Stephen Curry has given his take on the new NBA height measurements after the league sent a memo to all 30 teams asking them to provide accurate measurements of their players.
This was a bad move for some players, who were listed as shorter, including the likes of Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea (6-foot), and New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson (6-foot-6), while others like former teammate Kevin Durant have been listed as taller, now officially at 6-foot-10.
Curry claimed these new listings were unnecessary, as measuring players with shoes will give exactly what they’re going to see on the court.
“Without shoes, I’m officially 6-2 and 3-quarters,” said Curry, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “But I don’t play basketball without shoes.”
Even though Curry might have a point with his words, different types of shoes add more or less to the players’ heights. The league knows this and measuring players without shoes is actually more accurate than the other way. The NBA feels obligated to be transparent, especially now that they have committed to betting sites and several fantasy basketball partners, which will demand transparency to make things work on those platforms.
This move is aimed at fans more than anything, as they even put regulations on when the starting lineups and the active roster/injury report should be submitted to the league office before tip-off.