SAN ANTONIO – There is some growth in Victor Wembanyama. Depending on the viewpoint, either way. The San Antonio Spurs announced on Wednesday that the official height for the No. 1 choice in this year’s draft is 7 feet, 3 to 1/2 inches, and that it was measured without shoes in accordance with NBA rules.
When he visited Las Vegas for two exhibition games in October, Wembanyama said he was a half-inch shorter. It makes sense given that he was 18 at the time, turned 19 since then, and it’s logical to assume he may still have some room to grow (his official height then was 2.21 meters, he claimed, and he’s now nearly 2.23 meters).
Due in part to how he towers over other 7-footers when photographed standing next to them, he has been classified on numerous websites as being anywhere from 7-foot-2 and 7-foot-5. In the league’s draft guide published last week, the NBA classified him as standing 7 feet 4 inches tall, but this was not based on any official measurements.
Wembanyama is projected to finish the upcoming season as the second-tallest player in the NBA at 7 to 3.5. The NBA declared Boban Marjanovic to be 7 feet 4 inches tall this past season, making him the tallest player in the league. Kristaps Porzingis, a former player for Washington who was later traded to Boston, has a height of 7 feet 3 inches.
The NBA recently tested the height of nearly every player participating in the draft, the majority of whom participated at the Chicago draft combine back in May. Wembanyama was not present at the combine since he was unable to travel to Chicago to be measured because his team in France was still in the middle of its season at the time.
The Spurs received the official number, though, when he landed in San Antonio during the past weekend.
Wembanyama, albeit narrowly, would have also been the tallest player at the combine. Zach Edey, a basketball player for Purdue who chose to go back to school after winning the AP college basketball player of the year award, was 7 feet, 3 to 1/4 inches tall, according to the NBA.
Before the 2019–20 season, the NBA modified its rule to mandate that players be measured without shoes to determine their official height. Many players saw their height “shrinking” by an inch as a result, but a few, like Kevin Durant, who went from being labeled at 6-foot-9 to legally measuring 6-foot-10, saw their height on paper increase by an inch.