The NBA Draft Combine is a great way for teams to take a closer look at potential candidates to add to their organizations. And it allows potential customers to top up their shares and get one step closer to their NBA dream. With the Draft Combine being one of the most anticipated events leading up to Draft Night, it’s worth taking a look at the athletes who ruled the annual event. For this piece, let’s take a closer look at the NBA Draft Combine records.
Highest maximum vertical jump: Keon Johnson (2021)
Tally: 48.0 inches
Standing at just 6’4 and 3/4 inches, Keon Johnson broke the vertical jump record. He also counted a standing vertical jump of 41.5 inches. While he needs improvement in other departments of his game, he’s certainly not lacking in athleticism.
Because of this, Johnson was picked by the New York Knicks in the first round. He eventually played for the Los Angeles Clippers and currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Lowest Vertical Jump: Mike Smith (2000)
Tally: 21 inches
At 6ft 8, Smith could barely stand up as he recorded the lowest vertical jump in NBA Draft Combine history. But despite the record, the Wizards managed to pick him in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft.
Longest Span: Tacko Fall (2019)
Tally: 8 feet and 2.25 inches
When Tacko Fall entered the 2019 NBA Draft, there was no doubt that he was a physical specimen. Because of this, he had the potential to be successful as a rim protector. Unfortunately, this was not enough to get him drafted.
Shortest Span: Shane Larkin (2011)
Tally: 5 feet and 10.75 inches
Especially in the modern NBA, a short wingspan can be disadvantageous. However, Shane Larkin made up for it in terms of scoring when he was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks.
Most Bench Press Reps: Jason Keep (2003)
Strength is a huge advantage in a very physical sport like basketball. However, it is not everything. Despite a record-breaking number of reps, it wasn’t enough to draft Jason Keep. He was also not allowed to play in the NBA.
Bench Press Lowest Reps: Multiple players
Because power isn’t everything, sometimes finesse is the way to go. Even though these players didn’t do a single bench press rep, some of them did pretty well in the NBA. That includes guys like Monta Ellis, Jamal Crawford, Luke Ridnour and Kevin Durant.
Among these players, Durant is probably the most successful. Durant was selected second overall in the 2007 NBA draft and also has two NBA championships, two Finals MVPs, and one MVP trophy.
Highest: Tacko Fall (2019)
Tally: 7 feet and 7 inches
Although Tacko Fall wasn’t drafted, teams just couldn’t ignore his massive size. In addition to the record for longest wingspan, Fall also broke the record for tallest player to participate in the draft combine.
In addition, Fall has had the opportunity to play for two NBA teams, including the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Shortest: Kay Felder (2016)
Tally: 5 feet and 9.5 inches
Size isn’t everything in the NBA, as seen here. Unlike the tallest NBA Draft Combine pick, the shortest pick was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft.
Felder was able to play alongside LeBron James and the Cavs, who went into the season as defending champions. His other stations include the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls.
Hardest: Dexter Pittman (2010) and Isaac Haas (2018)
Balance sheet: 303 pounds.
Being the heaviest basketball player on the court might be one of those days when many teams relied on the post. In modern play, however, it’s hardly an asset. As a result, the heaviest player, Isaac Haas, never got drafted and got featured in the NBA.
On the other hand, Dexter Pittman was luckier when he was selected in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. In addition, he was able to make two trips to the finals in a row in his second season and win a championship with the Miami Heat.
Lightest: Tyler Ulis (2016)
Balance sheet: 149 pounds.
Aside from being one of the shortest players in the draft combine, Ulis was also the lightest in his draft class. Being the lightest of the bunch is like a double-edged sword. For one thing, light weight can give you speed. However, it can also cause you to be bullied by stronger players.
However, that didn’t stop him from being drafted into the NBA. He was picked in the second round by the Phoenix Suns. In addition to the Suns, he also played for the Chicago Bulls.