While Isaiah Thomas has emerged as a bona fide superstar for the Boston Celtics, short players have a much harder time of cracking NBA rotations. Only three players at this year’s NBA combine measured under six-feet tall without shoes.
Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans, who was last seen dropping 23 in an NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan, is the shortest player at the combine. He measured in at 5-foot-10.75 without shoes, and 5-foot-11.5 in shoes. He did, however, measure in with an encouraging wingspan for a guard his size.
Jawun Evans measures less than 6 feet (5'11.5"), but 6' 5.5" wingspan.
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) May 11, 2017
Two other big-name players joined him in the sub-six feet club at the combine. One is National Player of the Year Frank Mason from Kansas, who measured at 5-foot-11 without shoes, and 6-feet tall in shoes. The other is Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., who out-dueled Evans in that tournament game and had a fantastic stretch during the Wolverines’ post-season run.
DraftExpress is pretty bullish on Evans, despite his short stature, and has him going No. 28 overall to the Los Angeles Lakers. The site projects Mason to be drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round at No. 59, and doesn’t have Walton is the mock draft.
The tallest player? French center Jonathan Jeanne, who came in at 7-foot-2 in shoes at the combine.