Still, there are mild expectations for Warren’s draft arrival, as Draft Express currently projects him to land with the Chicago Bulls with the 16th overall pick, while Chad Ford of ESPN recently assigned him to the Phoenix Suns with the 18th selection. Regardless of where he lands, T.J. Warren is considered to be one of the safer picks in the entire draft, simply because of his ability to score from the outset of his career, but because of his lack of relative “upside”, it could be a while before NC State fans can celebrate in Raleigh.