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how to compare wingspan

I know wingspan is your arms reched out and its measured from tip of hand to other tip of hand. what I dont know is how do you know how long it is to comparison. Example, two players standing 6'8'' get their wingspan measured. One is said to have a wingspan of 7'0''. The other 7'6''. What is the ratio used to actually get that you have a wingspan of a taller person?


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In comparison, someone who

In comparison, someone who has a 7'6'' wingspan has a 6'' longer wingspan that someone with a 7' wingspan.

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Huh?

I think I get what you mean, but am not completely sure. If you scroll down to a post I made here, this was a good way of measuring wing span by NBA connotations:

http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/players-odd-body-structure

It was from a site called "Swish Scout" and what they did was take the length of ones wingspan and divided it by ones height in shoes (both in inches). This than gave a percentage that showed the equivalent of how long your wing span was in accordance to your height. They did this with a sample of 323 players from the site that shall remain nameless' database. The findings were:

Freakish: 8.4%+ (95-100 percentile)

Elite: 6.4-8.39% (80-95)

Above Average: 4.9-6.39% (60-80)

Average: 3.6-4.89% (40-60)

Modest: 2.11-3.59% (20-40)

Subpar: Anything under 2.1% (0-20)

Check out the article, it was a pretty cool way of displaying it in my mind. I always thought it was kind of ridiculous how Jay Bilas would say, "He is 6'8, but he has the wing span of a 7 footer". It would put you in the "Above Average" category at 5% longer than your height in shoes, but if the average NBA wing span is about 3.6-4.89% longer than ones height, than a 7 footer is slightly greater than 7'3.

In the case of the second guy you list, his wing span would indeed be freakishly long. His wingspan would be 12.5% longer than his height. So, his wingspan would probably be average for someone in the 7'2 range. Nonetheless, you would still need to take into account his weight, standing reach, athleticism and, most importantly, skill set. But, having a wing span 10 inches longer than ones body is ridiculous.

As would Beejay Anya having one approximately 13 inches longer than his body. My guess is Beejay is taller than 6'8, but his supposed 7'9 wing span would be the longest in recorded NBA draft measurements. Spoke with his HS coaches (Mike Jones and Marshall Cho) at the Hoop Summit and asked if it was for real. Mike said he did not know, but said here arms were LONG. Hope this all helps and I suggest looking at the article. Definitely made me think about wing span in a different way. Most players in the NBA have wing spans about 3-4 inches longer than their height, so it is good to know which ones are really impressive by NBA standards or pretty much the norm.

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thanks

@mikeyvthedon

this is great thanks. yours goes a little more into it but I found out the ratio.

according to DaVinci's famous human body map, a person standing 6 feet tall (72 inches) should have a wingspan of 72 inches. So if the person is 6 feet tall and has a wingspan of 76 inches, he has a wingspan of a person 6'4''

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I know that is supposed to be the deal

But, it's not the case in the NBA. That is why I think the % system is a much better way of quantifying things. These are NBA players and if a player is 6'0 and has a 6'4 wing span, that is only slightly above average, lol. My guess? Most people have a wing span as long as their body. Than again, when you think about the number of NBA players (or professional athletes for that matter) compared to the amount of people in the world, these are some of the most crazy physical specimens around.

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In comparison, someone who

In comparison, someone who has a 7'6'' wingspan has a 6'' longer wingspan that someone with a 7' wingspan.

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