I read this article in Truehoop by Ethan Sherwood Strauss on ESPN.com on the sometimes strange spin players put on the height as stated in their player cards:
Interesting article that includes a NBA all liars team. It reminds me of Julius Erving who was listed as 6'6" but was said to be 6'11" "with hair." The article made me wonder about the actual heights of Raptor players so I did some research on Jonathan Givony of Draft Express web page on pre draft measurements to see what's what. I found no measurements for Calderon, Kleiza, Barbosa, Valanciunas, Amir Johnson and Magloire so the list is incomplete but here the list of actual heights without shoes:Stumbled across this when I wrote of Dwight Howard as a 6-9 center. Some of you just could not accept the recorded fact that Dwight Howard is six-foot-nine. This, despite a link to evidence of Howard’s barefoot height. I was astounded, perplexed and in search of even more synonyms to describe a state of utter confusion, shock, and befuddlement. We have his pre-draft measurements--his pre-draft measurements! Why do you insist on listening to some sorcerer’s Magic listing?
Bargnani – 7’0”
Alabi – 6’11.5”
Forbes – 6’4.5”
J. Johnson- 6’7”
The biggest liar is Gary Forbes who is listed on his player card as 6'7" followed by James Johnson who adds 2 inches, Derozan and Alabi add an inch and a half. Bargnani and Gray are the honest guys in the group as actual seven footers.