Basketball is a sport that thrives on height, jumps, and physicality. With the hoop fixated 10ft above the ground, the height of the players matters a lot in the game.
Even though the game is dominated by tactics, height is still a prominent need for the game. The constant dunking, alley-oops and all the other various activities in the game are made easier with the height.
Luckily, the NBA has been blessed with a lot of tall players over time.
Here’s a list of Top 10 Tallest Players of All Time:
The American player named Manute Bol is top on the list. Standing tall with the height of 7 ft 7 in, and weighing 91kg, he is the tallest player in the game’s history to ever be a part of it. Bol used to play for Washington Bullets back in 1985. By the end of his career in 1994, he had joined Miami Heat. Manute Bol played 624 games in his lifetime and accumulated 1599 points in them. His nationality is often mixed as he belongs to both Sudan and America.
Gheorghe Muresan has the same height as Manute Bol. He shares the screen with his own height of 7 ft 7 in. The weight of the player is around 143kg which ranks him 2nd in the list. Along with the height, Gheorghe and Manute share the same team too as Muresan also played for Washington Bullets back in 1993. He ended his playing career at New Jersey Nets. Muresan played 307 games in a span of 7 years. In this short time, he had a total of 3020 points. The Romanian born grew up to be this tall due to a pituitary gland disorder.
Shawn Bradley is a German-American player who ranks 3rd in the list. Towering with a height of 7 ft 6 in, he is one of the tallest of the bunch. Bradley started his career playing for Philadelphia 76ers in 1993. He continued playing for 7 years as he then ended with Dallas Mavericks.
Shawn Bradley has 832 games to his name in which he also has 6753 points. Bradley was born to American parents but in Germany which sees him share both the nationalities.
Yao Ming ranks 4th in the list with his 7 ft 6 in height. The Chinese player has only played for one team, Houston Rockets from 2002 – 2011. He spent 9 years with the team. In his 481 matches that he played, he scored 9196 points with his shots. Ming is the tallest player ever to feature in at least one All-Star game. He is also the tallest person ever to be included in the Hall Of Fame. His amazing height and his capability to find the basket got him the accolades to his name.
The no. 5 position in this list is bagged by Chuck Nevitt with his 7ft 5 in height. The American got into professional basketball in the year 1982 as he played till 1993. Starting off his career with Houston Rockets, he changed various teams over the years. In the end, he retired from the San Antonio Spurs.
In the 11 years of career, Nevitt played 155 games and achieving a point total of 251 only. Though Nevitt is the tallest player ever to win the NBA Championship. Chuck Nevitt was a member of the Lakers’ 1985 winning roster which saw him win the championship.
Coming in at no. 6 in the list, Pavel is another player with a height of 7 ft 5 in. His playing career saw him play 2 years for Dallas Mavericks and that was all he could manage in NBA.
The Russian only played 6 games in the whole career of 2 years. The total point tally was just 4 points in them all. He currently plays for Russian Basketball Super League 1.
7th player in the list is Tacko Fall with a similar height as the above 2. This player currently plays for Boston Celtics as he made his debut for them in 2019.
The Senegal player recently joined the Celtics and has played just a single match in which he has 4 points. He went undrafted in the 2019 draft but still later on signed with the Boston Celtics.
Sim Bhullar is a Canadian basketball player who ranks 8th on the list. With the same height as the rest above, but having more weight than all of his height group, ranks him lower than them all. The Canadian played for Sacramento Kings in 2015 and has no other record in NBA.
Bhullar played just 3 matches for the Kings as he managed just 2 points in them all. Sim played a total of 16 seconds when he made his debut for the Kings. He is the first-ever Indian descent player to play in NBA.
With the height of 7 ft 4 in, Slavko Vranes is placed at no.7 position in the list. The player was a part of Portland Trail Blazers in the year 2004 but did not last long in the competition.
Vranes has just 1 match to his name in which he has no points at all. He played in just one game against Minnesota Timberwolves and was on the court for 3 minutes. At that time, he took one open shot which he missed. Some sources say that Vranes has gotten taller since the last draft took his measurements.
The list comes to end with Mark Eaton the last man in. With the height of 7 ft 4 in, he was a part of Utah Jazz back in 1982. He played for 11 years as he retired in 1993 in the same team.
The American player was a part of 875 games. The number of games helped him get a total of 5216 points over his career. A record was set by Eaton of most blocked shots per game in a single season. The record still stands today when he made it in 1984-85 season.
This marks the end of the Tallest NBA players ever to be a part of the game.