Analyzing the 2013 Combine Measurements

Analyzing the 2013 Combine Measurements
May 17, 2013, 12:43 pm
Opinions on the importance of measurements vary greatly, as they are just a small piece of the puzzle that determines whether a player will end up finding success competing at the NBA level. Measurements are still widely anticipated both by NBA draft fans and talent evaluators because they present a completely objective way of comparing prospects.

Check out our measurements database and see how prospects in this class stack up with players in our from the last 10+ years. Keep in mind that you can sort them by position and by where they were drafted with the help of the drop-down menus at the top.

In an average year, we always seem to find a handful of prospects who “shrink” between being measured in workouts, at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, and at the Combine, but this year appears to be an exception. Brandon Davies, Robert Covington, Will Clyburn, and James Ennis were all measured at both the PIT Tournament and the NBA Combine in Chicago and the differences between the marks they posted at the two venues doesn't exceed half an inch in any one category.

Top Prospects
-Nerlens Noel's measurements (6'10 without shoes, 7'3.75 wingspan, 206 pounds) are very similar to those of 2012 draftee Keith Benson (6'10 without shoes, 7'4.75, 217 pounds). Finding an apt comparison for Noel is no easy task, as his 206 pound frame (4.2% body fat) is the 4th lightest in our database among players standing at or above 6'10 without shoes on. Compared to his predecessor at Kentucky, Anthony Davis (6'9.25 without shoes, 7'5.5 wingspan, 222 pounds), Noel does not particularly stand out, but doesn't measure up poorly either.

Though Noel's measurements may not jump off the page historically like some projected top picks in recent memory, he has good size for a center and the type of wingspan common among prolific shot-blockers. His need to pack on muscle is well documented, and it is worth noting that his ACL injury has certainly limited his ability to get in the weight room and work on that in preparation for this event. It will be worth keeping an eye out for what Noel's body looks like coming into his sophomore year in the NBA after he's healthy and has had a full offseason of work under his belt.

-Ben McLemore (6'3.5 without shoes, 6'7.75 wingspan, 189 pounds) and Victor Oladipo (6'3.25 without shoes, 6'9.25 wingspan, 213 pounds) would appear a tad undersized on height alone, but compensate with impressive wingspans. Oladipo measures out similarly a bit smaller than Dwyane Wade (6'3.75 without shoes, 6'10.75 wingspan, 212 pounds), while McLemore is slightly lighter, but roughly the same size at Bradley Beal (6'3.25 without shows, 6'7.75 wingspan, 202 pounds). While neither player has excellent size for a shooting guard, both have the athleticism to stand out in that portion of the testing.

-Trey Burke measured in just under 6-feet tall at 5'11.75 without shoes but has an impressive 6'5.5 wingspan. He's both heavier and longer than Chris Paul (5'11.75 without shoes, 6'4.25 wingspan, 178 pounds) and has a bigger wingspan than Kyrie Irving (6'1.75 without shoes, 6'4 wingspan, 191 pounds) despite standing 2 inches shorter. Burke's measurements place him in good standing among the NBA's best point guards.

-Otto Porter (6'7.5 without shoes, 7'1.5 wingspan, 198 pounds) ranks among the lightest players his height in our database all-time. His measurements compare well to those of Moe Harkless (6'7.25 without shoes, 7'0 wingspan, 207 pounds), who played well for Orlando as a rookie. If Porter can add some weight to his frame over time, his size and +6 wingspan differential will fit in well among small forwards drafted in the first round. It will be interesting to see how he fares defensively as a rookie against the 240+ pound three men he'll encounter some nights.

-Alex Len did not do all of the testing as he's wearing a walking boot, but his 7'3.5 wingspan ranked as the 6th best measured in Chicago.

-C.J. McCollum (6'2.25 without shoes, 6'6.25 wingspan, 197 pounds) has solid size for a combo guard, measuring lighter, but roughly the same size as Randy Foye (6'2.25 without shoes, 6'6.25 wingspan, 212 pounds). McCollum's ability to handle the ball and make plays for others is a plus, as he doesn't compare favorably to most true shooting guards who have been picked in the lottery in recent years.

-Shabazz Muhammad (6'4.75 without shoes, 6'11 wingspan, 222 pounds) measured roughly as expected. His numbers are not outstanding for a small forward prospect, but not awful either. He's 6'6.25 with shoes on and is roughly the same size as Ruben Patterson (6'5 without shoes, 224 pounds) and Caron Butler (6'5.25 without shoes, 6'11.5 wingspan, 222 pounds) both of whom enjoyed long careers at the three-spot. Like those two, Muhammad's strong frame is a plus as he looks to compensate for his lack of great size and length.

Notable Measurements
-Rudy Gobert (7'0.5 without shoes, 7'8.5 wingspan, 9'7 standing reach, 238 pounds) measured in tied for the 3rd biggest wingspan and 2nd biggest standing reach in the history of our database. His size compares favorably to a young JaVale McGee (6'11 without shoes, 7'6 wingspan, 241 pounds). Like McGee, Gobert will need to add some weight to his frame, but his size is truly elite.

-Steven Adams is an enormous individual, measuring in at 6'10.75 without shoes with a 7'4.5 wingspan and 255 pound frame. His hands are among the largest recorded since the NBA began measuring hand width and length regularly as well. Adams's measurements are eerily similar to those of Greg Oden (6'11 without shoes, 7'4.25 wingspan, 257 pounds), which certainly puts just how impressive his physical profile is in perspective.

-Among bigmen, Dwayne Dedmon also impressed, measuring in at 6'10 without shoes with a 7'4 wingspan and 239 pound frame. Gorgui Dieng was slightly smaller, measuring a still solid 6'9.75 without shoes on with a 7'3.5 wingspan and a 230 pound frame. Colton Iverson was 6'10.5, making his a legit 7-footer in shoes, and weighed in at 263 pounds, making him the heaviest player in attendance, which isn't a bad thing this year.

-Jamaal Franklin measured 6'4 without shoes with an outstanding 6'11.25 wingspan. His wingspan differential is just one inch shorter than that of former Aztec standout Kawhi Leonard (6'6 without shoes, 7'3 wingspan). Just as Leonard's wingspan was impressive for a small forward, so too is Franklin's for a shooting guard.

-Among wings, Tony Snell measured in at a legit 6'6 without shoes with a 6'11.5 wingspan. His size and length combination is certainly impressive for a player who shot 39% from 3-point range as a junior. Adonis Thomas measured in at just 6'4.75 without shoes, but his 7'1 wingspan is phenomenal and his 232 pound frame is rare for a player his height who turned 20 just a few months ago.

-Dennis Scrhoeder measured in at 6'1 with a 6'7.75 wingspan and a 165 pound frame. His length is elite for a player his height, but his frame is also among the lightest measured for a 6'1 guard.

-Kelly Olynyk measured in as a legit 7-footer in shoes, but his 6'9.75 wingspan is poor for a center. Considering his skill level, Olynyk is a fairly unique prospect.

-Tim Hardaway measured in at 6'4.5 in shoes with a 6'7 wingspan. He's played well here, but his wingspan is among the smallest for his size in our database.

-Michael Carter-Williams measured 6'4.75 without shoes with a 6'7.25 wingspan, or almost identically to Greivis Vasquez (6'4.75 without shoes, 6'7.25 wingspan). Nate Wolters also measured well for a point guard at 6'3.5 without shoes on, but possesses a middling 6'3.75 wingspan.

-Andre Roberson measured in at 6'6.25 with a 6'11 wingspan, neither of which compare well to his peers at the power forward position as he's roughly the same size as Shabazz Muhammad.

-Pierre Jackson measured out at 5'9.5, which isn't shocking, but his 5'11.25 wingspan is well shorter than that of Isaiah Thomas (6'1.75) and Nate Robinson (6'1). He, along with Shane Larkin (5'10.25 without shoes, 5'10.75 wingspan), would be among only a handful of players with sub-6 foot wingspans selected in the first round should they hear their names called among the first 30 picks on draft day.

-Carrick Felix (6'4.75 without shoes, 6'9.25 wingspan, 203 pounds), registered a body fat percentage of 3.3%, one of the 10 best marks ever measured. Shane Larkin had the second lowest at 3.8%. Ryan Kelly had the highest by a sizeable margin at 14.8%.

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