Measurements aren’t everything, but particularly for players with either “tweener” concerns (unclear which position they will play in the NBA) or style of play concerns (unclear how well they will translate particularly guarding other players at a certain position), measurements can go a long ways in assuaging or exacerbating those issues in the minds of scouts. For more on what constitutes a “good” measurement for a particular position see Tim’s post on prototypical size vs. reality in the NBA.
|Name||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Reach|
|.||Andre Drummond||6′ 9.75″||6′ 11.75″||279||7′ 6.25″||9′ 1.5″|
|.||Jared Sullinger||6′ 7.75″||6′ 9″||268||7′ 1.25″||8′ 11″|
|.||Terrence Jones||6′ 8.25″||6′ 9.5″||252||7′ 2.25″||8′ 9.5″|
|.||Meyers Leonard||6′ 11.75″||7′ 1.25″||250||7′ 3″||9′ 0.5″|
|.||Tyler Zeller||6′ 11.25″||7′ 0.5″||247||7′ 0″||8′ 8″|
|.||Thomas Robinson||6′ 7.75″||6′ 8.75″||244||7′ 3.25″||8′ 10″|
|.||Perry Jones||6′ 10.25″||6′ 11.25″||234||7′ 1.75″||8′ 10.5″|
|.||Harrison Barnes||6′ 7″||6′ 8″||228||6′ 11.25″||8′ 6″|
|.||Anthony Davis||6′ 9.25″||6′ 10.5″||222||7′ 5.5″||9′ 0″|
|.||John Henson||6′ 9″||6′ 10.5″||216||7′ 5″||9′ 3.5″|
|.||Bradley Beal||6′ 3.25″||6′ 4.75″||202||6′ 8″||8′ 3″|
|.||Kendall Marshall||6′ 3.25″||6′ 4.25″||198||6′ 5.5″||7′ 10.5″|
|.||Damian Lillard||6′ 1.75″||6′ 2.75″||189||6′ 7.75″||8′ 0″|
Lillard measures out with above-average NBA point guard size and good length. Combined with his physique, his already well noted production and reportedly awesome work ethic, it’s hard to see how he slips past Toronto and New Orleans and is there for the 11th pick. If Lillard is Portland’s man, they’ll either need to trade up from 11 or take him at 6. Note that Lillard actually measures out as having a significantly better wingspan than Marshall and a taller standing reach.
Marshall’s size is fine, though when you add in his relatively short arms (6’5″ wingspan while standing 6’4.25″ in shoes) with his lack of athleticism and terrible athleticism markers in college it makes you wonder what he will do on defense in the pros. Slower guys like late-career Kidd can use length and anticipation to get in to passing lanes even if they can’t stay in front of anybody. It’s not clear Marshall will be able to do that. Of course, Marshall’s best assets are his eyes and brains.
Henson is obviously the eye-popping number here, basically having center numbers (6’10.5″, 9’3.5″ standing reach). He’s basically the same size as Davis. The concern is that he is basically a twig at 216 pounds. Perry Jones also has prototypical power forward size, but the concern with him will always be what’s between the ears so I don’t expect this to help him much. He reportedly killed the drills and is a workout warrior so let’s hope some stupid team takes him in the top 10 pushing another competent player down to 11. Finally, Terrence Jones has good height (6’9.5″) and reach (8’9.5″) for a power forward. Combined with his bulk and athleticism he will have no trouble defending NBA 4s if a team can keep him focused.
Drummond is an absolute monster and these measurements assure in my opinion that he won’t be available at the 6th pick. Teams just can’t help themselves when it comes to a guy with the height (nearly 7′) and length (9’1.5″ standing reach) to play center along with the bulk to handle the wear and tear of the NBA. Like Perry Jones though the issue with him remains energy level and what’s between the temples, so personally these numbers don’t move the needle much. Likewise, Jared Sullinger didn’t do much to help or hurt himself. Six foot nine is short for a center, but he has good length (8’11″ standing reach, just short of the ideal 9′ mark for a center) and his defensive smarts should prevent him from being overwhelmed by NBA centers.
One player who may have hurt himself is Tyler Zeller. Although he is very tall, his 8’8″ standing reach is that of a much shorter man. There have been players who succeeded with short arms on the interior, but it was the death knell for the likes of Shelden Williams. It will be interesting to see how this affects his stock, since his greater attributes are probably ability to finish around the rim and run in transition as opposed to be a dominant interior force defensively.
On the opposite end, the raw Meyers Leonard helped his stock immensely. He measured out taller than Drummond (7′+) with a standing reach only slightly shorter and plenty heavy to play center in the NBA. Although he’s a project, teams generally can’t help themselves when confronted with these physical attributes. I’d be shocked if he did not become a lottery pick.
Harrison Barnes measured out well, and I expect performed well in athletic testing though I haven’t checked. My issue with him as always is production. Bradley Beal probably helped himself with the 6’4″ measurement. Anything shorter than that starts to worry teams. I still am strongly opposed to drafting either of these players and frankly would prefer Lillard at the 6th pick.
Who else helped or hurt themselves? Who are your other favorites?