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NBA Combine: Agility Testing

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


While most who attend the combine take part in the measurements, once we get to the agility testing, you start to see players decline to participate, usually on their agent’s advice, though sometimes due to injury. There were ten players who did not take part, three, Edmond Sumner, Alec Peters, and Chris Boucher, all coming off of injuries.

 

For those who did take part, there are five drills which make up the testing:

 

The Lane Agility drill is used to test body control, change of direction, and speed, as the players work their way around the lane, sprinting forward, backpedaling and moving laterally around cones;

 

The Shuttle Run drill has the players start in the middle of the lane, moves laterally to one side of the lane, then laterally across to the other side of the lane, and finally, back to the starting point;

 

The ¾ Court Sprint is a timed sprint from the baseline to the ¾ point of the court;

 

The Standing Vertical Leap is exactly that – a no-step jump;

 

And finally, the Max Vertical Leap, in which the players are allowed a few running steps into their jump.

 

As we continue to add more information in, you start to take combined with the measurements discussed in the previous post, and a more well-rounded profile of each player starts to come into focus.

 

 

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Lane Agility (secs.)

Shuttle Run (secs.)

¾ Sprint (secs)

Standing Vertical Leap (ins.)

Max Vertical (ins.)

Kadeem Allen

PG

6’2.25

192.4

11.24

2.98

3.15

33.0

35.5

Isaiah Briscoe

PG

6’2.75

222.4

10.95

2.85

3.38

28.0

33.5

Jawun Evans

PG

5’11.5

185.2

11.34

3.26

3.21

27.5

33.5

Frank Jackson

PG

6’3.5

201.6

10.94

2.70

3.14

34.5

42.0

Frank Mason

PG

6’0

188.8

11.41

3.09

3.18

34.0

41.0

Monte Morris

PG

6’2.25

175.2

11.00

3.20

3.19

28.0

33.5

Kobi Simmons

PG

6’4.5

166.2

11.15

2.98

3.18

30.5

38.5

Melo Trimble

PG

6’2.5

195.2

10.75

2.92

3.27

24.5

32.0

Derrick Walton Jr.

PG

6’0.75

188.6

11.28

3.12

3.29

26.0

32.5

Derrick White

PG

6’4.5

189.8

10.84

2.92

3.08

31.0

36.5

Nigel Williams-Goss

PG

6’3

190.2

10.42

3.08

3.19

27.5

34.5

*De’Aaron Fox and Edmond Sumner did not participate in Agility testing.

 

The point guard position in the NBA is becoming as much about speed and footwork as it had been with skill, and you can get a sense from the testing how some players may perform at the next level, especially on the defensive end, with the lane agility and shuttle run testing, as well as the ¾ sprint. Smaller guards usually excel on these tests, but Jawun Evans, the smallest player in the group, put up some relatively poor numbers. Frank Jackson impressed with his speed, especially with a 2.70 in the shuttle run, as well as a very good 3.14 in the ¾ sprint. Isaiah Briscoe also did well, especially given his size and weight, putting up some of the top numbers in the group in lane agility and shuttle run, though he lagged in the ¾ sprint. The tallest players in the group, Derrick White and Kobi Simmons, both did well in the ¾ sprint, while White also was above-average in the other two tests.

 

In the vertical leaping drills, it was Jackson again who made the biggest impression, along with Frank Mason, with both posting max vertical leaps over 40 inches, but other than Simmons and White, none of the other guards topped 36 inches. While this group may have some speed, you won’t see many great leapers here.

 

 

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Lane Agility (secs.)

Shuttle Run (secs.)

¾ Sprint (secs)

Standing Vertical Leap (ins.)

Max Vertical (ins.)

Rawle Alkins

SG

6’3.75

222.6

11.99

3.18

3.30

31.5

40.5

Jamel Artis

SG

6’6.75

213.2

11.62

3.08

3.44

23.5

31.0

Dwayne Bacon

SG

6’6.25

221.6

11.70

3.22

3.22

30.0

36.5

V.J. Beachem

SG

6’8

193.4

11.18

3.19

3.26

30.0

37.0

Dillon Brooks

SG

6’6

220.2

11.14

3.24

3.21

31.0

37.5

Hamidou Diallo

SG

6’5

197.4

10.88

2.79

3.11

34.5

44.5

Tyler Dorsey

SG

6’4.5

182.6

10.55

2.98

3.16

30.5

36.0

Damyean Dotson

SG

6’5.5

205.2

11.18

3.03

3.13

31.5

38.0

P.J. Dozier

SG

6’6.75

200.6

10.84

2.98

3.15

34.0

39.0

Terrance Ferguson

SG

6’7

184.4

11.16

3.22

3.32

28.5

38.0

Josh Hart

SG

6’5

209.2

11.15

3.02

3.18

27.5

35.5

Wesley Iwundu

SG

6’6.75

193.4

11.25

3.23

3.36

31.5

36.0

Peter Jok

SG

6’5.75

202.4

11.34

2.93

3.41

26.5

31.0

Andrew Jones

SG

6’4.25

185.0

11.28

3.19

3.34

27.0

35.0

Donovan Mitchell

SG

6’3

211.4

11.53

3.07

3.01

36.5

40.5

Svi Mykhailiuk

SG

6’7.5

219.6

12.40

3.25

3.53

27.0

33.0

Davon Reed

SG

6’5.5

206.2

11.37

3.21

3.34

28.5

36.0

Sindarius Thornwell

SG

6’4.75

211.6

11.48

3.03

3.36

27.0

30.5

*Luke Kennard did not take part.

 

Only one shooting guard, Luke Kennard, sat out the agility/athletic testing, which may not be a bad move, given that he probably wouldn’t put up impressive numbers. On the lane agility test, most of the players put up numbers in the 11.0-11.5 range, with some notable exceptions. Three players put up times below 11 seconds, led by Tyler Dorsey’s 10.55, the second-best time in the combine. P.J. Dozier and Hamidou Diallo also put up sub-11 second numbers, and all three shined in the agility testing as a whole. Svi Mykhailiuk put up the worst number, by far, of any guard on lane agility, coming in at 12.4 seconds. Rawle Alkins just missed the 12-second threshold at 11.99. In the shuttle run, Diallo put up an impressive 2.79 seconds, while Peter Jok, who didn’t perform well on any of the other tests, put up a strong time at 2.93 seconds. Dorsey and Dozier were the only other players who finished below 3 seconds. Donovan Mitchell, the smallest player in the group, put up the quickest number in the ¾ court sprint, and the best number in the combine, at 3.01 seconds. While no one else was below 3.1, only five others were timed in less than 3.2 seconds, including Diallo, Dorsey, and Dozier, plus Josh Hart and Damyean Dotson.

 

This year sees much better leapers than we have seen the past few years, including Diallo putting up the second-best max vertical ever, 44.5 inches. Two other players, Alkins and Mitchell had max verticals above 40 inches, and another three, Dozier, Dotson, and Terrance Ferguson hit 38 inches.

 

 

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Lane Agility (secs.)

Shuttle Run (secs.)

¾ Sprint (secs)

Standing Vertical Leap (ins.)

Max Vertical (ins.)

Jarron Blossomgame

SF

6’6.75

218.6

11.47

3.35

3.17

31.0

35.5

Justin Jackson

SF

6’7

219.4

11.78

3.08

3.43

26.5

31.5

Justin Jackson (UNC)

SF

6’8.25

200.8

10.80

3.06

3.30

29.5

35.5

Kyle Kuzma

SF

6’9.5

222.6

10.72

2.98

3.25

27.0

34.0

Semi Ojeleye

SF

6’6.75

241.4

10.58

3.07

3.16

35.0

40.5

Devin Robinson

SF

6’8.25

189.6

12.85

3.61

3.23

35.5

41.5

 

 

All six of the small forwards took part in this portion of the testing. The big surprise was Semi Ojeleye, who put up the top times in the group in both the lane agility and 3/4 court sprint. Ojeleye is the smallest player in the group, but the heaviest by about 20 pounds. Kyle Kuzma, the tallest player in the group at 6’9.5, also impressed, putting up strong times across all three tests, including the only sub-3-second time on the shuttle run. Devin Robinson was the biggest disappointment in these tests, putting up the slowest times in lane agility and shuttle run, though doing a bit better in the ¾ court sprint.

 

Robinson did shine in the vertical leaping portion, putting up the best jumps in both standing and max verticals. Only one other player put up a max vertical of over 40 inches, Ojeleye. Blossomgame, Kuzma, and North Carolina’s Justin Jackson were decent in the 34 to 36-inch range, while Maryland’s Justin Jackson was a big disappointment with a max vertical of only 31.5 inches.

 

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Lane Agility (secs.)

Shuttle Run (secs.)

¾ Sprint (secs)

Standing Vertical Leap (ins.)

Max Vertical (ins.)

Bam Adebayo

PF

6’9.75

229.2

11.94

3.24

3.24

33.5

38.5

Jordan Bell

PF

6’8.5

223.6

10.63

2.83

3.21

31.5

38.0

Thomas Bryant

PF

6’10.75

247.8

11.42

3.12

3.37

25.5

33.0

John Collins

PF

6’9.5

225.2

11.66

3.27

3.27

33.0

37.5

Harry Giles

PF

6’10.5

232

11.08

3.00

3.34

27.0

32.5

Nigel Hayes

PF

6’7.5

254.2

11.81

2.94

3.27

29.0

33.5

Isaiah Hicks

PF

6’8.5

233.4

12.31

3.31

3.36

31.5

37.0

Jonathan Jeanne

PF

7’2

207.4

12.61

3.16

3.36

29.0

32.0

T.J. Leaf

PF

6’9.75

222.2

11.55

3.27

3.27

29.0

34.5

Tyler Lydon

PF

6’9.5

215

11.68

2.81

3.46

29.5

33.5

Eric Mika

PF

6’9.75

232.8

11.71

2.96

3.38

29.0

32.0

Cameron Oliver

PF

6’8.25

238.6

12.17

3.31

3.16

28.0

39.5

Ivan Rabb

PF

6’10

219.6

12.68

3.23

3.35

28.5

32.5

Moritz Wagner

PF

6’11.25

231.2

12.00

2.98

3.35

25.5

32.5

*Chris Boucher, Zach Collins, Jonathan Motley, Alec Peters, Caleb Swanigan, Thomas Welsh, and D.J. Wilson did not take part in the agility drills.

 

Seven power forwards opted out of the testing. Two players, Chris Boucher and Alec Peters are coming off of injuries, while Zach Collins has a good shot of being a lottery pick. Jordan Bell was most impressive during the agility drills, finishing in the top two in all three categories, including a blazing 10.63 on lane agility, the only time below 11 seconds in this group. Five players finished lane agility in over 12 seconds, including Ivan Rabb, whose 12.68 was even slower than 7’2 Jonathan Jeanne. Tyler Lydon was the surprise fastest time in the shuttle run, putting up a very good time of 2.81 seconds. Only four others finished in faster than three second – Bell, Eric Mika, Mortiz Wagner, and Nigel Hayes, the heaviest of the group at over 250 pounds. In the ¾ sprint, Cam Oliver was fastest at 3.16 seconds, with everyone else finishing below 3.4 seconds, with the exception of Lydon.

 

Oliver also shined in the leaping ability portion, putting up a 39.5-inch max vertical. Only two other players, Bam Adebayo and Bell, had a max vertical of at least 38 inches. Possible first-round picks, T.J. Leaf, John Collins, and Harry Giles, were basically in the middle on most of the testing, though Collins’ 37.5 max vertical for his size was impressive.

 

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Lane Agility (secs.)

Shuttle Run (secs.)

¾ Sprint (secs)

Standing Vertical Leap (ins.)

Max Vertical (ins.)

Jarrett Allen

C

6’10.25

233.6

11.82

3.00

3.21

31.5

35.5

Ike Anigbogu

C

6’9.75

252.2

12.52

3.48

3.44

29.5

32.5

Tony Bradley

C

6’10.75

248.8

11.79

2.99

3.44

24.5

27.5

Kennedy Meeks

C

6’10.25

276.6

12.91

3.35

3.50

28.0

30.5

Justin Patton

C

6’11.25

229

11.80

3.31

3.46

26.0

30.5

Omar Yurtseven

C

6’11.75

248.4

12.85

3.30

3.45

26.0

31.5

 

 

All six of the center prospects took part in this portion of the testing. Jarrett Allen was impressive all-around, putting up the group’s best numbers in the ¾ court sprint, standing vertical leap, and max vertical leap. Fellow freshman Tony Bradley was also impressive in the agility portion, putting up the top numbers in the lane agility and shuttle run, edging out Justin Patton and Allen in each, respectively. However, Bradley did finish at the bottom of the group in both vertical categories. Kennedy Meeks, 276 pounds, did better than expected, putting up decent numbers in the shuttle run and ¾ court sprint. Along with Meeks, Omar Yurtseven and Ike Anigbogu finished in the bottom half of most agility drills.

 

 

As with the measurements, it’s important not to overreact to these numbers, especially in this context. During training, a lot of guys are focused on doing all they can to just maximize their performance in these specific drills, and there’s no guarantee that it will ever carry over to game situations. But, it’s more information for teams to ponder as they develop their profiles of each player.   




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