2017 NBA Draft Combine Measurements Analysis

2017 NBA Draft Combine Measurements Analysis
May 11, 2017, 02:49 pm
While skill level and production clearly play the biggest role in a draft prospect's stock, a player's measurements also are a factor in evaluating their NBA potential. Here's a look at how some of the top prospects in the 2017 NBA draft measured as well as some notable measurements and comparisons. 

The data specific to the 2017 NBA Draft Combine can be found here.

See how the players stack up in our extensive database, spanning back more than a decade.

Note: validity of select standing reach measurements are being confirmed

-De'Aaron Fox measured 6'3.25 in shoes with a 6'6.5 wingspan, some 2 inches longer than the mark he registered at Kentucky's combine.  Down over a dozen pounds from that event weighing in at 170 pounds with just 4.5% body fat, Fox will need to get stronger to prepare himself for the rigors of the NBA, but removed any doubt that his low wingspan measurements last fall, which were inconsistent with his prep numbers, were indeed an abberition.  The 19 year old still isn't freakishly long, but has tremendous size for a point guard with similar dimensions to former Kentucky combo guard Brandon Knight.

-Terrance Ferguson measured 6'7 in shoes with a 6'8.75 wingspan.  Ferugson isn't particularly long for an elite shooting guard prospect, but he is among the tallest ever measured rendering his standing reach pretty solid for his position.

-French big man Jonathan Jeanne measured as one of the longest players in our database all-time as his 7'6.5 wingspan ranks behind only Alexis Ajinca, Rudy Gobert, and Boban Marjanovic among active NBA players. Standing 7'2 in shoes, he also ranks among the 20 tallest players we have data for. However, the promising 19 year old remains painfully skinny at 207 pounds.

-18-year-old UCLA center Ike Anigbogu measured 6'8.5 barefoot with a massive 7'6.25 wingspan, giving him the largest wingspan-to-height differential at this year's NBA Combine and one of the top marks in our database all-time surpassing notoriously long players like Kawhi Leonard and Hassan Whiteside by a comfortable margin. Tipping the scales at 252 pounds, Anigbogu is a rare physical specimen whose closest physical comparison is likely Alonzo Mourning who measured  6'9.5 in shoes with a 7'6.5 wingspan and a 249-pound frame in 1992 as a 22-year-old after his senior season at Georgetown. 
-One other player posted a wingspan over 7'6 at this year's Combine, Indiana's Thomas Bryant, whose measurements line up very well with those taken by USA Basketball all the way back in 2014.  Standing 6'10.75 in shoes with a 247-pound frame, Bryant's measurements compare favorably to Knicks big man Kyle O'Quinn.
-Two other players measured over 7'0 in shoes, Thomas Welsh of UCLA and Zach Collins of Gonzaga.  The 2017 Combine represents the first set of measurements we have on Collins who also recorded a wingspan of 7'1 at 232 pounds.  Though he's not very rangy, Collins, like Henry Ellenson last year, has the size potentially play some center in the NBA depending on matchups. 
-Ivan Rabb posted a similar wingspan to Collins with a mark of 7'1.5, but stood 6'10 in shoes with a light 220-pound frame.
-This was also our first look at the measurements for Creighton's Justin Patton, who at 6'11.25 in shoes with a 7'3 wingspan and a 229-pound frame has similar dimensions to a young Tyson Chandler.
-Top 2016 high school prospect Harry Giles has the largest hands of any player in attendance and measured 6'10.5 in shoes with a 7'3.25 wingspan and a 232-pound frame consistent with what we've seen from him in the past.  Texas's Jarrett Allen measured a similar 6'10.25 in shoes, but posted a 7'5.25 wingspan at 234 pounds. Having just turned 19, Allen is only slightly smaller than Warriors center JaVale McGee in terms of height and length.  Tony Bradley measured an impressive 6'10.75 in shoes with a 7'5 wingspan and a 250-pound frame as there is no shortage of young big men with good size potentially available in the middle of the first round.

-UCLA's T.J. Leaf had one of the least impressive wingspans among big men.  The skilled power forward who turned 20 just a few weeks ago measured 6'9.75 in shoes with a 6'11 wingspan and a 222 pound frame.  Leaf is almost exactly the same size as a young Jonas Jerebko.  Tyler Lydon measured similarly at 6'9.5 in shoes with a 7'0 wingspan, but at only 215 pounds, Lydon still posted the highest body fat percentage of any player in attedance at 13.6%
-Kentucky had a number of players measure roughly as expected  including Bam Adebayo who 5.2% body fat at 243 pounds stands out on first glance, Standing 6'9.75 with a 7'2.75 wingspan, Adebayo's marks are similar to those he posted at Kentucky's combine, though he's actually lost a considerable amount of weight since last fall when he weighed 258 pounds.  Isaiah Briscoe measured 6'2.75 in shoes with a 6'9 wingspan and a 222-pound frame with the highest body fat percenage among true guards.
-Among backcourt prospects, Donovan Mitchell was perhaps the most impressive physical specimen.  Standing just 6'3 in shoes, Mitchell's 6'10 wingspan and 211-pound frame that carries only 5.9% body fat give him similar dimensions to a number of prominent NBA guards like Tony Allen and Victor Oladipo

-Indiana small forward OG Anunoby posted a similar wingspan differential standing 6'7.75 in shoes with a 7'2.25 wingspan.  Weighing in at 232 pounds, Anunoby could conceivably play some small ball power forward down the line, but for now is focused on getting back on the court after a mid-season knee injury.

-Though he stands just 5'11.5 in shoes, Jawun Evans registered a wingspan of 6'5.5.  Evans is only as tall as Kemba Walker, but as long as Patrick Beverley.  The longest wingspan measurements for any drafted player under 6'0 in our database prior to this point was Aaron Brooks's 6'4 mark.  Evans was the shortest player measured in Chicago, with Frank Mason and Derrick Walton being the only two other players standing under 6-feet tall without shoes.
-Duke standout Luke Kennard measured 6'6.5 in shoes with a 6'5.25 wingspan at 196 pounds.  Lacking length in a major way, Kennard nonetheless compares favorably on paper to J.J. Redick who measured 6'4.75 in shoes with a 6'3.25 wingspan at 190 pounds at the 2006 NBA Pre-Draft Camp.  Surprisingly, Kennard didn't have the worst height to wingspan differential as Svi Mykhailiuk measured 6'6.5 barefoot with just a 6'5 wingspan. Other players with wingspan differentials under +2 include Moritz Wagner, Eric Mika, Dillon Brooks, Melo Trimble, and Thomas Welsh

-Potential preps to pros prospect Hamidou Diallo, who took a detour to Kentucky before re-emerging here, measured 6'5 in shoes with a 6'11.25 wingspan at 197 pounds.  Diallo has gained some 10 pounds since last summer, a good sign for the still lean 18-year-old, and his wingspan would rank him among the longest shooting guard prospects in our database all-time whenever he opts to stay in the draft.

-A number of mid-round prospects measured well in Chicago including Xavier's Edmond Sumner, who, at 6'5.75 in shoes with a 6'9 wingspan, is just a tad smaller than notoriously oversized Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston.  Sumner needs to get stronger as he weighs just 176 pounds, a challenge he'll tackle after working his way back from a knee injury.  Devin Robinson has great size for a small forward at 6'8.25 in shoes with a 7'0.75 wingspan and a 190-pound frame that should continue to improve.  The same can be said for Wesley Iwundu who measured 6'6.75 in shoes with a 7'1 wingspan.

-This is our first look at the official measurements for Michigan redshirt sophomore D.J. Wilson.  He measured at 6'10.5 with shoes, weighed in at 234 pounds and posted an impressive 7'3 wingspan.  His measurements are very similar to those of former first round pick Gorgui Dieng who measured at 6'10,75, with a 7.'3.5 wingspan and weighed 230 pounds at the 2013 Combine.  Wilson's length, fluid athleticism, and budding perimeter skill set certainty make him an intriguing prospect should he choose to stay in this year's draft.    
-This was also the first look we got at the official measurements of Wilsons teammate, German born big man Moritz Wagner.  The sophomore, who is testing the draft waters, measured 6'11.25 with shoes on (95th percentile) but posted just a 7'0 wingspan.  His hand width measurement of 10.75 was tied with Harry Giles for the largest measured at this year's combine.  Was has similar dimensions to Enes Kanter who measured 6'11.25 with a 7'1.5 wingspan at the 2011 NBA Combine.    
-N.C. State Freshman Omer Yurtseven was measured at 6'11.75 with shoes on, making him the 3rd tallest player at the Combine behind Jonathan Jeanne and Thomas Welsh, putting him in the 95th percentile in terms of height in our database.  His height and wingspan (7'1) are still very similar to what he measured at the 2015 Eurocamp.  While the 18-year-old has not grown much since then, he has added some weight to his frame, weighing in at 248 pounds, up 20 pounds from his 2015 mark.   
-Arizona freshman Kobi Simmons measured 6'4.5 with shoes on, up just half an inch from his last measurement with USA Basketball in 2014.  The more notable measurement on Simmons is that he weighed in at just 166 pounds, which is very slim for a prospect at any position.  According to our database, the lightest shooting guard to be drafted is Jeremy Lamb who weighed in at 179 pounds in 2012 and when he was taken with the 12th overall pick.   
- Maryland freshman Justin Jackson (Canada), who is testing the NBA Draft waters, posted an outstanding wingspan measurement of 7'3.25 which is an unusually high number for a wing whose height was measured at 6'7 with shoes on.  His height with shoes vs wingspan differential is 8.25 (99th Percentile) and was the 2nd best number at the Combine behind only Ike Anigbogu.  Jackson was already an interesting prospect given his outside shooting ability, and his highly-measured wingspan adds to his value.  His height and wingspan are similar to those of Kawhi Leonard who measured 6'7 with a 7'3 wingspan at the 2011 NBA Combine.    
-Caleb Swanigan's measurements were nearly identical to the numbers that he posted at last year's NBA Combine.  Measuring 6'8.5 with shoes on and weighing in at 246 pounds, Swanigan is undersized at the power forward and center positions but measured a 7'3 wingspan and a 9'0 standing reach which should help to compensate for his lack of ideal height and athleticism.  Thomas Robinson posted very similar measurements standing 6'8.75 with a 7'3.25 wingspan and a 244-pound frame at the 2012 NBA Draft Combine.
-These are the first measurements we've seen for SMU junior Semi Ojeleyep/b] since the 2012 Lebron James Camp.  Ojeleye who projects as a combo forward at the NBA level stands 6.6'.75 with shoes on, posted a 6'9.75 wingspan, and weighed in at 241 pounds.  His weight may seem on the high side, but Ojeleye has a ripped and mature frame carrying a body fat percentage of just 5.5%.  His body is reminiscent of Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder who also measured in at 6'6.5 in shoes with a 6'9.25 wingspan and weighed in at 241 pounds at the 2012 NBA Draft Combine.  Crowder was taken with the 34th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and has since become a valuable two-way piece on one of the top teams in the NBA.   
-There was a lot of intrigue around the measurements of Oregon junior Jordan Bell as he looks to translate his rebounding and defensive enforcer role to the NBA level.  Bell stood 6'8.5 with shoes on and posted a wingspan just under 7'0.  While those numbers are not elite, Bell can make up for some of his lack of ideal size with effort and athleticism.  His measurements are not all that far off from Tristian Thompson who measured 6'8.75 with a 7'1.25 at the 2011 NBA Combine.
-Pac 12 Player of the Year Dillon Brooks measured in at just 6'6 with shoes on and posted a wingspan of 6'6 as well.  Brooks lacks ideal physical tools for an NBA wing but hopes to make up for it with his strong 220-pound frame and a versatile offensive game which includes a much improved 3 ball. 
-Baylor junior Jonathan Motely posted a 7'4 wingspan which was the 6th best at the combine and puts him in the 97th percentile in our database.  Standing just under 6'9, Motley will likely play both the 4 and the 5 at the NBA level.  His measurements in terms of height and wingspan fall just short, but are very similar to those of another former Baylor big man, Ekpe Udoh who measured 6'9.75 in shoes with a 7'4.5 wingspan at the 2010 NBA Draft Combine.
-Clemson senior Jaron Blossomgame posted an impressive wingspan measurement of 6'10 to go along with his 6'6.75 height with shoes. His hand width measurement of 10.25 also puts him in the 94th percentile per our database.  His measurements are very much in line with those of Andre Iguodala who measured 6'6.75 in shoes with a 6'11 wingspan in 2004.
-Iowa State's Monte Morris measured 6'2.5 with shoes on to go along with a 6'4 wingspan.  Morris has decent size at the point guard position but his frame is on the slight side, weighing in at 175 pounds, a very similar number to what he has weighed each of the last two years when masured.  Morris is a competitor on the defensive end who makes up for his slight frame with effort and IQ.

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