Aaron Gordon, of all people, could use what's become a somewhat pointless NBA Draft Combine to help his draft stock. Everyone knew he could dunk, and his 39-inch vertical leap and 32.5-inch standing vertical were respectively first and second among big men. His max vertical was eighth amongst all combine attendees, not far off guard Nick Johnson's 41.5-inch jump, which was tied with Glenn Robinson III and second-best to Oklahoma State's Markel Brown and Arizona State's Jahii Carson.
During the combine on Friday, Gordon completely cleared the stick on his max vertical attempt, forcing the staff working the event to put the sticks on stools.
They had to raise the bar for @IamAaronGordon's Max Vertical Jump! #NBACombine #ESPN2 https://t.co/wRECjCznlS— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) May 16, 2014
Lord. RT @James_Ham: If my math is correct, Aaron Gordon’s max vert reach should be right at 12'. Impressive.— Tom Ziller (@teamziller) May 16, 2014
But it's everything else that could have NBA general managers swooning over the former Arizona Wildcats forward. At 6-foot-8.75, Gordon was seventh overall with a 10.81 second time the lane agility drill, which was just behind Johnson's 10.8 flat and the only top-10 time by a non-guard.
Best of all, Gordon put in a 2.76 second time in the shuttle that was better than any other player at the combine (the wings had not yet gone); better than Zach LaVine's 2.8 time or Tyler Ennis' 2.84.
What's all that mean?
For a power forward who is the youngest player in the draft, it shows that Gordon has the athletic ability to defend a wide range of players, and that's been one of the biggest selling points.