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)