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Russell Westbrook only had a 36.5" vetical Jump when tested. It may have increased since he came into the league. Do you think that Jimmer will test for explosiveness as Westbrook?
The average Max Vertical Jump for all positions at the draft combine seems to be about 34" for players that are drafted in the lottery.
For point guard prospects taken in the lottery, the average vertical is closer to 36". So, it seems that point guards are a little more explosive on average than other position. It is pretty close when you look at it.
Fredette's trainer claims that Jimmer has a maximum vertical jump just ½” less than Russell Westbrook (36.5") did when he came out of UCLA recognized as a thoroughbred and it would suggest that Fredette is a more explosive than Deron Williams (35.0"). It seems difficult to believe that either of these will be true.
In addition it is unlikely that Fredette or Irving will be impressive in the area of Max Vertical Reach, which seems to be a better indicator of whether or not a guard will be able to score in the paint.
Irving and Fredette are unlikely to ever be remembered for his leaping ability. After watching them, it is pretty clear that neither will much “helicopter” dunking in the NBA. Fredette, in fact, appears to be the type of player that would find it nearly impossible to throw it down in most game situations or in any type of traffic.
Jimmer is a “strong” penetrator, but he is not an "explosive" penetrator by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, “explosive” is the wrong word to describe his dribble drive attack. Jimmer is a “strong” with his dribble, but at the same time he is not a strong finisher. The explosion seems absent.
Question: How many NBA talent scouts would keep their job, if they walked into the general manager's office with Jimmer's vertical jump numbers and yelled: “This guy is going to be more explosive than Russell Westbrook and Dwayne Wade!”
Answer: None. ('Cause that is crazy talk.)
There is a lot more than goes into making an “explosive” player who can get into the lane than a vertical jump under controlled circumstances.
Fredette lacks the explosiveness of a slasher and the length of most of your dunk in traffic players. He plays his game seeking (and finding) space for a jump shot. It is his preferred method of delivery.
O.J Mayo (Max Vertical Jump of 41.0") and Jordan Farmar (42.0") were absolute studs on this test, however, it does not really translate into their game.
The good news is a 36” Max Vertical Jump would place Jimmer Fredette in some good company. At a glance, the data suggests that athletes with the higher Max Vertical Reach measurements tend to be more successful scorers in general and more proficient in the paint.
It is just one measurement and you see a Raymond Felton, Chris Paul, Ty Lawson, and Jameer Nelson are lower on this particular scale, while still being successful in the NBA because of their other attributes
If guys like Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker, and Nolan Smith perfom well in the vertical portion of the pre-draft workouts and record a maximium vertical jump measurements around 36” of Dwayne Wade, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, and Tyreke Evans. They would seem rate well for potential “explosiveness” in most eyes.
Basically, all Fredette's trainer said when he broadcasted his "Vertical Jump as 36"" is that athletically Fredette appears to be at best average, if you place value in his assessment. And, if you think it was a lucky jump that resulted in a 36" measurement, then Fredette will more than likely test below average.
My guess is that Irving will test below average as well.
Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Jameer Nelson, Ty Lawson, Stephen Curry, and Raymond Felton did not score that well on the Max Vertical Reach and they were all about average on the Max Vertical Jump test. Yet, they have been successful in the NBA.
The best jumper of that group was actually Paul (38.0"), he just lacks the height and length to translate that into much reach.
If you look at Russell Westbrook's numbers you can see the impact of length and height. Westbrook had a "Max Vertical Jump" 1.5" less than Paul's, but a max vertical reach that was 11'-4.5" or almost 6" greater than Paul's. That's why he dunks and Paul lobs floaters.
The Real Takeaway:
Apparently, for point guards this is seems to be a statistic less important than some others.