Dallas Mavericks: How the NBA’s new measurement policy affects the Mavs
By Kohl Rast
The NBA has decided to crack down on inaccurate player measurements, according to a tweet from Marc Stein of the New York Times. Will this change affect any of the Dallas Mavericks players?
The NBA has had a problem for several years where players smudge their measurement numbers just a little bit in order to seem taller or bigger/smaller than they actually are. This problem really extends past just basketball and has been seen in other sports as well, but the NBA has been notorious for it, even when blatantly obvious that it is wrong. The Dallas Mavericks know this all too well.
In fact, the Mavs may be the worst long-standing culprit of this malfeasance in the league thanks to one player in particular. Now that one player is by no means the lone culprit in the league as this has legitimately been an issue for as long as I can remember.
There are certain stigmas that were created throughout NBA history that kept players from being completely honest about their height. With most of those stigmas now outdated, I think the NBA is doing the right thing by gathering accurate information about all these players.
No one cares anymore if you are a 5’10” point guard and no one cares if you are a 7-foot shooter as long as you are good. The idea of hiding your true height so that you can play the position you want is definitely gone now, thanks in large part to Dirk Nowitzki and others who fought hard to be the best basketball player they could be, regardless of how tall or how small.
With the current Mavericks roster, there are some players who I believe are clearly not the height they say they are and then some that are questionable but could be close. For now we can blame the discrepancies on the fact that about half the roster had to convert their heights from meters to feet.
Regardless of the actual measurements, none of this really matters. No matter what height someone may be listed at, it will not change the way they play or how they are guarded. Changes will be made on paper, but nothing will change in the game.