Sun Mingming

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Sun Mingming
Sun Ming Ming.jpg
Personal information
Born (1983-08-23) August 23, 1983 (age 36)
Bayan County, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Listed height2.36 m (7 ft 9 in)
Listed weight370[1] lb (168 kg)
Career information
CollegeVentura College (2005–2006)
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2006–2014
Career history
2006Dodge City Legends
2007Maryland Nighthawks
2007Grand Rapids Flight
2007Fuerza Regia
2008Grand Rapids Flight
2008–2009Hamamatsu Phoenix
2009–2014Beijing Ducks
Career highlights and awards
  • CBA champion (2012, 2014)

Sun Mingming (Chinese: 孙明明; pinyin: Sūn Míngmíng, born August 23, 1983) is a former Chinese professional basketball player and actor. He is 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 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. He was also drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2007, being the tallest player in their history to be drafted by them, although he'd never play for them.

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 became a member of the 2012 CBA Finals and 2014 CBA Finals championship winning and 2015 CBA Finals championship but losing that year.

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, Avery Loi, 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. ^ [citation needed]
  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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