Charles Barkley always was listed as 6-foot-6 in his NBA career, though he admitted in his book that he was 6-4. The Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony, listed at 6-8, measured 6-6 1/4 at the NBA pre-draft camp. Michael Beasley was listed at 6-10 while a Kansas State Wildcat, is listed at 6-9 with the Miami Heat and measured 6-7 at the camp a year ago. So you can’t blame ESPN.com’s Chad Ford for what he wrote a few weeks ago about Blake Griffin: "A surefire NBA stud if he doesn’t measure 6-foot-6, which, in this pessimistic environment, a few GMs fear he might.” Skepticism is recommended when it comes to heights. Basketball players have been fudging their stature for decades. But NBA general managers can rest a little easier. Griffin, the plum of this mediocre draft, stands 6-foot-9 in his bare stockings, 6-10 in shoes, which he is likely to wear during important games. This information comes from multiple sources, including my eyeballs. I’ve stood next to basketball players for going on 30 years. I know a fraud when I see one. Griffin is no fraud. He’s a long tall boy who clearly stands a hand above the 6-foot-6 crowd that heavily populates college hoops. Mike Houck is an even better primary source. OU’s long-time basketball publicist measures all the Sooner players himself. "I don’t like being accused of fudging numbers,” Houck said. His findings on Griffin? Six-foot-10 in shoes, which is legitimate size for an NBA power forward and should answer what might be the only question left about Griffin’s pro potential. Not that it matters much. Height is the most overrated attribute in basketball. Quickness is the most underrated. Height without arm length is goofy. Barney would make one bad basketball player. Nobody plays, except maybe Vlade Divac, with their arms at their sides. That’s why "long,” a modern basketball term, has some validity. Much of the sport’s new lexicon is ridiculous. "Score” the basketball. "Get to the rim,” used even in the women’s game, when no one is coming within an area code of iron. But "long” is different. Long combines height and arm length. Wing span transforms a player to a higher scale. Scottie Pippen, for example, was a long-armed phenom whose versatility helped jettison the Jordan Bulls. Oklahoma City’s own Kevin Durant is a rare jewel not just because he’s a 6-foot-10 sharpshooter, but because those long arms make him even taller than your average 6-10 ballplayer, if there is such an animal. Griffin’s arms don’t seem abnormally long, though if he’s 6-9, 6-10, they don’t have to be for him to be effective. Griffin is supremely athletic, rugged in the paint and 6-foot-10 in his Nikes. That’s why he’s the best prospect in this draft. There’s been no doctoring of Griffin’s height. Funny thing in basketball, the taller the player, the less the fudging. A quick check of some of the sport’s freakishly tall players reveals virtually no padding. Manute Bol was listed at 7-7; he measured 7-6 3/4. Gheorge Mureson was listed at 7-7; he measured 7-6 1/2. Shawn Bradley was listed at 7-6; he measured 7-5 3/4. Yao Ming is listed at 7-6; he measures 7-6. At the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, Yao passed me in the tunnel. I promise the 7-6 is legit. Shaquille O’Neal had walked past not 30 seconds before, so my mental picture of Shaq was vivid. Yao towered over Shaq. Made him look small. That will cure your pessimism. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.