NBA Combine 2014 Results: Day 1 Measurements, Highlights and Top Prospects

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 15, 2014

Dante Exum from Australia meets with reporters at the 2014 NBA basketball Draft Combine Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Chicago. Exum did not participate in his scheduled workout Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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As the 2014 NBA pre-draft process rolls along, the first day of the NBA draft combine signifies the start of a huge event during the offseason.    

Some of the big-name prospects like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid all decided to skip out on the combine, yet several notable names were still in attendance with hopes of drastically improving their stock. That includes big man Julius Randle, who is sure to go in the top five.

Unlike the NFL Scouting Combine, the NBA combine is far less of a production and doesn't have as much of an impact on players' draft stock. But for those in attendance, getting a closer look at players like Dante Exum and Marcus Smart gives teams a chance to whittle down their draft boards.

Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and Chad Ford of ESPN provide a look at some of the notable measurements and other players not participating in the combine:

With the draft combine officially getting underway on Thursday, here's a look at some of the players in attendance for the event.

 

*All measurements courtesy of NBA.com.

 

2014 NBA Combine Measurements
NamePositionHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/ ShoesWeightWingspan
P.J. HairstonSG6' 4.25''N/A228.06' 9.00''
Jordan AdamsSG6' 3.50''6' 4.75''208.86' 10.00''
James YoungSG6' 5.25''6' 6.75''213.37' 0.00''
C.J. WilcoxSG6' 3.50''N/A201.06' 9.75''
Jordan McRaeSG6' 3.75''N/A179.47' 0.50''
Markel BrownSG6' 2.50''N/A184.46' 8.75''
Jabari BrownSG6' 3.00''6' 4.25''201.96' 8.25''
Devyn MarbleSG6' 5.00''6' 6.50''192.46' 9.00''
Zach LaVineSG6' 4.50''6' 5.75''180.96' 8.25''
Sean KilpatrickSG6' 2.50''6' 4.25''218.76' 7.00''
Dante ExumSG6' 4.50''6' 6.00''196.36' 9.50''
Nick JohnsonSG6' 1.50''N/A198.06' 7.25''
Nik StauskasSG6' 5.25''6' 6.50''206.96' 7.75''
Joe HarrisSG6' 4.75''N/A0.06' 6.00''
Gary HarrisSG6' 2.50''N/A204.86' 6.75''
Lamar PattersonSG6' 4.00''6' 5.25''226.06' 11.00''
Thanasis AntetokounmpoSF6' 5.25''6' 6.25''205.27' 0.00''
Rodney HoodSF6' 7.25''N/A208.26' 8.50''
C.J. FairSF6' 6.50''6' 8.00''218.16' 9.50''
Kyle AndersonSF6' 7.50''6' 8.50''230.17' 2.75''
Melvin EjimSF6' 5.25''6' 7.00''218.56' 11.75''
Cleanthony EarlySF6' 6.00''6' 7.25''209.46' 10.75''
Jerami GrantSF6' 6.50''6' 7.75''214.07' 2.75''
LaQuinton RossSF6' 6.50''6' 7.50''238.77' 1.75''
K.J. McDanielsSF6' 4.50''6' 6.00''195.66' 11.25''
Doug McDermottSF6' 6.25''N/A218.06' 9.25''
Glenn Robinson IIISF6' 5.50''6' 6.78''211.46' 10.00''
T.J. WarrenSF6' 7.00''6' 8.25''220.26' 10.25''
DeAndre DanielsSF6' 7.25''6' 8.50''196.07' 2.00''
Kendall WilliamsPG6' 2.25''6' 3.75''183.06' 5.50''
Tyler EnnisPG6' 1.00''6' 2.50''181.56' 7.25''
Deonte BurtonPG6' 0.00''6' 1.25''192.86' 7.00''
Marcus SmartPG6' 2.00''6' 3.25''227.26' 9.25''
Jahii CarsonPG5' 9.75''N/A179.66' 2.00''
Semaj ChristonPG6' 1.50''N/A186.06' 6.50''
Jordan ClarksonPG6' 3.25''6' 5.00''186.36' 8.00''
Aaron CraftPG6' 0.75''6' 1.75''191.66' 2.00''
Xavier ThamesPG6' 2.25''6' 3.50''187.06' 4.00''
Spencer DinwiddiePG6' 4.50''6' 6.00''204.96' 8.25''
DeAndre KanePG6' 2.75''6' 4.50''199.96' 8.00''
Shabazz NapierPG5' 11.00''N/A175.26' 3.25''
Elfrid PaytonPG6' 2.50''6' 3.75''185.46' 8.00''
Russ SmithPG5' 11.50''6' 0.75''160.06' 3.50''
Aaron GordonPF-C6' 7.50''N/A220.16' 11.75''
Adreian PaynePF-C6' 9.00''6' 9.75''238.57' 4.00''
Dwight PowellPF-C6' 9.50''6' 11.00''234.47' 0.50''
Julius RandlePF-C6' 7.75''6' 9.00''249.77' 0.00''
Mitch McGaryPF-CN/AN/A0.00' 0.00''
James McAdooPF-C6' 7.50''6' 8.75''227.67' 2.25''
Alex KirkPF-C6' 9.25''6' 10.75''252.07' 3.50''
Cory JeffersonPF-C6' 7.75''6' 9.00''218.47' 0.50''
Johnny O’Bryant IIIPF-C6' 7.25''6' 8.50''256.87' 2.25''
Jarnell StokesPF-C6' 7.00''6' 8.50''0.07' 1.25''
Alec BrownPF-C7' 0.25''7' 1.25''231.27' 1.50''
Noah VonlehPF-C6' 8.00''N/A247.17' 4.25''
Khem BirchPF-C6' 7.50''6' 9.25''208.87' 1.00''
Cameron BairstowPF-C6' 8.75''6' 9.75''252.47' 0.75''
Jordan BachynskiPF-C7' 1.25''N/A254.17' 4.00''
Isaiah AustinPF-C6' 11.50''N/A219.57' 4.50''
Patric YoungPF-C6' 8.50''6' 10.00''246.87' 1.75''
NBA.com

 

Zach LaVine

Coming into the draft process, Zach LaVine was viewed as an outstanding prospect, but not quite as polished as some of the top players.

Unlike some of the other draft hopefuls, the former UCLA guard decided to take the court on Thursday, per ESPN Stats & Info:

What he did on the court also proved he has a shot that projects well at the next level. Though he showed flashes of the elite shooting skills with the Bruins, LaVine gave scouts and coaches a firsthand look at his wing ability.

While the combine might not be a perfect atmosphere for some athletes who stick out on tape, LaVine's athleticism shined in Chicago. Being unguarded likely won't happen much in actual games, but scouts saw exactly what they wanted from LaVine.

Givony notes how good of a day the young guard had:

Though it likely won't help him rise into the top 10, LaVine's showing at the combine will help teams feel more comfortable about the pick.

 

Dante Exum

Australian point guard Dante Exum is still a top prospect based off a great showing in the 2013 FIBA Under 19 Championships. Yes, that tournament was held last July.

With the prospect being tucked away in Australia, nearly every media member wanted to find out more about him, per Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com:

But his ability alone still makes him a highly coveted prospect with question marks of his own, as Jeff Goodman of ESPN notes:

Given the fact that not many teams have seen the player since last summer, Exum's measurements were crucial.

Most point guards in the NBA are far from the tallest players on their roster, but Exum will enter the NBA with a big body, via Ford:

What Exum brings to the NBA is supreme ball-handling skills along with a driving ability that makes him a huge threat offensively. Several teams near the top of the draft clearly need more offense, making Exum a near lock as a top-five pick.

 

Best of the Rest

Outside of two players who came in with questions about how they will play in the NBA, several others worked hard to guarantee a spot in the league.

One of the most talked-about players this year is Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State. The point guard caused a bit of controversy this year, but still projects as a great professional player.

His measurements might raise some eyebrows for NBA officials, as ESPN Stats & Info points out:

Along with Smart, another player that shined at times this season was K.J. McDaniels of Clemson. While Smart made his name for his supreme offensive ability, McDaniels gets it done on both ends of the floor effectively.

He proved it once again at the combine, robbing another player during workouts.

While LaVine came out early on in the process, teammate Jordan Adams waffled a bit before ultimately declaring.

Though he might be a project player for a team in the NBA, Adams showed off his skill set on Day 1.

All three might still have more to show in individual workouts to guarantee their placement on draft boards. But with their names all on radars after the combine, McDaniels and Adams might just be earning more consideration in the first round.

 

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