NBA Combine Results 2018: Thursday Measurements, Highlights and Top Prospects


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While NBA draft season is well underway behind the scenes, this week’s NBA draft lottery and the NBA Scouting Combine on Thursday and Friday mark the official start of that process.

Below, we’ll take a look at the measurements for some of the biggest names in Chicago and break down the day’s top storylines.

Be sure to check out NBA.com for the full list of measurements, strength and agility tests, non-stationary shooting and spot-up shooting results. 

Measurements for Biggest Names

Player: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke

Body Fat: 5.5 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’3″

Weight: 198 pounds

Wingspan: 6’7 ¼”

           

Player: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

Body Fat: 6.2 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’11 ¼”

Weight: 225 pounds

Wingspan: 7’10”

             

Player: Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State

Body Fat: 5.9 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’5 ¼”

Weight: 220 pounds

Wingspan: 6’9 ½”

            

Player: Wendell Carter, PF/C, Duke

Body Fat: 7.8 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’8 ¾”

Weight: 251 pounds

Wingspan: 7’4 ½”

            

PlayerDonte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova

Body Fat: 5.0 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’3 ½”

Weight: 200 pounds

Wingspan: 6’6″

               

PlayerShai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Kentucky

Body Fat: 3.0 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’4 ½”

Weight: 180 pounds

Wingspan: 6’11 ½”

            

Player: Jaren Jackson, C, Michigan State

Body Fat: 7.2 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’9 ¾”

Weight: 236 pounds

Wingspan: 7’5 ¼

            

Player: Kevin Knox, SF/PF, Kentucky

Body Fat: 4.9 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’7 ¾”

Weight: 212 pounds

Wingspan: 6’11 ¾”

            

Player: Michael Porter, SF/PF, Missouri

Body Fat: 6.4 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’9 ½”

Weight: 211 pounds

Wingspan: 7’0 ¼”

          

Player: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama

Body Fat: 5.6 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’0 ½”

Weight: 183 pounds

Wingspan: 6’7 ¼”

            

Player: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma

Body Fat: 5.3 percent

Height (without shoes): 6’0 ½”

Weight: 177 pounds

Wingspan: 6’3″

              

Top Storylines

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In case you were wondering, yes, Bamba’s wingspan is correct. He’ll come into the NBA with one of the league’s longest wingspans, if not the longest wingspan, at 7’10”. It’s little wonder Bamba averaged a whopping 3.7 blocks per game in college and will be expected to immediately make an impact as a rim-protector.

Bamba’s also working on improving other aspects of his game, namely on the offensive end:

A few players popped in the testing portion of the combine on Thursday. Duke’s Allen, for instance, crushed the lane agility test:

He was no slouch in the maximum vertical leap, either, hitting 40.5 inches. 

DiVincenzo helped himself as well in the testing, running the lane agility test in 10.72 seconds and posting a 42-inch vertical leap. If there was any doubt about Allen or DiVincenzo’s athleticism, they put those concerns to rest Thursday.

DiVincenzo also scrimmaged well: 

A few players lived up to their athletic billing. Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo had a vertical of 40.5 inches and a lane agility of 10.53 seconds. One interesting note, however, was that Diallo’s vertical actually got worse from last year’s combine:

It still looked impressive in slow motion, though:

Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith showed off his leaping ability (41.5-inch vertical) and speed (3.05-second three-quarter sprint). Smith has been climbing up draft boards, and his athleticism should help his cause as a mid-first rounder.

As for other players who helped themselves, Maryland’s Kevin Huerter impressed:

Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie turned some head as well:

Generally speaking, much of what will matter at the combine will come behind closed doors, as prospects interview with teams and attempt to make positive impressions. And teams will also hold private workouts with prospects they are interested in drafting, where they’ll get a much better chance to break down a prospect’s strengths and weaknesses in drills and potentially in one-on-one matchups.

Michael Porter Jr. didn’t do much at the combine Thursday and remains one of the mysteries of this draft, given the injuries that limited him to barely any playing time in his freshman season. His confidence won’t be an issue, however.

“I’m the best player in this draft,” he said Thursday, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Meanwhile, there’s no doubt a few players probably helped their draft stock on Thursday. One of the interesting storylines going forward will be whether a player like DiVincenzo decides to return to school in the hopes of being a lottery pick next year, or hits the draft. 

As for the prospective lottery picks, its unlikely any dramatically changed the opinions teams hold on them, for better or worse, on Thursday.

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