Pre-Draft Measurements: Who cheated on height, and who does and doesn't have go-go gadget arms

Consider this a companion piece to Amar's BMI post if you will.

I came across Draft Express' pre-draft measurements the other day, and was bored enough that I thought I'd take a look at some past and present Jazz players (past players for comparison purposes).

First up: Height.

Discovery #1: Boozer wore Aldrichian shoes to the pre-draft camp. Or should that be Cole Aldrich wore Boozerian shoes, since Boozer came first?

Discover #2: Millsap's true height is 6'6.25". He and Korver are actually the same height.

Discover #3: Gordon Hayward's true height is 6'6.75", but he is listed at 6'9". He is the clear winner of the Height Exaggeration Award with a difference of 2.25" (Note: I am unclear as to who the award should actually be sent to--Hayward, his agent, the Jazz, the NBA, or other).

Next, we have wingspan. Prior to this year's draft, Hardwood Paroxysm "used a regression to predict wingspan from player height (WITHOUT shoes on) with a sample of 916 NBA prospects." The formula for average wingspan based on the regression ended up being .985(height in inches) + 5.5.

The one Jazz-related player mentioned in HP's review of NBA players and draft prospects with freakishly long arms and inconveniently short arms was Eric Maynor, who had a wingspan 4" shorter than he was supposed to have based on the formula. (Aside: Jon Scheyer, who broke BC7's heart by deciding to go to camp elsewhere, topped the short arms list among all draft prospects with a wingspan of -6.0".)

Among the current Jazz players that have been measured, Hayward again had the largest +/- of -3.32". On the positive side, Sap measured in with a +2.92. Not surprising that he therefore has a higher standing reach than Jarron Collins despite being three inches shorter. According to the pre-draft measurements, Hayward is 0.5" taller than Sap; however, Sap's wingspan is almost six inches longer.

Finally, we have measures of athleticism: no-step vertical, no-step vertical reach, maximum vertical, and maximum vertical reach.

It's no surprise Ronnie B's numbers were off the charts. Among past and present Jazz players, he collected the top measurements in all four categories regardless of height/position. Also no surprise that Collins, Boozer, and Korver had relatively low numbers, while Ronnie P--the shortest of the bunch--can freaking jump (Ronnie P's max vertical: 39. Carlos Boozer's max vertical: 28.5).

I would have loved to see Jeremy Evans' measurements and/or evidence that he indeed has go-go gadget arms, but sadly they were not available.

Anyway, I don't have any conclusions or anything.

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