Well the NBA Draft Combine is in the books and the physical measurements are already available, with the athletic testing results to come out further into the week. And as some of us have already discussed, the results had some far-reaching effect for some players at the top and, perhaps more importantly, for players struggling to move up from either early second round to late first round (to get that guaranteed contract) or from the mid-to-late first round into the lottery or higher (to get more $$$ from that guaranteed contract).
As for the fans of each team with a pick in the first round (sorry Knicks, among other teams who were unlucky enough to trade their first round pick away in what has the looks of being one of the most solidly deep drafts in awhile), the measurements and athletic results have something of a mixed effect for fans in terms of who they want their team to draft come June 24th.
First off, we’re talking basketball and the taller, bigger, and faster you are (toss on how high you can jump on there as well) the more eyes are going to be turned your direction. So it’s no wonder that Jordan Crawford’s standing, no step vertical leap of 36″ wows not only scouts but fans alike. Or how Greg Monroe’s 9’2+ standing reach sends ripples throughout the league because at 6’11, 247 lbs and with that standing reach, he has all the physical tools (not to mention style of play) to be a center at the next level.
But I use Monroe for a reason. It is his measurements plus his game that equate to him being an intriguing prospect at the center position. We get engrossed by wingspan, shuttle speed, etc, etc to the point that we start trying to convince ourselves that so-and-so can play such position and could really take off at the next level and be the answer for that missing piece to the championship puzzle while also forgetting something that is pretty important in the NBA. Keep Reading…