College prospects look to impress at the NBA combine
For NBA teams, ultimately only two components of the two-day NBA Combine really matter: the interviews and the measurables.
Outside of the occasional report or leak, we won't learn many specifics about how it went when the teams sit down with the prospects. We do however know how tall and long the prospects are when standing up.
Official lists of heights, weights and wingspans for the likes of Otto Porter, Shabazz Muhammad, Victor Oladipo and all the other prospects in Chicago have started to emerge (ESPN's Chad Ford released the data on the Insider platform):
*In shoes, Porter measured out at 6'8.5", 198 pounds with a 7'1.5" wingspan. Yes, that's all good for the Georgetown forward and Big East Player of the Year.
*On the other hand, we have Muhammad, already one of the more polarizing prospects in the draft and one the Wizards are kicking the tires on in Chicago. The UCLA small forward was also one of the few high-end players to actual participate in on-court workouts during Thursday's session: From Ford:*
Of notable concern, Shabazz Muhammad was much smaller, measuring just 6-4.75 in socks and 6-6.25 in shoes. He does have a 6-11 wingspan. However, another general manager seemed very troubled by this revelation.
"It's a problem. If you're on the fence about him, this could push you off," the GM said. "As a shot-creator, size matters. Especially with the length of the new wave of small forwards like Paul George. His wingspan helps, but only if he plays defense. And he doesn't."
*Any thoughts about Indiana's Victor Oladipo serving as an NBA swingman were likely dashed when the former DeMatha product's height in shoes came at 6'4.25" in shoes, though the defensive-minded guard sports an imposing 6'9.25" wingspan. As Ford notes by comparison, Bradley Beal measured 6'5" in shoes with a 6'8"wingspan last year. We can also note that Oladipo's wingspan is one-half inch of Gonzaga's 7-foot center Kelly Olynyk (6'9.75"), another potential lottery selection.
*No heights and weights listed for injured Maryland center Alex Len, though he has a 7'3.5" wingspan.
*Speaking of injured centers, Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, possibly the No. 1 overall selection, weighs a waif-like 206 pound. That is 16 pounds less than last year's No. 1 pick Anthony Davis, though at 6-foot-10 (without shoes), Noel is about inch taller than his fellow Kentucky big man.
Ford: As one general manager told me Thursday night: "His size is fine for the 4 or 5. But I'm deeply concerned about his weight. There's no way he can play the 5 or 4 in the NBA at 206 pounds. That's a major red flag."
Day two of the combine comes Friday with Wizards Insider J. Michael providing updates from Chicago.