Friday, July 1, 2011

The World’s Tallest Basketball Players Ever

Here’s a list of the tallest basketball players from around the world. These players played either as amateur or professional. A few of these players are still active as basketball players and some have retired already. Some are still living and some are already dead.

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*Małgorzata Dydek – Poland

Małgorzata Dydek

“The Tallest Professional Female Basketball Player in the World”

Height: 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Position played: Center
Nationality: Polish
Born: 28 April 1974
Place of Birth:
Died: 27 May 2011
Other occupation: Coach
Death: Suffered a severe heart attack

1.) Suleiman Ali Nashnush – Libya

Suleiman Ali Nashnush

“One of the World’s Tallest Basketball Players”

Height: 8'0½" (2.45 m)
Position played: Center
Team: Libya National Basketball Team
Nationality: Libyan
Born: 1943
Place of Birth: Libya
Died: February 25, 1991
Other occupation: Actor
Medical condition: Gigantism

2.) Alexander Alekseyevich Sizonenko – Ukraine

Alexander Alekseyevich Sizonenko

“Tallest Player to Ever Play Professional Basketball”

Height: 2.39 m (7 ft 10 in)
Position played: Center
Team: Spartak Leningrad (1976-1978), Budivelnyk Kyiv (1979-1986)
Nationality: Ukrainian
Born: July 20, 1959
Place of Birth: Kherson Oblast, Ukraine
Medical condition: Gigantism

3.) Sun Mingming – China

“One of the tallest professional basketball players in the world”

Sun Mingming

Height: 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m)
Position played: Center
Team: Dodge City Legend, Maryland Nighthawks, Beijing Ducks
Nationality: Chinese
Born: August 23, 1983
Place of Birth: Heilongjiang, China
Other occupation: Actor
Medical condition: Gigantism

4.) Yasutaka Okayama – Japan

Yasutaka Okayama

“The tallest basketball player drafted in National Basketball Team history”

Height: 7'9" (2.36 m)
Position played: Center
Team: Osaka University of Commerce, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Japan National Basketball Team
Nationality: Japanese
Born: November 29, 1954
Place of Birth: Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Other occupation: Coach, Author

5.) Kenny George – USA

Kenneth George Jr.

“The tallest player in the history of college basketball

Height: 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) – 7’9” (2.36 m)
Position played: Center
Team: University of North Carolina at Asheville Bulldogs
Nationality: American
Born: 1987
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

6.) Ri Myung Hun – North Korea

Ri Myung Hun

“Once declared the tallest living human being in the world”

Height: 7'8.5" (2.35m)
Position played: Center
Team: North Korean National Basketball Team
Nationality: North Korean
Born: September 14, 1967
Place of Birth: North Korea
Also known as: Michael Ri

7.) George Bell – USA

George Bell

“World’s Tallest Sheriff”

Height: 7 feet 8 inches (234 cm)
Position played: Center
Team: Biola University team, Harlem Wizards and Harlem Globetrotters
Nationality: American
Born: 1957
Place of Birth: United States
Other occupation: Deputy Sheriff

8.) Paul Sturgess – United Kingdom

Paul Sturgess

“The tallest player in the United States”

Height: 2.34 m 7 ft 8
Position played: Center
Nationality: British
Born: 1987
Place of Birth: United Kingdom

9.) Manute Bol – Sudan

Manute Bol

“The Tallest Basketball Player to Ever Play in the NBA”
“He is the only player in NBA history to have more blocked shots than points scored”

Height: 7 feet, 6 3/4 inches
Position played: Center
Team: Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat
Nationality: Sudanese
Born: October 16, 1962
Place of Birth: Turalei, Sudan
Died: June 19, 2010
Other occupation: Activist
Medical condition: Naturally tall

10.) Gheorghe Dumitru Mureşan – Romania

Gheorghe Dumitru Mureşan

“The Tallest Basketball Player to Ever Play in the NBA”

Height: At 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)
Position played: Center
Team: Washington Bullets, New Jersey Nets
Nationality: Romanian
Born: February 14, 1971
Place of Birth: Romania
Other occupation:
Medical condition: Pituitary Disorder

11.) Slavko Vranes – Montenegro  

Slavko Vranes

“One of the tallest players in the world”

“Tallest Montenegrin basketball player at professional level”

Height: 2.30 m (7 ft 6.5 in)
Position played: Center
Team: Tofas, Efes Pilsen, Buducnost Podgorica, Portland Trailblazers, Red Star Belgrade
Nationality: Montenegrin
Born: January 30, 1983
Place of Birth: Montenegro

12.) Yao Ming – China

Yao Ming

“Currently the tallest player in the NBA”
“China's best-known athletes and the richest celebrity in China”

Height: 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in)
Position played: Center
Team: Houston Rockets
Nationality: Chinese
Born: September 12, 1980
Place of Birth: Shanghai, China

13.) Shawn Bradley – USA

Shawn Paul Bradley

“Tallest German-born basketball player at professional level”

Height: 7 feet, 6 inches
Position played: Center
Team: Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks
Nationality: American-German
Born: March 22, 1972
Place of Birth: Landstuhl, West Germany

14.) Dusan Cantekin – Serbia

Dusan Cantekin

“Tallest Turkish basketball player”

Height: He 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
Position played: Center
Team: KK Mega Vizura, Mersin BSB, Efes Pilsen
Nationality: Turkish-Serbian
Born: June 21, 1992
Place of Birth: Serbia

15.) Rik Smits – Netherlands

Rik Smits

"The Dunkin' Dutchman"

“Tallest Dutch basketball player”

Height: 7'4" (2.24 m)
Position played: Center
Nationality: Dutch
Born: August 23, 1966
Place of Birth: Eindhoven, Netherlands

16.) Jaber Rouzbahani Darrehsari – Iran

Jaber Rouzbahani Darrehsari

“Tallest Iranian professional basketball player”

Height: 7 feet 4 inches (2.24 m)
Position played: Center
Team: Mahram Tehran
Nationality: Iranian
Born: May 10, 1986
Place of Birth: Isfahan, Iran

17.) Boban Marjanovic – Serbia

Boban Marjanović

Tallest Serbian professional basketball player”

Height: 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in)
Position played: Center
Team: BC Zalgiris
Nationality: Serbian
Born: August 15, 1988
Place of Birth: Serbia

18.) Hasheem Thabeet - Tanzania

Hasheem Thabeet

Tallest Tanzanian professional basketball player”

Height: 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Position played: Center
Nationality: Tanzanian
Born: February 16, 1987
Place of Birth: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Original name: Hashim Thabit Manka

19.) Sam Harris – Tasmania

Sam Harris

“Tallest basketball player and tallest living man in Australia”

Height: 7'3 (221 cm)
Position played: Center
Team: Adelaide 36ers
Nationality: Australian
Born: 3 May 1984
Place of Birth: Tasmania

20.) Mirza Begic - Slovenia

Mirza Begic

Tallest Slovenian professional basketball player”

Height: 7 ft 3 in (2.20 m)
Position played: Center
Nationality: Slovenian-Bosnian
Born: July 9, 1985
Place of Birth: Bosnia

21.) Peter John Ramos – Puerto Rico

Peter John Ramos

Tallest Professional Puerto Rican basketball player”

Height: 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Position played: Center
Team: Seoul Samsung Thunders
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Born: May 23, 1985
Place of Birth: Puerto Rico

22.) Arvydas Romas Sabonis – Lithuania

Arvydas Romas Sabonis

“Eight-time European Player of the Year”
“The tallest player inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Height: 7' 3”
Position played: Center
Team: NBA
Nationality: Lithuanian
Born: 19, 1964
Place of Birth: Lithuania
Other occupation: Businessman

23.) Roberto Dueñas Hernandez – Spain

Roberto Dueñas Hernandez

“Tallest Spanish Basketball Player”

Height: 7 ft 4 inches
Position played:
Team: FC Barcelona
Nationality: Spanish
Born: 1975
Place of Birth: Spain

24.) Nemanja Besovic - Serbia

Nemanja Besovic

Height: 2.19 m (7 ft 2 in)
Position played: Center
Team: KK Partizan
Nationality: Serbian
Born: June 8, 1992
Place of Birth: Serbia

25.) Hamed Haddadi – Iran

Hamed Haddadi

“The first Iranian to play in the NBA”

Height: 2.18 m (7'2")
Position played: Center
Nationality: Iranian
Born: May 19, 1985
Place of Birth: Iran

26.) Edward Joseph Feihl – Philippines

Edward Joseph Feihl

“Tallest Filipino Professional Basketball Player Ever”

Height: 7'0"
Position played: Center
Team: Purefoods, Ginebra
Nationality: Filipino
Born: March 27, 1970
Place of Birth: Philippines

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