At the NBA Draft, measurements and athletic testing are heavily scrutinized. They aren’t the most important thing necessarily, but they’re one of the few tangible statistical outcomes that are out there to be discussed, meaning they get increased importance within the scope of the event.
That being said, most of the time we have a pretty good feel for a lot of these measures. DraftExpress.com has been creating a database over the last decade of all of the measurements that the site has been able to gather at the various events these players attend. That means both draft fans and NBA executives and scouts already had a pretty good idea of how these guys measured out with a few exceptions.
There are always some surprises that catch folks off guard, though. Again, you should remember that in the grand scheme of things measurements should not drastically alter your view of whether or not a prospect is going to be successful or not. However, they can point to some potential issues or places for growth in the future. Also, the standing reaches of players should be taken with a heavy grain of salt, as Jakob Poeltl and despite posting solid height measurements to go with length were far underreported with 8-foot-9.5 standing reaches.
Zhou Qi | C | China: Zhou measured 7-2.25 with 7-7.75 wingspan and a 9-4.5 standing reach, all the largest at this combine. These measurements were basically known, but they’re still standout numbers that will help build buzz for him.