25 Tallest NBA Players To Ever Play The Game

Posted by , Updated on April 24, 2024

Having a basketball hoop that stands 10 feet tall usually means it’s beneficial to have tall players on your team. Yet, not all professional NBA athletes are tall. Those that are, though, bring considerable benefits to a team. But who’s the tallest player among these tall ones? Here is a list of the 25 tallest NBA players in the history of the game.



Dikembe Mutombo (7'2")

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First drafted in 1991, Dikembe Mutombo came on the court weighing 260 lbs and standing tall at 7’2″.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (7'2")

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Veteran NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was 7’2″ tall and weighed 267 lbs.


Swede Halbrook (7'3")

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Drafted in 1956, Swede Halbrook was 7’3″ tall and had a short career with the Nationals.


Aleksandar Radojević (7'3")

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Aleksandar Radojević was drafted in 1999 and played for the Utah Jazz. He stood at 7’3″ and weighed 250 lbs.


Kristaps Porziņģis (7'3")

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Drafted in 2015, Kristaps Porziņģis played for the Knicks, standing at 7’3″.


Walter Tavares (7'3")

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Walter Tavares stands at 7’3″ and plays for the Cavaliers.


Tibor Pleiß (7'3")

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Born in West Germany, Tibor Pleiß was drafted in 2012 and is 7’3″ tall.


Ha Seung-Jin (7'3")

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Playing center for the Portland Trailblazers, Ha Seung-Jin stands at 7’3″ tall.


Hasheem Thabeet (7'3")

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Drafted in 2009, Hasheem Thabeet stands at 7’3″ tall and last played for the Thunder.


Randy Breuer (7'3")

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Drafted in 1983 and briefly a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Randy Breuer stood at 7’3″ tall.


Keith Closs (7'3")

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Though he only had a short three-year career, Keith Closs stood at 7’3″ tall.


Arvydas Sabonis (7'3")

Arvydas_SabonisSource: http://www.espn.com/nba/player/_/id/745/arvydas-sabonis

Drafted in 1986, Arvydas Sabonis had a decent seven-year career with the Portland Trailblazers. He stood at 7’3″ tall.


Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'3")

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Zydrunas Ilgauskas was drafted in 1996 and had a thirteen-year career. He is 7’3″ tall.


Peter John Ramos (7'3")

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Peter John Ramos had a short career in 2004, playing for the Washington Wizards. He’s 7’3″ tall.


Rik Smits (7'4")

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Rik Smits had a twelve-year career playing for the Pacers. He stands at 7’4″.


Ralph Sampson (7'4")

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Ralph Sampson is a hall of fame basketball player standing at 7’4″ tall.


Priest Lauderdale (7'4")

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Priest Lauderdale was drafted in 1996 and stands at 7’4″ tall.


Mark Eaton (7'4")

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Playing for the Utah Jazz, Mark Eaton stands at 7’4″.


Slavko Vranes (7'5")

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Slavko Vranes had a short career playing for the Portland Trailblazers but stood above the rest at 7’5″ tall.


Pavel Podkolzin (7'5")

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Drafted in 2004, Pavel Podkolzin had a short career with the NBA but stood tall at 7’5″.


Chuck Nevitt (7'5")

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Standing at 7’5″ tall, Chuck Nevitt had a long nine-year career playing for several teams during that time.


Yao Ming (7'6")

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Having a strong 8-year career with the Houston Rockets, Yao Ming towered over most players at 7’6″ tall.


Shawn Bradley (7'6")

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With a long twelve-year career starting in 1993, Shawn Bradley also was a behemoth figure to most on the court standing at 7’6″.


Manute Bol (7'7")

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Playing for several teams over his 10 year NBA career, Manute Bol towered over everyone at 7’7″.


Gheorghe Muresan (7'7")

Nuggets at Wizards 3/23/18Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/player/_/id/584/gheorghe-muresan

Next, to Manute Bol, Gheorghe Muresan is the tallest NBA player to ever play the game at 7’7″ tall.

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