Usual Height Of An NBA Player
Average Weight & Average Height Of NBA Players
Height Of Players According To Their Position
If we take a look at point guards in the history of basketball since 1952 the average height of a point guard has been around 6ft. However, the increment has been noticed in average height over past years. In 1987 the average height peeked around 6ft3inc. If we take a look at 1987 Magic Johnson was the tallest point guard with a height of 6ft.9inc. The player playing at this position is usually recognized by his talent and skills he has not by height but still, the height of the player has always been an advantage. The average height of the player revolves around 6ft-6ft.3inc. Currently, Ben Simmons is the tallest with a height of 6ft.10inc.
Shooting guards have usually taller than point guards. In 1952 the average height of shooting guards was 6ft.1inc. which gradually increased to 6ft.3inc by 2000. Shooting guards have grown taller in the past few years and the average height is usually noticeable. Height usually matters in basketball and especially if you are playing at shooting guard position. 7ft. Embiid and 6ft.10inc.Ben Simmons are some of the tallest shooting guards of all time. The average height of shooting guards ranges between 6ft.3inc. to 6ft.5inc. However, in some specific years point guards were taller and heavier than the shooting guards.
This is one of the positions which has seen a significant change since 1952. At first, the gameplay of the players revolved only around rebound and post-ups but that scenario is nothing as compared to today. Changes in average height have been minimal because it has been seen stable between 6ft.7inc. and 6ft.11inc. At the moment power forwards have been focusing mainly on 3-pointers. There has also been a noticeable change in the weight of the players, it has decreased about 10lbs in the past 4 years and that has resulted in the improvement of the player’s game.
Seen the average height and weight of the NBA players you can notice that the small forwards are the tallest. In 1952 their average height was around 6ft.3inc. which gradually increased over the years to 6ft.8inc. On average, the height of the small forwards falls between 6ft.5inc. and 6ft.10inc. The increment in the average height of the NBA players especially small forwards can be seen clearly.
Centers are the same as power forwards if we compare the increase in the average height of the player. This is the position with the tallest players in the game. In 1994 the tallest center was 7ft. If we look at the weight it gradually increased in 2004 to 255 pounds. Height differences in center players are almost noticeable because they usually fluctuate between 6ft.11inc. to 7ft. So it’s a fair point that weight has been the only noticeable change among these players.
Players playing at different positions have different height. Players playing at the center position are the tallest of all on the other side point guards are the shortest. Apart from all that we have seen a decrease in the average height of the NBA players because of the major changes in the gameplay of the NBA players. If we compare 1952 and 1987 there have been major changes in the game and players have developed themselves according to the changes. Height is an advantage in this game. But having better skills than the opponents gives you leverage over them. And skills are improved by just practicing more and more. So, people thinking of going to the NBA should work on their skills rather than thinking that only height matters. The height of a person is not in anyone’s control it’s natural but people can sure have control over their weight. Still, the average height of an NBA player is around 6ft.7inc. in shoes. Just for people’s knowledge, the shortest NBA player Muggsy Bogues was 5ft.3inc. and tallest Manute Bol is 7ft.6inc. Basketball was first played on 21st December, in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts and the sport has been dominating since then and still has a long way to go.