The NBA Draft Combine started the other day. Here were some highlights of measurements-
-Mohamed Bamba, center from Texas, measured over 7’ tall in shoes with a record-breaking 7’11” wingspan, the longest in NBA history. That will give him a serious draft stock bump.
-Michael Porter measured nearly 6’11” in shoes with a favorable wingspan and his weight was down a bit. He will be a very dynamic PF in the NBA as a facilitator/playmaker/scorer as a hybrid NBA PF.
-Trae Young measured just over 6’1” in shoes with a 6’3” wingspan and only 178 lbs. There’s concerns about his frame, but he measured very similarly to Steph Curry.
-Wendell Carter, center from Duke, measured 6’10” in shoes, a 7’4.5” wingspan and 250 lbs, down significantly from his rumored 270 lbs at points.
-Jaren Jackson Jr measured 6’11.5” tall, with a 7’4.5” wingspan and 240 lbs. He’s been projected as a PF/C, but I see him as an NBA center. He’s rumored as a potential #3 pick. The crazy part is he’s only 18 years old, turns 19 in September and could grow another inch or two.
-Kevin Knox measured in at 6’9” with a 6’11.5” wingspan, quite favorably to Jayson Tatum and Paul George. He’s a huge sleeper for me.
-Shai-Gilgeous Alexander measured 6’6” with a 6’11.5” wingspan. And he’s a PG. He’s an absolute freak of nature combining his skill set and size, very similar to Shaun Livingston.
Here’s my grouping of players in the draft-
1st tier-DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic
2nd tier-Jaren Jackson Jr, Marvin Bagley
3rd tier-Michael Porter Jr, Wendell Carter, Mohamed Bamba, Trae Young
4th tier-Collin Sexton, Mikal Bridges, Miles Bridges, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox
5th tier-Lonnie Walker, Robert Williams, Zhaire Smith, Aaron Holiday, Keita Bates-Diop
6th tier-Dzanan Masu, Troy Brown, Anfernee Simmons
Of note, Luka Doncic was interviewed about the draft and said he could opt out of the draft this year yet and stay in Europe. NBA twitter went crazy about it. I think it's just Doncic placating to his team, because he's still in the championship rounds of his Euroleague. I don't think he's going to come out and say, "yeah, I'm gone," while his team's still playing. As soon as his season finishes, I fully expect him to enter the draft.