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The Long And Short Of The NBA

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The National Basketball Association is made up of 30 teams each with 15 players. That means that there are at least 450 players wearing the specialized basketball uniforms of their respective teams over the course of an NBA season. Anyone who follows the sport and who has the opportunity to watch a number of these different teams compete knows that the players range widely not only in their level of talent but also in their physical appearance. If one added up the heights of all the players in the league and then divided it by the number of players comprising each team they would come up with an average height of 6’7”. Obviously there are numerous players who are much shorter than that such as most of the guards on each team. The individuals who play the center position for their teams are generally much taller than the 6’7” average. Two of the tallest players in recent years have been Gheorge Muresan and Manute Bol who each stand 7’7” tall, a good foot taller than the average player. Contrast their height to that of the shortest players such as Calvin Murphy at 5’9” and Michael Adams at 5’10”.
The benefit of being short might include the fact that many of these smaller players tend to be pretty fast. Even though their legs are much shorter, they can make it from one end of the court to the other in a flash. While the taller players enjoy the advantage of being closer to the basket and are typically able to dunk the ball without having to jump high they generally lack the speed of the smaller guys. The game of basketball that is loved by millions throughout the country has the need of both body types.