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Is this the new "shape" of the NBA?

 Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be a trend towards "slenderness" in the NBA. A number of present and future stars are thinner that what prevailed in the past seven (7) decades.


It starts with the top-2 players in the Kia Rookie-of-the-Year Ladder. Victor Wembanyama is listed at 7'4" and 210 pounds, while Chet Holmgren is 7'1" and 195 pounds. In earlier times, Bill Russell was considered to be a "slender" center at 6'9.5" and 220 pounds, and Reggie Lewis, listed at 6'7" and 195 pounds, was slim for the times.

Now to the Kia MVP Ladder. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is 6'6" and 180 pounds, while Tyrese Haliburton is 6'5" and 185 pounds. Both are top-10 in the ROY rankings. 

Trae Young isn't in the MVP Ladder, but he is a legit star and stands at 6'1" and 164 pounds. That is shades of Allen Iverson.

Is this a lasting trend or simply a temporary phenomenon?  I believe "slenderness" is here for a while. It fits the modern pro game, where in contrast, Wemby and Chet would have been bullied in the 60's, 70's and 80's by the likes of Wayne Embry (6'8", 240 lbs.), Wilt Chamberlain (7'1", 275 lbs.) and even Kareem Abdul Jabbar (7'2", 225 lbs.) in an era where physicality prevailed.


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