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The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

Updated November 13, 2019 12.0k votes 1.8k voters 30.9k views30 items

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

We're ranking the tallest basketball players by how well they played in the NBA. Some of these players remain among the tallest players in the NBA today. 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.

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  • Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
    Photo: Paul Morigi / Getty Images

    7 ft 6 in

    Yao Ming (born September 12, 1980) is a Chinese basketball executive and retired professional basketball player who played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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 (7 ft 6 in). He is the only player from outside of the United States to lead the NBA in All-Star votes.Yao, who was born in Shanghai, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their... 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
    Photo: flickr / CC0

    7 ft 6.75 in 

    Manute Bol (; d. June 19, 2010) was a Sudanese-born American basketball player and political activist. Listed at 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) tall, Bol was one of the three tallest players in the history of the National Basketball Association. After playing college basketball at the University of Bridgeport, Bol was chosen by the Washington Bullets in the 1985 NBA Draft. Bol played for the Bullets and three other teams over the course of his NBA career, which lasted from 1985 to 1995. A center, Bol was considered among the best shot-blockers in the history of the sport, but other aspects of his game were considered below average. Over the course of his career, Bol blocked more shots than he scored... 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 (born 2 August 1995) 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... more on Wikipedia
    • Teams: New York Knicks
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  • Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
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    7 ft 4 in 

    Ralph Lee Sampson Jr. (born July 7, 1960) is an American retired basketball player. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A 7-foot-4 phenom, three-time College Player of the Year, and first selection in the 1983 NBA draft, Sampson brought heavy expectations with him to the National Basketball Association (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 as a four-time All-Star, an NBA Rookie of the Year, and an NBA All-Star Game MVP (1985). One of his many career highlights was a buzzer-beating shot to... more on Wikipedia
    • Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors
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