Basketball thrives on jumps, height, and physicality. As the hoop is placed at the height of 10 ft. from the ground, a player’s size plays a vital role in making a successful dunk. Thus, the flower has an advantage in playing this game, and physical strength is also essential. However, the size has a significant advantage, and the audience likes high-jump dunks.
According to the NBA, there are many tall basketball players all over the world. Below I’ll mention the top ten tallest basketball players.
Gheorghe Muresan (7 ft 7 inches)
Table of Contents
- 1 Gheorghe Muresan (7 ft 7 inches)
- 2 Manute Bol (7 ft 6.75 inches)
- 3 Shawn Bradley (7 ft 6 inches)
- 4 Yao Ming (7 ft 6 inches)
- 5 Slavko Vranes (7 ft 6 inches)
- 6 Chuck Nevitt (7 ft 5 inches)
- 7 Pavel Podkolzin (7 ft 5 inches)
- 8 Gursimran “Sim” Bhullar (7 ft 5 inches)
- 9 Tacko Fall (7 ft 5 inches)
- 10 Mark Eaton (7 ft 4 inches)
Gheorghe Muresan is the tallest NBA player. His weight is 143 kg. Due to a pituitary gland disorder, this Romanian top basketball player born grew up to be this tall. Muresan played for the Washington Bullets from 1993 to 1997. Due to injury, Gheorghe Muresan didn’t play for the season 1997-98, and he backed with a new Jersey. In these six seasons, Muresan played 307 games and earned 3020 points. Gheorghe Muresan has to end his basketball career due to injuries. His career span was 1994-2000.
Manute Bol (7 ft 6.75 inches)
Manute Bol was slightly short in height from Gheorghe Muresan, but in most record books, Manute’s height is noted as 7 ft and 7 inches. But his actual height was 7 ft 6.75 inches. Manute Bol was an American basketball player, but he was known for his Sudan and American nationality. Though his height was immense, his weight was only 91 kg. Manute Bol also played for Washington Bullets in 1995. His basketball career ended in 1994, and after that, he joined Miami Heat. In his whole career, he played 624 games and earned 1599 points in total. Manute Bol died in 2010 because of kidney failure, and his son Bol Bol (height 7 ft and 2 inches) is currently playing with the Denver Nuggets in NBA.
Shawn Bradley (7 ft 6 inches)
Shawn Bradley is an inch smaller than Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol, but he is more famous than the two tallest players. Shawn played for a long time as a basketball player and got a lot of fame. His professional career was longer than Muresan and Bol. Shawn started his career in 1993 and played till 2005. In these 12 seasons, he played 832 games and earned 6753 points in total. Shawn played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1993 to 2000, and from 2000 to 2005, Shawn played for New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks. Shawn Bradley was born in Germany, but his parents were from America, so he shares both nationalities.
Yao Ming (7 ft 6 inches)
Yao Ming is a Chinese basketball player who played for only one team in his whole career. Ming played for Houston Rockets from 2002 to 2011. In his entire career, Yao Ming played 481 matches and earned 9196 points (average of 19.1 points) and two blocks per game. Ming made the All-NBA team five times and was named the All-Star team eight times. The main drawback of his height is- that he doesn’t fit in most standard-size cars.
Slavko Vranes (7 ft 6 inches)
Slavko Vraneš is not a famous basketball player. He played only one match and didn’t get any points. In 2004, Slavko Vraneš played for the Portland Trail Blazers only for three minutes and got an open shot that he missed. Since it is a list of the top ten tallest basketball players, so the name Slavko Vraneš comes out.
Chuck Nevitt (7 ft 5 inches)
Chuck Nevitt comes in the 6th position on this list. Nevitt started his career with Houston Rockets and retired from the San Antonio Spurs. He started his career in 1982 and played till 1993. In these 11 years, he played for various teams. In his whole career, he played 155 basketball matches and earned only 251 points. Chuck Nevitt has the honor of winning the NBA championship.
Pavel Podkolzin (7 ft 5 inches)
Pavel Podkolzin may be tall, but he comes at the 7th position in the tallest player’s list in the NBA list. Podkolzin played only two seasons (from 2004 to 2006) with the Dallas Mavericks. And he played only six matches and earned only 4 points in his whole career. And currently, he is playing for the Russian Basketball Super League.
Gursimran “Sim” Bhullar (7 ft 5 inches)
Sim Bhullar is a Canadian basketball player, but he is also an Indian because his parents are from Punjab. Though he is a tall player, he couldn’t play in the NBA for long. That’s why he won’t get the opportunity to continue in the NBA. In 2014, Bhullar joined the Sacramento Kings and got the chance to play against Minnesota. But in that match, his performance was not so pleasant. He played only two games and couldn’t make a good point.
Tacko Fall (7 ft 5 inches)
The height of Tacko Fall is similar to the above three players. He recently started his career as a basketball player. In 2019, he joined the Boston Celtics and played only one match, where he made 4 points. Tacko Fall is a Senegal basketball player still signed with the Boston Celtics.
Mark Eaton (7 ft 4 inches)
Mark Eaton comes at the last position on this list. Mark was a part of Utah Jazz from 1982, and he retired in 1993. In this whole period, Eaton played for only one team. He played a total of 875 games and earned 5216 points in his entire career. Mark Eaton has a record of making the most blocked shots per game in a single season. He made this record in the 1984-85 season, which still stands today.