10 Tallest NBA Players In History
Of the 10 Tallest NBA Players In History, one of them weighs more than 300 pounds, while another tips the scales more than 75 pounds lighter. Although they have a lot of different traits, they have one thing in common—they are all tall.
Ten men head the list of the tallest players in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. These men had varying degrees of NBA success, but they made the NBA record books because of their height. Here is a look at the 10 tallest men in NBA history:
- Manute Bol - Bol shares the tallest man in NBA history moniker with Gheorge Muresan—both men stood 7-feet-7 inches tall. However, that is where the similarities between Bol and Muresan end. During Bol's ten years in the NBA, he weighed a paltry 225 pounds. Muresan, meanwhile, weighed in at 303 pounds during his six years in the league.
- Yao Ming - At 7-feet-6 and 310 pounds, Ming is the only current NBA player on the list of tallest players. Ming has been with the Houston Rockets since 2002 and has scored more than 4,000 points.
- Shawn Bradley - Bradley matched Ming's height while he played in the NBA for twelve seasons. Bradley used his 7-foot-6 frame to score almost 7,000 points and grab more than 5,000 rebounds.
- Chuck Neavitt and Slavko Vrankes both stood 7-feet-5, although their time in the NBA was very different. Neavitt lasted for nine years in the league, while Vrankes was in the NBA for one season in 2003-2004. Neither player had much of an impact in the league, with Neavitt only scoring 251 points and Vrankes not scoring a single point.
- Ralph Sampson, Mark Eaton, Rick Smits and Priest Lauderdale all stood an identical 7-feet-4, but the players were very different on NBA courts. Smits scored almost 13,000 points over his twelve-year stay in the league, while Eaton played in the league for eleven years and scored 5,216 points. Eaton's was known in the NBA for his shot-blocking ability, which he used to swat 3,064 shots. Sampson played in the NBA for nine seasons and scored 7,039 points. Lauderdale only played in the NBA for two seasons, scoring only 255 points.