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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, topped by 7-foot-7-inch (2.31 m) Gheorghe Mureșan, taken by the Washington Bullets as the number 30 overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft.[1]

Through 2017, twenty five players have been listed at 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) or taller. Two are active as of the 2017–18 season; Kristaps Porziņģis of the New York Knicks and Boban Marjanović of the Los Angeles Clippers. The tallest player inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is 7-foot-6-inch (2.29 m) Yao Ming. In addition to Yao, Ralph Sampson and Arvydas Sabonis were the only other players 7'3" or taller selected to the Hall of Fame.

Yasutaka Okayama, a 7-foot-8-inch (2.34 m) Japanese basketball picked 171st overall in the seventh round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, is the tallest player to ever be drafted for the NBA.[2] He never played in the league.[3]

^ 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) Gheorghe Mureșan  Romania 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 6.75 in (2.31 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Manute Bol  Sudan 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 (71 cm). Only player in NBA history to have more blocked shots than points scored in his career. Weighed just 195 pounds (89 kg)[citation needed] when he entered the league in 1985.
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Shawn Bradley  U.S.
 Germany
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.
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 310 lb (141 kg) Yao Ming*  China 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. Also tallest player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 359 lb (163 kg) Sim Bhullar  Canada Sacramento Kings (2015) 3 2 0.7 .500 1 0.3 1 0.3 First NBA player of Indian descent. Played 16 seconds in his debut on April 7, 2015.
7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Chuck Nevitt  United States 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 be on an NBA Championship winning team.
7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 305 lb (138 kg) Pavel Podkolzin  Russia Dallas Mavericks (20042006) 6 4 0.7 .000 .500 9 1.5 1 0.1
7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 294 lb (133 kg) Slavko Vraneš  Montenegro 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) Mark Eaton  United States 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) Rik Smits  Netherlands Indiana Pacers (19882000) 867 12,871 14.8 .507 .773 5,277 6.1 1,111 1.3 One-time NBA All-Star.
7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Ralph Sampson*  United States 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 Three time College national player of the year, #1 pick in the 1983 NBA draft, four-time All-Star, member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 325 lb (147 kg) Priest Lauderdale  United States Atlanta Hawks (1996–1997)
Denver Nuggets (1997–1998)
74 255 3.4 .472 .554 143 1.9 26 0.4
7 ft 3.5 in (2.22 m) 293 lb (133 kg) Boban Marjanović^  Serbia San Antonio Spurs (2015–2016)
Detroit Pistons (20162018)
Los Angeles Clippers (2018–present)
89 488 5.5 .578 .779 324 3.6 35 0.4
7 ft 3.5 in (2.22 m) 290 lb (132 kg) Peter John Ramos  Puerto Rico Washington Wizards (2004–2005) 6 11 1.8 .500 .500 4 0.7 1 0.2
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 263 lb (119 kg) Randy Breuer  United States 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) Keith Closs  United States 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) Swede Halbrook  United States Syracuse Nationals (19601962) 143 786 5.5 .347 .591 949 6.6
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Žydrūnas Ilgauskas  Lithuania 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) Aleksandar Radojević  Bosnia & Herzegovina
 Montenegro
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) 292 lb (132 kg) Arvydas Sabonis*  Lithuania 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 was not allowed to play in the NBA for most of his career due to restrictions set by the former Soviet Union.
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 305 lb (138 kg) Ha Seung-Jin  South Korea 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) 290 lb (132 kg) Hasheem Thabeet^  Tanzania Memphis Grizzlies (20092011)
Houston Rockets (20112012)
Portland Trail Blazers (2012)
Oklahoma City Thunder (20122014)
224 483 2.2 .567 .578 595 2.7 184 0.8 Only Tanzanian player to play in the NBA.
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 256 lb (116 kg) Tibor Pleiß  Germany Utah Jazz (2015–2016) 12 24 2.0 .440 1.000 15 1.3 2 0.2
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Walter Tavares  Cape Verde Atlanta Hawks (20152016)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2017)
13 33 2.5 .625 .273 32 2.5 12 0.9 Only Cape Verdean player to play in the NBA.
7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Kristaps Porziņģis^  Latvia New York Knicks (2015–Present) 138 2,224 16.1 .436 .811 1001 7.3 263 1.9 Was measured at 7'1" during the NBA Draft Combine. Is the tallest winner of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1993 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  2. ^ "Former NBA player, humanitarian Manute Bol dies at age 47". NY Daily News. Daily News, L.P. June 19, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  3. ^ Kim, Randy (June 19, 2003). "Draft Oddities". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 5, 2010.