The current study investigated whether athlete performances in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Draft Combine are changing over time. The current study was conducted with data from the 2001 (n = 78) and 2018 NBA Draft Combine (n = 69) for ten combine assessments (data from NBA.com). Results indicated that athletes from 2018 exhibited better performance in lane agility time (p < 0.05), maximum vertical jump (p < 0.05), and three-quarter court sprint (p < 0.001), but decreased performance in 185 lb. bench press (p < 0.05), and a reduction in weight (p < 0.05) and body fat percentage (p < 0.001). No significant differences were found between years for height, standing reach, wingspan, and standing vertical jump. The current study illustrates the importance of understanding how combine results may be more or less indicative of NBA success for different years.
Perrin, Olivia D. and Jensen, Randall L.
"A COMPARISON OF THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION DRAFT COMBINE 2001 TO 2018,"
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