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2024 NBA Draft Combine measurements: Bronny James comes up short on height but aces shooting drills

2024 NBA Draft Combine measurements: Bronny James comes up short on height but aces shooting drills

CHICAGO — How much size matters — and whether it matters at all — is a topic that could feed families with the amount of energy input into the discussion. But at the NBA Draft Combine size matters more than it doesn’t, and measurements from this week here have ramifications that will likely affect draft stock some for the better and others for the worst.

That made Monday a bit of a mixed bag for USC product Bronny James, LeBron James‘ oldest son, as he was measured at 6-foot-1.5 without shoes — despite being listed at a stocky 6-4 at USC. That was the not-so-good. Then there was the good: he went out and did his best Larry Bird impression only hours later, finishing 19-of-25 in the 3-point shooting star drill, which put him second among all participants in this year’s event.

So was Bronny a winner or a loser from the opening of the combine? It was a bit of both, to be honest. His measurements underwhelmed but his endurance and shooting ability in a drill in which you can showcase both looked impressive. We’ll wait to cast judgment as the week goes on.

We won’t wait to cast judgment on other measurements, though, so with Bronny’s small stature as the headliner, below are several other notable metrics that popped from that portion of the combine.

Winner: Providence’s Carter is, indeed, athletic

Providence guard Devin Carter, the reigning Big East Player of the Year who had a career season leading the Friars while averaging 19.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, showed off his giddy-up in a big way out of the gate Monday with some (literal) record-breaking in the process. He tied for first among all participants with a 42.0 inch max vertical jump, had a 10.63 second pro-lane agility drill time (third best among players at the combine) then set an NBA Draft Combine record for the 3/4 court sprint with 2.87 seconds. Oh, and he measured with the longest wingspan (6-8.75) among all point guards at the combine, to boot. Not a bad day at the office for Mr. Carter.

Loser: UK’s Dillingham comes up short

Prospects being overly generous in estimating and listing their height or weight to their advantage is not a new development. But at the combine each year it happens. And Kentucky product Rob Dillingham, who was listed at 6-3 while in college, was one of the more noteworthy. He measured 6-1 (without shoes) with a 6-3 wingspan and weighed…

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