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How hard is it to be in the NBA if you’re 7 feet tall?

I’m not sure this fits into the regular topics around here, but I found this too unbelievable to not share:

Certainly it doesn’t take statistical analysis to conclude that NBA players are freakishly tall. (Although some stats help put the freakishness into perspective: Seven-footers are routine in the NBA but so rare in the rest of the country that of American men ages 20 to 40 who stand seven feet tall, an estimated 17% are in the NBA right now, according to analysis of data from the NBA and the Centers for Disease Control.) But NBA players are also outlandishly long—even the “short” ones. At 6’2¾”, Wizards guard John Wall might not be able to see the very top shelf at the grocery store, but with 6’9¼” worth of arms, no doubt he can reach it.

17 percent! That’s madness.

November 19, 2012 // This post is about: , , ,


  • Clay Parker Jones says:


  • Ian says:

    In 2009 there were 46 7′ footers in the NBA. That means there are 270 7′ footers in the country (the math is a bit fuzzy as I’m sure a few of the NBAers are foreigners).

  • Cynthia says:

    So if you are seven feet tall, it is WAY EASIER to get into the NBA than it is to get into HARVARD (which I think has a 6% acceptance rate!).

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