Keon Johnson knew what the NBA Draft combine record for max vertical leap was before he broke it this week, but even he didn’t expect to jump as high as he did. On Wednesday, Johnson jumped 48 inches in the air to break a 20-year-old record set by Kenny Gregory, who jumped 45 1/2 inches in 2001. Johnson also recorded a 41 1/2-inch standing vertical, which is also a combine record and 4 1/2 inches higher than anyone else in this year’s class. “It was great. It was a goal of mine going into it. For me to break the record and add a little bit more to it, I feel like it’s a great way for me to leave my mark on the draft combine,” Johnson said.
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So, what’s it like to break a record? Not surprisingly, Johnson heard from a lot of people about it. “My phone blew up, for sure. But I really haven’t seen [a change in pre-draft interest]. Teams are talking about it, but it’s just something that I set a goal for myself and I exceeded that goal. I’m more happy that I’ve done that for myself, to see the improvement I’ve been making,” Johnson said.
Joe Mussatto: ORU’s Max Abmas was the shortest player measured at the NBA combine: 5-10.5 without shoes. Also the lightest at 161.8 pounds.
Bryan Kalbrosky: NBA Combine scores for Lamar Stevens, per source: Standing vertical: 35″ Max vertical: 41″ Lane agility: 10.35s 3/4 sprint: 3.2s That would have been best max vert + lane agility among forwards in 2019. FULL INTERVIEW: https://t.co/neJJKKQf4g (@LamarStevens11 @PennStateMBB)
Bryan Kalbrosky: NBA Combine scores for Lamar Stevens, per source, would have been best max vertical and lane agility among all forwards in ’19. Standing vertical: 35″ Max vertical: 41″ Lane agility: 10.35s 3/4 sprint: 3.2s FULL INTERVIEW: https://t.co/neJJKKQf4g (@LamarStevens11 @PennStateMBB)
Jonathan Wasserman: Source: Colorado’s Tyler Bey set an NBA combine record for forwards with a 43.5 inch max vertical: 6’6” without shoes 6’7” with shoes 7’1.25” wingspan 8’9.5” standing reach 37.0” no step vert 43.5” max vert 5.0% body fat
Bryan Kalbrosky: Bryan Kalbrosky: Combine measurements for Kahlil Whitney, per source: Weight: 205 lbs Body Fat: 5.3% Hand Length: 9.25″ Hand Width: 10.25″ Height W/O Shoes: 6’5.5″ Height W/ Shoes: 6’7″ Wingspan: 7’0.25″ Standing Reach: 8’9.5 Standing Vertical: 29″ Max Vertical: 39″ Lane: 11.17s Sprint: 3.28s
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August 2, 2021 | 7:49 am EDT Update
There is a strong possibility that Howard returns for a third go-around with the Lakers. Howard won a title with the Lakers in 2020, but he bolted to the 76ers last season. Now, there appears to be interest on both sides to have Howard back for his physical and defensive play. Howard, 35, averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes last season in Philadelphia, his 17th in the NBA.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on what he’s conveyed to Bulls about a potential extension. If Bulls decide to take route to cap space, pursuing upgrades through free agency or renegotiating + extending LaVine’s current contract are two options on table.
Barry Jackson: ESPN reports tonight that New Orleans and Dallas – two Lowry suitors – have begun to look elsewhere for point guards. The Dragic/Achiuwa package should get this done for Lowry barring any late issues; Achiuwa hasn’t yet been informed because talks can’t begin until 6 p.m. Monday.
Donatas Urbonas: Ignas Brazdeikis will play for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Summer League, per sources. Brazdeikis averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2 assists in 8 NBA games with Orlando last season.
Rob Schaefer: Zach LaVine on keeping up with Bulls’ free agency from Tokyo: “I should have a good idea what’s going on. I take that very serious, keep up to date with what’s going on back home, but obviously still get my rest cause we got a game tomorrow. One way or another I’ll find out.”
August 2, 2021 | 1:19 am EDT Update
“It looks like [Kawhi] is expected to re-sign with the Clippers, but sources informed me that he will listen to other teams.” @ChrisBHaynes on Kawhi Leonard’s free agency