After being listed at 6-foot-9 for most of his 12-year career, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant will officially be listed at 6-foot-10 this season.
The NBA is looking to act with more integrity, at least when it comes to accurately listing the heights of its professional players.
As originally reported by the New York Times‘ Marc Stein, prior to the start of the 2019-2020 season, the league office is mandating that all 30 franchises send in the correct heights of the players on their rosters. Measurements must be done without shoes.
Thus far, a couple of heights have leaked onto social media. For the most part, NBA players have lost one, even two inches from their frames. Kemba Walker is now 6 feet tall. J.J. Barea is no longer a part of the 6-foot club.
The one player who actually gained an inch is Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant. According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Durant will be listed at a 6-foot-10 next season — a jump from his previously listed 6-foot-9 billing.
To some, this may be a surprise. Within certain circles, it was expected that Kevin Durant would measure in at 7-feet tall.
It will be a while before we see his center-like frame tearing up basketball courts across America. Durant will likely miss most of next season recovering from his Achilles tendon tear.
As stated by Durant’s new teammate, Kyrie Irving, “there isn’t going to be any pressure, from any of us” to return from injury. No pun intended, but the ball is Durant’s court.