The 12 Tallest Basketball Players In The History Of The NBA

Written by Carly Walker
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Being a tall basketball player has its own advantages. You can tower over other players, and you are even closer to the basket.

  • The NBA has had many tall basketball players including:
  • Yao Ming
  • Rik Smits
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This list of the tallest basketball players includes players from all different countries, including China and Sudan.

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All of these tall basketball players are over 7 feet tall, and have played in the NBA. The tallest player reaches an incredible 7 feet, 7 inches tall.

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1. Retired Romanian professional basketball player Gheorghe Mureșan stands at an impressive 7 feet 7 inches. He played in the NBA from 1993 to 2000, but left due to injuries. He normally wore 77 on his jersey to reference his height.

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2. Manute Bol is a Sudanese born basketball player and political activist. He is also 7 feet 7 inches, and is slightly shorter than Gheorghe. He played in the NBA for ten years, from 1985-1995.

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3. Shawn Paul Bradley is a retired American and German basketball player who stands at 7 feet 6 inches. For most of his career, Bradley was inconsistent with scoring and rebounding, but he was excellent at blocking shots.

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4. Yao Ming is a retired Chinese professional basketball player. He stands at 7 feet 6 inches. He announced his retirement from professional basketball in 2011 due to numerous foot and ankle injuries.

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