Stats You Wouldn't Believe from the 2013 NBA Combine

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2013

Stats You Wouldn't Believe from the 2013 NBA Combine

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    At the 2013 NBA draft combine in Chicago, top prospects from the NCAA and around the globe posted mind-blowing numbers in the measurements and athletic testing.

    One international player registered a jaw-dropping wingspan flirting with eight feet, while a 6'9" forward proved to be more agile than any guard.

    Other prospects wowed scouts with their three-point prowess and leaping ability, and some fell surprisingly short in the drills and measurements.

    Which ballers made our list of unbelievable stats? Find out as we size up the most ridiculous numbers of the combine.


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Cody Zeller's Historic Standing Vert

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    When you think of the most athletic big men in this draft, you think of guys like Mason Plumlee and Nerlens Noel first.

    Those guys are outstanding athletes, but Indiana center Cody Zeller posted the best numbers.

    He recorded a 35.5" standing vertical. According to ESPN draft guru Chad Ford, it's tops among all players 6'9" or taller in the past decade.

    Zeller supplemented that eye-popping number with some other great ones, including a 3.15 three-quarter court sprint and a 37.5" max vertical.

    After that exhibition, there's no doubt he has NBA-caliber athleticism. Combine that with his polished post game and jumper, and you've got an enticing prospect.

Rudy Gobert's Pterodactyl Wingspan

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    There really isn't a suitable adjective to describe Rudy Gobert's wingspan.

    The 7-foot French baller registered a 7'8.5" wingspan, blowing away the field and making pro coaches salivate over the damage he could do defensively.

    In game situations, the amount of square footage he can cover simply by reaching is astounding.

    Gobert also posted a ridiculous 9'7" standing reach, which means he could probably dunk a tennis ball if he tip-toed.

Shane Larkin's Olympic-Caliber Vertical

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    A handful of prospects turned in impressive aerial feats, including nine players who cleared 40" on their max verticals.

    None of them were more awe-inspiring than Shane Larkin's 44" bounce.

    The Miami Hurricanes point guard is shorter than six feet, but he made up for it by jumping out of the gym in front of countless general managers and coaches.

    Larkin also proved he could burn it up horizontally. He recorded the best three-quarter court speed, finishing in 3.08 seconds.

    When you pair his ball-handling and jump shot with that elite athleticism, he's going to be tough to contain as a pro.

Trevor Mbakwe's Massive Paws

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    The biggest hands in the 2013 combine belonged to Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe.

    His hands are 11.5" wide, spanning nearly one foot.

    This picture illustrates his grip pretty well, as he makes the basketball look like some sort of Nerf ball.

    If professional hoops doesn't work out for him, he could jump right on an NFL roster as a tight end.

Jackie Carmichael's Standing Leap Only 2 Inches Shorter Than Max Leap

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    Illinois State power forward Jackie Carmichael delivered a solid standing jump at 30".

    The problem is, his max vertical was just two inches higher, an underwhelming 32".

    He wasn't the only player to turn in disappointing standing-max differentials, but his good standing number paired with such a low max number is puzzling.

    Scouts didn't expect him to astonish anyone at the combine. However, this wasn't a good exhibition from the four-year collegian.

C.J. Leslie Posts Combine-Best Lane Agility Time

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    I don't know whether to be disappointed in the guards or shocked by C.J. Leslie.

    Probably the latter, because the N.C. State forward looked terrific throughout the combine athletic testing.

    He didn't just post the best big-man time in the lane agility drill—he beat everyone, including the guards, finishing in 10.19 seconds.

    This helps stabilize his draft stock a bit.

Shabazz Muhammad's Ugly Shooting

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    In the 2012-13 season, UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad shot 44.3 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from long range.

    He didn't bring that touch with him to Chicago, hitting just 36 percent of his jump shots throughout the shooting portion of the combine.

    Muhammad is probably pretty upset that he shot worse in a non-game scenario than he did during Pac-12 action this winter.

    It's not something that's going to demolish his draft stock, but a few more teams could pass on him if he doesn't rectify things during private team workouts.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Ready for NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest?

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    In the combine's version of "around the world," Michigan shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. delivered a prolific long-range display.

    He sank 19 of 25 triples from beyond the arc and looked every bit the part of a dangerous pro shooter.

    Hardaway's greatest asset to NBA teams heading into his rookie campaign is his outside shooting, so it was terrific for him to prove that he can stroke it—and then some.

    Combine drills don't always translate to in-game success, but he seems primed to terrorize NBA defenses once he gets the chance.

6'10" Nerlens Noel Lighter Than 6'3" Victor Oladipo

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    Kentucky standout Nerlens Noel may have lost a bit of lower-body bulk during his ACL rehab, but 206 pounds is still exceedingly light for a 6'10" post player.

    He shouldn't just worry about getting pushed around by NBA big men. There are guards, including 6'3", 213-pound Victor Oladipo, who are heavier than him.

    Oladipo possesses an exemplary physique comprised of chiseled muscle, so Noel's shame isn't that he weighs less, but rather that he's feathery in general.

    Even if Noel weighed slightly more than Oladipo, it would still be miles below where he needs to be to compete on the block in the NBA.

Leslie Impresses Again in Sprint and Vertical

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    C.J. Leslie's physical prowess wasn't limited to the lane agility drill.

    He was by far the tallest player to eclipse 40" in the max-vertical category. The next-tallest player to reach that height was 6'5" Michael Carter-Williams.

    Even more striking was Leslie's three-quarter court sprint, where he nearly outran the freakish Shane Larkin. Leslie dashed in 3.1 seconds, and Larkin barely edged him out with a 3.08.

    He came to make a statement at the combine, and the numbers spoke loudly once the dust settled.


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