2014 NBA Draft Combine Measurements Analysis
by: Mike Schmitz
May 15, 2014
While skill level and production clearly play a major role in a draft prospect's stock, a player's measurements also are an important factor to evaluate a prospect's NBA potential.

Here's a look at how some of the top prospects in the 2014 NBA draft measured as well as some notable measurements and comparisons.
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Top Prospects

-Noah Vonleh: The Indiana power forward helped himself in a big way by measuring 6-8 without shoes (making him most likely between 6-9 and 6-9 ½ with shoes) and 247 pounds while sporting a massive 7-4 ¼ wingspan. Vonleh had the second-longest wingspan among all 60 prospects, second to only 7-footer Isaiah Austin (7-4 ½ wingspan). More importantly, Vonleh had the largest height-to-wingspan differential (8 ¼ inches). Vonleh also measured freakishly large hands in terms of length (9 ¾) and width (11 ¾), both tops in the combine. Vonleh's hand width measured second best in our database next to Greg Smith's 12-inch mitts. Aside from the hands Vonleh's physical measurements are fairly similar to 2010 draftee Derrick Favors, who measured 6-8 ¾ without shoes and 245 pounds with a 7-4 wingspan.

-Doug McDermott: McDermott didn't exactly help himself measuring only 6-6 ¼ without shoes, 218 pounds and an average 6-9 ¼ wingspan. McDermott already struggles athletically and has some serious tweener concerns on the defensive end. Although not quite as long, McDermott compares physically to Tobias Harris (6-6 ½ no shoes, 223 pounds, and a 6-11 wingspan). NBA Teams expressed some concern about McDermott's ability to spend time at the power forward position due to his underwhelming measurements.

-Julius Randle: Randle was criticized for much of his freshman year for a low steal and block rate, which many attributed to having short arms. He put that rumor to rest by registering a 7-foot wingspan, more than adequate for his 6-9 (in shoes), 250-pound frame, even if his standing reach leaves something to be desired at 8-9 1/2. The 6-9 250 pound Randle measured similarly to Kevin Love, who came in at 6-7 ¾ without shoes, 255 pounds, with a 6-11 ¼ wingspan and 8-10 standing reach.

-Dante Exum: Exum measured a legitimate 6-6 in shoes with an impressive 6-9 ¼ wingspan. Exum has great size for a shooting guard, let alone a point guard. The Australian combo guard also filled out his frame a bit, weighing in at 196 pounds, up eight pounds from the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. Exum's closest physical comparison is Michael Carter-Williams, who measured 6-5 3/4 , 184 pounds with a 6-7 ¼ wingspan.

-Marcus Smart: Smart measured a bit shorter than expected at 6-3 ¼ with shoes. The bruiser point guard does make up for it with a massive 6-9 ¼ wingspan however. Smart also weighed in at 227 pounds, making him the second-strongest point guard in our database. Although heavier and longer, one of Smart's closest comparisons is Jarrett Jack (6-3 ½, 198 pounds, 6-7 ½ wingspan).

-Aaron Gordon: One of the most athletic prospects in the draft, Gordon helped himself in the measurements department as well standing 6-7 ½ without shoes (estimated to be around 6-8 ½ to 6-9 with shoes) to go along with a 6-11 ¾ wingspan. Gordon measured only 6-6 without shoes less than a year ago at USA Basketball. Although different styles of players, the 221-pound Gordon had similar measurements to Paul George (6-7 ¾, 214 pounds, 6-11 ¼ wingspan).

Notables

-Gary Harris: The two-way shooting guard measured a bit short at only 6-2 ½ without shoes to go along with a 6-6 ¾ wingspan. Harris' measurements have ranged anywhere from 6-4 to 6-6 with shoes over the years, so the combine measurement certainly comes as a disappointment for NBA teams and the Spartans shooting guard. Harris compared favorably to 2013 draft pick CJ McCollum (6-2 ¼ no shoes, 197 pounds, 6-6 ¼ wingspan).

-Tyler Ennis: The consummate point guard showed how he was able to wreak havoc at the top of Syracuse's zone last year to the tune of 2.4 steals per 40, as he posted a 6-7 ¼ wingspan. Ennis measured a 6-5 wingspan at the LeBron James and Deron Williams Camps in 2012. Although not quite as strong, the 6-2 ½ point guard compares physically to 2012 draftee and NBA standout Damian Lillard (6-2 ¾ in shoes, 189 pounds, 6-7 ¾ wingspan).

-James Young: The Kentucky swingman measured well for a wing at 6-6 ¾ with shoes to go along with a 7-foot wingspan and an 8-8 standing reach and 5.1 percent body fat. Young compares favorably to his namesake and 2007 draftee Nick Young (6-6 ¾, 206 pounds, 7-foot wingspan).

-Jordan Adams: While Adams has average size for a two-guard at 6-4 ¾ in shoes, he impressed with a 6-10 wingspan and most notably a much slimmer body at 209 pounds, down from 230 pounds. Maintaining that weight is very important for Adams, who is already a bit behind the eight-ball athletically. Although much different players, Adams' measurable compared well to 2013 draftee Victor Oladipo, who measured at 6-4 ¼ and 213 pounds with a 6-9 ¼ wingspan.

-Zach Lavine: While showcasing his athletic ability, Lavine also helped himself in the measurement realm as he measured 6-5 ¾ with shoes, a 2 ¾ inch increase from 2012 when he measured only 6-3 in shoes at LeBron James Camp. Lavine was seen as an undersized two-guard for much of the year, but with his new measurement he has more than adequate size at the shooting guard position. Although not quite as long, Lavine compares physically to Jamal Crawford (6-5 ½ in shoes, 175 pounds and a 6-10 wingspan).

-K.J. McDaniels: The Clemson forward showed one of the reasons why he was able to register 1.4 steals and 3.3 blocks per 40 minutes as a small forward last season as he measured with a 6-11 ¼ wingspan. McDaniels' wingspan measured 1 ¾ inches longer than it did in 2013, when he measured 6-6 with a 6-9 ½ wingspan at LeBron James Camp. McDaniels' “new-found” length is important, as it should allow him to defend small forwards comfortably, despite standing just 6-6 in shoes and weighing 196 pounds. McDaniels' build is similar to that of Gerald Green (6'6 without shoes, 192 pounds, 6'9 ¾ wingspan) or Josh Childress (6'5 ¾ without shoes, 196 pounds, 6'11 wingspan).

-[p=Adreian Payne]Adreian Payne: The athletic stretch four measured with the third biggest wingspan at 7-4 after measuring a 7-foot wingspan in 2009 at the LeBron James Camp. He also has gained 25 pounds since then, which is impressive. Payne had one of the largest height-to-wingspan differentials with a plus-7. Payne's measurable (6-9 no shoes and 239 pounds) are similar to 2012 draftee Andrew Nicholson, who measured 6-8 ½ with no shoes and 234 pounds with a 7-4 wingspan. Payne's measurements aren't that far off from Derrick Favors' actually, as he's actually a quarter of an inch taller, with a similar wingspan and standing reach, but is six pounds lighter (Favors was much younger at the same stage though).

-Patric Young: The chiseled Florida big man measured an impressive 6-10 (247 pounds and 7-1 ¾) in shoes, an inch taller than he measured at the Amare Stoudemire Camp in 2009. This is big for Young, who lacks the perimeter skills to play power forward in the NBA. While not a 7-footer, Young should be able to get by as a 6-10 center in the NBA. What was somewhat shocking is how small is standing reach is, at just 8-7 1/2, one of smallest ever measured for any NBA big man. The closest physical comparison we could come up with in the NBA is that of Carl Landry, who measured 6-8 1/2 in shoes, 248 pounds, with a 6-11 wingspan and a 8-6 1/2 standing reach.

-Kyle Anderson: To go along with his impressive career stats at UCLA, Anderson impsressed with his measurements coming in at 6-8 ½ with shoes to go along with a 7-2 ¾ wingspan and a 8-11 ½ standing reach, the sixth largest at the combine and the best for a wing prospect.

-C.J. Wilcox: Wilcox measured as expected at 6-3 ½ without shoes but surprised with an impressive 6-9 ¾ wingspan, up 1 ¾ inches from the 2012 Kevin Durant Camp.

-Dwight Powell: The Stanford big man measured an impressive 6-11 with shoes, the second-best in the combine. That should be taken in context, as only three players measured at 6-10 or taller without shoes (last year there were 10). While Powell isn't the most intriguing prospect, his size will allow him to play both power forward and center if need be.

-Isaiah Austin: Austin measured by far the best standing reach at 9-4 ½ inches, three inches taller than Alex Kirk, who finished second.

-Shabazz Napier: The two-time NCAA Champion measured an inch shorter than expected at 5-11 without shoes. He does sport a solid 6-3 ½ wingspan but his lack of explosiveness combined with less than stellar height hurts his potential a bit. There are plenty of NBA players with similar measurements as Napier's though, for example Patrick Mills, who looks comparable physically in terms of sheer height/length and reach.

-Nik Stauskas: Less than half of the body fat percentages were released, but of those who were Stauskas surprisingly registered the highest percentage at 12.1 percent. Other shooting guards with high body fat percentages in our database include Sasha Vujacic at 14.1 percent, and Jason Kapono at 11.7%.
 


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Noah Vonleh
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 247 lbs.
Birthday: 08/24/1995
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: New Hampton
Previous Team: Trailblazers , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 2014 Draft
by the Hornets
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
2.7 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Isaiah Austin
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 10/25/1993
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mansfield Legacy
Previous Team: Baylor , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
11.3 Pts, 5.6 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


Greg Smith
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 253 lbs.
Birthday: 01/08/1991
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Westwind
Previous Team: Istanbul BSB , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
6.9 Pts, 5.4 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


Derrick Favors
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birthday: 07/15/1991
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Atlanta South
Previous Team: Jazz , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #3 in 2010 Draft
by the Nets
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
10.5 Pts, 6.6 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Doug McDermott
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 218 lbs.
Birthday: 01/03/1992
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Ames
Previous Team: Bulls , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #11 in 2014 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
10.3 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Tobias Harris
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Birthday: 07/15/1992
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Half Hollow Hills West
Previous Team: Pistons , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #19 in 2011 Draft
by the Hornets
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
16.8 Pts, 4.8 Rebs, 1.7 Asts


Julius Randle
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 250 lbs.
Birthday: 11/29/1994
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Prestonwood Christian
Previous Team: Lakers , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2014 Draft
by the Lakers
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
13.0 Pts, 8.9 Rebs, 3.4 Asts


Kevin Love
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 255 lbs.
Birthday: 09/07/1988
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lake Oswego
Previous Team: Cavaliers , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 2008 Draft
by the Grizzlies
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
21.7 Pts, 10.5 Rebs, 1.7 Asts


Dante Exum
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 196 lbs.
Birthday: 07/13/1995
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Australian Institute of Sport
Previous Team: Jazz , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 2014 Draft
by the Jazz
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
6.5 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Michael Carter-Williams
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 184 lbs.
Birthday: 10/12/1991
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Andrew
Previous Team: Bulls , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #11 in 2013 Draft
by the 76ers
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
4.0 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


Marcus Smart
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 227 lbs.
Birthday: 03/06/1994
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Flower Mound
Previous Team: Celtics , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2014 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
10.0 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 4.0 Asts


Jarrett Jack
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthday: 10/28/1983
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mount Zion
Previous Team: Nets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #22 in 2005 Draft
by the Nuggets
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
12.8 Pts, 4.2 Rebs, 7.4 Asts


Aaron Gordon
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 09/16/1995
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Archbishop Mitty
Previous Team: Magic , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #4 in 2014 Draft
by the Magic
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
9.6 Pts, 4.3 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Paul George
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 214 lbs.
Birthday: 05/02/1990
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Knight
Previous Team: Pacers , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #10 in 2010 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
20.8 Pts, 7.5 Rebs, 3.2 Asts