An NBA draft prospects' physical gifts are never more apparent than at the combine.
Athletic freaks like Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid may have sat out, but other prospects made scouts forget their absence.
Here are the top four combine warriors that improved their draft stock.
Note: Combine results via NBA.com.
4. Patric Young: C, Florida
Young's greatest strength is his strength. No player bench pressed 185 pounds more times than he did—nearly breaking the combine record according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express:
Patric Young bench pressed 185 pounds 25 times, two off Jason Keep's NBA Combine record of 27.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 16, 2014
Young weighed in at 248.6 pounds and boasted a body fat percentage of 5.45 at the combine—an even lower percentage than those up to 20 pounds lighter than him.
What also helped him was measuring in at 6'10" with a 7'1.17" wingspan. He had previously been listed at 6'9".
3. Dante Exum: PG, Australia
According to ESPN (subscription needed), the average height of an NBA point guard is 6'2".
In shoes, Exum measured in at the combine at 6'6". Those extra inches, which include a 6'9.5" wingspan, are going to give smaller point guards fits—especially when coupled with his athleticism.
Exum ran the second-fastest time in the lane agility drill, seventh fastest in the shuttle run and eighth fastest in the three-quarter court sprint. ESPN Stats & Info tweeted that his latter time is faster than many of the NBA's top point guards.
Dante Exum's 3/4 court sprint time of 3.19 is better than Chris Paul (3.22), Steph Curry (3.28), Damian Lillard (3.34)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 16, 2014
2. Aaron Gordon: PF, Arizona
Gordon entered the combine listed at 6'8", but measured in at 6'8.75"—just a quarter-inch shorter than Kentucky's Julius Randle.
That measurement will help dispel some worries over his lack of length, but where he turned the most heads was in the athletic drills.
The 220-pound Gordon finished seventh in the lane agility drill, first in the shuttle run and ninth in maximum vertical leap—all while competing with guards who were 30 or more pounds lighter than him.
Compared to past big men, his 39-inch vertical was historic. According to ESPN:
Aaron Gordon's 39-inch vertical is 3rd highest for PF/C position in combine history, behind Miles Plumlee and Tyrus Thomas.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) May 16, 2014
Gordon showed more than enough athleticism to play small forward in the NBA. He also had the third-widest hands at the combine.
1. Zach Lavine: PG, UCLA
At 6'5.75", Lavine is just shorter than Exum. But he's even more explosive.
Lavine finished first in the lane agility drill, second in the shuttle run, ninth in the three-quarter court sprint, fourth in standing vertical leap and third in maximum vertical leap.
According to Jay King of MassLive.com, Lavine said his 41.5 inch vertical could've been better:
Zach LaVine said he "messed up" on vertical leap. He jumped higher than 40 inches. Wanted to win every test. Freak.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 16, 2014
Exum already had top five buzz, but Lavine needed to dominate the combine to cement lottery consideration. He did just that.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.