NBA Draft 2013 Official Combine Measurements, Results, Comparisons: Bigs

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With the NBA Draft Combine officially in the book, scouts, front offices, and fans may have a slightly better idea of which players have the best chances to help their respective teams. We now have actual numbers to associate with the players, instead of relying solely on the eye-test. Here is a look at how the big men measured up.

Centers/Power Forwards:

Measurements:

Name Height W/O Shoes Height With Shoes Weight Wingspan Standing Reach Body Fat Hand Length Hand Width

Gorgui Dieng

6' 9.75'' 6' 10.75'' 229.6 7' 3.5'' 9' 3.5'' 5.35 9 10

Rudy Gobert

7' 0.5''

7' 2''

237.6

7' 8.5''

9' 7''

4.4

9.75

10
Alex Len
NULL NULL NULL 7' 3.5'' NULL 6.4 9

10.75

Nerlens Noel

6' 10'' 6' 11.75'' 206.4 7' 3.75'' 9' 2''

4.15

9.5 10

Kelly Olynyk

6' 10.75'' 7' 0'' 234 6' 9.75'' 9' 0'' 6.65 8.5 10

Mason Plumlee

6' 11.25'' 7' 0.5''

238.2

6' 11'' 9' 0'' 6.15

9.75

9.5

Cody Zeller

6' 10.75'' 7' 0.25'' 230 6' 10.75'' 8' 10'' 4.75 8.5 10.5

The seven bigs listed above all have a chance of being lottery picks (along with Anthony Bennett who didn't attend), though some of their performances may have hurt those chances. Judging by the measurables alone, Rudy Gobert from France was by far the most impressive. Gobert has a massive standing reach of 9'7" and a 7'8.5" wingspan. However, when speaking of players you've actually heard of, Gorgui Dieng, Alex Len, and Nerlens Noel measured out the best. Dieng and Len edged out Noel in the standing reach category, but Noel has a slightly longer wingspan than Dieng. It's also worth noting that Alex Len only participated in a couple of these events because of a freshly repaired stress fracture, so with his wingspan and height, his standing reach would have been second only to Gobert.

Kelly Olynyk and Cody Zeller were the least impressive of the group, with shorter arms/reaches compared to other players their height. We knew Zeller's reach wasn't that great, but an 8'10" standing reach for a 7-footer is pretty low. The same can be said for Olynyk and his reach which is actually one inch shorter than his height. Therefore, Olynyk earns the T-Rex distinction of the group for this year's group of prospects.

Results:
Name 3/4 Court Sprint Time
Lane Agility Time
Modified Time
Standing Vertical
Max Vertical

Gorgui Dieng

NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL

Rudy Gobert

3.57 12.85
3.19
25 29

Alex Len

NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL

Nerlens Noel


NULL

NULL

NULL


NULL

NULL

Kelly Olynyk

3.59 11.42 2.99 24.5 29.5

Mason Plumlee

3.29 10.89 2.76 30.5 36

Cody Zeller

3.15

10.82

2.69

35.5

37.5

Just when you thought Cody Zeller was finished, he comes storming back to relevance by showing just how underrated his athleticism was this year. Everyone knew how skilled he was offensively, but super athletic?

I have mentioned it many times before...Zeller is a much better athlete than his brother and was very underrated in that respect, but even I was surprised by his results. Zeller not only had the best standing vertical of any big at the combine, it's the highest standing vertical by any player over 6'9" in the history of the NBA Combine. If you don't think this is important, ask yourself how many times bigs have to jump straight up from a stand still to grab rebounds or putbacks. Not only that, but his speed at running the floor and his lane agility were all tops as well...very impressive numbers overall for a big. Although Zeller lacks in wingspan and reach, his agility and hops help to make up for it...which could really help his case among scouts and front offices who may have been leery of him otherwise.

Mason Plumlee also showed off his expected agility and athleticism which could possibly help him to become a late lottery pick as well. As for Gobert who was highly touted as being very athletic for a man his size, well...maybe not so much. Gobert came crashing back down to earth on the second day with some less than impressive numbers across all categories. I still think he moves well for a big and seems to play more athletically than he tested at the combine, but I think these numbers significantly hurt his chances of rising up the mocks into the lottery.

Conclusion:

The bigs were far less telling than the guards, because of the number of top prospects who were injured and not participating. While Cody Zeller and Mason Plumlee probably did the most to help their cases of being lottery picks, the real winners here were still Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, and Anthony Bennett, who although missed many, or all, of the categories, were still able to retain their top rankings...due to none of the other prospects doing enough to unseat them.

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