Commentary

Draft Watch: Combine results for top prospects

Originally Published: June 3, 2008
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

While the height and weight measurements from the NBA pre-draft camp are interesting and relevant, NBA GMs and scouts also spend a lot of time dissecting the results of the NBA physical combine.

For the fifth straight year, Insider has obtained this confidential report from a league source.

Everyone should take these numbers with a grain of salt. No one gets drafted solely on their test scores. But teams do take these reports seriously. Most scouting departments believe that there are minimum athletic hurdles that players need to clear to show that they can be successful in the NBA. While the "best athlete in the draft" has never been the best player in the draft, this is the first objective testing that we have on the top prospects.

What are the drills?

Players are asked to bench press 185 pounds as many times as they can, test their vertical jump in two ways (no step and maximum) and run several drills to measure speed and lateral quickness.

For the first time in years, the NBA didn't create a composite score to rank the top athletes in the draft, so we'll break it down for you by category.

Georgetown's Patrick Ewing Jr. shocked everyone by recording the biggest maximum vertical with a whopping 42 inches. Five other players jumped 40 or more inches in the maximum vertical jump: O.J. Mayo (41), Bryce Taylor (41), Eric Gordon (40), Derrick Rose (40) and Deron Washington (40). Jiri Hubalek (26) and Brian Butch (26.5) had the two worst scores in the camp.

Xavier's Josh Duncan and West Virginia's Joe Alexander tested as the strongest athletes in the camp. Duncan bench pressed 185 pounds 26 times and Alexander did 24 reps. Three other players got the bar up 20 or more times: Takais Brown (22), Stanley Burrell (21), and DeVon Hardin (20). A number of players tied for the worst (two reps) including D.J. Augustin, Keith Brumbaugh, Ewing, Donte Greene, Davon Jefferson and Mike Taylor.

In the lane-agility test, Duke's DeMarcus Nelson had the best score, finishing the drill in 10.54 seconds. Arkansas' Sonny Weems was second at 10.58 seconds. Stanford's Brook Lopez finished dead last with a score of 12.77 seconds.

In the three-quarter court sprints, Weems led the way with a blinding 2.96-second run. Joe Alexander was second at 2.99 and Eric Gordon was third at 3.01. Those three scores, based on our available data from the last five years, are the fastest times ever run at the combine. Derrick Rose (3.05) and Brian Roberts (3.05) tied for fourth. Brook Lopez was last at 3.57.

Here's a look at how some players in the draft performed in every category:

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider