NBA Draft 2012: Weird Draft Combine Results You May Not Know About
And the fastest time? Not even a guard. Not even a guy considered to be that athletic. Small forward Harrison Barnes ran 3/4 of the court in 3.16 seconds.
But it gets weirder. The second best time? Thomas Robinson!
This is where things get really weird. In second place and third place were Jordan Taylor and Kim English, with times of 10.57 and 10.59 seconds. After them: two big men! JaMychal Green, of Alabama, and somehow, Miles Plumlee. The guy with the fastest overall time of 10.48 seconds- Quincy Acy.
This you may have heard about. One guy had a standing vertical of 38 inches. The runner-up's jump was 34.5 inches. The runner-up was Damian Lillard. The winner? Once again, Harrison Barnes.
You have to believe that Barnes has just been busting it since his poor showing in the NCAA semifinals against Kansas. Besides his poor ball-handling skills, the primary knock on Barnes' game is his athleticism. So much for that.
The best max vertical went to Darius Johnson-Odom, when he jumped 41.5 inches into the air. After him came, again, Miles Plumlee, who was an inch behind. (Now we know how he snuck into the first round.)
Only four players couldn't post a max vert of 30 over inches. They were (surprise, surprise) Henry Sims, J'Covan Brown (which is unacceptable for a guard), Robbie Hummel and John Henson. I'm actually more surprised about Henson's jump than Brown's. Henson is in the NBA because of his shot-blocking ability, and I'm pretty sure you usually jump when you do that.
When it came to benching 185 pounds, players were at the top when they bench pressed it 15 times or more.
Jae Crowder was the only person who managed it 20 times.
Other guys who pulled off the feat without surprising anyone were Kevin Jones, Festus Ezeli, Miles Plumlee, Thomas Robinson and Jeffery Taylor.
The list in general, however, was not what most would expect, as guards and thin post players usually can't quite get to fifteen. The rest of the victors: JaMychal Green, Darius Johnson-Odom, Meyers Leonard, Scott Machado, Tyler Zeller and—you guessed it—Harrison Barnes.
but at the end of the day, the runt of the pack was Austin Rivers, who only bench pressed 185 pounds one time.
Harrison Barnes gets the gold medal for the combine Olympics, because while his scores were slightly inferior to Darius Johnson-Odom's, he completely changed his reputation. Johnson-Odom and Miles Plumlee can share the silver, Marquis Teague gets bronze, and Thomas Robinson, Quincy Acy, and Marcus Denmon each get a participation ribbon.
John Henson posted a horrible vertical for a shot-blocker, a bad bench press for a post player. He also chose not to participate in the speed/quickness tests, which may have been out of fear.
Rivers' lack of strength won't be nearly the handicap that Henson's will....plus Henson can't get off the ground. He's gonna struggle if he doesn't get stronger. Surprised that Barnes did so well. Clearly , Roy's system wasn't the forum to showcase his abilities. Miles? Well , the kid's an athlete. Should be able to board , play some D and get up an' down the court. Can back up a couple of positions. Role player. Barring injury , long career. Thank you , Coach K. Oh yeah. Almost forgot. Henson's bench...?
It's not just a matter of size, but also strength and athleticism. Henson managed just five repetitions on the 185-pound bench press at the draft combine in Chicago last week. LINK