As the measurements of this year’s top draft prospects emerged from the NBA combine, I started wondering how each prospect compared to the current members of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In order to find those answers, I searched through the wealth of historical data provided by DraftExpress.com.
I was unable to locate measurements for Anderson Vareajo, C.J. Miles, Mo Speights or Daniel Gibson.
I did find the predraft measurements for Tyler Zeller, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington, Kyrie Irving, Shaun Livingston, Alonzo Gee and Omri Casspi.
I compared those eight Cavaliers to the top-rated big man, shooting guard, point guard and small forward on most people’s boards by selecting Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Trey Burke and Otto Porter, respectively.
I then made the following chart in excel to answer my initial question.
Data gathered above via DraftExpress.com
For more of a power forward comp, I tried using Anthony Bennett. He measured 6’7″ with shoes, weighed 239 points and has a 7’1″ wingspan but he wasn’t measured in the other three areas.
As far as Bennett is concerned, though, he weighs 12 pounds more than Thompson did at the combine and is almost two inches shorter.
Zeller, meanwhile, weighed 41 pounds more than Noel in case you were wondering.
Ben McLemore is about an inch taller than Waiters and in a little better combine shape from a body fat perspective.
Trey Burke is not as tall as Irving and doesn’t weigh as much as Kyrie did either, which suprised me for some reason. I know I’d be intrigued to see what kind of props they could come up with!
Otto Porter’s 7’1.5″ wingspan was pretty surprising too in the sense that he’s not only longer than Alonzo Gee, he also has a longer wingspan than both Thompson and Zeller. Or is it wider?
Either way, Porter has some freaky measurements for a small forward.