A running list of notable NBA players who grew and shrank thanks to new, official measurements
Charles Curtis | USA TODAY SPORTS
The truth is out.
NBA teams are now required to send in the heights of their players as measured by a team doctor and without the stars wearing shoes, according to the New York Times.
As predicted, that means we’re finding out some players have actually “shrunk” or “grew” — Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is one star everyone wanted to find out the truth about, although you’re probably going to be surprised by the results. New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, another name below, actually shrank an inch, which makes sense if he was measured with sneakers at Duke and without them now.
Here’s a running list we’ll update as we see more names:
With the NBA installing new rules for teams to verify accurate player heights, as the New York Times reported last week, here is one of the most notable entries so far: No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson measured officially at 6-foot-6, league sources said. The phenom was listed at 6-foot-7 during his freshman season at Duke.
Some people thought the new Celtic might be smaller than 6-feet. From Boston.com:
New Celtics star Kemba Walker just cracked the 6-foot mark, standing at exactly 6-feet tall. He was listed at 6-foot-1 before.
He’s not 7-foot-7! From Mass Live:
But perhaps most notable was Tacko Fall, who was listed at 7-foot-5.
“7′5?” Fall said incredulously when MassLive brought the height to his attention. “I’m 7′6 without shoes.”
As a lot of fans suspected, he’s not 6-feet even.
I couldn’t tell if he was joking here, but this is from The OC Register:
It’s probably a question Dwight Howard has heard a hundred times.
How does a big man’s role change in an increasingly small league? Howard’s answer is pretty polished.
“Well I’m 6-foot-9,” he laughed. “So I’m good.”
He was previously listed at 6-foot-11.