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BOSTON – The NBA’s list of Green Room invitees to the draft Thursday night offers no surprises really. If you look at most mock drafts, you’ll find all 20 of these guys slotted somewhere among the top 25 or so picks.
 
The only name not on the list that’s a bit of a surprise is Duke’s Harry Giles, a player who stands as one of the biggest mysteries in the draft. He reportedly declined an invite.
 
Regarded as one of the nation’s top high school prospects a year ago despite multiple knee injuries, Giles did little in his freshman year to dispel those images of him being damaged goods.
 
I still think Giles’ upside will be enough for a team to roll the dice on selecting him in the first round.
 
But considering how closely wound players are in this year’s draft, Giles did the right thing in turning down his invitation to be in the Green Room with so much uncertainty surrounding where he might be drafted.
 
The NBA hates those images of players in the Green Room spending way more time there than anyone anticipated.
 
At one point in his lone season at Kentucky, Skal Labiesserie was thought of as potentially being the top overall pick.
 
But last year on draft night, he slid down to the 28th overall selection.
 
Despite going later than expected, he wasn’t the last player selected from the Green Room.
 
That was Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis, who was selected by Boston with the first pick of the second round (31st overall), and immediately traded to Memphis. Two picks before he was gone, another Green Room invitee Dejounte Murray was selected.
 
Murray would have surely liked to have gone earlier in the draft, but the team that selected him was the Golden State Warriors.
 
And while he didn’t play a ton, he did show some potential as part of a Warriors team that won the franchise’s second NBA title in three years.
 
So while some players may spend a little more time in the Green Room than anticipated, one thing is clear.
 
If you make the Green Room list, you can rest assured that your name will be called at some point, making official what so many of these young men have been desiring for years – to be drafted into the NBA.
 
Here’s a list of the 20 players who accepted invitations to the Green Room:
 
Bam Adebayo (Kentucky)
Jarrett Allen (Texas)
O.G. Anunoby (Indiana)
Lonzo Ball (UCLA)
John Collins (Wake Forest)
Zach Collins (Gonzaga)
De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky)
Markelle Fultz (Washington)
Jonathan Isaac (Florida State)
Josh Jackson (Kansas)
Justin Jackson (North Carolina)
Luke Kennard (Duke)
T.J. Leaf (UCLA)
Lauri Markkanen (Arizona)
Donovan Mitchell (Louisville)
Malik Monk (Kentucky)
Frank Ntilikina (France)
Justin Patton (Creighton)
Dennis Smith (N.C. State)
Jayson Tatum (Duke)