Tar Heels Show Growth
May 31, 2009
The most interesting or odd thing to come out of the NBA's Chicago Combine had to do with the official measurements on Friday where Ty Lawson, Danny Green, and Wayne Ellington showed some serious growth from a year ago at this time. Also, worth noting is how well Tyler Hansbrough measured up to expected number one selection Blake Griffin.
Courtesy of draftexpress.com here's how the Heels measured up.
First, and perhaps most importantly, this year’s measurements were taken early in the morning. As the day wears on, the back compresses making a person slightly shorter in the evening than in the morning. When looking at the three North Carolina players and how they measured out last year without shoes compared to this year, we see some serious growth.
Name /2008 Height/ 2009 Height/ 2008 Reach/ 2009 Reach
Ty Lawson/5'10.75/ 5'11.25/ 7'9.5/ 7'10.5
Danny Green/6'4.5/ 6'5.25/ 8'4.5/ 8'7
Wayne Ellington 6'3.75/ 6'4.25/ 8'5.5/ 8'4
As you can see, all three players measured out a half-inch taller this year than last year. While we’re not going to change the numbers, it may be best to view this class as a half inch shorter than their listed measurement compared to last year’s class. We’ve seen some fluctuation happen in the past too, but not quite as pronounced as this year. For the purpose of the discussion below, we’re considering the numbers to be legitimate.
-Tyler Hansbrough may get the most out of the measurement process. For a guy often accused of being 6’7, he measured in at nearly identical size across the board to Blake Griffin. Hansbrough is half an inch bigger than the player he likes to compare himself to in David Lee, with a wingspan and standing reach half an inch shorter. He should have no problem as far as his size is concerned at the power forward position in the NBA.