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FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 – Height of the players and other interesting facts (infographic)

3 September, 2019

Infographic about the height of the players of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

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The infographic above illustrates the height of the players of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 (China, 31 August – 15 September 2019).

Serbian Boban Marjanovic is the tallest player of the tournament (2.22m – 7’3”). Serbia is the tallest team with an average height of 2.06m per player). Greece is the second tallest team (2.04m).

In the previous, 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Greece had the tallest team and Serbia the second tallest.

On the other end of the spectrum, Philippines team for the second consecutive World Cup have the shortest (on average) players (1.93m).

4 players have a height of 1.78m and thus are the shortest:
• Yago Mateus (Brazil)
• Andrew Albicy (France)
• Ryusei Shinoyama (Japan) and
• Mark Barroca (Philippines)

All of them are Point Guards (1) which is the position with the shortest players: 1.88m on average.

Centers are the tallest: 2.09m on average.

The table below shows average heights of all the teams and the various positions of the players.

Height of:(cm)(ft)
Boban MARJANOVIC, Serbia – Center2227’3”
Centers – Average209.36’10”
Power Forwards – Average204.66’9”
All Forwards (average)202.36’8”
Czech Republic200.26’7”
Small Forwards200.06’7”
All Players (average)198.96’6”
Cote d’Ivoire198.56’6”
New Zealand198.36’6”
Puerto Rico195.06’5”
Shooting Guards194.06’4”
Dominican Republic193.56’4”
All Guards (average)190.66’3”
Point Guards188.46’2”
Shortest Player (4 players)178.05’10”

Another way to examine the height of the players and their teams is by the box-and-whisker plot:

Box-and-whisker plot about the height of the players of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

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  • The shortest player of Serbia is 1.95m tall
  • There are no players of Greece and Italy shorter than 1.90m
  • There is no player of Venezuela taller than 2.05m
  • Italy has players with the narrowest height range; all of them are between 1.90m and 2.08m; half of them are between 1.98 and 2.03m

Age of the players

The youngest player of the tournament is Aleksander Roman BALCEROWSKI of the Polish team. Born on 19 November 2000, he is 18 years, 9 months and 12 days old on the day (31 August 2019) the World Cup begins.

He is followed by Andrew NEMBHARD of Canada (b. 16 Jan 1999 – 19 years, 7 months and 15 days old) and Abraham SIE of Cote d’Ivoire who has his 20th birthday on the first day of the tournament.

The youngest team is China: 26 years, 1 month and 2 days (average player). Second youngest is USA: 26 years, 2 months and 29 days.

On the opposite side the oldest team is Tunisia: 32 years, 1 month and 5 days  old is their average player.

The oldest player of the tournament is Angola’s Eduardo MINGAS: born on 29 January 1979, he is 40 years, 7 months and 2 days old at the beginning of the Cup.

He is followed by Brazil’s Alex GARCIA (b. 4 Apr 1980 – 39 years, 5 months and 27 days) and Argentina’s Luis SCOLA (b. 30 Apr 1980 – 38 years, 4 months and 1 day old).


There are 53 players in the FIBA World Cup 2019 who were playing in NBA at the end of the previous season (2018-2019).

All 12 players of the USA team are NBAers. Australia has 6 NBAers, France 5, Nigeria, Serbia and Spain have 4 each, Germany and Turkey have 3 each, Brazil, Italy, Lithuania, Japan and Canada have 2 each, Montenegro has 1 and Greece has NBA’s MVP Giannis ANTETOKOUNMPO.

FIBA FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 | Teams

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  1. Zac permalink
    3 September, 2020 12:08 pm

    The American male average is 5 ft 9.3 in (1.76 m). But the NBA (National Basketball Association) has an average of players at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) in shoes, in a 2007-08 player survey.
    However, NBA teams must provide accurate measurements of height without shoes from the 2019-20 season.
    Funnily enough, the Tallest NBA players of all time both Gheorghe Mureșan or Manute Bol are not Americans at all.

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