While NBA draft season is well underway behind the scenes, this week's NBA draft lottery and the NBA Scouting Combine on Thursday and Friday mark the official start of that process.
Below, we'll take a look at the measurements for some of the biggest names in Chicago and break down the day's top storylines.
Measurements for Biggest Names
Player: Grayson Allen, SG, Duke
Body Fat: 5.5 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'3"
Weight: 198 pounds
Wingspan: 6'7 ¼"
Player: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
Body Fat: 6.2 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'11 ¼"
Weight: 225 pounds
Player: Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Michigan State
Body Fat: 5.9 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'5 ¼"
Weight: 220 pounds
Wingspan: 6'9 ½"
Player: Wendell Carter, PF/C, Duke
Body Fat: 7.8 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'8 ¾"
Weight: 251 pounds
Wingspan: 7'4 ½"
Player: Donte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova
Body Fat: 5.0 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'3 ½"
Weight: 200 pounds
Player: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Kentucky
Body Fat: 3.0 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'4 ½"
Weight: 180 pounds
Wingspan: 6'11 ½"
Player: Jaren Jackson, C, Michigan State
Body Fat: 7.2 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'9 ¾"
Weight: 236 pounds
Wingspan: 7'5 ¼"
Player: Kevin Knox, SF/PF, Kentucky
Body Fat: 4.9 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'7 ¾"
Weight: 212 pounds
Wingspan: 6'11 ¾"
Player: Michael Porter, SF/PF, Missouri
Body Fat: 6.4 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'9 ½"
Weight: 211 pounds
Wingspan: 7'0 ¼"
Player: Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
Body Fat: 5.6 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'0 ½"
Weight: 183 pounds
Wingspan: 6'7 ¼"
Player: Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma
Body Fat: 5.3 percent
Height (without shoes): 6'0 ½"
Weight: 177 pounds
In case you were wondering, yes, Bamba's wingspan is correct. He'll come into the NBA with one of the league's longest wingspans, if not the longest wingspan, at 7'10". It's little wonder Bamba averaged a whopping 3.7 blocks per game in college and will be expected to immediately make an impact as a rim-protector.
Bamba's also working on improving other aspects of his game, namely on the offensive end:
A few players popped in the testing portion of the combine on Thursday. Duke's Allen, for instance, crushed the lane agility test:
Grayson Allen's 10.31 lane agility speed is one of the five best marks in our NBA Combine database's history. Seems like he's going to end up testing off the charts here athletically.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 17, 2018
He was no slouch in the maximum vertical leap, either, hitting 40.5 inches.
DiVincenzo helped himself as well in the testing, running the lane agility test in 10.72 seconds and posting a 42-inch vertical leap. If there was any doubt about Allen or DiVincenzo's athleticism, they put those concerns to rest Thursday.
DiVincenzo also scrimmaged well:
The misnomer on Grayson Allen is that he's not a superior athlete ... HE IS. His flaws:— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 17, 2018
Lackluster 1st step limiting his creativity off the bounce
Inconistent perimeter shooting
Still, he will have his fair share of suitors because given playmaking/shotmaking ability https://t.co/kpy3tD8m32
Great first half from Donte DiVincenzo. Plays such a physical brand of basketball. Making the right plays passing ahead. Hit one deeeep NBA 3. Really playing confidently. I was skeptical about him playing here after his Final Four, but he's no question helping himself here.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 17, 2018
DiVincenzo just hinted at wanting to be a first-round pick to keep his name in the draft. Think he’s in real good position. Strong showing today. Have him at 25 in latest mock.— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) May 17, 2018
A few players lived up to their athletic billing. Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo had a vertical of 40.5 inches and a lane agility of 10.53 seconds. One interesting note, however, was that Diallo's vertical actually got worse from last year's combine:
DiVincenzo already with two catch-n-shoot threes, both contested. Didn’t even think, just let them go. Oozes confidence.— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) May 17, 2018
It still looked impressive in slow motion, though:
Unless there’s an error, Hamidou Diallo’s 40.5” max vert is 4 inches worse than last year— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) May 17, 2018
Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith showed off his leaping ability (41.5-inch vertical) and speed (3.05-second three-quarter sprint). Smith has been climbing up draft boards, and his athleticism should help his cause as a mid-first rounder.
As for other players who helped themselves, Maryland's Kevin Huerter impressed:
Kevin Huerter also appears to be helping himself so far. Looks automatic from NBA range with his feet set. Passing it well. Putting in a good effort in defensively. He's grown over an inch since last year according to the measurements. Seems to have strong buzz among NBA folks.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 17, 2018
Generally speaking, much of what will matter at the combine will come behind closed doors, as prospects interview with teams and attempt to make positive impressions. And teams will also hold private workouts with prospects they are interested in drafting, where they'll get a much better chance to break down a prospect's strengths and weaknesses in drills and potentially in one-on-one matchups.
Michael Porter Jr. didn't do much at the combine Thursday and remains one of the mysteries of this draft, given the injuries that limited him to barely any playing time in his freshman season. His confidence won't be an issue, however.
"I'm the best player in this draft," he said Thursday, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Meanwhile, there's no doubt a few players probably helped their draft stock on Thursday. One of the interesting storylines going forward will be whether a player like DiVincenzo decides to return to school in the hopes of being a lottery pick next year, or hits the draft.
As for the prospective lottery picks, its unlikely any dramatically changed the opinions teams hold on them, for better or worse, on Thursday.