Physical Anomalies matter. I am not going to argue that. What I want to ask is, what players did it truly give an advantage and what was their anomaly? Jordan had abnormal hands and had he not, that couldve easily been the difference in him being the GOAT. Peep the clip below. I also posted here that someone in the league once said that had Kevin Willis had another 2 inches on his wingspan, that is the difference between him being an HOF player. Who are some guys you can think of that had an advantage or disadvantage due to a physical anomaly.....or even if they didnt, just a fun fact?
Bob Lanier was widely credited for the largest shoe size at 22. Jerome James wore a 22 as well, but I heard that Shaq wore a 23.
Doesn't Blake Griffin have super short wingspan, might be a reason why he is bad on defense and limit is potential.
I'm also keeping an eye on Kawhi Leonard, he has huge arms and fingers and I feel he has the ability to be an elite defender in this league, one of my favorite rookies this year.
How about Rondo with his like 6'9" wingspan and irrationally huge hands. Besides, doens't someone like LeBron James just as an entire entity count as an anomily? He's arguably the best athlete in NBA history...that's pretty anaomolous...
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Jason maxell is like a little bit over 6'5 with like a 7'3 wingspan
A contributing factor as to why Chicago drafted Elton Brand were his hands and wingspan. Jordan's hands were freakishly large for a 6'6'' guy and the same could be said about Brand at 6'8''.
I remember they were printed in life size on EPSN the Magazine ( or SI, it was a long time ago ) and my hands looked like kid hands in comparison and I'm 6'2'' and can palm a basketball.
Blake Griffin : measured 6'8.5'' with a 6'11.5'' wingspan, not great, but still above average.
I remember that, too. It went onto both pages of the spread!
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Are these really anomailies? There are hundreds of guys in the league with these same attributes most of them actually, look at Sasha Kaun 6'9 with a 7'6 wingspan, Mardy Collins 6'4 height 6'10 wingspan, Lester Hudson 5'11 height 6'9 wingspan, it didnt really help these guys. These anomalies as you put it, are just like height, weight and athletisism its not about if you have it but about how you use it.
I know LeBron James is a freak athlete, but I think people forget just how freakish Michael Jordan was.
He had speed, quickness, strength, agility, body control and explosive/powerful leaping ability. He could take off from a far distance... He had hangtime. He had the ability to take off, off of one foot or he could go down the lane, jump off of two and dunk over a seven footer.
And, like up there in the video, he had strange physical tools like huge hands that gave him even more of an advantage.
No one is saying that these necessarily make someone better. It's just a fun and interesting topic, nothing more.
I read some where Eddy Curry had four stomachs
anamaly: deviation from the common rule
some of them it does/did make them better.....look at the clip of Jordan, he caught a pass thrown from cross court with one hand and palmed it. they put a ruler to his hands once and from the bottom of his palm to tip of his middle finger was damn near a foot!
there are many elite athletes today so thats not against the common rule, but someone like LBJ could be....because of his size, speed, power, and jumping ability.
Kwame Brown they said has small hands and hands on a big man are important. It can be a difference. I remember Brian Reese was an explosive and athletic 6'6" guard from UNC, played ahead of Stackhouse....he couldnt palm a basketball. Hands are important...for instance, it can adversely affect a player's ability to finish in close or at the rim. Likewise for length.
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These things don't necessarily make someone better, but they sure help their chances!
For the same reason Muggy's size was a disadvantage, it was also an advantage. He was low to the ground and had strong legs and could get up under a player and really hound him, especially at waist level. Bogues played 14 years because he was a tough guard in the open court and nearly impossible to rip....and on the defensive end, he was tenacious.
@ChrisP yea, I saw BeeJay Anya play that game against Bishop Gorman on ESPNU on Monday, and he looked like a beast. He is only rated at #37 overall for the class of 2013, but when the update it again he will rise up probably into the teens.
next time you guys get a foot-long sub, think about Jordan's hands.....lol.
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I heard somewhere that Derrick Rose's hands were to small for him to palm a basketball. I think that is why whenever you see him dunk it is always a two-handed stuff
You have to know what you're doing. Big handed guards have good mid range jumpers and finish well, but are so so from beyond the arc and when dribbling.
The difference between lebron and jordan is jordan was more agile while Lebron is more powerful like a football player. Lebron is like tjhe calvin johnson of basketball and jordan was the desean jackson.
I heard Ben Wallace could barely palm a ball and he's 6'9.. However his biceps are bigger than my thighs so that helps I'm sure..
Kwame Brown can't palm the ball and he's a 7 footer who was drafted #1.
Dwayne Wade and Tyreke Evans are both 6'4 with a 6'11 wingpsan which makes them so dangerous.
Dejain Blair is 6'5 with a 7'4 wingspan, it helps compensate for not having ACL's.
Biyombo and McGee both have arms that stretch for eternity, i heard the length of their wingspans are unknown because they don't fully extend their elbows when they are measured so people never know. But I've heard rumors McGee really has closer to a 10 foot wingpsan and he can dunk the ball from his knees.
Rikcy Rubio uses Max Payne's Bullet Time when he makes passes.
Allen Iverson use to use Mass Effect accelerators in his sneakers for speed and had Biotic powers he used for dribbling.
Kobe Bryant has small hands too. Reggie Miller couldn't palm a ball either. He never dunked with one hand.
@Mr. 19134 "But I've heard rumors McGee really has closer to a 10 foot wingpsan and he can dunk the ball from his knees."
Dwayne Wade is one of the best shotblocking guards of all-time and he is only 6'4", so his 6'11" wingspan definitely helps along with his jumping ability.
McGee's dunk of 2 balls in two goals at same time is something that should be in the Guiness Book. that is uncanny length.
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"But I've heard rumors McGee really has closer to a 10 foot wingpsan and he can dunk the ball from his knees."
im 6'2'' and cant always palm a ball... my hands of course arent big... my palm is big, but i got fat fingers... my armspan is 6'2'' as well... but no matter how freakish someone may look, whether there hands are monsterous or arm span... if u dont have skills, then it doesnt matter.... look at ellis or stephen curry... these guys arent long, or have huge hands, or to muscluar....both undersize guards with big skill sets..... and overall good athletes... esp monta ellis whos a great athlete considering his stature
and how can kobe be 6'6'' and not palm a bball lol
@IndianaBasketball, I've heard Reggie say if he had bigger hands he didn't think he would be as great a shooter. I dunno maybe that's his way of accepting his small hands. But when you're 7 foot, 260 lbs, and you were drafted 1st overally to play PF/C in the NBA I find it incredible that you wouldn't be able to palm a ball. How can you be that tall, with arms so long, and not palm a basketball that's incredible. I'm 5'11 and I can palm a basketball. Sure I can just barely palm it enough so it won't slip but still.
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^^^ Kobe can palm, i saw him palm it like 6 times in the post against Dallas the other day.
Everything about Shaq is a physical anomaly.
seriously, this is part of the reason why Brown is so bad. his hands are terrible.
"Everything about Shaq is a physical anomaly." yeah...heard he put one chick in the hospital.
I just think it's all about how the players uses their advantage.
Lester Hudson for example is 5'11 with a 6'9 wingspan but doesn't do anything spectacular with his quote on quote "advantage"
But Rajon Rondo for example is 6'0 with a 6'10 wingspan and gets alot of steals, deflections, rebounds etc, once pulled down 17 rebounds in a college game against BIG10 Iowa.
I mean Rondo is also a better athlete than Hudson, i'm not discounting that at all.
But I think it's all how the player uses their advantage, or IF they even know how to use it.
I'm 5'11 with 8.5 inch hands I palm a ball easy.What would you guys call that?
I don't know exactly how big my hands are but I'm 5'9 and can palm a basketball.
I think that anyone that can palm an official NBA basketball has average to above average hand size, I think less than that is below average. I can palm, but not easily. I am 5'11". Anyone under 6' who can palm has some good size hands if you ask me. This is what makes guys like some of the ones mentioned anomalies. Kwame Brown cannot palm the ball...at least thats what they say. They also said Pat Ewing couldnt either, but skillwise Ewing and Brown not on the same level so it hurts Kwame much more.
I'm sure both Kwame and Ewing can palm a ball. Maybe they can just do it the way most of us tall but basically normal-size guys can. We need the ball to have good grip and we probably need to just put it in our hands. When guys in the NBA talk about palming, they probably mean palming off the dribble and then waiving the ball around. I can't do that (except maybe with really grippy rubber balls, but certainly not with an NBA leather ball).
I think arm reach is a huge factor in basketball. It really helps on defense because your arms are always going to be faster than your feet or your jump. You just cover much more ground if you have another couple of inches of wingspan.
jordan's hands, and balance in the air made him the player he was
Greg Oden has a big...never mind
^^^ In regards in balance in the air, that can always be improved through training of your core, it's not a anomaly like wingspan etc.
You have small balls.
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