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Warriors’ Stephen Curry questions NBA’s new height listings, says he doesn’t play basketball without shoes


Stephen Curry had his share of doubts about the NBA’s new memo sent to all 30 teams, asking them to provide accurate measurements of their players. Many have been listed as shorter, including 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.

The Golden State Warriors star argued there was no need for new listings, as measuring players with shoes is the most accurate version of the on-court product.

“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.”

While that may be true, players’ shoes change from low-tops, mid-tops, and high-tops, with different sole thickness, which will add to their height.

Measuring without shoes is by far the most effective way to get accurate measurements and stop the inaccuracies from players pretending they’re taller or shorter than they actually are. The NBA feels obligated to be transparent, especially now that they’ve partnered with four different betting sites, along with several fantasy basketball partners, which will demand that transparency before asking a customer to pay.

For that same reason, the NBA has put regulations on when the starting lineups and the active roster/injury report should be submitted to the league office prior to tip-off. In short, this new rule is for the benefit of the consumer, not so much for the players, who get to measure out their own competition in-game.