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2014 NBA Draft: Most Shocking Prospect Measurements from the Combine

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterNovember 1, 2016

2014 NBA Draft: Most Shocking Prospect Measurements from the Combine

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    Some players grow, and some schools exaggerate. Measurements can change from one year to the next, while many were never accurate in the first place. 

    There's no hiding at the NBA Combine, unless you choose to, which can represent a red flag in itself. 

    Prospects are measured in every which way, from height, weight, length and reach to body fat and hand size. 

    And every year, we find a few measurements that are bigger, smaller, heavier, lighter, longer or shorter than expected. 

    You can find every prospects' measurement at the NBA.com database

     

    All quotes were gathered first hand unless noted otherwise.

Dante Exum, Australia, PG/SG, 1995

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    Dante Exum measured in at 6'6", 196 pounds with a 6'9.5" wingspan. These are tremendous numbers for a shooting guard. For a point guard, they're off the charts. 

    Exum told me without hesitation that point guard is the position he plans on playing, and based on his handle, quickness and IQ, there's no reason why that can't happen.

    No matter how you break it down, he's going to be a matchup nightmare. Exum is probably going to draw 2s and 3s for defenders, meaning the majority of opposing 1s might get stuck on bigger guards.

    With Exum's quickness, size and length, he'll also have the ability to defend three positions on the floor. 

    His measurements only confirm what we originally suspected: Exum projects as a terrifying backcourt mismatch. 

Noah Vonleh, Indiana, PF, Freshman

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    Noah Vonleh didn't get a measurement in shoes, but in socks, he's 6'8". In shoes, let's say he's in between 6'9" and 6'10".

    But the eye-opening number is that 7'4.25" wingspan. Only Baylor's Isaiah Austin's was longer (by a quarter inch), but Austin is 3.5 inches taller in socks. 

    Vonleh's 8'0.25" height-to-length differential was the biggest in the group. On top of that, he measured with the biggest hands (11.75 width, 9.75 length) in the gym as well. 

    At 247 pounds with his length and mitts, a back-to-the-basket game and a promising outside stroke, Vonleh should be able to get shots off with ease at the next level. 

    I've had Vonleh as a top-five prospect all season long, and that's not going to change following the NBA Combine. 

Julius Randle, Kentucky, PF, Freshman

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    Julius Randle might have helped eliminate a red flag from his profile, after he measured a 7'0" wingspan at the NBA Combine. 

    Skeptics' go-to criticism of Randle had always been his lack of length, and though a 7'0" wingspan won't blow general managers away, it's not a number to fear. 

    At 6'9" in shoes with a 250-pound frame, there really isn't much to question about Randle's physical attributes. 

Jordan Adams, UCLA, SG, Sophomore

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    Listed at 220 pounds by UCLA, Jordan Adams appeared slimmer in person during drills, and the scale confirmed it. He weighed in at 208.8 pounds.

    Adams has been criticized in the past for his conditioning, but he sure looked fit in Chicago. 

    His wingspan also measured in at 6'10", an excellent number for a guard who plays mostly under the rim. That might also explain how he racked up 168 steals in two seasons at UCLA. 

    He looked great on paper but even better during drills. The arrow should be pointing upward for Adams. 

Patric Young, Florida, PF/C

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    Listed at 6'9" by Florida, Patric Young measured in at a legit 6'10" in shoes. And with a 7'1.75" wingspan, Young might be able to present himself as a backup center to NBA teams. 

    Considering Young can't play outside the paint, this is a pretty significant development. With that diesel 246-pound frame, big hands (9.25 by 9.25) and long arms, Young appears to have the physical tools to man the NBA interior. 

    He's not going to win anyone over during workouts, but he might have during measurements. 

Doug McDermott, Creighton, SF

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    Doug McDermott measured in at 6'6.25" in socks with a 6'9.25" wingspan, which was a little underwhelming. This might kill his chances of playing the 4 at the next level, something coaches would likely have looked at for defensive purposes, given his lack of lateral quickness on the perimeter. 

    "I'll really have to be able to guard a 3 or a 2," McDermott said at the NBA Combine. "It's something I'm going to have to work on, but I really understand the team concept of defense, and I think I'm going to be just fine out there."

    McDermott is really going to need his jumper and basketball IQ to carry him in the pros, because his physical tools just aren't up to the task. 

Gary Harris, Michigan State, SG, Sophomore

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    Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    Gary Harris measured in at just 6'2.5 in socks without measuring in with shoes. That's a somewhat scary number for a 2-guard who lacks explosiveness. His 6'6.75" wingspan was also a disappointing number. 

    If you were to cover his name on the measurement database, you'd think you were looking at a point guard. Only Harris is a true off-guard who averaged just 2.7 assists as a sophomore and 1.4 as a freshman. 

    Harris was also praised at the college level for his defensive prowess, but with these measurements, you have to wonder just how well his game will translate on this side of the ball. 

    Having chosen to sit out drills, Harris probably didn't win anyone over in Chicago. 

Nik Stauskas, Michigan, SG, Sophomore

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    Only 17 players' body-fat numbers were released after the first day of workouts, but Nik Stauskas' 12.1 percent was the highest of the bunch. 

    In comparison, fellow 2-guard Kentucky's James Young, who measured in a quarter-inch taller than Stauskas, had a 5.1 percent body fat. 

    Stauskas' 6'7.5" wingspan was also slightly disappointing, considering a guy like Young registered a wingspan 4.25 inches longer. 

    This actually might be more of a concern at the defensive end, where Stauskas already struggles to guard quicker 2-guards on the perimeter. 

Russ Smith, Louisville, PG/SG

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    Russ Smith apparently didn't get any stronger—he weighed in at just 160 pounds, the lightest in the group by a whopping 15.2 pounds (Shabazz Napier, 175.2 pounds). 

    Smith also couldn't crack the 6'1" mark, falling a quarter-inch below it. He was running with the point guards during drills, which seems humorous given his gunner style of play (though he did improve his playmaking ability this season), but there's just no way he'll make it in the pros as a 2. 

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, PG, Senior

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    Shabazz Napier didn't measure in shoes, but he did in socks, and it wasn't very encouraging. At just 5'11", Napier probably doesn't get to the 6'1" size Connecticut lists him at unless he's wearing lifts. 

    His 6'3.25" wingspan was also a bit underwhelming, as was his weight—just 175.2 pounds. 

    I'm not really sure why Napier didn't participate in drills, because he certainly didn't help himself during measurements.  

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