ESPN’s Sports Science crew gauged ex-Cat De’Aaron Fox’s speed to the basket as faster than Cleveland all-star Kyrie Irving in a segment released Sunday.
Most NBA mock drafts have Fox going with the fifth pick to the Sacremento Kings in Thursday’s NBA Draft, but the former Kentucky point guard got another high-profile chance to impress as Sports Science broke down his dribble speed and hand quickness.
Sports Science recorded Fox’s acceleration from the three-point line to the basket at 1.29 seconds which they said was faster than Irving’s (1.50) in the same test. Irving, also a so-called “one-and-done” player out of Duke in 2011, is a four-time NBA All-Star and won the NBA title alongside LeBron James in 2016.
Sports Science next pitted Fox against heavyweight boxer Gerald Washington in a test of their hand quickness. The test indicated the boxer had a slight advantage in hand speed, but that wasn’t enough to counter Fox’s superior reaction time.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
TV: ESPN, NBA