Historical analysis of NBA draft combine

May, 16, 2014
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Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid were not in attendance at the 2014 NBA draft combine in Chicago, but plenty of other top prospects went through anthropometric testing, strength and agility drills, and shooting drills.

Randle versus Gordon versus Vonleh
There are three power forwards ranked in Chad Ford’s top 10 prospects -- Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and Noah Vonleh.

Vonleh has the longest wingspan of the three players. His 7-foot-4.25 wingspan was second only to Isaiah Austin (7-foot-4.5) at the combine. Randle (7-foot-0) and Gordon (6-foot-11.75) both measured more than four inches shorter in wingspan.

Vonleh measured as the tallest of the three players (6-foot-8 without shoes, 6-foot-9.5 in shoes).

Vonleh led the entire NBA draft combine field in hand width (11.75 inches) and was tied for the longest hand length (9.75 inches). Since hand width was first recorded at the NBA draft combine in 2010, Vonleh’s hand width is the second-highest among all players, trailing only Gregory Smith (12 inches in 2011).

Strength and agility drills
Markel Brown and Jahii Carson had the highest max vertical leaps, at 43.5 inches. That’s tied for the third-highest maximum vertical leap at the NBA draft combine since 2000. The only higher verticals were Shane Larkin (44 inches last year) and Kenny Gregory (45.5 inches in 2001).

Other players to join the 40-inch vertical club are Zach LaVine (41.5), Nick Johnson (41.5), Glenn Robinson III (41.5) and Cleanthony Early (40.0).

Gordon recorded a 39-inch maximum vertical leap, the third-highest since 2008 by a player who measured at least 6-foot-7 without shoes. The only such players with a higher vertical were C.J. Leslie (40.5 last year) and Tyrus Thomas (39.5 in 2006).

LaVine was perhaps the biggest winner of the strength and agility drills. He is the only player who finished in the top 10 in all five categories –- lane agility time (1st), shuttle run (2nd), ¾-court sprint (T-8th), standing vertical leap (T-4th) and maximum vertical leap (T-3rd).

Other notes
Dante Exum fared well in the strength and agility drills, ranking in the top 10 in lane agility, shuttle run and ¾-court sprint. His ¾-court sprint time (3.19 seconds) was faster than Chris Paul (3.22), Stephen Curry (3.28) and Damian Lillard (3.34) at the NBA draft combine.

Marcus Smart’s lane agility time of 10.82 seconds was faster than John Wall (10.84), Russell Westbrook (10.98) and Paul (11.09) at the combine.

Gordon’s standing vertical leap of 32.5 inches topped that of Blake Griffin (32.0), Chris Bosh (30.5) and Dwight Howard (30.5) at the combine.

Skipping the combine
Will Wiggins, Parker and Embiid skipping the NBA draft combine affect their stock at all?

There have been four players in the past 10 drafts not to attend the combine for various reasons who still went in the top five. That includes a pair of No. 1 picks -- Anthony Bennett last year and Andrea Bargnani in 2006. Bennett was injured, while the other three played internationally.

For the full NBA draft combine results, click on this link.

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