Did the NBA slap "Buyer Beware" stickers on Kevin Durant and other draft prospects when it distributed results from last week's predraft...
Did the NBA slap “Buyer Beware” stickers on Kevin Durant and other draft prospects when it distributed results from last week’s predraft camp to teams Monday?
The Seattle Times gained a complete copy of the confidential report, and the Texas forward was one of several players projected in the lottery who had less-than-impressive workouts.
Durant, who will likely be chosen No. 2 in the June 28 draft by the Sonics, was the only player who could not bench press 185 pounds at least once. His overall performance ranked 78th out of 80 prospects, and his lackluster workout appears to have widened the gap between him and Ohio State center Greg Oden, who had an impressive combine.
Durant measured 6 feet 9 without shoes and 6-10 ¼ with shoes. He weighed 215 pounds and had a 7-4 ¾ wingspan, second widest among prospects and a half-inch wider than Oden’s. Durant, however, fell short in nearly every other statistical category to the 7-foot center, who is expected to be chosen No. 1 by Portland.
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Oden had a better vertical jump (34 inches to 33 ½) and he ran faster in an agility drill (11.67 seconds to 12.33) and a three-quarter-court sprint (3.27 seconds to 3.45).
The Sonics, however, are not dissuaded by Durant’s workout. According to one front-office official, center Robert Swift also struggled with the bench-press test before the draft, and three years later he’s the strongest player on the team.
Other notable combine performances include: Washington’s Spencer Hawes, whose 13.0 body-fat percentage was the second highest among prospects. He ranked 72nd overall, measured 6-10 ½ without shoes and bench pressed 185 pounds nine times, which tied for the fourth-worst among post players. Hawes’ vertical leap was 29 inches and his sprint was 3.51 seconds, the fourth-slowest at his position.
Eastern Washington guard Rodney Stuckey improved his draft standing with a strong performance. The product of Kentwood High School in Covington ranked 10th overall and had the second-fastest sprint at 3.11 seconds.
Oregon guard Aaron Brooks is arguably the fittest player in the draft. The former Franklin star had a camp-low 2.7 body-fat percentage, the second-fastest agility drill at 10.57 seconds and ranked 14th overall. Former Garfield standout Marcelus Kemp, who might return to Nevada, ranked 68th at the camp.
Former Roosevelt star Marcus Williams, who left Arizona after two years, wasn’t at the camp.
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|Some notable P.E. test scores|
|Among the results from last week’s NBA predraft camp:|
|Kevin Durant||Failed to bench press 185 pounds; ranked 78th of 80 prospects|
|Spencer Hawes||His 13.0 body fat was the second highest|
|Rodney Stuckey||Tied for second-fastest sprint; 10th overall ranking|
|Aaron Brooks||Shortest player at camp; measured 5-10 ½ without shoes|