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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.

Kings vs. Suns watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Suns watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- Finish strong. With the playoff chances reduced to rumble, the Kings still have an opportunity to string together a win streak and move back over the .500 mark on the season. They'll face a struggling Phoenix Suns team that is focused on the future and not the now.

The Kings shook off a brutal loss to the Nets with a win against the Mavericks. Buddy Hield shook off his shooting struggles to score 29 points on 7-of-13 from long range. Marvin Bagley notched his third straight 20-point performance, including a career-best three makes from 3-point range.

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Phoenix sits at the bottom of the Western Conference standings at 17-56. They have young talent, but they've lost four of their last five games and they've started to shut down players with an eye on the lottery.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Following the game against Phoenix, the Kings start a five-game trip starting Sunday in LA against the Lakers. They'll make stops in Dallas, New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio before returning home to face the Rockets April 2 at Golden 1 Center.

Line

Kings by 10

Projected Lineups

Kings
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Harrison Barnes
PF Nemanja Bjelcia
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Suns
PG Devin Booker
SG Josh Jackson
SF Mikal Bridges
PF Dragan Bender
C Deandre Ayton

Injury Report

Kings 
C Harry Giles (quad contusion) questionable.

Suns
G Tyler Johnson (knee) questionable, SF Josh Jackson (ankle) questionable, F Kelly Oubre (thumb) out, SF T.J. Warren (ankle) out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings

Dave Joerger continues to balance the minutes for his young players with a smattering of veterans. Nemanja Bjelica is the only player above 26-years-old playing meaningful minutes in the rotation.

Harry Giles took a blow to the back of his left leg in the second quarter of the team's win over the Mavericks on Thursday. He is listed as questionable to play, although the injury is not considered serious by the team.

The Kings inked former Sacramento State guard Cody Demps to a 10-day contract on Friday. The 25-year-old averaged 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 30.6 minutes per game for the Kings' G League affiliate in Stockton this season. Demps is trying to become the first player in Sac State history to play a minute in the NBA.

Hield is three 3-pointers away from surpassing Peja Stojakovic for the Kings' franchise record for most long balls in a season.

Suns

Phoenix is a mess. They rank 24th in the league in scoring at 107 points per game and 27th in points allowed at 116.1. They have a frontline scorer in Booker and Ayton is putting up numbers down the stretch, but this team isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

On Friday afternoon the Suns signed former King, Jimmer Fredette, to a two-year contract. The 30-year-old guard has played the last three seasons in China, averaging over 36 points per game in the CBA.

Buddy Hield close to setting new Kings' record in midst of career-year

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Buddy Hield close to setting new Kings' record in midst of career-year

SACRAMENTO -- Buddy Hield is having quite the season for the Sacramento Kings. He’s averaging nearly 21 points per game in his third NBA season and completely changed the conversation about who and what he is as a player.

Hield is also having a historic run as a shooter. With 11 games remaining, Hield is just three 3-pointers shy of breaking the Kings’ all-time record for 3-point makes in a season, held by the current assistant general manager, Peja Stojakovic.

“It’s a good honor to get it, but Peja, what he’s done for this franchise has been terrific, it’s been special,” Hield said.

Stojakovic drilled 240 3-pointers during to the 2003-04 season. He not only led the league in triples, but he broke Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond’s franchise mark of 225 makes, which was set in 1996.

The former player turned exec has worked as a mentor behind the scenes, helping Hield take a huge step forward in his development.

“He’s always on me and he’s always on me about how to get better, how to get my shot off quicker, how to use my pump fake,” Hield said of Stojakovic. “He’s still today doing that. A lot of my success comes from talking to him and trying to test him and pick his brain. It would be great if I can get the overall franchise record in threes made.”

Hield has 238 makes on the season. He’s averaging a shocking 3.4 makes per and is on pace to match Damian Lillard’s NBA record of 599 made 3-pointers over the first three seasons of a players career.

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The 26-year-old slinger has 562 makes over his first three seasons. He needs 37 more makes to snap the record. He’s already surpassed Klay Thompson’s 545 makes to move into second place all-time for most 3-pointers in the first three seasons, although Thompson’s rookie campaign was marred by 16 missed games due to the strike-shortened season of 2011-12.

Hield will need a few more seasons to track down Stojakovic’s franchise record of 1070 career makes from behind the arc.