The NBA announced yesterday a new requirement for NBA teams, partially inspired by Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield. Last season it was revealed around Buddy’s birthday that he was turning 26 rather than 25. Somewhere along the way his age got listed incorrectly at Oklahoma. It never seemed to be anything underhanded, but jokes about it persist in the comments section to this day. Now, the NBA is requiring teams to verify and submit the age and height of players on their rosters, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.
NBA teams were notified this week that they must certify and submit the precise height and age for every player within the first week of training camp, league sources tell @NYTSports— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 26, 2019
Height will be measured with players' shoes OFF, I'm told. Player weight will not be sought because that number fluctuates so often ...— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 26, 2019
Among the motivations for this new policy, sources say, is the fact that Buddy Hield's age was found to be recorded incorrectly in 2018 ... as covered in this @BenHoffmanNYT story: https://t.co/tlHpU0Aw5x— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 26, 2019
It’s going to be fascinating to see the actual height of NBA players, who have been listed as taller or shorter for years (Kevin Durant is definitely taller than he’s been listed). It may result in some surprises for players, too, as shown in this video that NBA Reddit found, in which Jason Thompson found out he wasn’t actually 6’11”, but actually just under 6’9”.
I’m fascinated to see the official heights for guys like Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles.
No word yet on when we’ll get the new official measurements.