Celtics Tacko Fall and Rob Williams fall short on new listed heights

The new listed heights and weights for Celtics players have been released. The height measurements used to be taken with players wearing shoes, but not so now. They measure with shoes off, so we would expect players to lose an inch or so in height.


Both Tacko Fall and Rob Williams actually lost two inches - Tacko coming in at 7'5" (down from 7'7") and Rob measured at 6'8" (down from 6'10"). Rookie Romeo Langford also lost two inches, coming in at 6'4", down from 6'6" in shoes. I have no idea at what time of day these measurements are taken, but men in the NBA-height-range, can expect to easily lose one inch of height over the course of a day. Sleeping allows the body's discs to expand, thus increasing height, whereas walking and running compresses the discs, making a person lose height. Can someone pass this information on to Tacko, please.


French import, Vincent Poirier came in at an even 7-feet while barefoot after formerly being listed at 6'11" in shoes. Jayson Tatum measured at 6'8" this time after being listed at the same height in shoes. He has probably gained an inch in height.

After Javonte Green's terrific performance in the 107-106 win over Charlotte, it is encouraging to see that he just measured at 6'4" and 205 pounds. Summer League and one exhibition may indicate that Green not only may land on the Celtics final roster - but he could end up playing a significant role as a solid 2-way player.

The center spot remains a real question with this current Celtics team. It has been suggested that rookie Grant Williams could fill that role on occasion as a small-ball center. He measures 6'6" and 236 pounds, and that is mighty small for the 5-spot. As a comparison, Chuck Hayes, at 6'6" and 240 pounds, played 28 minutes a game in the 2010-11 season for the Rockets, much of that time at center, and averaged 7.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.7 APG and 1.1 SPG. Giving G-Will some time at the 5-spot may be worth a try for Coach Brad Stevens.

So that's the long-and-short of it. In the end, it is not all about length. It is about how a player performs consistently on the court. But thus far, it certainly seems like the Celtics need to find an answer at the center spot. Look for more articles from me on that specific subject in the next several days.

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