The National Basketball Association has requested that every NBA team be forthcoming of every players height and age.
The decision has long been in process, being in talks since it was discovered that Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield was two years older than was initially reported. Other notable examples include forward Shabazz Muhammad and center Thon Maker, who were both significantly older than their high school teammates. As with Hield, the other players ages weren’t realized until they were professionals.
Along with age requirements, the NBA is requiring precise height from the players. One case that has long been studied is forward Kevin Durant, who has been listed as six-foot nine inches tall since being drafted. When standing next to other seven-foot tall players, Durant is the same height, and next to center DeMarcus Cousins, Durant is taller. The league clearly wants to change certain narratives that are attributed to players when discussing height.
The height recordings will be measured with the player wearing no shoes. The NBA won’t require precise weight, as players weight fluctuates drastically throughout the season.
Some other cases of wrong recordings include hall of famer Charles Barkley being listed as six-foot six inches and LeBron James being listed as 250 pounds. Although the NBA doesn’t require precise weight, it’s still remarkable to hear James discuss being 270 pounds for most of his career, when his recorded weight is 20 pounds less. Barkley is arguably six-foot three inches tall, as he seems slightly shorter when standing next to guards Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook.
NBA organizations must report the required measurements to the league before the commencement of training camps. With the season officially starting in less than a month, camps will be starting soon, giving the fans some interesting storylines to follow with the height and age recordings.