The NBA’s new policy to list precise heights of players without shoes has claimed its first notable victim.
No. 1 pick Zion Williamson was listed as 6-foot-7 Duke, which was already short for a big man. He’ll be listed as even smaller with the Pelicans.
Zion Williamson measured officially at 6-foot-6, league sources said.
It’s unclear whether Williamson will develop into more of a power forward or center. Though 6-foot-6 is short for either position, his hops, strength and mobility are special. Williamson should be just fine.
The only center listed so short since the NBA-ABA merger was Chuck Hayes. The last All-Star power forward listed so short was Charles Barkley. Both were also listed at 6-foot-6.
However, these are apples-to-oranges comparisons. Barkley said he has been measured at 6-foot-5 and shorter. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green, a more-recent big-man All-Star listed at 6-foot-7, is actually 6-foot-5.
In a new world of precise shoeless heights, Williamson might not be such a huge outlier at 6-foot-6.