The athletic tests are just one part of the evaluation process, and is not the main factor in drafting a player. From what I read, teams who don’t track a player’s progress during the season tend to put more emphasis on these tests.
There’s even some debate as to what proportion of those tests are actually transferable on the basketball court. There’s a lot more at play when a player rebounds, or slashes to a basket. There’s no measure for the instincts great players usually have.
It’s kinda like looking at a performance car and judging it strictly by the horsepower numbers. It doesn’t tell you exactly how the car brakes, how the steering feels, how the car rotates on its centre of gravity, or how it's mass is distributed.
In the 2003 draft, you’d think the best athlete would be either Wade or LBJ, but it was Troy Bell ---- a guy who only lasted a year in the NBA.
Chris Bosh finished 51st. TJ Ford scored lower in some footspeed tests than Chris Kaman.
Chris Paul was labelled as being slower than Sean May or Wayne Simien.
I guess for teams looking at a player, it would be ideal if his scores were high, but for me it all comes down the answer to the question ---- can he play?