CHICAGO –– The primary day of the 2022 NBA Draft Mix has come and gone with players participating in various measurements, strength and agility drills and a few 1-on-0 shooting.
The draft prospects have quite a lot of anthrometric measurements taken – height (with and without shoes), standing reach and wingspan, hand length and width, and weight and body fat percentage.
Every 12 months there are some eye-catching numbers, even when a few of the measurements are somewhat anticipated based on previous reports.
After which there are the strength and agility drills and 1-on-0 shooting drills, giving the scouts and executives within the constructing an idea of how each prospect matches up athletically as compared to 1 one other.
The agility drills are lane agility, shuttle run, three-quarter sprint, standing vertical leap and max vertical leap.
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I used to be fortunate enough to be on-site for my first NBA Mix experience, and it’s incredible to see how big, quick and athletic a few of these guys are in person.
Below you could find a couple of measurements that actually wowed your complete gym.
Mark Williams’ standing reach
It was, in fact, no secret that Williams stands in well over 7-feet tall. He was actually the primary player I walked by after I checked into the hotel, and seeing him in person was marveling. It was like staring up at a skyscraper. He’s every little bit of the 7-foot-2 he was measured at.
But Williams’ height is not the measurement that may catch your eye. The Duke sophomore was listed at a standing reach of 9-foot-9 (!!) – the most important standing reach measured on the Mix.
To be clear: other big men similar to Chet Holmgren weren’t measured, nevertheless it’s hard to consider that even he has an extended standing reach than Williams.
Williams’ measurements were the longest across the board – he was the tallest player measured at 7-foot-2, his wingspan was the longest at 7-foot-6.5, as was his 9-foot-9 standing reach.
As ESPN’s Jonathan Givony identified, Williams’ measurables are only comparable to a couple of players within the DraftExpress database – Rudy Gobert, JaVale McGee and Deandre Ayton.
Even at his size, Williams is amazingly athletic and mobile. While he didn’t happen in any of the agility drills, we saw enough of him rim-running at Duke to know he has no trouble getting up and down the ground. In my post-Lottery Mock Draft, I had Williams going No. 13 to the Charlotte Hornets. He may not even last that long on draft night, though.
Shaedon Sharpe’s wingspan
Since Sharpe didn’t play a single game for Kentucky, there is not all that much on the market on him apart from his standing because the previously-ranked No. 1 prospect in the highschool class of 2022.
He’s known for his electrifying athleticism and NBA-ready shot creation skills, however the last we have seen of him playing competitively was in highschool.
While I had hopes of getting eyes on Sharpe during today’s agility and shooting drills, the freshman mystery man elected to not participate, as we saw from nearly all the top-tier prospects. Actually, Sharpe was the one certainly one of the top-tier group – him, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith Jr. and Jaden Ivey – who was even measured.
However the reports of Sharpe’s near-7-foot wingspan were verified on Day 1 of the Mix. Sharpe measured in with a 6-foot-11.5 wingspan – the fifth-longest of any guard.
Sharpe stands in at 6-foot-5.25 with shoes on, giving him a plus wingspan of 6.25 inches.
Dyson Daniels’ speed and agility
G League Ignite product Daniels is understood for his size and length as a 6-foot-8 point guard. He was measured with a 6-foot-10.5 wingspan, which, on paper, helps explain just how versatile and switchy he’s as a defender.
But it surely was known that Daniels was pushing a height of 6-foot-8 with a near-7-foot wingspan. What had the gym buzzing on Day 1 of the Mix was his quickness.
Daniels looked shifty through the shuttle run and lane agility. His 2.81 shuttle run was the fastest time on the Mix.
Dyson Daniels 2.95 shuttle run time would have been fastest ultimately 12 months’s mix. 10.8 lane agility time same as Scottie Barnes’. Daniels measured 6’7.5” in shoes, 6-10 WS. Averaged 2 steals in G League at 18 y/o. Exciting defensive guard prospect. pic.twitter.com/vmjml3Bbtl
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) May 18, 2022
His 10.81 lane agility cracked the top-10 and his 3.22 three-quarter court sprint was well above average.
I feel like I’m higher on Daniels than most, placing him No. 7 overall to the Portland Trail Blazers in my latest Mock Draft. This flash of speed and length on the Mix definitely helps his case.
Eye-popping max vertical leaps
Prospects’ max vertical leaps are an annual talking point on the NBA Draft Mix. This 12 months, there have been a couple of different players whose max vertical leaps caught my eye.
Starting at the highest, Tennessee guard Kennedy Chandler had the very best max vertical leap on the Mix at 41.5 inches. Chandler is fast and explosive. He’s certainly one of my favorite guards on this class after a particularly strong closing to his freshman season, developing as a decisive playmaker and scorer. His max vertical further proves how athletic he’s.
Baylor wing Kendall Brown had the second-highest max vertical on the Mix at 41.5 inches, something that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Brown may be very much a raw prospect but his speed and athleticism paired with a 6-foot-11 wingspan at a height of 6-foot-8 show why he’s being regarded as a possible first-round pick off of his ceiling alone.
Kansas forward Christian Braun shocked loads of people together with his 40.0-inch max vertical – good for third-best measured on the Mix. Braun is coming off of an impactful NCAA Tournament run with Kansas, playing a key role in helping the Jayhawks win the National Championship. He has solid size, great athleticism and makes winning plays on each ends of the ground. If he can knock down 3s with more consistency, he’ll be a plug-and-play 3-and-D wing at the following level.
Lastly, Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell registered a 38.0-inch max vertical, which definitely helps his cause as an undersized power forward at 6-foot-7. For what Liddell lacks in height, he makes up for together with his athleticism, mobility and 6-foot-11.75-inch wingspan. He’s a crafty and savvy two-way big who could definitely play small-ball center on the NBA level.