The second day of the NBA Combine offered far more action than the first day. While we always have to take the totals that come from these events with a grain of salt, a few players' performances were of note.
The biggest story on Friday was the plethora of 40-inch max-vertical leaps registered. Victor Oladipo, Peyton Siva, Shane Larkin and Ben McLemore were among the standouts who leaped 40-plus inches.
Most of the top healthy players participated, so we got an opportunity to see the best compete.
The drills that were done on Friday were the following:
- Three-Quarter Sprint
- Max-Vertical Leap
- Standing Vertical Leap
- Bench Press
- Lane Agility
- Modified Lane Agility
Why Are They Measuring Basketball Players' Bench Press?
How much stock do NBA general managers put in this drill? ESPN's Chad Ford was tweeting official totals during the event; he says not too much:
NBA Guru gives us the top-five performers in the four major drills.
The Biggest Leapers
The point guard from Miami showed explosive leaping ability on Friday. While max-vertical leap isn't the most important physical trait for a point guard, 44 inches is still impressive.
There has never been a question about Mitchell's athletic ability. One look at highlights of him from North Texas and you'll see his explosion.
On Friday, his combine numbers only supported the consensus on him.
When you think of Zeller, you may not immediately think about his leaping ability. The seven-footer from Indiana did some things to change that on Friday.
His standing vertical leap was the highest of any player 6'9" or taller in the history of the combine.
Ben McLemore vs. Victor Oladipo
These two seemed to be locked in a battle to determine the top shooting guard prospect in the draft.
McLemore reaffirmed the belief that he is an elite athlete with his leaping numbers.
He also addressed a bit of the controversy that has recently surrounded him. There are allegations that an AAU coach took money to influence McLemore's decision to go to the NBA. Derek Page of Hoopsworld tweeted McLemore's response:
For what it's worth, Oladipo's strength totals were quite impressive.
His leaping numbers were even more noteworthy. Though he only measured at 6'4" in shoes, his athleticism should make up for his height.
No one will call MCW a great shooter, but no one will be able to criticize his athletic ability either. the 6'6" point guard's explosion was evident on Friday.
There were 10 players who measured with a vertical of 40 inches or better. Per Ford's tweets, here are some of the other standouts.
The Speed and Agility Guys
As a player already known for his feel for the game, the raw athleticism is a plus. Larkin had already blown away the field with his leaping ability, but he also shined in the more position-relevant speed drills.
Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler tweets:
McLemore vs. Oladipo Part Two
The battle continues as the two shooting guards' speed totals are compared here.
It may depend on what a team is looking for, but the duel between these two players will continue until the NBA draft.
Whether Leslie is a small forward or a power forward is still a bit up in the air—he worked out with the small forwards on Friday. What is certain is that he is an elite-level athlete.
A 6'9" player with a lane agility time below 11 seconds is absurd.
The Georgia product didn't impress with his leaping numbers...
...but he showed good quickness and agility. Overall, he still has to look like a solid wing player for a team in the middle of the first round.
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