It’s a common preconception that all basketball players are all towering giants, but someone has to be the smallest player on the court and that honor generally goes to Stephen Curry.
Curry who is regarded as one of the greatest shooters of all time has never let his slightly smaller stature stop him from dominating the court.
How Tall Was Rookie Stephen Curry?
According to the stats from 2009 NBA Draft Combine, here is Stephen Curry’s height:
- NO shoes: 6′ 2″ (1.88m)
- With shoes: 6′ 3.25″ (1.91m)
But how tall was the Greatest Shooter of All Time when he was still a rookie and when the NBA started their investigation, they did they find that there was any difference in his height then compared to now?
Well, in 2009 the rookie Stephen Curry measured up as 6’ 2’’ with no shows and 6’ 3.25’’ with shoes according to the stats from the 2009 NBA Draft Combine. If you consider the heights of some of the players' Curry’s come up against, some of them often easily measuring up at 6 11’’ you can really see the difference in stature, and why scouts were worries that Curry wouldn’t be able to hack it at the NBA.
When the NBA launched their investigation in 2019, they aimed to find out the heights of their players when accurately measured and if that measurement agreed with the heights they have on record. They instructed all teams to measure all active players on their lists during the pre-season and to then release the newly recorded heights ahead of the NBA season.
This happened because there had been suggestions from some people that players were lying about their actual heights, or that in the case of some players, like Kevin Durant for example, that the measurements were no longer accurate. After all, a player had had a sudden and unexpected growth spur within their first two years.
The NBA has recently begun an investigation into their player’s heights due to players being accused of adding an inch or two to their official heights (but really, who hasn’t told a cheeky white lie every now and then).
The report is possibly linked to the betting that’s a major part of the sport, but for now let's focus on Stephen Curry and how his style of play has meant that while he may be one of the smallest players around, he’s a major asset in the game.
When Steph Curry first came to the NBA, he participated in the NBA draft combine like every other player. This is where they measure every prospect on a variety of metrics like wingspan, standing jump, and crucially- height.
In 2009 the Lakers had won the Championship for the 15th time in Franchise history, meaning that Kobe Bryant was safe from retirement for another year. As with any sports teams in the NBA need new and fresh talent to develop to keep the sport alive and so they can continually put up a strong team.
2009 had a strong draft class, but with the talent within the NBA at such a high-level team are always on the lookout for brilliant emerging talent. At the time, most teams already had a cemented cast of leading players and the idea of a Big-3 team hadn’t even been thought of in the NBA.
In 2009 the game was far more fast-paced and brutal, with big, athletic players cutting to the basket. To be a guard you needed to be physically capable of defending against the large players in the opposing team, or acrobatic enough to evade them.
Shooters were really seen as a last resort, so often coaches would leave them standing in the corner until the primary scorer could ‘dump’ the ball off to them in the middle of a broken play. Curry had already proven his ability as a scorer after 3 years at Davidson’s main scorer averaging as many as +20 a game during his time at the NCAA.
But, partially thanks to his height, NBA scouts were nervous about how he’d fit into the NBA. Stevan Provic thought he was far below the NBA standard in terms of athleticism and the explosiveness required for the game.
He also said ‘At 6-2, he’s extremely small for the NBA shooting guard position, and it will likely keep him from being much of a defender at the next level’.
Aran Smith agreed, and said that his height meant he was ‘far too small to play solely at the 2G position’.
Steph would get picked 7th during the draft by the Golden Ste warriors who were without Steve Kerr. But four other guards would be picked before him.
Here’s how the pick of the draft went that year:
1st Round PG/SG 2009 NBA Draft:
- James Harden:6’ 4” (3rd pick Arizona State/OKC Thunder)
- Tyreke Evans: 6’ 4” (4th pick Memphis/SAC Kings)
- Ricky Rubio: 6’ 3” (5th pick DKV Joventut(int)/MIN Timberwolves)
- Jonny Flynn: 5′ 11″ (6th pick Syracuse/MIN Timberwolves)
- Stephen Curry: 6’ 2” (7th pick Davidson/GS Warriors)
As you can see any Timberwolves fans will be kicking themselves that their teams passed over on Curry not once but twice. Looking back from our position here, it’s hard not to see it as one of the biggest mistakes in the NBA
How Tall is Stephen Curry Now?
- NO shoes: 6′ 2″ (1.88m)
- With shoes: 6′ 3.25″ (1.91m)
Steph Curry though hadn’t changed a bit and is still classed at the same height as his draft combine measurements right at the beginning of his career at the NBA in 2009. The Athletic reported that the baby-faced assassin commented on the new measurements saying that ‘Without shoes, I’m officially 6-2 and 3-quarters.
But I don’t play basketball without shoes.’ For such a world-class player I’m sure no one will notice the extra quarter-inch, and of course, he is right: no one plays basketball without shoes. It’s a testament to his skill as a player that Curry’s height has never for a moment stopped him from reaching his full potential in the NBA.
The average height for most guards is around 6 foot 2, so Curry isn’t much shorter than most other players in his position in the NBA. But his smaller frame and youthful face mark him out as an unusual player in this sport of giants. Of course, Curry is actually the oldest player on the Warriors roster at 32, and his talent means that he can not just keep up with younger players but is a giant in his position.
It would be an interesting feat to measure Curry’s height against other guard peers in the NBA, but considering the amount of silverware that Curry’s helped his team to bring home, as a triple NBA champion and a double-time NBA MVP, it’s hard to see that anyone would be able to really beat him.
So there you have it, Steph Curry officially stands at just over 6 feet and 2 inches in no shoes, but as the champ himself says, you don’t play basketball without your shoes, so you can pretty comfortably class Curry as 6 foot 3 in the game.
While Curry may seem small in comparison to other players, Curry’s silver cabinet pretty definitively shows that being the tallest in the game doesn’t necessarily make you a champion. Curry revolutionized the game with his utilization of the 3 point shot and opening the NBA up to be more of a shooters game, completely changing the court from the cut and crash downhill game of the 90s and early 2000s.
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Steph Curry has made it into the hall of all-time greats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Steph Curry really 6' 3"?
Yes, Steph Curry is 6' 3". While there have been been much speculation around official high records from the NBA, it's confirmed that Steph's is correct. Interestingly, he was the exact same height as a rookie too.
How tall was Steph Curry at 13?
When Steph Curry was 13 he was only 5' 7" and 130 pounds - impossibly short for a future NBA player. He quickly grew throughout high school and by the time he was a senior he was 6 foot tall and super thin. It's only during his sophomore year at collage did he finally reach his adult height of 6' 3".
Is Steph Curry tall?
By normal standards yes, but by NBA standards no. During the 2017-2018 season the average height of players in the NBA was 6' 7". This is 4" taller than Curry, but he hasn't let that hold him back.
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