Interactive Infographics Show Longest NBA Teams by Wingspan, Height

August 3rd, 2016 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »

In the new NBA, success typically hinges on three-point shooting and stretching the court. As a result, long-armed players who can defend multiple positions and disrupt ball movement have become incredibly valuable. 

But which teams are the longest? And how much difference does it make? I looked at every player's wingspan and height in the league to see how teams compared. Then I checked to see how much difference length made in defense.

I was able to find the majority of the data from the DraftExpress database, but there were still over 100 players without listed wingspans. I used Google in those cases, filtering through various news reports and scouting reports to determine the best estimate.

For the few players with no available wingspan measurement, I estimated their wingspan at the league average of 1.06 times their height.


Wingspan But what is "average" length? Merely finding an NBA player's average length isn't quite accurate because different positions come with different lengths. So here are each position's average wingspan and height:

Combining the five ...

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