Which NBA players experienced growth spurts after high school?


It’s rare for most people to grow after high school or after the age of 18. However, some NBA players are able to beat this odd. Some experienced growth spurts after being drafted in the NBA. Others who went on to college experienced growth spurts well into their sophomore year at college. This goes to show that for males growth can continue well into their early twenties.

1. Stephen Curry - Steph graduated high school standing at 6’0”. By his sophomore year at Davidson College, he had grown an additional 3 inches to 6’3”.

2. Kevin Durant - Kevin Durant stood at 6’9” when he graduated high school. He continued to grow in college and during his first few years in the NBA, finally reaching a height of 6'11".

3. Dennis Rodman - Rodman was 5’9” when he graduated high school. Two years after high school, Rodman had grown from 5’9” to 6’8”.

4. Scottie Pippen - Scottie beat the odds by growing from 6'1 to 6'8 after high school.

5. David Robinson - David Robinson stood at 6’7” coming out of high school. He grew 6 inches whilst in college to his current height of 7'1".

6. Lamar Odom - Lamar Odom graduated high school standing at 6’2”. By his junior year at college, he had grown an additional 7 inches to 6’9”.

7. Dennis Johnson - Dennis Johnson grew 7 inches after graduating high school. He went from 5’9” to 6’4”.

8. Derrick White - At the time of his high school graduation, White was barely 6 feet tall. He hit a growth spurt of about 5 inches in college to reach 6’5”.

9. Devean George - Devean George was 5'11" coming out of high school. He grew a remarkable 8 inches in college reaching a height of 6'7".

10. Mike Dunleavy Jr. - Mike Dunleavy Jr. grew 4 inches in college. His growth spurts took him from 6’5” as a senior at Jesuit to 6’9” as a sophomore at Duke.

11. Jerome Williams - Jerome Williams was a 6’2” point guard coming out of high school and entering his freshman year of college. Whilst at college, he grew 7 inches, becoming a 6’9” forward by his sophomore year.

12. Bill Russell – Bill Russell was six feet five inches tall when he finished high school. He grew five more inches after high school to reach his full adult height of 6’10”.

13. Giannis Antetokounmpo - When Giannis first entered the NBA at the age of 18, he was measured at 6’8.5” tall. By the time his rookie campaign came to a close, he stood at 6’11”. “The Greek Freak” grew two and a half inches in one year.

14. Paul George – Paul George stood at 6’7” when he graduated high school. He continued to grow in college and during his first few years in the NBA, finally reaching a height of 6'9".

15. Kelly Olynyk - Kelly Olynyk stood at 6’10” coming out of high school. He grew an additional two inches in college at Gonzaga.

16. Hedo Türkoğlu - Hedo Turkoglu grew 2 inches after his rookie year. He came into the league at 6'8” and ended up at 6'10.

17. Isaac Bonga - Isaac Bonga was 6'8" before he was drafted into the NBA. He has grown 2 inches after entering the NBA and is now 6'10".

Updated on July 23, 2020

Original Article:

Tall NBA Players Who Had Relatively Short Parents
By Charles Nuamah

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