Fred VanVleet didn’t anticipate his occasion through the 2016 NBA draft….
would ship a whole bunch of his household and mates dwelling upset. That night time was speculated to be the celebratory finish of a grueling course of during which he hopscotched the nation for 18 exercises and job interviews in 30 days. He knew he was a possible second-round choose, however he nonetheless hoped that some staff had change into so enamored with him that he could be drafted earlier.
He went undrafted as an alternative.
“I can see why they didn’t assume my sport would translate,” VanVleet says now. “I didn’t have any of the measurables. I’m solely 6 foot. I don’t have a brilliant cut-up physique. I’m not leaping out of the fitness center. I’m not very quick. They had been, like, there’s 1,000,000 different guys we are able to discover who can try this.”
It’s clear now that VanVleet ought to have been drafted. The odd factor is that he might have been. However the few NBA groups that had been open to choosing VanVleet instructed him that night time they’d stash him within the G League and that his possibilities of making their roster had been roughly the identical as him rising to 7 toes.