NBA Draft 2012: Athletic Combine Numbers Released, Harrison Barnes Impresses

Mar 25, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Barnes (40) controls the ball as Kansas Jayhawks guard Travis Releford (24) defends during the first half of the finals of the midwest region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Finally, the athletic combine testing results for 2012 NBA Draft prospects have been released. Thanks to Draft Express, we can now see how each player fared in the many different tests. Here are the results for several of the top prospects that the Washington Wizards might consider.

Player No-step vert Max vert No-step reach Max reach Bench reps Agility Sprint
Thomas Robinson 28.5 35.5 11'2.5'' 11'9.5'' 15 11.96 3.17
Bradley Beal 33 39 11'1'' 11'7'' 8 10.95 3.28
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 32 35.5 11'4.5'' 11'8'' 6 11.77 3.18
Harrison Barnes 38 39.5 11'7.5'' 11'9'' 15 10.93 3.16
Perry Jones III 33 38.5 11'8'' 12'1.5'' 11 11.31 3.19
Andre Drummond 31.5 33.5 11'9'' 11'11'' 10 10.83 3.39
Terrence Jones 29.5 34.5 11'4.5'' 11'9.5'' 12 11.57 3.40
Jeremy Lamb 31.5 38 11'1.5'' 11'8'' 4 10.98 3.25
Dion Waiters N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jared Sullinger 29.5 31 11'3'' 11'4.5'' 9 12.77 3.81
Damian Lillard 34.5 39.55 10'10.5'' 11'3'' 13 11.15 3.34
Austin Rivers 32.5 37.5 10'9'' 11'2'' 1 11.54 3.32
Meyers Leonard 30 32.5 11'6'' 11'8.5'' 19 11.34 3.41
Terrence Ross 31 37.5 10'11.5'' 11'6'' 2 11.78 3.28
John Henson 25.5 30 11'5.5'' 11'10'' 5 N/A N/A
Tyler Zeller 30 34 11'2.5'' 11'6.5'' 16 11.13 3.40
Royce White N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

My first thought: wow, Harrison Barnes. Wow.

I'll leave everyone else to make further conclusions based on this data. Athletic testing, much like measurements, matters, but far less than people think. We all remember Kevin Durant failing to get even one rep on the bench press in 2007, showing how much that one matters. On the other hand, stuff like lane agility is valuable because it helps measure defense.

Thoughts?

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