SALT LAKE CITY — The biggest question entering the training camp: How tall is Donovan Mitchell, really?
OK, that might not have been the biggest question, but it was up there. The answer has finally come.
The Jazz announced their final roster Monday — and the heights and weights have been updated.
So who are the biggest liars on the team?
Donovan Mitchell was listed at 6-foot-1, a full two inches shorter than he was last season. Royce O'Neale (6-6 to 6-4), Emmanuel Mudiay (6-5 to 6-3) and Justin Wright-Foreman 6-foot-2 to 6 foot) also dropped two inches over the offseason. The heights were taken without shoes.
"6’1 means I just jump higher ...." Mitchell joked on Twitter.
6’1 means I just jump higher... @daanteee ehhh your good@mconley11 😨@Joeingles7 was never 6’8 so that’s not new...@rudygobert27 is just abnormal@BucketsONeale00 YOUR A LIAR BRO FLAT OUT LIAR @emmanuelmudiay mmmm seems legit https://t.co/P6FuMyUFiA— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) October 21, 2019
Other notable things from the new updates: Mitchell is 220 pounds (in contrast, center Ed Davis is 218), Rudy Gobert is actually 7-foot-1, and just 14 of the 17 Jazz players lost at least an inch (Gobert, Bojan Bogdanovic and Tony Bradley were the only ones whose heights were previously listed correctly).
While the new heights are fun, Monday's roster announcement was life-changing for one player: Stanton Kidd.
Kidd won the final roster spot over William Howard. Though, he might have had a pretty good idea of what was to come.
On Saturday afternoon, Kidd walked around the Jazz practice facility following practice laughing it up with Donovan Mitchell, looking like he didn’t have a care in the world. On another court, Howard was running through drills with the G-League bound Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman.
Maybe they knew something early.
"It’s been for us, really a pleasure to have young players come in and commit to being better and we'll continue to try and develop them," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said, "Guys that like to compete. That process is one of those good for the team."
Kidd has been on the Jazz’s radar for some time. In the summer of 2018, he averaged 10.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in six summer league games. This past summer, Kidd played in three games during the SLC Summer League, averaging 7.3 points and 3.0 rebounds. In Las Vegas, Kidd played in five games, averaging 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
New Jazz heights
- Bojan Bogdanovic: 6-foot-8
- Tony Bradley: 6-foot-10
- Jarrell Brantley: 6-foot-6 (was 6-foot-7)
- Mike Conley: 6-foot-0 (was 6-foot-1)
- Ed Davis: 6-foot-9 (was 6-foot-10
- Dante Exum: 6-foot-5 (was 6-foot-6)
- Rudy Gobert: 7-foot-1
- Jeff Green: 6-foot-8 (was 6-foot-9)
- Joe Ingles: 6-foot-7 (was 6-foot-8)
- Stanton Kidd: 6-foot-6 (was 6-foot-7)
- Donovan Mitchell: 6-foot-1 (was 6-foot-3)
- Emmanuel Mudiay: 6-foot-3 (was 6-foot-5)
- Georges Niang: 6-foot-7 (was 6-foot-8)
- Royce O'Neale: 6-foot-4 (was 6-foot-4)
- Miye Oni: 6-foot-5 (was 6-foot-6)
- Nigel Williams-Goss: 6-foot-2 (was 6-foot-3)
- Justin Wright-Foreman: 6-foot-0 (was 6-foot-2)
Qualtrics, Jazz extends 5 for Fight
The fight's continuing for four more years.
On Monday, the Jazz announced that Qualtrics will remain their jersey patch sponsor through the 2022-23 season. Qualtrics will continue to donate the patch to 5 For The Fight.
The 5 For The Fight initiative has raised more than $24 million to help eradicate cancer.
"I'm really proud to be affiliated with this campaign because it's true to our culture of enriching lives and doing good and giving back in the communities where we live, work and play," Jazz owner Gail Miller said.
The patch is the only one in the NBA that promotes a cause in lieu of a for-profit business.