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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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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#9 on The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

#24 on The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

#9 on People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

#90 on The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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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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#32 on The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

#57 on The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

#48 on The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

#6 on The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

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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 Dallas Mavericks 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 award, while also attracting ...more on Wikipedia

Teams: New York Knicks

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#26 on The Top Current NBA Players

#12 on The Best European NBA Players of All Time

#73 on The Best NBA Player Nicknames

#36 on The Best White Players in NBA History

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

Mark E. Eaton is a retired American professional basketball player who was a member of the NBA's Utah Jazz from 1982 to 1993, with one NBA All-Star selection in 1989, and two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in 1985 and 1989. Though limited offensively, Eaton's 7 ft 4 in height helped him become one of the best defensive centers in NBA history. Eaton holds the NBA record for most blocks in a season and career average blocked shots per game. ...more on Wikipedia

Teams: Utah Jazz

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#55 on The Best White Players in NBA History

#40 on The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

#21 on The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s

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