List of tallest players in National Basketball Association history

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This is a list of the tallest players in National Basketball Association history. Twenty have been listed at 7 feet, 3 inches or taller. Only one is active as of the 2013–14 season; Hasheem Thabeet of the Detroit Pistons.

The tallest to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is 7 feet, 4 inch Ralph Sampson.

In the seventh round of the 1981 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors used the 171st pick to selected Yasutaka Okayama, a Japanese basketball player who was measured at 7 feet 8 inches (2.34 m) and 330 pounds (150 kg).[1][2] Okayama, who attended and played junior varsity basketball at the University of Portland for one and a half years in 1976 as an exchange student, declined to try out for the Warriors and never played in the NBA.[3] He is the tallest person ever drafted and would have been the tallest player in the NBA had he played in the league.[4]

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
GP Games played Pts Points PPG Points per game
FG% Field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage Reb Rebounds
RPG Rebounds per game Blk Blocks BPG Blocks per game
Height Weight Player Nationality Teams GP Pts PPG FG% FT% Reb RPG Blk BPG Notes
7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) 315 lb (143 kg) Mureșan, GheorgheGheorghe Mureșan  ROU Washington Bullets (19931997)
New Jersey Nets (19982000)
307 3,020 9.8 .573 .644 1,957 6.4 455 1.5 Generally considered slightly taller than Manute Bol. Bol was officially measured at 7 feet, 6 3/4 inches tall by the Guinness Book of World Records.
7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Bol, ManuteManute Bol  SUD Washington Bullets (19851988, 1994)
Golden State Warriors (19881990, 1994)
Philadelphia 76ers (19901993, 1994)
Miami Heat (1994)
624 1,599 2.6 .407 .561 2,647 4.2 2,086 3.3 Played alongside the shortest player in NBA history, Muggsy Bogues, during the 1987–88 season for the Washington Bullets; their difference in height was 28 inches. Only player in NBA history to have more blocked shots than points scored in his career. Weighed just 195 pounds when he entered the league in 1985.
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Bradley, ShawnShawn Bradley  USA
 GER
Philadelphia 76ers (19931995)
New Jersey Nets (19951997)
Dallas Mavericks (19972005)
832 6,752 8.1 .457 .716 5,268 6.3 2,119 2.5 Born to American parents in the former West Germany. Weighed just 235 pounds when he entered the league in 1993.
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 310 lb (141 kg) Yao Ming, Yao Ming  CHN Houston Rockets (20022011) 481 9,196 19.1 .525 .832 4,467 9.3 912 1.9 Tallest player to play in at least one All-Star Game.
7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Nevitt, ChuckChuck Nevitt  USA Houston Rockets (19821983, 19881990)
Los Angeles Lakers (19841985)
Detroit Pistons (19851988)
Chicago Bulls (1991)
San Antonio Spurs (1993)
155 251 1.6 .438 .589 239 1.5 111 0.7 Tallest player to win an NBA Championship.
7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 305 lb (138 kg) Podkolzin, PavelPavel Podkolzin  RUS Dallas Mavericks (20042006) 6 4 0.7 .000 .500 9 1.5 1 0.1
7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Vraneš, SlavkoSlavko Vraneš  MNE Portland Trail Blazers (2004) 1 0 0.0 .000 0 0.0 0 0.0 Played in one game, on January 8, 2004 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Played 3 minutes, with one shot attempt from the field (missed) and one personal foul. Vraneš was officially listed as 7'5" while playing in the NBA, and has since grown taller (7'6" or 2.30 m), according to most sources.
7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 290 lb (132 kg) Eaton, MarkMark Eaton  USA Utah Jazz (19821993) 875 5,216 6.0 .458 .649 6,939 7.9 3,064 3.5 He set records for most blocked shots per game in a single season (5.56 bpg in 1984–85) and for an entire career (3.50 bpg) - both marks still stand today.
7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Smits, RikRik Smits  NED Indiana Pacers (19882000) 867 12,871 14.8 .507 .773 5,277 6.1 1,111 1.3
7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson*  USA Houston Rockets (19831987)
Golden State Warriors (19871989)
Sacramento Kings (19891991)
Washington Bullets (1991–1992)
456 7,039 15.4 .486 .661 4,011 8.8 752 1.6 Tallest player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 325 lb (147 kg) Lauderdale, PriestPriest Lauderdale  USA Atlanta Hawks (1996–1997)
Denver Nuggets (1997–1998)
74 255 3.4 .472 .554 143 1.9 26 0.4
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 263 lb (119 kg) Breuer, RandyRandy Breuer  USA Milwaukee Bucks (19831990)
Minnesota Timberwolves (19901992)
Atlanta Hawks (19921993)
Sacramento Kings (1993)
681 4,599 6.8 .467 .628 2,986 4.4 750 1.1
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Closs, KeithKeith Closs  USA Los Angeles Clippers (19972000) 130 502 3.9 .471 .606 372 2.9 163 1.3 During his collegiate career, Closs averaged 5.9 blocks per game, which is the NCAA Division I record.
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Halbrook, SwedeSwede Halbrook  USA Syracuse Nationals (19601962) 143 786 5.5 .347 .591 949 6.6
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Ilgauskas, ŽydrūnasŽydrūnas Ilgauskas  LTU Cleveland Cavaliers (19972010)
Miami Heat (20102011)
771 10,616 13.8 .475 .780 5,904 7.7 1,269 1.6
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Radojević, AleksandarAleksandar Radojević  BIH
 MNE
Toronto Raptors (1999–2000)
Utah Jazz (2004–2005)
15 26 1.7 .308 .625 36 2.4 3 0.2
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 290 lb (132 kg) Ramos, Peter JohnPeter John Ramos  PUR Washington Wizards (2004–2005) 6 11 1.8 .500 .500 4 0.7 1 0.2
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 292 lb (132 kg) Sabonis, ArvydasArvydas Sabonis*  LTU Portland Trail Blazers (19952001, 2002–2003) 470 5,629 12.0 .500 .786 3,436 7.3 494 1.1 Sabonis was originally drafted into the NBA in 1986 (Rd. 1, #24 overall), but he was not allowed to play in the NBA for most of his career due to restrictions by the former Soviet Union.
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 305 lb (138 kg) Seung-Jin, HaHa Seung-Jin  KOR Portland Trail Blazers (20052006) 46 70 1.5 .519 .500 67 1.5 13 0.3 Only Korean player to play in the NBA.
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 267 lb (121 kg) Thabeet, HasheemHasheem Thabeet^  TZA Memphis Grizzlies (20092011)
Houston Rockets (20102012)
Portland Trail Blazers (2012)
Oklahoma City Thunder (20122014)
Philadelphia 76ers (2014–present)
224 483 2.2 .567 .578 595 2.7 184 0.8 Only Tanzanian player to play in the NBA.

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Chibi Not A Chibi". Reading Eagle (Reading, Pennsylvania: Reading Eagle Company). June 11, 1981. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ "7-foot 7 and a judo expert too". Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Washington: The McClatchy Company). October 29, 1983. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Former NBA player, humanitarian Manute Bol dies at age 47". NY Daily News. Daily News, L.P. June 19, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.