In light of Magic Johnson’s recent prediction about Kevin Durant, I decided to objectively evaluate the physical characteristic that sports commentators most often mention in regards to Durant: his wingspan.
Magic Johnson says LeBron James made a charge for a minute, but Kevin Durant is clearly MVP this season. » pic.twitter.com/VneYjkYerM
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 24, 2014
Since height has a large impact on wingspan, I evaluated Durant’s wingspan relative to NBA prospects since 1989 who are his height within an eighth of an inch. The wingspans of these players range from 6′ 8” to 7′ 6.25”, and sure enough Durant is near the top of the distribution.
Obviously a long wingspan is not the only thing that contributes to Durant’s basketball prowess, but I’m sure it helps. Thanks to DraftExpress for the data!