The 2022 NBA Combine is upon us, and several exciting prospects (overseas professionals and collegiate) have tested their athleticism and measurements, including height, weight, wingspan, and max and standing vertical leaps. Additionally, many of these players have competed in the 5v5s and particular shooting drills to advertise their skills to the coaches and executives in attendance. The combine has been an excellent opportunity for certain players throughout the years to propel themselves from the second round to the first round and sometimes from not being drafted to hearing their name called on draft night.
Unfortunately, the combine can also expose players’ deficiencies if particular measurements don’t match scouts’ liking. An example of a player whose combine numbers could hurt his draft stock is Patrick Baldwin Jr, who tested amongst the lowest vertical leaps in the recent past, despite being a forward. The combine’s reputation and influence vary in weight across the industry, but we will take a look below at some risers and fallers in terms of draft stock as well as notable measurements from specific prospects!
Notable Measurements From 2022 NBA Combine
- Height with Shoes: 7’2”
- Standing Reach: 9’9”
- Wingspan: 7’6.5”
- Max Vertical: 38 inches
- Standing Vertical: 35.5 inches
- Wingspan: 6’11.75”
- Lane Agility: 10.58 seconds
- Shuttle Run: 2.89 seconds
- Max Vertical: 34 inches
- Height with Shoes: 6’11”
- Wingspan: 7’0.25”
Patrick Baldwin Jr.
- Max Vertical: 26.5 inches
- Standing Vertical: 23.5 inches
- Lane Agility: 12.25 seconds
- Wingspan: 7’2.25″
- Max Vertical: 39 inches
- Three-Quarter Sprint: 3.11 seconds
Risers and Fallers From 2022 NBA Combine
Patrick Baldwin Jr – Faller
Baldwin struggled in his freshman year at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, playing for his dad. This could be partly attributed to some untimely injuries, but expectations were much higher for his output when he was on the floor. Of course, Baldwin showed glimpses of brilliance, whether tough shot-making, three-point shooting, or crafty finishing. Baldwin was starting to creep back up some big boards, including mine, but he tested incredibly poorly at the combine this week. While the combine is far from a be-all and end-all, it does give us some insight into a player’s size, measurements, athleticism, and skill outside of the college basketball season.
Baldwin was taller and a bit longer than expected, but his vertical jumps (max and standing) were atrocious; he tested worse than most centers and was amongst the lowest vertical jumps since the combine started several decades ago. We have seen players with vertical jump limitations succeed in the NBA, like two-time and back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic, but that number is deficient. Baldwin could fare better if he goes back to school for another year because he is at risk of dropping out of the first round if he stays in the draft.
Terquavion Smith – Riser
Few players are rising up draft boards quicker than NC State point guard Terquavion Smith. Smith has an elite offensive scoring skillset, using advanced, NBA-caliber isolation moves to score on all three levels against any defender put in his path. Little doubt exists about Smith’s offensive ability at the next level, but teams will want to see that he is a willing defender and playmaker for others if he wants to hear his name called in the first round. S
mith measured in at just shy of 6-foot-4 with shoes, which is perfectly fine for the point guard or combo guard position; he also has a plus wingspan of 6’6.5” and a max vertical jump of 38.5 inches. These measurables should undoubtedly excite some organizations. Altogether, Smith did himself a huge favor by testing and playing well at the combine. Expect to see his name called in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft.
Ryan Rollins – Riser
Rollins tested exceptionally well at the combine and then matched that with elite and smooth play in the 5v5s on Thursday. A mid-major gem, Rollins played at Toledo, and several eye-popping, translatable skills showed up on scouts’ radars throughout the season. Rollins is a superb shooter and smooth scorer in isolation and off pick-and-roll action. Heading into the combine, Rollins was not expected to test as an elite athlete, but a near-37 inch max vertical further pushed the narrative that he is an NBA-caliber talent. Rollins tied for first place in the three-quarters sprint with a 3.07 second time.
The only concern with Rollins is that he is not very tall for an off guard, measuring in just a bit over 6-foot-3 in shoes. Still, that should not alter teams’ opinions on the silky smooth scoring guard, and he should hear his name called in potentially the late first-round or early second round.
Mark Williams – Riser
Simply put, there may not have been a player who benefited more from getting their measurements taken at the combine than Mark Williams. Williams measured in at an astounding 7-foot-2 in shoes with nearly a 7-foot-7 wingspan; his standing reach matched Rudy Gobert’s at the combine. Williams showed incredible defensive prowess and block timing all season long.
Additionally, his offensive ability to be patient inside in the post, catch lobs off of P&Rs, and use his strong base has undoubtedly made him one of the most sought-after centers in this year’s draft. The only real area of improvement for Williams is if he can start to expand his game to the mid-range and hit some shots in that space. Williams is projecting to be a world-class rim protector more and more each day, so he is rising in the draft.
Jalen Williams – Riser
Scouts are falling in love with Jalen Williams and the combine has just helped his stock further. Williams had a terrific season at Santa Clara, averaging 18 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game; he averaged the second-most points per game in the conference only behind Gonzaga star Drew Timme. Williams measured incredibly well at the combine, standing just shy of 6-foot-6 with an insane 7’2.25″ wingspan.
That wingspan is simply outrageous for a combo guard! Williams’ ability to score and shoot (51/40/81 shooting split this season) is highly underrated and he will shoot up draft boards in the next month. His play in the 5v5s also helped his stock significantly, so expect him to go in the first round!
Jake LaRavia – Riser
I’ve been on LaRavia for months, so I appreciate everyone catching up. Interestingly enough, there was a discrepancy about his age as recent as one or two months ago; several sites said he was 22 when, in reality, he is only 20 years old. As far as the NBA Draft goes, this is an insane difference in evaluating a player’s ceiling, especially considering his versatility, poise, and maturity.
NBA teams are drooling over LaRavia right now and I would be stunned if he did not go in the first round. He did not end up playing in the 5v5s, and that is likely because he got a few “promises” from teams. His position is somewhat solidified and he will be drafted.