10 NBA Players That Got Very Tall Very Quick

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It’s hard to believe that Dwight Howard was a skinny 5’10 point guard in the 8th grade and nobody ever thought he’d accomplish anything meaningful in the world of basketball, let alone get drafted #1 in 2004.

Things started changing as he entered high school and underwent a massive growth spurt, reaching 6’9. After he took Charles Barkley’s advice and started bulking up, he eventually got moved to power forward. In his senior year Dwight led his team to a state title and took home almost every award possible including the Naismith, Morgan Wooten, Gatorade and McDonald’s National Player of the Year—as well as being named Georgia’s Mr. Basketball. He then decided to follow in his idol Kevin Garnett’s footsteps, skip college and declare for the NBA Draft.