13 facts to know from 2019-20 NBA Roster Survey

Jeff Case, NBA.com

Nov 1, 2019 1:03 PM ET

Glenn Robinson III, at 6-foot-6, is the average height for an NBA player in 2019-20.

The new season is underway and with it comes the NBA's annual (and very detailed) analysis on each team in the league. In the annual NBA Roster Survey, the league breaks down rosters by height, weight, age, league experience and more for every player on opening-night rosters.

Note: The survey compiles data for rosters as of opening night, not rosters as of today. Players on two-way contracts are not included in the survey. 

> Complete 2019-20 NBA Roster Survey (PDF)

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1. The average NBA player is 6-foot-6.54, 219.33 pounds, 26.18 years old and 4.59 season of NBA experience.

2. Golden State’s Glenn Robinson III most closely resembles the average NBA player based on height, weight age and experience. Robinson: 6-6, 222 pounds, turns 26 in January, has played five NBA seasons (through 2018-19).

3. Atlanta’s Vince Carter, playing his record 22nd NBA season, is the league’s oldest player at 42. The next oldest are Udonis Haslem (Miami) and Pau Gasol (Portland) at 39 years old.

4. Detroit’s Sekou Doumbouya is the youngest player at 18; he turns 19 on Dec. 23. The next youngest player is Talen Horton-Tucker (Los Angeles Lakers), who turns 19 on Nov. 25.

5. The 14 youngest players on NBA opening-night rosters were all born in 2000, the same year that Vince Carter won the dunk contest and finished his second NBA season.

6. Nos. 0 and 5 are the most popular jersey numbers, worn by 20 players each. The next most popular are No. 1, No. 8 and No. 11, which have 19 players each. No. 3 was the most popular jersey last season with 20 players. (No. 3 has 17 players this season.)

7. Kentucky is the school with the most players on opening-night rosters (28) for the eighth straight year. Duke (23 players) and North Carolina (14) are next on the list.

8. Rosters include 108 international players from 38 countries and territories. 

9. A record 42% of players have NBA G League experience.

10. Team age ranges from an average of 24.49 years for Phoenix to 30.24 years for Houston.

11. Team experience ranges from an average of 2.73 years for Boston to 8.93 years for Houston. 

12. Dallas has the two tallest players: 7-4 Boban Marjanović and 7-3 Kristaps Porzingis. In fact, five of the six tallest players are international players.

Tallest players in NBA, 2019-20 season
HeightPlayer(Country; NBA Team)
7-4Boban Marjanović(Serbia; Mavericks)
7-3Kristaps Porzingis(Latvia; Mavericks)
7-2Luke Kornet(USA; Bulls)
7-1Pau Gasol(Spain; Trail Blazers)
7-1Rudy Gobert(France; Jazz)
7-1Jakob Poeltl(Austria; Spurs)

13. Only 10 players are older than LeBron James, who turns 35 on Dec. 30. The players who are older than him? J.J. Barea, Thabo Sefolosha, Andre Iguodala, Tyson Chandler, Nene, Kyle Korver, Pau Gasol, Udonis Haslem and Vince Carter.

Shortest teams

• Cleveland Cavaliers, 6-5.57
• Boston Celtics, 6-5.60
• LA Clippers, 6-5.67
• Washington Wizards, 6-5.67
• Detroit Pistons, 6-5.87

Tallest teams

• Brooklyn Nets, 6-7.33
• Atlanta Hawks, 6-7.36
• Sacramento Kings, 6-7.40
• Portland Trail Blazers, 6-7.43
• Chicago Bulls, 6-7.47

Youngest teams

• Phoenix Suns, 24.49
• Chicago Bulls, 24.83
• Golden State Warriors, 24.87
• Minnesota Timberwolves, 24.91
• New York Knicks, 24.98

Oldest teams

• Utah Jazz, 27.08
• Dallas Mavericks, 27.40
• Milwaukee Bucks, 28.73
• Los Angeles Lakers, 29.07
• Houston Rockets, 30.24

Teams with least NBA experience (average seasons)

• Boston Celtics, 2.73 seasons
• Phoenix Suns, 2.80 seasons
• Chicago Bulls, 3.07 seasons
• Minnesota Timberwolves, 3.40 seasons
• Indiana Pacers, 3.53 seasons

Teams with most NBA experience (average seasons)

• Portland Trail Blazers, 5.57 seasons
• San Antonio Spurs, 5.67 seasons
• Milwaukee Bucks, 7.07 seasons
• Los Angeles Lakers, 8.07 seasons
• Houston Rockets, 8.93 seasons

International players by NBA season
SeasonPlayers
2019-20108
2018-19108
2017-18108
2016-17113
2015-16100
2014-15101
2013-1492
2012-1384
2011-1274
2010-1184
2009-1083
2008-0975
2007-0876
2006-0783
2005-0682
2004-0581
2003-0473
2002-0368
2001-0252
2000-0145
1999-0036

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