When it comes to basketball, physical attributes are almost always more important than a player’s skillset.
Only a handful of players have made the league despite their small stature due to their insane skills — including Isaiah Thomas, Spud Webb and Mugsy Bogues — but many players have made the NBA just because they’re over 7 feet tall despite their lack of basketball IQ and offensive skills.
Regardless though, just because a player is shorter than average, or can’t jump as high as his peers doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a spot in the NBA, as proven by Isaiah Thomas’ insane season in 2016, where he finished top 5 in MVP voting.
The NBA Draft Combine is usually the place where the league records all of their player’s measurements that stick with them for the rest of their career, including height, vertical leap, wingspan, and hand size. Speaking of hand size, this year’s draft combine has given birth to one of the most ironic situations in NBA draft history.
Jaylen Hands, a point guard who played for UCLA last season in the NCAA, recorded a hand width of 8 inches, giving him the smallest hands of the 2018 draft class.
Out of 70+ prospects who attended the draft combine, the odds of the only one there with the last name ‘Hands’ having the smallest hands in the draft class is insane.