With the NBA playoffs in full swing, you have to wonder if 6’ 5” Usain Bolt played in the NBA, how good would he be? Remember the hype after Beijing when he attended a Boston Celtics game?
How fast can Usain Bolt run the 3/4 court sprint time?
A Basketball court is 94 feet long. But a 3/4 court would be 70.5′, and the test is standardized at 75 feet or 22.68 meters. The 3/4 court sprint test is the distance from the end line to the opponents free throw line in College basketball.
94 feet court minus 15 feet from free throw line to backboard minus 4 feet overhang = 75 feet.
The 3/4 Basketball Court Sprint is one of many test at the NBA combine. Like the NFL Combine, the vertical jump for explosive power is one of the tests. Other tests include: Kneeling Power Ball Throw, Lane Agility Drill, Multi-Stage Hurdle and the Max Touch test.
Like the 40 yard dash, several factors affect the times. Notably, standardized time protocols, reaction time, and the surface conditions.
Track is run with starting blocks, accounts for reaction time, uses spikes on synthetic tracks, and has electronic timing.
Basketball 3/4 Court Sprint times are run on a wooden lacquered basketball court and basketball shoes, and timing starts on first movement. Timing system varies by hand or use of non-standard electronic timing systems.
Fastest 3/4 Court Sprint Times?
- The fastest recorded 3/4 court sprint time was Nate Robinson (Boston Celtics) with 2.96 seconds. He also boasted a 43.5" vertical leap. Then again, when you are only 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall, you better be fast and jump high!
- The 2009 NBA Combine Class had Toney Douglas with a 3.03, and Patrick Mills and Jodie Meeks posted 3.10 or faster.
- The 2010 NBA Combine Class had Trevor Booker (Clemson) as the fastest in the group of 53 in 3.10 seconds. Other notable favorites include John Wall (Kentucky) and Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) both posting a time of 3.14. Evan Turner (Ohio State) ran a 3.27.
The 2010 NBA Draft takes place on June 24 at Madison Square Garden, New York. Only 2 rounds will be held, unlike baseball and football, so the competition is very cut throat! Get Drafted, or stay home (sounds like the Vietnam War?)
What could Usain Bolt run a Basketball 3/4 Court Sprint Time?
Now, this type of extrapolation is like comparing an Apple iPad to housing prices in Orange County.
But it would be fun to see IF we…
- subtracted the reaction time
- added the 0-20 meter segment split times
- extrapolated 2.68 meters from the 3rd 10 meter segment
With no surprise, Usain Bolt comes out as the winner in 2.95 seconds with other notables under 3.00 seconds. He would still beat Nate Robinson (sorry Boston Fans!).
So there you have it. Anything under 3.00 seconds for 75 feet, or 22.68 meters with no reaction time is considered exceptional or world class.
Here are the complete results of the 2010 NBA Combine Class. Any surprises?
|Athlete||School||3/4 Court||Athlete||School||3/4 Court|
|Trevor Booker||Clemson||3.10||Cole Aldrich||Kansas||3.35|
|Avery Bradley||Texas||3.14||Greg Monroe||Georgetown||3.35|
|Wesley Johnson||Syracuse||3.14||Sylven Landesberg||Virginia||3.36|
|John Wall||Kentucky||3.14||Jordan Crawford||Xavier||3.37|
|Terrico White||Mississippi||3.15||Jarvis Varnado||Mississippi State||3.37|
|Mikhail Torrance||Alabama||3.17||Lance Stephenson||Cincinnati||3.38|
|Xavier Henry||Kansas||3.18||Craig Brackins||Iowa State||3.39|
|James Anderson||Oklahoma State||3.19||Daniel Orton||Kentucky||3.39|
|Armon Johnson||Nevada||3.19||Luke Babbitt||Nevada||3.40|
|Damion James||Texas||3.20||Luke Harangody||Notre Dame||3.41|
|Ed Davis||North Carolina||3.21||Devin Ebanks||West Virginia||3.44|
|Gordon Hayward||Butler||3.22||Andy Rautins||Syracuse||3.49|
|Charles Garcia||Seattle||3.23||Willie Warren||Oklahoma||3.50|
|Stanley Robinson||Connecticut||3.23||Hassan Whiteside||Marshall||3.54|
|Sherron Collins||Kansas||3.24||DeMarcus Cousins||Kentucky||3.55|
|Gani Lawal||Georgia Tech||3.24||Derrick Caracter||Texas El Paso||3.61|
|Derrick Favors||Georgia Tech||3.25||Solomon Alabi||Florida State||3.68|
|Darington Hobson||New Mexico||3.25||Tiny Gallon||Oklahoma||3.70|
|Patrick Patterson||Kentucky||3.25||Eric Bledsoe||Kentucky||NA|
|Larry Sanders||Virginia Commonwealth||3.27||Paul George||Fresno State||NA|
|Evan Turner||Ohio State||3.27||Manny Harris||Michigan||NA|
|Ekpe Udoh||Baylor||3.29||Jerome Jordan||Tulsa||NA|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||Wake Forest||3.30||Dexter Pittman||Texas||NA|
|Lazar Hayward||Marquette||3.31||Quincy Pondexter||Washington||NA|
|Dominique Jones||South Florida||3.31||Jon Scheyer||Duke||NA|
|Artsiom Parakhouski||Radford||3.33||Greivis Vasquez||Maryland||NA|