Links to the Present: Draft Combine Edition

May 19th, 2013 by Nate Smith

More draft combine news out.  The agility, speed, and leaping measurements are out, at least for those who participated.  Here is the link.  One of the best bloggers in the business, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, does a good job pondering what it all does and doesn’t mean, here.

The big winners?  Shane Larkin of Miami bested the vertical (44″), the 3/4 court sprint (3.08 seconds), was tied for second in no step vertical (34.5″), and was 5th in agility drills.  At 5’10″, Larkin can jump and touch four inches above the rim from a standstill.  I’m 5’10″, Shane Larkin, and I hate you.

Other winners include N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie (pictured above) who had a 40″ vertical, a 10.19 agility drill (#1), and a 3.10 second 3/4 court sprint (#2).  At 6’7″ with a 7’2″ wingspan, expect this showing to push Leslie into the first round, where he would be a good backup plan to Otto Porter.  Cody Zeller had a very nice showing as well, with a 37’5″ standing vertical, a sprint time of 3.14 (#6), and an agility time of 10.4.  Those are extremely good numbers for a guy who measured over 7 feet in shoes.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the 6’6″ shooting Guard from Georgia also posted very nice speed and agility numbers, likely increasing his draft stock after a season where he posted good numbers, but his team played poorly.

Players who didn’t fare so well included Deshaun Thomas who posted the worst agility drill at 12.94, the fifth worst sprint at 3.53 and a 32″ vertical.  My boys Rudy Gobert and Kelly Olynyk were the slowest of the bunch at 3.59 and 3.57 seconds respectively.  Olynyk at least posted a decent agility drill, but Gobert trailed only Thomas at that too.  DraftExpress has been tracking these things for a while now, and their results weren’t good historically, either.  In Gobert’s defense, players of his size rarely compete in these events, and I give him his props for trying.  His numbers compare favorably with a guy not quite his size, Brook Lopez.

In other news, Mary Schmitt Boyer of Cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer explores whether the Cavs should acquire Paul Pierce and many other topics in her “Hey Mary” Q&A.

In the big man round-up, Terry Pluto drops the intel that the Cavs are interested in Greg Oden still, and the News Herald’s Bob Finnan notes that the Cavs could be a landing spot for Pau Gasol, as well as conjecturing on multiple topics like whether Andrew Bynum will get a max contract.

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