honestly, the NBA combine numbers don’t matter at all, at least for American-born White athletes. why am i so confident in such a seemingly outrageous statement? because it’s factual. take for example, the vertical jump ... we’re told that being able to jump high is an ESSENTIAL trait for NBA players, yet how many of you recognize the name Matt Santangelo? a graduate of Gonzaga (he led an all-White starting five to the Elite 8), as of 2013 he was STILL top-five all-time in vertical jump: https://mobile.twitter.com/samcmlaird/status/335435028261650432 he never even got a smell at the NBA, despite being an incredible playmaker (see his all-time numbers at Gonzaga for reference) and athlete (see above). I could list numerous others (Joe Alexander, who was actually born in Japan, from West Virginia anyone?), but i would be preaching to the choir.