Xavier big man Matt Stainbrook has been working out for numerous NBA teams in the last few months, in hopes of hearing his name called by Adam Silver on draft day. While that likely won't happen for Stainbrook on Thursday, there's a good chance he made an impression on some NBA coaches and personnel and will find himself on a Summer League squad next month.
Now whom might call the 6-foot-10 body out of Xavier? Let's find out:
Stainbrook worked out for the Purple and Gold with Georgetown's Joshua Smith, his only one-on-one workout. Los Angeles' forgotten team is in dire need of a rim protector, and while they will likely use the 2nd overall pick in the draft on center Jahlil Okafor, he still has a long way to go defensively. Stainbrook will be a undrafted pickup should the Lakers come calling, but he'll have an opportunity to prove himself as a viable defensive option off the bench in the Summer League.
You can't mention one without the other, right? The NBA's other prestigious franchise has their eyes set on a big man this offseason, namely Kevin Love, but Stainbrook could get a look in Beantown, where he's set up his home base prior to the draft. Regardless of who the Celtics add in free agency, Stainbrook will have to prove himself this summer if he wants to play on the parquet floors of the Garden.
The Suns are a team in need of some depth inside, which bodes well for Stainbrook. Alex Len is the only center under contract for next season, and in an offense that relies on unselfish play, Stainbrook would have no problem crashing the offensive boards and kicking it out to an open shooter.
The Clippers traded Spencer Hawes last week in a deal that nabbed them Lance Stephenson, opening up a roster spot inside for Stainbrook. The No. 1 priority for Doc Rivers this summer is re-signing DeAndre Jordan, but Stainbrook makes for an intriguing option in the undrafted free agent pool. He could run the pick-and-roll well with Chris Paul and Austin Rivers running the point, and adds another quality locker room face on a team brimming with personality.
If Stainbrook hears his name called on Thursday, his most likely destination will be Atlanta, holders of the 59th selection in the draft. After Al Horford, there is a glaring need for a center who can rebound as well as play the pick-and-pop game. Mike Budenholzer is now in charge of the front office in the ATL, and if he learned anything from Gregg Popovich, it's how to find diamonds in the second round and mold them into major role players. Stainbrook is a perfect fit for the Hawks.