NBA Draft Combine: Winners, losers and Bulls’ prospects
BY MICHAEL O’BRIEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 19, 2013 7:33PM
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Updated: May 20, 2013 10:24AM
As silly as it sounds, one of the most valuable parts of the NBA Draft Combine is the height and weight measurements.
Players are often not what their college media guides portray them to be. Two of the top shooting guards, Kansas’ Ben McLemore and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, ended up being two inches shorter than their 6-5 listed heights.
Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel, the likely No. 1 pick, was on the other end of the spectrum. Listed at 6-10, he measured 6-10 without shoes and nearly 7 feet with them. But expect NBA general managers to have significant worries about Noel’s weight — just 206 pounds. That’s not nearly big enough to play in the post in the NBA.
Here’s a look at which players’ stock improved and which players might have been exposed:
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh: The clear winner of the combine. He measured 7 feet and spent the first day draining jump shots, something most scouts didn’t think he could do.
Shane Larkin, Miami: A lot of the doubts about Larkin heading into the combine were size-related (he’s only 5-10), but his athletic testing eased a lot of those fears. He finished with the highest max vertical jump and the fastest time in the three-quarter-court sprint.
Cody Zeller, Indiana: Zeller increased his stock with one leap. His 35.5-inch standing vertical jump was the highest ever by a player taller than 6-9 at the combine.
BJ Young, Arkansas: A shooting guard that isn’t a good shooter just isn’t attractive to NBA GMs. Young did nothing to help himself.
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA: Merely agreeing to compete in the drills — something many of the expected lottery picks didn’t do — was a good sign. But that’s where the positives ended. He shot poorly and measured shorter than anticipated at 6-4 3/4 in socks.
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga: Another casualty of the measurements. Olynyk checked in at just 6-103/4 without shoes after being listed at 7 feet by the school. A concern is his 6-9 3/4 wingspan, which is relatively narrow for a player of his size.
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State: The small forward had a sprained ankle, so he didn’t compete at the combine. He was a measurement winner with a 6-11 1/4 wingspan.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan: The son of the Carver legend is reportedly on the Bulls’ radar. He’s one of 12 players reportedly working out for the Bulls on Monday.
Tony Mitchell, North Texas: The power forward impressed with a 38-inch max vertical jump. That’s higher than Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin, who jumped 37 inches at the combine in 2009.