Sun Mingming

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Sun Mingming
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Sun Mingming
Personal information
Born (1983-08-23) August 23, 1983 (age 33)
Bayan County, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Nationality Chinese
Listed height 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m)
Listed weight 325[1] lb (147 kg)
Career information
College Ventura College (2005–2006)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present
Position Center
Career history
2006 Dodge City Legend
2007 Maryland Nighthawks
2007 Grand Rapids Flight
2007 Fuerza Regia
2008 Grand Rapids Flight
2008–2009 Hamamatsu Phoenix
2009–2014 Beijing Ducks
Career highlights and awards
  • CBA champion (2012, 2014)

Sun Mingming (Chinese: 孙明明; pinyin: Sūn Míngmíng, born August 23, 1983) is a Chinese professional basketball player and actor. He is currently the tallest professional basketball player in the world, and was measured by the Guinness World Records as 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m) tall.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born in a small town near in Bayan County, Harbin in Heilongjiang Province, China. He has two siblings: a brother and a sister.[3] He did not start playing basketball until he was 15 years old.[4]

College career[edit]

Sun attended and played basketball at Ventura College, a community college in Ventura, CA. He played basketball there for only the 2005-2006 season, before moving on to play professional basketball.[5]

Basketball career[edit]

In the US[edit]

Sun played with several American minor league teams, including the USBL team Dodge City Legend,[1] the ABA team Maryland Nighthawks,[6] and the IBL team Grand Rapids Flight.

In Mexico and Japan[edit]

Later Sun played in the Mexican league with Fuerza Regia[7] and in Japan's bj league with Hamamatsu Phoenix.

Return to China[edit]

In 2009 he returned to China to play for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) Sun later become a member of the 2012 CBA Finals and 2014 CBA Finals championship winning teams.

Personal life[edit]

In the summer of 2005, Sun discovered that he had a benign tumor attached to his pituitary gland.[8] Because he had neither health insurance nor enough money to pay for the more than $100,000 in medical bills, his sports agent, Charles Bonsignore, started a fundraiser to raise the necessary money.[9] The tumor was successfully removed on September 26, 2005.[10]

On 4 August, 2013, he married Xu Yan. They are recognized by Guinness World Records as the tallest living married couple with their combined height of 13 ft 10.72 in (423.47 cm).[11]



Year English title Original title Role Notes
2007 Rush Hour 3 giant
2016 Funny Soccer 笑林足球 Dragon
2017 The Thousand Faces of Dunjia 奇門遁甲

TV series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2016 Singing All Along 秀麗江山之長歌行 giant
Candle in the Tomb 鬼吹灯之精绝古城 Honghou


  1. ^ a b Kinder, Joshua. "Legend Signs World's Seventh Tallest Man". Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Kevin. "Record holder profile: Meet Sun Mingming and Xu Yan - the world's tallest married couple". Guinness World Records. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Official website". 
  4. ^ Sierra, Jorge (January 15, 2006). "Sun Ming Ming: 'The NBA is a realistic goal'". Times Online. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  5. ^ Romine, Rich (June 28, 2007). "Sun makes basketball camp exciting at Ventura College". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Maryland Nighthawks officially sign 7'8" Sun Ming Ming". January 31, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  7. ^ "Chinese giant Sun Ming Ming set to play in Mexico". The China Post. Monterrey, Mexico: AFP. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  8. ^ "Surgery May Help Giant Achieve NBA Dreams". ABC. November 28, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Fundraiser Launched To Get Life-Saving Surgery For Basketball Player Sun Ming Ming". Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  10. ^ "Basketball Player Sun Ming Ming has Successful Surgery to Remove a Tumor on His Pituitary Gland". (Press release). Ventura, California. September 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Record holder profile: Meet Sun Mingming and Xu Yan - the world’s tallest married couple". Guinness World Records. Guinness World Records, London, UK. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 

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