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The good and bad measurements from the 2018 NBA Draft Combine

The good and bad measurements from the 2018 NBA Draft Combine

The measurements are in. This is that awkward day of the year when folks around the NBA fawn over body fat percentage, hand size and wingspan for 18-22 year old prospects entering the NBA Draft. There are always a few surprises and even disappointments, but it’s all part of the process of evaluating potential picks.  

Here is a quick look at a few of the players that jumped off the page when assessing physical traits at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. 

The Good

Mohamed Bamba - Center - Texas

Everyone knew Bamba had crazy measurables, but he shocked everyone with his 7-foot-10 wingspan. The 20-year-old big stands just under 7-foot-1 with a standing reach of 9’-7.5” and he’s added muscles since the college season ended, coming in at 225.6 pounds and just 6.2 percent body fat. Bamba averaged 3.7 blocks per game in his lone season at Texas and projects as the best rim protector in the 2018 NBA Draft class. 

Jaren Jackson Jr. - Power Forward/Center - Michigan State

Another top tier prospect, Jackson is in the conversation for the third overall selection. The 18-year-old freshman measured in at 6’-11.25” with shoes on with a 7’-5.25” wingspan. He’s one of the better two-way prospects in the draft, posting 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in just 21.8 minutes per game at Michigan State. He’s gained roughly 11 pounds from his college playing weight and his body fat is 7.2 percent. 

Wendell Carter Jr. - Power Forward - Center - Duke

Carter Jr. is projected to go in the top 10 of the upcoming draft and he may have helped his stock when he measured in at 6-foot-10 (with shoes) with a 7’-4.5” wingspan. He needs to add weight (196-pounds) and his hand size isn’t what you would expect from a kid this big, but he has a ton of potential.   

Keita Bates-Diop - Shooting Guard/Small Forward - Ohio State

The 3-and-D wing helped himself plenty in his final season at Ohio State, averaging 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 35.9 percent from long range. Listed at 6-foot-7 during his time in the NCAA, Bates-Diop measured in at 6’-8.5” at the combine with an incredible 7’-3.25 wingspan. Slated to go near the end of the first round, the Big 10 Player of the Year may have moved up a few notches on draft boards around the league.

Honorable Mentions

Michael Porter Jr. has plenty of questions to answer about his back issues, but he measured in at 6’-10.75” with a 7’-.25” wingspan. Those are elite numbers if he can stick at the small forward position at the NBA level. 

SMU’s Shake Milton measured in at 6’-5.5 with a 7’-.75” wingspan. That’s an impressive plus-7.25” height-to-wingspan measurement for a guard.

The Bad

Trae Young - Point Guard - Oklahoma

Young might be the first point guard taken on draft night, but his measurables didn’t help in the draft process. In his freshman year at OU, Young averaged an incredible 27.4 points and 8.7 assists. He also shot 36 percent from 3-point range on a shocking 10.3 attempts per game. He’s drawn comparisons to Steph Curry, but during the draft process in 2009, the two-time league MVP measured in at 6’-3.25” in shoes, with a standing reach of 8-foot-1. Young is 6’-1.75 in shoes with a 7’-9.5” standing reach. In addition, he has a 6-foot wingspan and weighs 177.8-pounds. Young will likely compete with Collin Sexton for the top point guard pick on draft night. Sexton measured in at an identical 6’-.5” without shoes, but with a 6’-7.25” wingspan and a standing reach of 8’-2.5”.

Marvin Bagley III - Power Forward - Duke

After petitioning to enter the NCAA a year early, Bagley tore up the ACC in his freshman Duke, posting 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. The ACC Player of the Year is in the mix for a top four pick, with a chance to move even higher than that, but he decided to skip the measurement portion of the combine, leaving folks to speculate why. Bagley wasn’t the only player who bypass the measurement process. Projected first-round picks Mikal Bridges, Chandler Hutchison and Mitchell Robinson also passed on getting poked and prodded by NBA officials.

Honorable Mentions

Michael Porter Jr.’s little brother, Jontay, measured in at 6-foot-11, 236-pounds, but his 13.85 percent body fat led the combine. 

UCLA’s Jaylen Hands came in with the smallest... hand measurements in both width and length. 

Isaac Haas is a huge man, measuring in at a combine best 7’-2.75” with a 7-foot-5 wingspan. He also tipped the scales at a combine-high 303-pounds with 12.55 percent body fat. 

For the complete list measurements, visit NBA.com.

Bagley ready to get started in Sacramento: 'I've worked my whole life for this'

Bagley ready to get started in Sacramento: 'I've worked my whole life for this'

SACRAMENTO -- Welcome to sunny Sacramento, California, Marvin Bagley III. The Kings' prized rookie made his way to the Capital City following Thursday night’s draft. On Saturday afternoon, he dropped by Golden 1 Center for his first official media appearance.

While being flanked by his general manager, Vlade Divac, and his head coach, Dave Joerger, the 6-foot-11 big man was all smiles as he held up his new No. 35 Kings jersey.

“To know that I’m going to be in Sacramento, building something and just getting better as a player, it kind of gives me a chance to focus in and lock in on everything I need to get better at,” Bagley said. “I’m definitely excited.”

[WATCH: Marvin Bagley III's full introductory press conference]

Kings fans showed up in force to greet Bagley at the airport Friday afternoon and again at a "Music in the Park" gathering Friday evening. The passionate fanbase that is already embracing the 19-year-old rookie.

“The reaction from the fans everywhere I’ve been so far, it’s been great, it’s been great,” Bagley said. “It makes you feel good and it makes you want to work harder and get ready to go out and play in front of fans like that who have your back.”

Building up to the draft, Bagley told his inner circle not to tell him where he was going. He wanted the moment to be a surprise.

“I was just anxious, I wanted to find out for myself,” Bagley said. “Hearing my name being called, it was kind of an outer body experience, I would say. I’ve worked my whole life for this.”

After bouncing around during his high school career and playing just one season at Duke, Bagley is looking for some stability. He’s moving his entire family out to California with him, including his two younger brothers, who will attend school in the Sacramento area.

Bagley is familiar with a few of the young players, including De’Aaron Fox and Harry Giles, who he played against on the AAU circuit. The trio spent a little bit of time together during the draft process while Bagley was visiting the Kings’ facility.

The plan is for the young Kings players to reconvene on Thursday for a mini-camp leading up to the summer league schedule. It’s a test run for what should be an interesting season of Kings basketball. 

Sacramento will continue to develop their young roster than now includes nine players on rookie-scale contracts. Bagley is expected to see major time in his rookie year as Joerger “takes off the training wheels” for this season.

Bagley likes the nickname MB3Five or MBIII, although he’s leaving it open for suggestions. He’s also been in the studio cutting a track or two.

“Music is a way to express myself,” Bagley told NBC Sports California.“A lot of people see me as a player, only on the court playing basketball. Music gives me a platform to kind of express myself and share my story of how I got here.”

Bagley is an engaging young man with tremendous upside. The Kings hope they landed a future All-Star level player with the second overall selection.

The rookie will make his debut in a little over a week at the California Classic at Golden 1 Center. The three-day tournament over July 2, 3 and 5 will feature the Kings summer league roster, along with teams assembled by the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

Bagley is also schedule to play in the Las Vegas Summer League in the first week of July.

Divac explains why Bagley over Doncic was an 'easy choice' for Kings

Divac explains why Bagley over Doncic was an 'easy choice' for Kings

SACRAMENTO -- Deliberate. Calculated. Secretive. The Sacramento Kings held the NBA in suspense throughout the 2018 NBA Draft process. It wasn’t until Thursday morning that anyone knew for sure what Vlade Divac and his group were going to do and even then, there was a possibility of a last minutes swap.

With the second overall pick the Kings selected Duke big man Marvin Bagley III. According to Divac, Sacramento focused on the 19-year-old leaper early in the draft process.

“He’s a guy who works hard, wants to improve, learn, coachable, good teammate, checks all the boxes of what we want,” Divac said.

Bagley tore up the ACC in his lone season as a Blue Devil and has been vocal about his want to be the first overall selection. He reiterated that desire on his post draft phone call with Sacramento media members on Thursday.

“That’s just the kind of player I am, I have confidence in my game,” Bagley said. “I still think I’m the best player in the draft and I stand by that. I put a lot of work into it and I’m glad I’ll be able to show it with Sacramento and I’m super excited.”

With Bagley in tow, the Kings now have six big men, including veterans Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos, as well as young players Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Harry Giles. It’s a crowded frontline that Divac will need to adress, or maybe not.

“He can play small forward,” Divac said of Bagley. “He can play 3, 4 and 5. Marvin’s a unique talent. He can play multiple positions.”

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Whether or not Bagley can play the wing is unknown at this time. He played primarily at the power forward and center position at Duke. At 6-foot-11, 234 pounds, he is a lean athlete and he shot nearly 40 percent from behind the 3-point line last season.

Much to the ire of plenty of Kings fans, Sacramento’s front office passed on Slovenian star Luka Doncic. When asked about the decision, Divac made it clear where his group ranked Bagley.

"Marvin, for us is better fit, better player. Great talent. So it was an easy choice for us," Divac said.

Bagley will land in Sacramento Friday morning. The Kings will introduce him to fans during Music in the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 5pm.

He will meet with the media on Saturday for his introductory press conference, and according to Divac, fans won’t have to wait long to see him in action. The plan is for Bagley to see action in both Sacramento and Las Vegas summer league tournaments beginning in early July.