May 26, 2011, 3:24 PM
| ||More From The Draft Combine|
Measurements from the NBA Draft Combine held last weekend in Chicago were out early this week and on Wednesday, sites like DraftExpress.com and thehoopsreport.com began to post some of the athletic testing results which also offered some eye-opening info on several prospects projected to be in the range of the Raptors' fifth pick.
These numbers, of course, tell just a fraction of the tale. But when stacked up historically against other draft classes, you can get a sense of how these guys could fare in the pros.
There's been a lot of questions about Kemba Walker's ability to translate his game to the point guard position at the pro level, but his numbers from the combine continue to look impressive. His height measurement was already encouraging (six feet, one inch tall in shoes), but his testing for vertical leap (on par with TJ Ford, Jason Richardson and Josh Smith as prospects) and lane agility was also strong.
Brandon Knight has speed to burn, posting the third-best time in the 3/4 sprint this year, which is historically on par with players like Jerryd Bayless and Raymond Felton and not far off the time posted by Derrick Rose. Knight was also near the top of the heap this season in terms of lane agility -- with a time slower than Jameer Nelson or Jrue Holiday, but ahead of the likes of John Wall and Deron Williams.
Derrick Williams was a beast in terms of the bench press. The projected top-two pick lifted the bar 19 times to tie Richmond's Justin Harper for top honours at the combine. Conversely, Kawhi Leonard -- identified as a potential sleeper for the Raptors with the fifth pick -- got in just three reps at 185 pounds. The San Diego State forward can take some solace in the fact that players like Al Jefferson (three reps), Tyson Chandler (two) and Kevin Durant (zero) are all doing just fine as pros.
Enes Kanter posted some impressive numbers across the board for a player of his size and presumably that's a credit to the work he put in during his year away from playing due to ineligibility. The other potential first-rounder who might receive a boost from athletic testing at the combine? Jimmer Fredette. He's not in the conversation for the Raptors at number five, but the 2011 National Player Of The Year undoubtedly helped his stock with some of those numbers.
This is just the start of the process in terms of testing. Adidas Eurocamp 2011 will be held in Treviso, Italy from June 11-13 and is going to reveal a lot more about some of the international men of mystery in this draft like Jonas Valanciunas, Jan Vesely and Bismack Biyombo.
Do We Have Consensus?
NBA.com has just released its first version of its consensus mock draft, a sort of meta-analysis of several of the more popular mock drafts out there. Perhaps because it's still early in the process or because this year's draft class is truly wide open after the first couple of picks, you can see that there's some wide-ranging opinion on how things will shake out.
Nonetheless, Walker was the player most frequently pegged to go to the Raptors at five (four times among 12 mocks), while their weighted point system makes Valanciunas the ‘consensus’ pick.