There’s no denying how freakishly talented Anthony Davis is, and there’s now some measurable evidence of his massive wingspan.
Anthony Davis is clearly one of the most talented players in the NBA, and he’s filling the stat sheet again so far this year (27.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.7 blocks and 1.6 steals per game). He led the league with 2.6 blocks per game last year, and that 2.7 blocks per game has him fourth in the league so far this year.
No one who follows the NBA, and more directly any opposing team, needs an education on how physically gifted Davis is. At the 2012 NBA Combine, Davis posted a standing reach of nine feet and a wingspan of 7-foot-5.5 inches. Only Festus Ezeli measured better in the latter category, and even that was just barely at 7-foot-5.75 inches.
Visual, measurable evidence of Davis’ massive wingspan is probably superfluous at this point. But we’ve got some anyway.
Davis is sitting, arms extended in a resting position. His left hand is not visible, but based on where his right hand is his wingspan spans five folding chairs. So naturally, we have to know more.
A simple Google search says the backrest of a standard folding chair measures 18 and 1/4 inches. Davis’ NBA Combine wingspan comes out at 89 and 1/2 inches., which is impressive already.
But five times 18 and a 1/4 is 91 and 1/4 inches, so it appears Davis’ arms have gotten longer over the last six-plus years. That wouldn’t be all that shocking though since he was 19 at the time of his pre-draft combine and may not have been quite done growing.
Quite simply, with that wingspan and even marginal instincts, Davis should be a productive shot blocker and rebounder. But he’s routinely among the best in the league in both categories, which stands as a credit to his talent and instincts in concert with his God-given gifts.