While the NBA Chicago Draft Combine does not hold the importance of the NFL Draft Combine, the results are still extremely valuable in evaluating potential Lottery and First Round selections.
The Draft Combine involves two types of testings; Athletic Testings and Actual Measurements.
While the physical measurements involve measuring the height, weight, wing-span, etc. of players, the athletic testings examine players to determine their physical capabilities in tests such as vertical leap, bench press strength, agility runs etc.
Here's how the Players compared in Chicago:
Tyreke Evans stood out amongst the guards at camp with his incredible wingspan and standing reach. While Evans is only 6'6 in socks, he measured out a ridiculous 6'11 wingspan and an eight by eight standing reach.
To put this in prospective, Evans measured the same wingspan as 6'10 Blake Griffin.
For wingspan, the top three on record were Hasheem Thabeet at 7'6 1/4, Taj Gibson 7'4 and Derick Brownwith 7'2 1/2. While Thabeet's wingspan comes at no surprise, Taj Gibson and Derrick Brown have got to love the favorable measurements - - considering both measured shorter than 6'10.
Jonny Flynn's height measurement helped him gain ground on the other PG's in the Lottery. He was measured at 6'0 3/4, almost two inches taller than most scouts thought during the season.
As a bonus, he was measured taller than Patty Mills, Ty Lawson and Jack McClinton.
Dujuan Blair proved his drive and intensity by tipping the scales at 276. Although this was the heaviest at camp, he had lost over 20 pounds since the end of the season. Considering he was already an animal in the post, this weight loss should turn scouts heads and allow him more mobility in the paint.
Ty Lawson was not only the shortest person at the camp (6'0 1/2 in shoes) he also recorded the smallest wingspan (6'0 3'4) and smallest standing reach (7'10 1/2).
Austin Daye, although registered the second longest standing reach and a very solid 7'2 wingspan, weighed in at only 196 lbs. For a 6'11 frame, this is unbelievable.
Once again Jonny Flynn impressed the camp, registering the highest vert leap at 40 inches. DeMar DeRozan and Chase Buddingerput up impressive 38.5 inch vert leaps while Wayne Ellingtonalso put up a 38 inch vert.
During the 3/4 Court Sprint and Lane Agility Drills, Jack McClinton, Toney Douglas and Darren Collison were the fastest and quickest.
Damion Jamesalso impressed scouts, as he clocked the second fastest time in the 3/4 Court Sprint at 3.09. (Behind Jack McClinton)
Luke Harangody, Blake Griffin and Derrick Brown were the strongest players in the camp, bench pressing 185 lbs 23, 22 and 20 times respectively.
James Hardenwas one of the strongest guards, repping 185 17 times. To put this in perspective, he lifted it one less time than Wake Forest bruiser James Johnson
Austin Daye. Austin Daye. Austin Daye. Daye put up the second lowest vert jump (28 inches), last in the 3/4 court sprints (3.55 seconds), was in the bottom five in lane-agility tests and didn't manage to lift 185 pounds a single time.
Greivis Vasquezwas also a disappointment, posting the lowest vert jump (26.5 inches) and only managing to lift 185 one time which was second worst in the camp.
I expected more from Earl Clark and Terrence Williams on the strength test as they posted only 5 and 9 reps of 185 respectively. While 9 is decent, I felt Williams' athleticism and raw strength would have bulked his numbers.
DeMar DeRozanalso posted a bottom 5 time in the lane-agility drill, which seems uncommon considering how highly his "athleticism" is being viewed. However, he did post a sick vert leap (38 inches).
While these measurements won't make or break a player's draft stock or positioning, one would think it has to weight on the minds of scouts and team GMs.
Biggest Up: Jonny Flynn
Biggest Down: Austin Daye