The way basketball is being played right now in the NBA makes players with length an even valuable commodity.
Gone are the days when bulking up was almost a necessity. Players today are required to be quick on their feet in order to disrupt passing lanes. It also helps if they possess an inch or two over their opponent.
In Kelly Scaletta’s recent article for Bleacher Report, the topic of length was tackled using a number of interactive infographics, and some pretty interesting results came about.
In terms of wingspan, the Milwaukee Bucks, surprisingly, did not make it at the top of the list mainly because the measurements of all of their players weren’t limited to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker.
Instead, it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves who ended up as the NBA’s longest team. This doesn’t bode well for opponents knowing how adept coach Tom Thibodeau is when it comes to his defensive strategies. On the flipside, the Denver Nuggets turned out having the league’s shortest wingspan.
Meanwhile, when it came to the starters, the frontcourt seemed to have played a big part, with the Miami Heat, featuring Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside, and the Utah Jazz, with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, earning the nod for the number one and two spots, respectively.
This figures to be more significant as the starters are obviously going to have more exposure on the floor.
In terms of height, the tallest team out there turned out to be the Utah Jazz, while the shortest are the Boston Celtics. As for the starting five, the Wolves once again stood out as the Indiana Pacers’ protagonists are looking up at everyone else.
For more in-depth infographics, check out the the full article.