Kevin Durant can't bench 185 pounds - NBA Pre-Draft Combine Results

6/5/07 in NBA   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

In the middle of this Jason Quick update on Greg Oden's measurables (that Todd posted yesterrday), was a rather eye opening fact regarding Kevin Durant:
But get this: Only one player was unable to bench press 185 even once - Kevin Durant.
Wow. I can bench more than Durant? I'm guessing most of you can too considering I'm not making anyone in my gym turn their head. I don't know how much stock you should put in this from a basketball perspective, but this is a red flag (a small one) that should indicate he's not as NBA ready as we've assumed.

I realize Tayshaun Prince probably isn't pushing up 200 either, but I just worry about some early injuries due to the banging he'll inevitably receive. Consider this news an invitation for the "Durant Rules" to be applied instantaneously.

Bench press doesn't directly reflect toughness, but strength is clearly needed to succeed in the NBA. (see: Lebron James)

Source: (Oregon Live)
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6/5/07   |   IlliniBob72   |   83 respect

Indydave wrote:
Unbeliveable....  I can easily bench more than him-- that's mind boggling-- I guess you need to figure that Durant will need at least 2 years of work in the weight room to be ready for the NBA, bare minimum.....

He has nothing to do now other than lift weights and play basketball. He will be fine.

6/5/07   |   barmarjeff   |   39 respect

Brandan Wright only did 185 once.

6/5/07   |   extrapolater

(Edited by extrapolater)

I agree - Horford looks and sounds the part.  I'd draft him.

6/5/07   |   CriticalFanatic

wrote:

I always find these "combine" results interesting.  Here is a full list of verticals and test results (usually only available on ESPN Insider)


I've said this before, but I want to reiterate. Al Thornton will be a star in the NBA.

The numbers bode well: 6'6 ... 7'1 wingspan ... with a 41' vertical leap to boot. Someone will be bold enough to take him in the Top 10.

6/5/07   |   Indydave   |   40 respect

Unbeliveable....  I can easily bench more than him-- that's mind boggling-- I guess you need to figure that Durant will need at least 2 years of work in the weight room to be ready for the NBA, bare minimum.....

6/5/07   |   BenCote

I am shocked, there is absolutely no excuse for that. Also what does that say about Texas basketballs weightlifting program.

6/5/07   |   Todd

CriticalFanatic wrote:
In the middle of this Jason Quick update on Greg Oden's measurables (that Todd posted yesterrday), was a rather eye opening fact regarding Kevin Durant:
But get this: Only one player was unable to bench press 185 even once - Kevin Durant.
Wow. I can bench more than Durant? I'm guessing most of you can too considering I'm not making anyone in my gym turn their head. I don't know how much stock you should put in this from a basketball perspective, but this is a red flag (a small one) that should indicate he's not as NBA ready as we've assumed.

I realize Tayshaun Prince probably isn't pushing up 200 either, but I just worry about some early injuries due to the banging he'll inevitably receive. Consider this news an invitation for the "Durant Rules" to be applied instantaneously.

Bench press doesn't directly reflect toughness, but strength is clearly needed to succeed in the NBA. (see: Lebron James)

Source: (Oregon Live)
(Edited by Todd)

Ouch.  Or at least that's what Durant was saying when trying to lift the bar. LOL

The full breakdown is here.