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.
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
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
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
7 ft 4 in
Ralph Lee Sampson, Jr. is a retired American basketball player. A 7-foot-4 phenom, three-time College Player of the Year, and No. 1 pick in the 1983 NBA draft, Sampson brought heavy expectations with him to the NBA. The NBA Rookie of the Year, Sampson averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds for his first three seasons with the Houston Rockets before injuries began to take their toll. Three knee surgeries later he retired a four-time All-Star whose career highlight ended up being a buzzer-beating shot to dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers as Western Conference champions, derailing their hopes for coveted back-to-back NBA titles and sending the Rockets to their second NBA Finals in the team's ...more on Wikipedia
Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors