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2016-17 NBA Roster Survey

The annual NBA Roster survey is in. Here’s how players and teams stack up based on height, weight, experience, etc.

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The NBA released its findings on the composition of each team in the league. The survey revealed several categories, like which player is the tallest, shortest, oldest, youngest, etc.

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson was named Mr. Average, the guy that most closely resembles the average NBA player based on the height, weight, age and experience of all 449 players on opening-day rosters for the 2016-17 season.

The average player in the NBA is listed at 6’7 and weighs 221.4 pounds; Thompson is listed at 6’7 and 215 pounds.

Here are the top-five and bottom-five results of each of the categories in the survey:

Team Averages 

Oldest Teams:

  • Cleveland – 30.52 years old
  • LA Clippers – 29.89 years old
  • San Antonio – 28.62 years old
  • Dallas – 28.36 years old
  • Atlanta – 28.02 years old

Youngest Teams:

  • Philadelphia – 24.18 years old
  • Portland – 24.95 years old
  • Toronto – 25.04 years old
  • Phoenix – 25.16 years old
  • Denver – 25.38 years old

Tallest Teams:

  • Milwaukee – 80.40 inches
  • Golden State – 80.13 inches
  • New York – 79.93 inches
  • Atlanta – 79.73 inches
  • Philadelphia – 79.60 inches

Shortest Teams:

  • Boston – 78.20 inches
  • Cleveland – 78.33 inches
  • Indiana – 78.53 inches
  • Phoenix – 78.67 inches
  • Chicago – 78.79 inches

Player Averages: 

Oldest Players (as of Opening Day):

  • Carter, Vince – 39.77 – Memphis
  • Ginobili, Manu – 39.27 – San Antonio
  • Terry, Jason – 39.14 – Milwaukee
  • Pierce, Paul – 39.06 – LA Clippers
  • Nowitzki, Dirk – 38.38 – Dallas

Youngest Players:

  • Bender, Dragan – 18.95 – Phoenix
  • Ingram, Brandon – 19.16 – LA Lakers
  • Papagiannis, Giorgios – 19.33 – Sacramento
  • Chriss, Marquese – 19.33 – Phoenix
  • Zubac, Ivica – 19.62 – LA Lakers

Tallest Player:

  • Marjanovic, Boban – 7’3 – Detroit
  • Porzingis, Kristaps – 7’3 – New York
  • Tavares, Edy – 7’3 – Atlanta
  • Ajinca, Alexis – 7’2 – New Orleans
  • Hibbert, Roy – 7’2 – Charlotte

Shortest Player:

  • Thomas, Isaiah – 5’9 – Boston
  • Felder, Kay – 5’9 – Cleveland
  • Ulis, Tyler – 5’10 – Phoenix
  • Lucas, John III – 5’11 – Minnesota
  • Lawson, Ty – 5’11 – Sacramento

Heaviest Players:

  • Pekovic, Nikola – 307 lbs. – Minnesota
  • Marjanovic, Boban – 290 lbs. – Detroit
  • Jefferson, Al – 289 lbs. – Indiana
  • Nurkic, Jusuf – 280 lbs. – Denver
  • Drummond, Andre – 279 lbs. – Detroit

Lightest Players:

  • Ulis, Tyler – 150 lbs. – Phoenix
  • Brooks, Aaron – 161 lbs. – Indiana
  • Lucas, John III – 166 lbs. – Minnesota
  • Frazier, Tim – 170 lbs. – New Orleans
  • Jennings, Brandon – 170 lbs. – New York

Years Pro:

  • Carter, Vince – 18 – Memphis
  • Nowitzki, Dirk – 18 – Dallas
  • Pierce, Paul – 18 – LA Clippers
  • Terry, Jason – 17 – Milwaukee
  • Crawford, Jamal – 16 – LA Clippers

College with Most Active NBA Players:

  • Kentucky – 23
  • Duke – 19
  • Kansas – 15
  • North Carolina – 14
  • UCLA – 13

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This survey was taken based on all of the 449 players that were listed on the opening-day rosters for the 2016-17 season. These rosters feature a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories, as well as a record 135 players with D-League experience.

Cody Taylor is an NBA writer in his fourth season with Basketball Insiders, covering the NBA and NCAA out of Orlando and Miami.

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