SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Former Syracuse forward Malachi Richardson will be in Brooklyn tonight at the Barclays Center for the 2016 NBA draft, which is a major indication he will be taken in the lottery, or shortly thereafter.
Malachi worked out for nine NBA organizations, according to reports. He also had an open workout at ASM pro day in Las Vegas earlier this month where any team could come and watch.
Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Toronto, Memphis, Orlando, Utah and Phoenix have all worked out the 6-foot-6 shooting guard.
Richardson's agent, Stephen Pina, is on the record saying he and Malachi targeted teams in the late lottery for workouts, which has clearly been beneficial. When he entered this process, Richardson was - at best - a late second-rounder. Now he's projected to go in the 10-17 range, according to DraftExpress.
The Memphis Grizzles, who hold the No. 17 overall pick, urged Richardson to shut down his workouts after promising to take him with the 17th overall pick, according to The Vertical. Richardson denied the report today at media day.
One team to lookout for is the Celtics, who hold four first-round selections in tonights draft. Boston is looking to add a few scoring threats - likely beginning with Buddy Hield at No. 3 overall.
Another team is the Denver Nuggets, who hold the No. 15 and No. 19 overall picks. Denver worked Richardson out twice, and assuming he's available at either slot - I think Denver pulls the trigger on his high upside.