Discussion in 'The Coliseum' started by dantheman9758, Oct 20, 2012.
He was talking about Yao my dude, he thought Yao's wingspan was 7'2"
Oh......... my bad
Wilt and Davis
6'4" without shoes with a 6'11" wingspan, smh
@ anybody denying Wilt would ball out/dominate in this era of athletes
No Bron? No Shaq? I would really like to see Shaq/Wilt. Am I the the only one who is just now finding out Mike was only 6'4? 6'6 is as closely associated with him as 23. Wouldn't mind seeing Barkley either. If this nikka Javale ever gets his head right.
he's 6'6 in shoes.
Some of u are a little surprised to see players barefoot heights of this era - I think a lot of fans in general aren't immediately aware that list info isn't usually an actual measurement of how tall players actually are. And also a lot of fans might see list heights from back in Wilt's day and come under the impression Wilt was just your typical '00's era sized "7 footer" and that his competition must have been short (like 6-9 listed Bill Russell). But Wilt was actually a legitimate freak, and his competition was actually typical (modern) sized in stature minus the gym mass, they weren't short.
Bill Russell for example, may have been listed only 6-9 but he was 6-9 5/8ths w/o shoes and had a 7-4 wingspan. Today and ever since the NBA started really trying to become extremely popular (Sometime coming into the Bird and Magic era) players have been "listed" larger than life. In Wilt's day u typically weren't listed a size unless you were at least that big.
Let's take a closer look at Bill Russell here, standing next to "7-0" Patrick Ewing to get an idea of this difference in how they started listing players from the old school era vs how they list players these days
There aren't many true 7 footers that play the game, there never has been, it's rare to be 7 feet tall I think statistically only like 30 people or so in the U.S. are actually 7 feet tall or taller. So for Wilt to be that big was special, and for him to be that big AND that athletic was just crazy. Just some food for thought
Oh here's big Bill with Yao
I've got an image of Bron I can use but he isn't standing up straight so it will be hard to speculate how tall he should appear knowing tht his head isn't up to it's full 6-7.25 w/o shoes in the pic. And he's got a 7-0.25 wingspan.
Shaq was 7-0.88 w/o shoes with a 7-7 wingspan (freakish, just like Wilt)
Barkley was 6-4 5/8ths w/o shoes with an unknown wingspan
Kobe is 6-4.75 w/o shoes with a 6-11 wingspan
Kareem (another freak like Shaq / Wilt) was 7-1.88" w/o shoes with a 7-5 wingspan
Bill Russell was 6-9.63 w/o shoes with a 7-4 wingspan
I've tracked down draft measurements and what not of lots of players to help get an actual handle on how big or unique some of them were.
Yeah I know it's just funny to me how I never heard about him actually being 6'4 without shoes until now.
Old school "6-9" Bill Russel dwarfing the modern "6-9" Ben Wallce
Bron and Wilt... LBJ is slouchin a bit so I can't quite tell if it's where it should be height wise, I eyeballed it to be about an inch or two shorter than if he were standing straight so as to try and keep his shoulders where they should be if it were RL.
Sohh we not going to mention Manute Bol:
8-4 wingspan I heard
ol sudanese loch ness monster ass nikka.