Basketball The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the best NBA players over 7'2" tall.

We're ranking the tallest basketball players by how well they played in the NBA. Standing over 7 feet, 2 inches, the tallest NBA players ever are also some of the best NBA centers of all time. Who are the greatest NBA 7-footers of all-time? 

Former Houston Rockers center Yao Ming is definitely one of the best 7-footers in NBA history. With career averages of 19 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks, the Hall of Famer was an unstoppable force in the league, even challenging legendary NBA centers, like Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan. Other great NBA big men over 7 ft, 2 in. include Shawn Bradley, Manute Bol, Ralph Sampson, and Kristaps Porzingis. 

Vote up the best NBA players who are taller than 7 feet, 2 inches, and feel free to add any taller basketball players missing from the list.

Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
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1 528 VOTES

7 ft 6 in

Yao Ming is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He was selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game eight times, and was named to the All-NBA Team five times. At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, at 2.29 m. Yao, who was born in Shanghai, China, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association, winning a championship in his final year. ...more on Wikipedia

Teams: Houston Rockets

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
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7 ft 6.75 in 

Manute Bol was a Sudanese-born basketball player and political activist. At 7 ft 7 in tall, he was one of the tallest men ever to play in the National Basketball Association, along with Gheorghe Mureșan. He was officially measured and listed at 7 feet, 6 ¾ inches tall in the Guinness Book of World Records. He is believed to have been born on October 16, 1962 in either Turalei or Gogrial, Sudan. He was the son of a Dinka tribal elder who gave him the name "Manute", which means "special blessing." Bol played basketball for many teams over his career. He played for two colleges and four NBA teams. A center, he was known as a specialist player; he was considered among the best shot-blockers in ...more on Wikipedia

Teams: Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
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7 ft 3 in 

Kristaps Porziņģis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and plays both the power forward and center positions. Born in Liepāja, Porziņģis started out his career with youth teams in his hometown before trying out and making the Baloncesto Sevilla youth squads. Following multiple years with the junior teams of Sevilla and representing them in Nike International Junior Tournaments, he was promoted to the senior squad. There, Porziņģis quickly rose as the figurehead of the team, becoming the youngest ever recipient of the EuroCup Basketball Rising Star ...more on Wikipedia

Teams: New York Knicks

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Shawn Bradley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
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7 ft 6 in 

Shawn Paul Bradley is a retired American and German basketball player who played center for the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association. At 7 ft 6 in tall, Bradley was one of the tallest players in NBA history. Though born in Landstuhl, West Germany, Bradley grew up in Castle Dale, Utah. In addition to his statistical accomplishments, Bradley is likely to be remembered for the many shorter players that dunked on him, helping to create the term "posterized" - as a dunk by a shorter player over the towering Bradley often created an excellent photographic poster image. During his playing career his nickname was "the enormous ...more on Wikipedia

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

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