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Tallest NBA Players Ever

Tallest NBA Players: Gheorghe Muresan

Tallest NBA Players: Gheorghe Muresan

Legendary Boston Celtics head coach Red Auerbach famously said, “You can’t teach height” and with a few rare exceptions, you rarely see teams with a center shorter than seven feet tall. Exceptional height is the norm in the NBA and the only time it stands out is off the court.

Tallest NBA Players

But there have been players that have been so tall that they caused the basketball world to do a double take. For example, the tallest player in the NBA today is Boban Marjanovic at 7’3” and while that is remarkable, he would be looking up at the players on this list.

Note: Players listed in alphabetical order by height

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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Mark Eaton

Height: 7’4”

Tallest NBA Players: Mark Eaton

Utah Jazz (1982-93)

Eaton was one of the best defensive centers in NBA history and the Jazz showed their appreciation by retiring his No. 53 jersey.

Priest Lauderdale

Height: 7’4”

Tallest NBA Players: Priest Lauderdale

Atlanta Hawks (1996-97)
Denver Nuggets (1997-98)

Lauderdale’s professional basketball career spanned four continents.

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Ralph Sampson

Height: 7’4”

Tallest NBA Players: Ralph Sampson

Houston Rockets (1983-87)
Golden State Warriors (1987-89)
Sacramento Kings (1989-90)
Washington Bullets (1991)

Sampson played power forward alongside center Hakeem Olajuwon in the Rockets’ epically awesome “Twin Towers” attack. If it weren’t for knee injuries, there is no telling how great he could have been.

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Rik Smits

Height: 7’4”

Tallest NBA Players: Rik Smits

Indiana Pacers (1988-2000)

The “Dunking Dutchman” kept things in check under the rim during the Pacers playoff runs in the 1990s. 

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Sim Bhullar

Height: 7’5”

Tallest NBA Players: Sim Bhullar

Sacramento Kings (2015)

The first player of Indian descent to play in an NBA game had a very brief run with the Kings in 2015. He now plays for the Dacin Tigers in Taiwan.

Chuck Nevitt

Height: 7’5”

Tallest NBA Players: Chuck Nevitt

Houston Rockets (1982)
Los Angeles Lakers (1984-85)
Detroit Pistons (1985-88)
Houston Rockets (1988-89)
Chicago Bulls (1991)
San Antonio Spurs (1993)

The Lakers’ championship in 1985 made Nevitt the tallest player to win an NBA title.

Pavel Podkolzin

Height: 7’5”

Tallest NBA Players: Pavel Podkolzin

Dallas Mavericks (2004-06)

Podkolzin played in only six games in two seasons with the Mavericks and currently plays professional ball in his homeland of Russia.

Shawn Bradley

Height: 7’6”

Tallest NBA Players: Shawn Bradley

Philadelphia 76ers (1993-95)
New Jersey Nets (1995-97)
Dallas Mavericks (1997-2005)

The “Enormous Mormon” is the fifth player in history to score 20 points, snag 20 rebounds and block 10 shots in a single game.

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Yao Ming

Height: 7’6”

Tallest NBA Players: Yao Ming

Houston Rockets (2002-11)

The best player on this list was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Related: 25 Greatest Centers in NBA History

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Slavko Vranes

Height: 7’6”

Portland Trailblazers (2004)

Vranes played in just one NBA game, but that’s enough to make this list. The native of Montenegro also played overseas for more than 10 years for several different teams.

Manute Bol

Height: 7’7”

Tallest NBA Players: Manute Bol

Washington Bullets (1985-88)
Golden State Warriors (1988-90)
Philadelphia 76ers (1990-93)
Miami Heat (1993-94)
Washington Bullets (1994)
Philadelphia 76ers (1994)
Golden State Warriors (1994-95)

The late Bol is the only player in NBA history to block more shots than he made. He is technically second on the list of tallest players in NBA history because the Guinness Book of World Records listed his height at seven feet and six and three-quarters inches.

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Gheorghe Muresan

Height: 7’7”

Washington Bullets (1993-97)
New Jersey Nets (1998-2000)

The tallest living person in the European Union was on his way to a very promising career before injuries brought it to a halt.