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NBA Combine: Measurements

Friday, May 18, 2018


The 2018 NBA Draft Combine began Thursday afternoon in Chicago, with the majority of the prospects in attendance going through the usual measurement process. While the heights, weights and wingspans recorded won’t tell the entire story of why a player moves in either direction on teams’ draft boards, they can help with the painting of said picture. While some players did not participate in any of the physical activities or measurements, others showed up to be measured while not taking part in any of the on-court drills or 5-on-5 scrimmages.

Among those who were not measured were Marvin Bagley III and Mitchell Robinson, while expected high-lottery picks Michael Porter Jr. and Jaren Jackson Jr. did take part. Below are the recorded measurements for the prospects who went through the process, with some notes for each position group. Also, greater emphasis is given to the players’ heights with shoes. Later installments will take a look at the numbers from the on-court drills and performances in shooting workouts.

Note: Combo players are listed with the first position used by the NBA. Example: SF/PF Michael Porter Jr. is listed with the small forwards.

Point Guards


PlayerPositionHeight (without shoes)Height (with shoes)WeightStanding ReachWingspanHand length (inches)Hand width (inches)Body Fat %
Jaylen Barford PG-SG 6'1.25" 6'2.25" 207.6 8'0.5" 6'3.5" 8 8.25 11.65
Jevon Carter PG 6'0.25" 6'1.5" 196.2 7’11" 6'4.25" 9.25 8.5 4.15
Trevon Duval PG 6'1.5" 6'2.5" 191 8'1.5" 6'8.25 8.75 10 5.2
Carsen Edwards PG 5'10.75" 6'0" 195.6 7'10.5" 6'6.25" 8.5 9.25 6.3
Keenan Evans PG 6'1.5" 6'3" 183.2 8'2" 6'5.25" 8.5 8 6.5
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG 6'4.5 6'6" 180 8'8" 6'11.5" 9 9 3
Devonte Graham PG 6'0.25" 6'1.5" 186.4 8'0" 6'6.25" 8.5 9.5 4.8
Trae Young PG 6'0.5" 6'1.75" 177.8 7'11.5" 6'3" 8 9.25 5.35
Jaylen Hands PG 6'1.5" 6'2.75" 179 8'2" 6'5.5" 8 8 5
Aaron Holiday PG 5'11.75" 6'0.75" 187 8'1" 6'7.5" 8.75 8.5 6.4
Jalen Brunson PG 6'1" 6'2.25" 198.4 8'0" 6'4" 8.25 9.25 6.7
Tony Carr PG 6'3" 6'4.5" 198.8 8'4" 6'8.25" 8.5 9.75 6.5
Collin Sexton PG 6'0.5" 6'1.5" 183 8'2.5" 6'7.25" 8.25 8.5 5.6
Landry Shamet PG 6'4" 6'5.25" 188.6 8'4" 6'6.75" 8 9 4.85


The top two point guard prospects in the eyes of many heading into this draft are Oklahoma’s Trae Young and Alabama’s Collin Sexton, and there wasn’t much separating the two from a height standpoint with Young being a quarter of an inch taller with shoes. However Sexton’s wingspan is nearly four inches longer than Young’s, measuring out at 6’6.75” while Young’s 6’3” wingspan was the shortest amongst point guards. Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could also land in the lottery, and his measurements of 6’6” (height) and 6’11.5” (wingspan) were tops in this position group. Gilgeous-Alexander’s 3.00 percent body fat was also the lowest number posted. Among the other point guards vying for a spot in the first round, Wichita State’s Landry Shamet measured at 6’5.25” with shoes with a wingspan of 6’6.75”. The only lead guard listed above 200 pounds was Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford, who’s considered to be a combo guard and also had a body fat of 11.65.

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Shooting Guards


PlayerPositionHeight (without shoes)Height (with shoes)WeightStanding ReachWingspanHand length (inches)Hand width (inches)Body Fat %
Rawle Alkins SG 6'2.75" 6'4.25 217.4 8'3" 6'8.75" 8.5 10 8.9
Grayson Allen SG 6'3" 6'4.5" 198 8'1" 6'7.25" 8.25 10 5.55
Keita Bates-Diop SG/SF 6'7.25" 6'8.5" 223.8 8'10.5" 7'3.25" 9 8.5 5.35
Tyus Battle SG 6'5" 6'6.75" 200.2 8'6" 6'9" 8.5 9.25 4
Brian Bowen SG/SF 6'6.25" 6'7.5" 202 8'7.5" 6'10.25 9 10 7.6
Bruce Brown SG/PG 6'3.5" 6'5" 194.6 8'2.5" 6'9" 8.5 8.5 3.75
Hamidou Diallo SG 6'4.25" 6'6" 197 8'7" 6'11.5" 8.75 9 4.45
Donte DiVincenzo SG 6'3.5" 6'4.5" 200.6 8'1.5" 6'6" 8.25 9 5
Jacob Evans III SG/SF 6'4.25" 6'5.5" 199.6 8'6.5" 6'9.25" 9 9.25 6.5
Devon Hall SG 6'4.25" 6'6" 206.4 8'6" 6'7.75" 8.5 10 8.45
Kevin Huerter SG 6'6.25" 6'7.25" 194 8'5.5" 6'7.5" 8.25 8.5 8.6
Cody Martin SG/SF 6'4.75" 6'6" 188.6 8'6.5" 6'10.25" 8.5 9 5.45
DeAnthony Melton SG/PG 6'2.25" 6'3.25" 193.2 8'3.5" 6'8.5" 8.5 9.5 5.2
Shake Milton SG/PG 6'4.5" 6'5.5" 207.2 8'3.5" 7'0.75" 8.75 9.5 6.8
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG/SF 6'6.5" 6'7.75" 211.6 8'4" 6'4.75" 8.25 9.5 8.45
Malik Newman SG 6'2.5" 6'3.25" 189.2 8'2.5" 6'5.5" 8.5 9.5 6.25
Josh Okogie SG 6'3" 6'4.5" 210.8 8'6" 7'0" 9 9.75 5.2
Theo Pinson SG/SF 6'5" 6'6.75" 211.2 8'7.5" 6'10.75" 9 9 7.35
Jerome Robinson SG 6'4" 6'5" 188.4 8'2" 6'7.25 9 10 6.05
Anfernee Simons SG/PG 6'2.25" 6'3.25" 183.2 8'3.5" 6'9.25" 8.75 9 7.7
Khyri Thomas SG 6'2.5" 6'3.75" 194 8'5.5" 6'10.5" 8.75 9.25 6.4
Gary Trent Jr. SG 6'4.25" 6'5.75" 204.2 8'2" 6'8.75" 8.5 9.5 7
Allonzo Trier SG 6'3.75" 6'5.25" 198 8'2" 6'6.75" 8.25 10.5 4.95
Lonnie Walker IV SG 6'3.75" 6'4.5" 196.2 8'3.5" 6'10.25 9 9.5 5.65

 

Twenty-four players who are considered capable of playing the off-guard position were measured Thursday, including two undecideds in Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo and Maryland’s Kevin Huerter. DiVincenzo, who’s reportedly aiming for a first-round guarantee as he works through the process of determining whether or not to return to school, measured out at 6’4.5” and 200 pounds with a 6’6” wingspan. As for Huerter, whose name became quite popular throughout the day, he’s been listed a 6’7.25” with a 6’7.5” wingspan. Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie, who has also not hired an agent, measured out a 6’4.5” (same height at DiVincenzo) and 210.8 pounds with a 7’0” wingspan. Okogie was one of three shooting guards to possess a wingspan of at least seven feet, with combo wing Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State; 7’3.25”) and combo guard Shake Milton (SMU; 7’0.75”) being the others. Given his size (6’5.5”) and ability to play either on or off the ball, Milton is an intriguing prospect with a shot at going in the first round next month.

 

Only two of the 24 players were measured to have a body fat of four percent or lower: Miami’s Bruce Brown (3.75) and Syracuse’s Tyus Battle (4.00). Brown has already decided to forego his final two seasons of eligibility, while Battle has yet to make a decision. One player who did not receive favorable measurements was Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who has a height of 6’7.75” but a 6’4.75” wingspan (shortest wingspan at this position). That was not necessarily the case for Creighton’s Khyri Thomas, who while measuring out at 6’3.75” (somewhat small for a two-guard) did have a 6’10.5” wingspan per the NBA’s measurements.

Small Forwards


PlayerPositionHeight (without shoes)Height (with shoes)WeightStanding ReachWingspanHand length (inches)Hand width (inches)Body Fat %
Mikal Bridges SF DID NOT GO THROUGH MEASUREMENT PROCESS    
Miles Bridges SF 6'5.25" 6'6.75" 220.4 8'7.5" 6'9.5" 9 9.75 5.9
Troy Brown SF 6'5.75" 6'6.75" 208 8'9" 6'10.25" 9 9.75 7.05
Melvin Frazier SF/SG 6'4.5" 6'6" 198.2 8'9" 7'1.75" 9.5 9.5 7.9
Chandler Hutchison SF DID NOT GO THROUGH MEASUREMENT PROCESS    
George King SF/SG 6'4.75" 6'6" 218.6 8'5.5" 6'11.5" 9 10.25 7.25
Kevin Knox SF 6'7.75" 6'9" 212.6 9'0" 6'11.75" 8.75 9.25 4.95
Caleb Martin SF/SG 6'4.75" 6'6" 195.8 8'5.5" 6'10" 8.5 8.75 7
Michael Porter Jr. SF/PF 6'9.5" 6'10.75" 211 9'0.5" 7'0.25" 8.75 9.25 6.4
Zhaire Smith SF/SG 6'2.75" 6'4" 198.6 8'4" 6'9.75" 8.75 8.25 6.05
Kris Wilkes SF 6'6.5" 6'7.5" 205 9'0" 6'10.25" 8.75 9.25 5.15
Kenrich Williams SF 6'6" 6'7.5" 200.4 8'7.5" 6'7.25" 8.5 9.75 5.95

 

While there were no point guards or shooting guards who chose not to go through the measurement process, two small forwards made the decision to not participate. Villanova’s Mikal Bridges, a projected lottery pick, was not measured and that decision did not come as a surprise given his status.  Also choosing not to be measured was Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison, which has led some to wonder if he has a promise from a team and thus made the decision to sit out this weekend. It should be noted that this can be done at client combines routinely held by agents if this is the approach they choose to take. Among those were were measured was Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., who played in just three games this season due to a back injury that required surgery. Listed a 6’10.75” with shoes Porter’s wingspan measured out at 7’0.25”, second-longest amongst wings. While Porter’s measurements were nothing to scoff at, it’s long been known that his medical reports will carry far more weight and could have a significant impact on what happens in the top half of the lottery.

 

The player with the longest wingspan amongst small forwards: Tulane’s Melvin Frazier, whose wingspan of 7’1.75” was 1.5 inches longer than that of Porter’s. At 6’6” and 198.2 pounds, Frazier is a player who could garner even more interest in the lead-up to the draft given the physical numbers and his athleticism. Michigan State wing Miles Bridges, a projected lottery pick, measured in at 220 pounds, a number he told media in Chicago is 20 pounds lower than what he played at this season. It should be noted that Michigan State listed Bridges at 225 on its official roster. At 6’6.75”, Bridges’ wingspan of just 6’9.5” is the second-shortest among small forwards (TCU’s Kenrich Williams at 6’7.25”). Another player whose measurements sparked some concern was Texas Tech wing Zhaire Smith, who measured out at 6’4” with a 6’9.75” wingspan. Given the height Smith may project more as a pure two at the NBA level as opposed to a combo wing, which could make his shooting numbers that much more important is the pre-draft process moves forward.

Power Forwards


PlayerPositionHeight (without shoes)Height (with shoes)WeightStanding ReachWingspanHand length (inches)Hand width (inches)Body Fat %
Kostas Antetokounmpo PF 6'9" 6'10.5" 194.8 9'2" 7'2.25" 9.25 9.5 5
Marvin Bagley III PF DID NOT GO THROUGH MEASUREMENT PROCESS    
Kevin Hervey PF 6'6.5" 6'7.75" 211.6 8'11" 7'3.5" 9.25 10.25 5.15
Jaren Jackson Jr. PF/C 6'9.75" 6'11.25" 236 9'2" 7'5.25" 10 10 7.2
Justin Jackson PF 6'6" 6'6.75" 229.4 8'9" 7'3" 9 9.5 8.9
Alize Johnson PF 6'7.25" 6'8" 216.6 8'7" 6'8.75" 8.5 9.75 8.1
Yante Maten PF/C 6'7.25" 6'8.5" 246.2 8'11.5" 7'0.5" 9.25 10 8.1
Chimezie Metu PF/C 6'8.5" 6'9.5" 219.6 9'0" 7'0.5" 9 9.25 5.05
Billy Preston PF 6'8.75" 6'10.5" 222.4 9'0" 7'2" 9.25 9.5 5.45
Ray Spalding PF 6'9" 6'10.25" 215.4 9'1" 7'4.75" 9.25 9 5.55
Omari Spellman PF/C 6'8" 6'9.25" 253.8 8'11.5" 7'2" 9 9 13.75
Jarred Vanderbilt PF/SF DID NOT   GO THROUGH MEASUREMENT PROCESS  
PJ Washington PF 6'6.5" 6'8"   8'11" 7'2.5" 9 10.25 6.85

 

Two power forwards made the decision to not take part in the measurement portion Thursday: Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt. Bagley’s decision doesn’t come as a surprise, as many players projected to be high lottery picks choose this course of action. Vanderbilt on the other hand does, given the fact that he has yet to hire an agent and thus has until May 30 to return to Kentucky if he so chooses. Similar to the aforementioned Porter Jr., Vanderbilt did not play much this season due to injury, appearing in only 14 games as a result. The question to be answered in the days leading up to May 30 is whether or not Vanderbilt will work out for teams, or if he’ll make a decision to return to school before that point. Vanderbilt’s teammate P.J. Washington is also in an interesting spot, as he stated during media availability that he would need a first-round guarantee to remain in the draft. Washington measured out at 6’8” with shoes and a 7’2.5” wingspan, with the latter number placing him in the middle of the pack amongst power forwards.

 

Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. was measured Thursday, and his wingspan of 7’5.25” was the longest amongst the position group. Jackson also has a height of 6’11.25” and a standing reach of 9’2”, and the measurements combined with his skill set and upside go a long way in cementing his status as one of the top available prospects in this draft. Louisville’s Ray Spalding, a late addition to the combine, has the second-longest wingspan among power forwards at 7’4.75”, while Missouri State’s Alize Johnson has the shortest wingspan at 6’8.75” with a listed height of 6’8”.

Centers


PlayerPositionHeight (without shoes)Height (with shoes)WeightStanding ReachWingspanHand length (inches)Hand width (inches)Body Fat %
Udoka Azubuike C 6'10" 7'0.25" 273.8 9'4.5" 7'7" 9.5 10 7.95
Mohamed Bamba C 6'11.25" 7'0.75" 225.6 9'7.5" 7'10" 9.75 10.25 6.2
Wendell Carter Jr. C/PF 6'8.75" 6'10" 251.4 9’1" 7'4.5" 8.5 9 7.85
Bruno Fernando C 6'8.75" 6'9.75" 233.2 9'1" 7'4.25" 9.5 10 5.25
Isaac Haas C 7'1.25" 7'2.75" 303 9'3.5" 7'5" 10 10.5 12.55
Sagaba Konate C 6'6.5" 6'7.5" 246 8'10.5" 7'0" 9.25 10 7.35
Brandon McCoy C 6'11.5" 7'0.5" 250.4 9'2.5" 7'2" 9.75 9.5 8.7
Jontay Porter C/PF 6'10" 6'11.5" 236 9'1" 7'0.25" 8.75 9.5 13.85
Mitchell Robinson C DID NOT GO THROUGH MEASUREMENT PROCESS    
Moritz Wagner C/PF 6'10.5" 6'11.5" 241.4 9'0" 7'0" 9 10.75 6.75
Austin Wiley C 6'8.25" 6'10" 249.4 9'3" 7'5" 9.75 10.25 5

 

As noted above Mitchell Robinson, who was to attend Western Kentucky before he made the decision to withdraw last summer and instead prepare for the 2018 NBA Draft, did not go through the measurement process Thursday. Similar to Chandler Hutchison, the question now is whether or not Robinson has a promise from an NBA team. On the other hand, the two situations are very different given the fact that NBA scouts and executives have multiple years of tape on Hutchison competing at the collegiate level. There’s no such tape of Robinson, and avoiding the combine altogether also means that he did not go through interviews with NBA teams. Considered to be one of the top high school prospects in the Class of 2017, Robinson is a “man of mystery” at this point. His draft process will be one worth following over the next month-plus for that very reason.

As for those were were measured, projected lottery picks Mohamed Bamba (Texas) and Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke) both took part. Bamba set a combine record Thursday with his 7’10” wingspan, with there being a separation of 9.25 inches between his wingspan and height (7’0.75”). Bamba’s weight has been a talking point given the size that he’ll have to deal with at the NBA level, and his weight of 225.6 pounds is the lightest among centers at the combine. As for Carter, he measured out at 6’10” with a 7’4.5” wingspan and 251.4 pounds. It should be noted that Carter’s body fat percentage of 7.85 is substantially lower than the figure posted by Missouri’s Jontay Porter (13.85), who’s listed as being 15 pounds lighter than Carter. Carter weighed in nearly eight pounds lighter than his listed weight at Duke (259 pounds). Former Michigan center/power forward Moritz Wagner measured out at 6’11.5” tall, with there being a separation of just one-half of an inch between his height and wingspan (7’0”).


The shortest prospect among the centers measured was West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate, who’s listed at 6’7.5” tall. Konate has yet to hire an agent, and he’ll have until May 30 to decide whether he’ll remain in the draft or return to West Virginia.



Raphielle has been writing about college sports for more than a decade for multiple outlets, including NBC Sports. Focuses have included game recaps, columns, features and recruiting stories. A native of the Northeast, he now calls Pac-12 country home. Raphielle can be followed on Twitter @raphiellej.
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