There’s a reason Aaron Gordon is turning heads at the 2014 NBA Draft Combine. It’s not because of the answers to a few silly test questions like “how many pennies are in a million dollars?” but it’s because of his unbelievable measurables and leaping ability.
The forward from Arizona recorded the best vertical leap of any big man at the combine — 39 inches — while recording the second-best standing vertical of all big men with a mark of 32.5 inches.
No one is doubting the fact that he can dunk. Heck, I’m not sure if anyone really doubted his leaping ability as he was a high-riser with the Wildcats, but not many people knew that it was quite this impressive.
With measurables like that, Gordon has to be improving his stock little-by-little. He’s already considered a top-10 talent and it would be shocking if he slid anywhere outside of the first 10 picks in this year’s draft, but anything is possible.
After watching this video, there’s no way he falls that far:
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) May 16, 2014
You know you have a solid leaper in front of you when they have to raise the bar onto stools for his leap because he cleared the sticks on his first jump. If you have a big man that can jump 39 inches still on the board when your pick rolls around, then you need to make sure you snag him before someone else does.
Take this into perspective, Gordon’s max vertical would reach about 12 feet. That’s not human.
Consider his draft stock to be rising.
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