Some were lucky to play in the NBA just because of their height while others completed a very respectful and outstanding career in the NBA.

The tallest to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is 7 feet, 6 inch Yao Ming. In addition to Yao, both Ralph Sampson and Arvydas Sabonis were the only other players to join him in the Hall of Fame.

In the seventh round of the 1981 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors used the 171st pick to select Yasutaka Okayama, a Japanese basketball player who was measured at 7 feet 8 inches (2.34 m) and 330 pounds (150 kg). Okayama, who attended and played junior varsity basketball at the University of Portland for one and a half years in 1976 as an exchange student, declined to try out for the Warriors and never played in the NBA. He is the tallest person ever drafted and would have been the tallest player in the NBA had he played in the league.

Here we have a list of the tallest players ever in the history of basketball.

10. Ralph Sampson – Height: 7′ 4” (2.24 meters)

Ralph Sampson

NBA stats: 9 seasons, 456 games, 29.8 minutes per game, 15.4 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game. He played for 3 All-Star teams.

9. Mark Eaton – Height: 7′ 4” (2.24 meters)

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NBA career stats: 11 seasons, 875 games, 28.8 minutes per game, 6 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game and 3.5 blocks per game. He took part in one all-star game.

8. Pavel Podkolzin – Height: 7′ 5” (2.26 meters)

Pavel Podkolzin

The 21 overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft, Podkolzin amassed a total of six NBA games, scoring 4 points, playing for the Dallas Mavericks.

7. Chuck Nevitt – Height: 7′ 5” (2.26 meters)

Chuck Nevitt

Nevitt played 150 games (9 seasons) averaging 1.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game.

6. Sim Bhullar – Height: 7′ 5” (2.26 meters)

Sim Bhullar

Sim played 3 games with Sacramento Kings and he scored 2 points and 1 rebound total.

5. Yao Ming – Height: 7′ 6” (2.29 meters)

Yao Ming

NBA career stats: 8 seasons, 486 games, 32.5 minutes per game, 19.0 points per game, 9.2 rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks per game and 6 All-Star games. Yao Ming enters Hall of Fame one month ago.

4. Shawn Bradley – Height 7′ 6” (2.29 meters)

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NBA career stats: 12 seasons, 832 games, 23.5 minutes per game, 8.1 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 2.5 blocks per game.

3. Slavko Vranes – Height 7′ 6.5″ (2.30 meters)

Slavko Vranes

NBA career stats: 1 season, 1 game, 3 minutes, 1 missed field goal, 1 personal foul. He played for Partizan Belgrade in the Euroleague – Final Four 2010 in Paris.

2. Manute Bol – Height 7′ 6.75″ (2.31 meters)

Manute Bol

NBA Career stats: 10 seasons, 624 games, 18.7 minutes per game, 2.6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and 3.3 blocks per game. He is the only player in NBA history to block more shots than he has made, and is ranked 2nd behind Mark Eaton in career blocks per game with 3.34.

1. Gheorghe Muresan – Height: 7′ 7” (2.31 meters)

Gheorghe Muresan

NBA career stats: 6 seasons, 307 games, 21.9 minutes per game, 9.8 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game and 1.7 blocks per game.

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