When you think of basketball, tall men and women with incredible athletic ability come to mind. And it’s, in fact, a tall people’s game given the average height in NBA is 6 foot 7 inches – way taller than the global average. In this article, we’ll list the top 5 tallest basketball players in NBA history.
Importance of Height in NBA
When almost all players in the NBA are considered tall, it makes sense to wonder does height really has a role to play? Well, the straight answer is yes. They allow the players to aid in arms reach and hand span. Especially for centers, height is really important. They play both defensive and offensive roles. Their longer wingspan and reach allows the team to control the game. But the tallest basketball players in the NBA have a nemesis. They seem to lose out on speed and agility. Other than that, you can say the taller the player, the better his skill is going to be.
Top 5 Tallest Basketball Player in NBA
Here are the list of 5 most tallest players in NBA:
5. Sim Bhullar
Starting off the list at no.5 is Sim Bhullar. Sim is 7 foot 5 inches tall. He had a really short NBA career playing only in the 2014-15 season with the Sacramento Kings. Later he plied his trade in the NBA Development League and then went to Taiwan to play in the Taiwanese Super Basketball League. A Canadian basketballer of Indian descent, he played as a center.
4. Yao Ming
Asians might not have a tall average, but Yao Ming was tall. In fact, one of the tallest in the NBA. Hailing from China, the 7 foot 6 inches entered the NBA in 2002 as the no.1 overall pick in the draft. A few years later, he found himself as one of the dominating players in the court. Yao made it to the NBA All-Star team eight times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. He averaged 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game.
3. Shawn Bradley
Just like other center players, Shawn Bradley is tall with a height of 7 foot 6 inches. He has played for 76ers, NJ Nets, and Dallas Mavericks. Thus, he enjoyed a long NBA career. He wasn’t the brightest, neither was good at defense, but he was chipping here and there in the team’s winning streaks. His career-best season was with New Jersey Jets when during the 1995-96 season he averaged 11.9 points and 3.7 blocks per game.
2. Manute Bol
Standing tall at 7 foot 6.75 feet, Manute Bol is the second tallest in the list. Played in his entire NBA career as a defensive player, he is the best defensive you will find in this list. If you go through his old videos, you’d realize the Sudanese-American struggled to score. Perhaps that’s why he chose to be an offensive. On the flip side, he’s an invincible defensive force. His career average stood at three blocks per game.
1. Gheorghe Muresan
With an astounding height of 7 foot 7 inches, Gheorghe Muresan is the tallest player in NBA history. His drafting happened in 1993 when he got picked up by Washington. Just like his height, his stats were also impressive as he averaged 10 point plus and six rebounds per game. He played seven NBA seasons in his career since 1993, only missing 1997-98 because of an injury.