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How Tall is Stephen Curry?

Publish Date: 01.05.2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

On any given night, Stephen Curry will most likely be the smallest guy on an NBA court. Although small in stature (to the average NBA giant), Steph is gargantuan in points. A player that we give the title of the Greatest Shooter of All Time (G.S.O.A.T).

Several years ago, the NBA started an “investigation” into the actual heights of its players. This investigation is rumored to be linked to betting statistics, but that’s a story for another day. Some players have been lightly accused of fudging an inch or two in their published height. I know I’ve been 5’ 11” on a couple of occasions, definitely at a bar on a Friday night. But not Steph Curry. Back to the question: how tall is he? The answer is:

Stephen Curry’s height is 6′ 2″ (1.88 m) without shoes and 6′ 3″ (1.91 m) with shoes.

Stephen Curry NBA Draft Info

Just like every player coming into the NBA draft, Steph participated in the NBA draft combine, where they measured every draft prospect on a number of metrics, including standing jump, wingspan, and, of course, height.

The year was 2009. The Lakers had just won another Championship, and Kobe looked to escape father time for another year. The draft class looked good, but with the talent so high in the NBA, teams were looking to develop into the future.

Most teams already had their leading cast booked, and the idea of a Big three super-team was still yet to emerge in the NBA.

Back then, the game was much faster-paced and featured big, athletic players cutting to the basket. Guards needed to be either physical or acrobatic down low. Shooters were only a get-out-of-jail-free card. The coach would just have them stand in the corner so the primary scorer could “dump” the ball off to the shooter in the corner during a broken play.

Stephen Curry’s ability as a scorer was evident, being the leading man for Davidson for three years, averaging +20.0 points per game during his NCAA career. But he just didn’t seem to fit in the NBA. Look at what some scouts said on Curry’s draft card:

“Far below NBA standard in regard to explosiveness and athleticism … At 6-2, he’s extremely small for the NBA shooting guard position, and it will likely keep him from being much of a defender at the next level.” – Stevan Petrovic

“At 6-1, he’s far too small to play solely at the 2G position.” – Aran Smith

Steph would be selected 7th overall in the draft by the Golden State Warriors, who were notably without Steve Kerr. Four other guards would be picked before Stephen Curry.

1st Round PG/SG 2009 NBA Draft:

  • James Harden:6’ 4” (3rd pick Arizona State/OKC Thunder)
  • Tyreke Evans: 6’ 4” (4th pick Memphis/SAC Kings)
  • Ricky Rubio: 6’ 3” (5th pick DKV Joventut(int)/MIN Timberwolves)
  • Jonny Flynn: 5′ 11″ (6th pick Syracuse/MIN Timberwolves)
  • Stephen Curry: 6’ 2” (7th pick Davidson/GS Warriors)

Sorry, Timberwolves fans. It feels bad to strike out once in the first round, but twice … not great. Anyway, here is a video on the player who went 6th in the Draft and you’ve probably never heard of.

Stephen Curry’s Actual Height

In 2019, the NBA started an initiative to find out the actual measured heights of all NBA players. It instructed teams to measure all active players on their rosters during the NBA pre-season and release the recorded heights before the beginning of the NBA season.

This was brought up because some people suggested players may be lying about their actual heights, or, as in the case of Kevin Durant, it is possible for a player to experience a growth spurt in their first two years.

Looking like Steph didn’t change much as he’s still the same height as his draft combine measurements his rookie year. The baby-faced assassin made a comment on the new measurements when questioned by a reporter from The Athletic:

Steph Curry on the NBA’s new height listings: “Without shoes, I’m officially 6-2 and 3-quarters. But I don’t play basketball without shoes.”

— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 9, 2019

We’ll give the Warriors guard the extra quarter inch.

Most guards stand about 6 feet 2 inches, so he is not noticeably shorter than other guards in the NBA. It might just be his smaller frame and youthful look that make him look much smaller.

Don’t forget, he’s the “Baby-Faced Assassin” for the same reason. What most people don’t realize is that he’s actually the oldest player on the Warrior’s roster (source: SF Chronicle).

Also Read:

Curry won’t add more inches to his height, but he may just add more silverware to his collection

No matter where the 2x NBA MVP and 3x NBA champion physically stands, it’s hard to knock someone down when they’re standing on so much hardware.

With confidence, we can declare Steph Curry stands just a little more than 6 feet 2 inches without shoes, and 6 feet 3 inches something with his shoes on. While most players won’t be able to grow any more inches to their height, at least Steph can continue to grow his trophy case.

When the Warriors report to the NBA on the official heights, we will update this article. As of now, Steph is listed at 6’ 3” on the NBA website. We expect this to be adjusted in the near future.

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