Can US Swimmer Caeleb Dressel Jump Higher Than LeBron James and Other NBA Players?

Published 09/28/2021, 12:42 PM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Gold medalist Caeleb Dressel of Team United States poses with the gold medal for the Men’s 50m Freestyle Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


When speaking of elite athleticism, NBA and NFL players are the first names that come to mind. However, swimmers are not that far behind either. With his huge wingspan and simply surreal physique, Michael Phelps today is a legend of the sport. Notably, many believe Caeleb Dressel is walking down the same road of success as him.

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The American sensation is considered close to Micheal, courtesy of his impressive skill set. Significantly, he also ranks with LeBron James and other NBA players in terms of vertical leap.

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Caeleb Dressel is incredible

The superstar swimmer performed remarkably well at the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Despite tough competition, Dressel won five gold medals and set two World and Olympic records. Coming into the limelight, many believe the secret to his success is his unimaginable leaping ability. Regarded as the greatest swimmer to start from the block, Dressel’s vertical ability leaves people dumbfounded.

In a recent Twitter post by MySwimPro, the swimmer was seen jumping above a ribbon from the launching area. It thrilled fans to witness the 25-year-old’s pulling off such stunts with much ease.

The swimmer’s vertical ability helps him get past most opponents during short-distance swimming competitions. Despite that dominance in the pool, where does he rank against NBA players with great leaping ability?

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 27: Caeleb Remel Dressel of United States celebrates after he wins the Men’s 100m Freestyle final on day fourteen of the FINA World Championships at the Duna Arena on July 27, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Does he have a better leaping ability than LeBron James?

Caeleb has recorded a 43-inch vertical leap, which shows why he is the best in the world. The 6’3″ frame of Dressel gives him a glaring advantage over other swimmers in terms of leaping from the blocks. Notably, when compared with NBA players, Dressel is right up there with the best.

The average vertical jump of an NBA player is 28 inches; That’s a foot-and-a-half compared to Dressel’s ability. Many players have crossed the 43-inch mark. Notably, LeBron James has reached 44 inches, while Pelicans star Zion Williamson can reach 45.

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One of the shortest players in NBA history is Spud Webb, and standing at around 5’7″, he leaps off the ground like no one else. Then, of course, there is Michael Jordan, who in his prime time inclined to 48 inches.

SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #23 Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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Safe to say, Dressel is part of an elite company when compared to players from other sports. Former US swimmer Nathan Adrian called it a “God-given gift,” when talking about Dressel’s vertical leap. He has all the potential to be the best, and he is surely going in the right direction.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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