NBA Combine Wrap-Up: Biggest Surprises and Disappointments
With the 2009 NBA Draft Combine coming to a close, some players have polished their resumes for NBA scouts and coaches, but some have watched their draft stock drop dramatically.
Skill set seemed to be the main focus of this year's combine. Point guards flourished in these drills along with some surprising shooting guards and even some forwards.
Even though the draft did not give some players the opportunity to shine, every position had its' share of winners and losers.
Big Men—Winners (Besides Blake Griffin)
Dejuan Blair: The Pittsburgh bruiser played exceptionally well in the combine. Blair displayed deceptively quick movements from losing 20 pounds of weight. Also, his frame depicted strong tone. He did not shoot the ball particularly well, but you don't draft a player like Blair to shoot 15-18 foot jump shots.
BJ Mullens and Tyler Hansbrough: These two skilled big men saw their draft stock rise due to the types of drills they took part in. UNC's Hansbrough and Ohio State's Mullens showed athleticism and post skill, as well as running the floor exceptionally well.
Dante Cunnigham: This Villanova bruiser displayed subpar skill set. He played well with his back to the basket, but is a little under-sized for the position. This will undoubtedly hurt his draft stock.
Austin Daye: Undoubtedly the most impressive forward at the combine, Gonzaga's Daye displayed skill not very often seen by a player standing at 6'10". The long, athletic forward weighed in at only 190 pounds, but scouts do not see that as a problem.
They believe that the weight will add on over time. Date displayed his impressive post game, as well as shooting the ball well from anywhere on the floor.
Demar DeRozan: USC's athletic freak recorded a vertical leap of 38.5". Even though his agility, bench strength, and raw speed was horrible for a wing, the upside of DeRozan is remarkable. His jump shot also was impressive.
James Johnson: Wake's Johnson had the same body fat percentage as Dejuan Blair (18 percent). Looking at them you would have never guessed. Johnson was a big disappointment in much of the drills as well, such as, agility lane drills.
James Harden: Many scouting reports on Harden say that he’s not athletic, but his results say otherwise. First, he recorded a 37” vertical and reached the same maximum height (11’8.5”) as Blake Griffin. Second, he ran a 3.13 sprint, which was only one hundredth behind speedster Ty Lawson.
Stephen Curry: You would expect this Davidson star to shoot the ball well, and he did not disappoint. But that's not all, he reached the same vertical leap as Blake Griffin and also repped 10 on the bench press.
Toney Douglas and Jack Mcclinton: FSU's Douglas was the fastest in the combine, with a 3.03 on the sprint, and Miami's McClinton was the most agile.
Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday: These UCLA teammates' draft stocks rose tremendously thanks to this year's draft. Holiday and Collison excelled like it was UCLA practice.
Ty Lawson: UNC's Lawson had two surprises: his vertical (36.5”) and the fact that five guys posted faster times in the sprint. Lawson seemed to many scouts as out of shape, which is a major factor with his draft stock.
Honorable Mention: Luke Harangody, Wayne Ellington, Derrick Brown, Jeff Teague, Jordan Hill, Jonny Flynn.
Non honorable Mention: Earl Clark, Terrence Williams, Greivis Vasquez, Gerald Henderson.
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