Originally Posted by DatZNasty
What does that change? 13'6-8'8 still = 58 inches
Exactly what I'm thinking, except the top of the backboard is actually 13'1", I think. Remember the backboard is 42" but the rim is 5" from the bottom. 10 feet + 37" = 13'1". That would still require a 53 inch vertical though.
As an example, I'm 5'9" and on a good day I can get my fingertips about 3/4 to the top of the white square, but my running vertical is over 40" for sure. That said, the spot I can touch is still 2 feet from the top. So in theory, even if I were 7 feet with a crazy wingspan I'd still come up short by a few inches.
I guess Dwight seems like the best candidate. He's got the height and crazy wingspan for sure. But even then it seems like he'd need something like a 45 or 46" running vertical. That's insane.
Oh, and I hate to get into the old camera angle argument, but the picture of the football player is from a low angle. He's not quite as high as he looks, although still damn high. And Kobe never touched the top of the backboard. That's a stupid claim. Guy's not even one of the elite leapers, and he's only 6'6".