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10 Tallest Basketball Players Of All Time That You Need To Know!

Basketball was first played in 1891. This is one of the games that limit contact between the players. The main aim of this sport is to shoot and score a point.

The game was invented by Dr. James Naismith.

Since its invention, this sport has been able to have several players with unique tallness. The National Basketball Association has been able to draft through the years so as to find the tallest.

From the previous years, we have been able to find some of the top ten of these players. In this game, all the center position is usually played by the tallest player. Therefore, you will find that all the tallest players occupy the same position.

Below is detailed information about the famous tallest players in this game.

#1. Gheorghe Muresan

  • Height -7 ft. 7 in
  • Weight – 143 kg
  • Nationality – Romania
  • Teams- Washington Bullets 1993-1997
  • New Jersey Nets 1998-2000

Muresan tops our list as the tallest player.

Gheorghe is marginally taller than Manute Bol.

In the history of this game, he is one of the tallest players to participate in the game. In addition, he was a very productive center.

He mostly played for the Washington Bullets during his profession. In 1966, he was titled the NBA’s most improved player.

#2. Manute Bol

  • Height -7 ft. 6.75 in
  • Weight – 91 kg
  • Nationality – Sudan
  • Teams- Washington Bullets 1985-1988
  • Golden State Warriors 1988-1990
  • Philadelphia 76ers 1990-1994
  • Miami Heat 1994

He came into the association in 1985. Since then he has played over 600 games in total.

Manute once played together with Muggsy Bogues who was 28 inches shorter than him.

Bol is the only MBA player since its beginning that had fewer scores than blocked shots.

#3. Shawn Bradley

  • Height -7 ft. 6 in
  • Weight - 125 kg
  • Nationality - U.S and Germany
  • Teams - Philadelphia 76ers (1993-1995)
  • New Jersey Nets (1995-1997)
  • Dallas Mavericks (1997-2005)

He was born to American Parents from former West Germany.

During the 1993 MBA draft, Bradley emerged from the second position generally. He led the league in 1997 with the highest number of blocks.

#4. Yao Ming

  • Height -7 ft. 6 in
  • Weight -141 kg
  • Nationality - China
  • Houston Rockets (2002-2011)

Yao Ming is the most overriding player in this list.  He is one of the oldest players in this sport.

This is the tallest player to take part in at least one All-Star Game. Yao is recognized for his task in making NBA popular in his hometown. Through him, the NBA was made popular in China.

Again, he is the player to be initiated into the Hall of Fame.

He retired from his career in early 2011 due to some ankle and foot injuries.

#5. Gursimran “Sim “Bhullar

  • Height -7 ft. 5 in
  • Weight – 163 kg
  • Nationality – Canada
  • Teams- Sacramento Kings (2015)

First Indian NBA player of all times.

He is the only player who played for 16 seconds in his debut on 7th April 2015. Bhullar used to play college basketball for New Mexico State University.

Together with Nevitt and Podkolzin, they tied the same position in NBA with the same height.

#6. Chuck Nevitt

  • Height - 7ft. 5 in (Same height as Sim Bhullar)
  • Weight – 113 kg
  • Nationality – United States of America
  • Teams; Houston Rockets (1982-1983, 1988-1990)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (1984-1985)
  • Detroit Pistons (1985-1988)
  • Chicago Bulls (1991)

San Antonio Spurs 1993. This player took part in one game for this team.

This is one of the longest players in the basketball career team. According to history, he is the tallest NBA champion. He won in 1985

He won his NBA championship title in 1985. At this time, Nevitt was still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

#7. Pavel Podkolzin

  • Height – 7ft. 5 in
  • Weight - 138 kg
  • Nationality - Russia
  • Teams - Dallas Mavericks (2004-2006)
  • Position - Center

After taking part in six games, he was relinquished by the Mavericks.

He was ranked 21st overall by Utah in 2004 drafts. Then he joined the Dallas where he only played for two years.

This Russian started his career in 2001 and is still in the game.

#8. Slavko Vranes

  • Height - 7ft. 5 in
  • Weight - 133 kg
  • Nationality - Montenegro
  • Teams - Portland Trail Blazers (2004)
  • Position - center

According to sources, he is now 7 ft. 6 in. Slavko is one of the oldest players. He has been in this profession since 1997 to present-day.

He has only played one game.  He played on Jan 8, 2004, against Minnesota Timberwolves for 3 minutes with one personal foul. He missed his only shot attempt.

Slavko had signed a 10-day contract with Portland hence only playing one game in the NBA.

#9. Mark Eaton

  • Height - 7 ft. 4 in
  • Weight - 132 kg
  • Nationality - U.S.A
  • Teams - Utah Jazz (1982-1993)

Eaton was a two-time defensive player of the year for 11 consecutive years. Also, he was one of the toughest players of his time who led the league in blocks four times.

He is one of the basketball players with the most number of games played. He played 875 games for his one time in his play history.

He sets the record for most blocked shots in each game every season he played from 1984-1985 (i.e. 5.56 bpg in a year).

His records during his career still stand up to date. Nobody has been able to break his record of 3.50 bpg. He also had the best defense for Utah that was a major factor towards its success.

#10. Rik Smits

  • Height - 7 ft. 4 in tall (same height as Mark Eaton)
  • Weight - 113 kg

Rik Smits originates from the Netherlands and played for Indiana Pacers from 1988 to 2000. This Dutch player spent his full career with the Indiana Pacers.

Having only played for one team all his career, he has a total of around 867 games played. He played the center position.

In 2000, Rik reached the NBA finals.

Final Thoughts

From this list, you realize that most of the players are above 7 feet tall. The qualified height for this game is above 6ft. 3 in for males and 5 ft. 7 in for women. Note that there are very many tallest players in the history of the game. However, we have just narrowed down to the top ten in this post.

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