NBA players lie about their height all the time.
The Wall Street Journal once dedicated an entire article to this phenomenon.
Usually, they tack on a couple extra inches.
J.J. Barea isn’t actually 6-feet tall, for example, nor is Kevin Love 6-foot-10. Yet they’re listed as such by official NBA sources.
And this has been going on for years. Charles Barkley was closer to 6-foot-4 than 6-foot-6, but the round mound of rebound was listed as the latter.
In certain cases, players will actually claim to be shorter than they really are. Kevin Durant is notoriously listed at 6-foot-9 despite clear evidence he towers over 7 feet. His reason? He believes 6-foot-9 to be the ideal height for a small forward, his preferred position.
For years, the league had no process of verifying the heights of different players, so the public simply had to go off whatever the team listed on their roster. And that figure was usually whatever the player wanted it to be, tape measures be damned.
But that’s all about to change. Per a report from Marc Stein, NBA teams are now required to certify and submit the precise height and age for every player within the first week of training camp:
Now, we wait to see who’s been fudging their numbers the most.
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