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By Ryan Feldman

Friday, June 17, 2011

NBA Draft Combine Measurements and Athletic Testing Results

NBA Draft Combine Shooting Chart

What exactly is the definition of athleticism? If a good maximum vertical leap is what defines elite athleticism, then perhaps we need to re-evaluate our perception of an athletic basketball player.

Kawhi Leonard has been praised for being extremely athletic. But when the NBA released the athletic testing results from the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last week, Leonard's maximum vertical leap was only 32 inches. Only 10 of the 53 players that tested had a worse vertical. Among players with higher verticals than Leonard were Enes Kanter, Demetri McCamey, Jimmer Fredette and Jon Diebler.

Is Leonard not as athletic as we thought he was? Or did he not try hard enough for some reason? Or has Leonard been extremely overrated?

It wasn't just Leonard's athleticism that disappointed. He was only able to bench press 185 pounds three times. If Leonard isn't athletic, isn't strong and can't consistently knock down outside jumpers, then what can he do that would justify drafting him in the lottery?

Clearly, Leonard was not one of the "winners" of the Draft Combine's athletic testing results and shooting chart. Who were the winners?

Isaiah Thomas, who measured two inches taller than he was listed at (5-foot-10), shot 76 percent on college 3-pointers and 72 percent on NBA 3-pointers in the spot-up shooting drills. He made 61 percent of his mid-range jumpers off the dribble and 92 percent (12-of-13) of his timed mid-range jumpers on the move. Thomas measured a 40-inch vertical and bench pressed 185 pounds 13 times. He's strong, he's athletic and he can shoot. Other than his height, which turned out better than expected, there isn't much of a knock on Thomas.

Andrew Goudelock measured a 37-inch vertical, had the second fastest lane agility time and shot the lights out in the drills. In the timed mid-range shooting on the move, Goudelock made all 21 of his attempts. He made 76 percent of his spot-up NBA 3-pointers and 68 percent of college 3-pointers. He made 78 percent of his mid-range jumpers off the dribble. Goudelock proved his claim as the best shooter in the draft and he showed that he's quite the athlete as well.

Shelvin Mack showed off his athleticism and strength with a 39-inch vertical and 17 bench press reps. If Mack has one of the best combinations of athleticism and strength among guards in this draft and can prove that he's a capable ball-handler and scorer, then there's no reason he shouldn't be drafted in the first round.

JaJuan Johnson made himself look terrific in the athletic and shooting results. He measured a 38-inch vertical, showed off his improved strength with 15 bench press reps, and was one of the better shooting big men. Johnson's vertical was the highest of any big man. He made 80 percent of his spot-up high school 3-pointers, 60 percent of college 3-pointers, 67 percent of mid-range jumpers off the dribble, and 73 percent of timed mid-range jumpers on the move.

Despite measuring two inches shorter (6-foot-8) than previously listed at, Justin Harper had perhaps the most impressive results of anyone. He shot extremely well for a big man, making 92 percent of his spot-up high school 3-pointers, 72 percent of college 3-pointers, 61 percent mid-range jumpers off the dribble, and 67 percent of timed mid-range jumpers on the move. Rather surprisingly, Harper matched Derrick Williams as the strongest draft prospects with 19 bench press reps each.

Iman Shumpert and Josh Selby both measured with a rather impressive 42-inch vertical. They both shot the ball fairly well in the shooting drills.

The Morris twins were rather disappointing. Marcus measured a 33-inch vertical and Markieff had a 31.5-inch vertical. And both of them shot the ball rather poorly in the drills, especially Marcus, who made just 32 percent of his NBA 3-pointers and 28 percent (5-of-18) of his mid-range jumpers off the dribble.

Jereme Richmond was the only player that participated in the bench press test to not record a single 185-pound repetition. Other than Kyrie Irving, who did not participate in anything other than measurements, Tyler Honeycutt, Demetri McCamey and E'Twaun Moore all did not participate in the bench press test. That could mean that they didn't think they could bench press 185 pounds, thus sitting the test out, but Richmond was the only one to officially record zero reps.

Kemba Walker recorded an impressive 39.5-inch vertical.

Jimmer Fredette showed off his quickness and strength. He finished third in the lane agility drill and bench pressed 185 pounds 14 times.

Travis Leslie was third in maximum vertical leap with 40.5 inches.

Enes Kanter, who measured at 6-foot-11, recorded a 32.5-inch vertical, had 14 bench press reps, and shot the ball fairly well. He made 56 percent of his spot-up college 3-pointers and 78 percent of mid-range jumpers off the dribble.

Jeremy Tyler's athleticism was a bit overrated. He recorded a 33.5-inch vertical.

Nikola Vucevic, who measured a hair under 7-feet, recorded a 25-inch vertical, five inches less than the next worst vertical (Kyle Singler).

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