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Top 15 All-Limbs Team

Increasingly, future NBA players are being selected not based upon their talent, but based upon their potential. One of the greatest markers that show a player’s potential is not only their skill and athleticism, but their size, and more specifically, their wingspan.

Every year, draftees and potential waiver pick-ups are measured, scrutinized, and analyzed at the NBA combine. Often times, it is this data that can make a player on the fence a NBA player versus a future European player. Paul Pierce recently said that if he was entering the draft today, he is not sure if he would even be drafted. If you look at Pierce’s specs, he doesn’t exactly stand head and shoulders above your typical NBA player. Pierce has average height for a small forward. He has always been an average athlete at best. When you look at him, he doesn’t have the muscles and length of other players at his position, such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Pierce is average by NBA standards. In fact, he might even be below average when it comes to speed. Yet, he's an NBA Champion, one of the best Boston Celtics to ever wear green and white, and is a first ballot Hall of Famer.

The 2014 draft class was supposed to be one of the best classes in recent memory. Yet, none of these rookies are even close to being the type of franchise player that Paul Pierce was when he was a rookie. But what these rookies were drafted on was potential, not immediate impact. The possibilities of drafting and developing a player with the length of a Giannis Antetokounmpo are just too tantalizing for teams that are bad and in need of future superstars. Sure, there are one or two players every draft that could potentially change a franchise, but if you’re never selecting in the Top-2, why not take a gamble on a player that could be a potentially Top-2 player one or two years from now?

From a purely metrics point of view, you cannot teach someone how to be 7-feet-tall, but you can teach them how to shoot. With that said, who are some of the players today with the longest limbs and wingspans in the NBA?

15 15. Tyreke Evans – 6’4” With 6’11” Wingspan

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14 14. John Henson – 6’11” With 7’5” Wingspan

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13 13. Eric Bledsoe – 6’0” With 6’8” Wingspan

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

12 12. DeAndre Jordan – 6’11” With 7’6” Wingspan

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11 11. DeJuan Blair – 6’6” With 7’2” Wingspan

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10 10. Kawhi Leonard – 6’7” With 7’3” Wingspan

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

9 9. Kevin Durant – 6’9” With 7’5” Wingspan

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8 8. Anthony Davis – 6’10” With 7’6” Wingspan

Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

7 7. Giannis Antetokounmpo – 6’9” With 7’3 Wingspan

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6 6. Rudy Gobert – 7’1” With 7’9” Wingspan

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

5 5. Alexis Ajinca – 7'1” With 7’9” Wingspan

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4 4. Larry Sanders – 6’9” With 7’7” Wingspan

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3 3. Bismack Biyombo – 6’9” With 7’6” Wingspan

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

2 2. Elton Brand – 6’8” With 7’6” Wingspan

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1 1. Bruno Caboclo – 6’9” With 7’7” Wingspan

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

You may not know who Bruno is, but neither did most people when he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors. This young kid was drafted solely on potential. He has a giant wingspan of 7’7” and he is also very athletic for his size. Additionally, Bruno has a decent and serviceable jump shot, so if he can bring everything together some time in the next couple of years, the Raptors can draft and stash him on their team without sending him to Europe.

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