...players from the past - such as Hakeem Olajuwon, Wes Unseld, Nate Thurmond etc. I've been hunting for source images that meet the strict requirements for scaling purposes. Now I have a question for all of you:
This is a modern basketball shoe, note that the foot sits on top
of the thick foam/grip at the bottom of the shoe. Most shoe brands have been made this way ("on" the rubber pad, rather than "in" it) since the 1970's, and they got significaly thick right around the mid 1980's
These are Chuck Taylors (very oldschool shoes) note that the foot actually sits inside
the rubber surrounding the shoe, rather than on top of it.
My question is: Players accross the eras are wearing a variety of thickness shoes, from cardboard thin Chucks up to the 2 inch platforms Kevin Love wears. This effects the visible appearance of a players size significantly especially when you see how much it effects the height of their shoulders. Should I scale all the players so that they are on their biological "heels"? As in, should I adjust images where a player is in thick shoes, so that the thick pad they are standing on is moved below
the level plane I will place everyone on? And also, with Chuck Taylor shoes, most of the pics I can actually see
the impression of the players foot through the fabric, I could bump those images down the few pixels or w/e so that everyone is essentially standing on their theoretical bare feet
It's rather easy to see where a persons foot actually sits on a modern style shoe, it would be an easy adjustment to make. So should I do it to level the playing field?
Reason I ask now ahead of time is because if I make the decision to do this on my own and post it w/o giving people prior notice or input that could sway me to not do so I will take a ton of flak from trolls who say "you cut off the modern players shoes much more than the past ones to make modern guys look shorter!!!" - I'm just pointing out that there is a sound logical reason to do it this way, and that there is a distinct difference in how shoes are made then vs now and therefore how much shoe would need cut down then vs now. If everyone is scaled next to each other, and everyone is standing on their actual heals (not on the varying degree of shoe pad sizes) I think we will get a better understanding of how big certain players actually are. Because I'm not just going to be scaling players who have "known" measurements, I'm also going to be throwing in players who have never been measured w/o shoes whom it might be very revealing to see their actual height or bulk next to other players.