The 26 tallest players in NBA history against Victor Wembanyama

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Victor Wembamyama and some of the tallest players in NBA history

French sensation Victor Wembanyama (or Wemby, as he likes to call himself) is one of the tallest players in the world at just 18 years old. His skills and finesse attached to his 8-foot wingspan and a near 10-foot standing reach have made him the most sought-after player heading into the 2023 NBA draft. Wembayama has caught the attention of many NBA greats, including Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James who described him as “an alien.” So where does the new prodigy stand amongst the tallest players in NBA history?

Wembanyama’s height has been a significant source of discussion, with his listing ranging from 7-foot-2 to 7-foot-5 across different media outlets.

But what’s Wembanyama’s real height?

The French “alien” confirmed his height to be 7-foot-3 without wearing shoes. He speculated that he could be around 7-foot-4 or 7-foot-5 with shoes.

“I am 7-foot-3 (2.21-meter) bare feet,” Wembanyama confirmed to ESPN. “Actually, I have never measured myself with shoes. But it’s [height] gotta be like 7-foot-4 or 7-foot-5, I guess.”

– Victor Wembanyama

So, where does Wembanyama stand amongst the tallest players in NBA history?

7-foot-7 Players in NBA History

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 3: Gheorghe Muresan #77 of the Washington Bullets walks during a game played on March 3, 1996 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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1) Gheorghe Mure?an 

Height: 7-foot-7 (2.31 m)
Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-8 (2.39 m)
– Won MIP in 1996

2) Manute Bol

Height: 7-foot-7 (2.31 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
– Played with Muggsy Bogues (the shortest player in NBA history)
– Father to current NBA player Bol Bol of the Orlando Magic, who some believe will join the list of greats in a couple of years

7-foot-6 Players in NBA History

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 26: Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on October 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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3) Tacko Fall

Height: 7-foot-6 (2.29 m)
Weight: 311 lb (141 kg)
Wingspan: 8-foot-3 (2.54 m)

4) Yao Ming

Height: 7-foot-6 (2.29 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-4 (2.26 m)
– Made 8 All-Star appearances
– 5x NBA All-Defensive Team
– Tallest player inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame

5) Slavko Vrane

Height: 7-foot-6 (2.29 m)
Weight: 302 lb (137 kg)

6) Shawn Bradley

Height: 7-foot-6 (2.29 m)
Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-4 (2.26 m)

7-foot-5 Players in NBA History

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 8: Sim Bhullar #32 of the Sacramento Kings during the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena on April 8, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
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7) Sim Bhullar

Height: 7-foot-5 (2.26 m)
Weight: 359 lb (163 kg)
Wingspan: 8-foot-1 (2.49 m)
– First Indian-born NBA player

8) Pavel Podkolzin

Height: 7-foot-5 (2.26 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-5 (2.27 m)

9) Chuck Nevitt

Height: 7-foot-5 (2.26 m)
Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-5 (2.26 m)
– Tallest player to win an NBA championship

7-foot-4 Players in NBA History

SALT LAKE CITY - 1989: Mark Eaton #53 of the Utah Jazz stands next to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA game at The Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1989. (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)
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10) Priest Lauderdale

Height: 7-foot-4 (2.24 m)
Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-5 (2.28 m)

11) Boban Marjanovi?

Height: 7-foot-4 (2.24 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-8 (2.39 m)

12) Mark Eaton

Height: 7-foot-4 (2.24 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-5 (2.29 m)

13) Rik Smits

Height: 7-foot-4 (2.24 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-5 (2.30 m)

14) Ralph Sampson

Height: 7-foot-4 (2.24 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-6 (2.33 m)
– 1993 #1 pick
– Inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame

7-foot-3 Players in NBA History

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 10: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Washington Wizards reacts following a play during the second quarter of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on October 10, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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15) Peter John Ramos

Height: 7-foot-3.5 (2.22 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-5 (2.30 m)

16) Ha Seung-Jin

Height: 7-foot-3 (2.21 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-4 (2.26 m)
– First and only Korean player in NBA history

17) Arvydas Sabonis

Height: 7-foot-3 (2.21 m)\
Weight: 292 lb (132 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-4 (2.27 m)
– Disallowed from playing in the NBA in 1996 due to restrictions set by the former Soviet Union after being drafted in the first round

18) Hasheem Thabeet

Height: 7-foot-3 (2.21 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-6 (2.31 m)
– First and only Tanzanian player in NBA history

19) Walter Tavares

Height: 7 -foot-3 (2.21 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-7 (2.36 m)
– First and only Cape Verdean player in NBA history

20) Randy Breuer

Height: 7-foot-3 (2.21 m)
Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-5 (2.31 m)

21) ydr?nas Ilgauskas

Height: 7-foot-3 (2.21 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-5 (2.27 m)

22) Tibor Plei

Height: 7-foot-3 in (2.21 m)
Weight: 256 lb (116 kg)

23) Aleksandar Radojevi?

Height: 7-foot-3 (2.21 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)

24) Kristaps Porzi??is

Height: 7-foot-3 in (2.21 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-5 (2.29 m)
– Tallest player to win the NBA Skills Challenge

25) Swede Halbrook

Height: 7-foot-3 (2.21 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)

26) Victor Wembanyama

Height: 7-foot-3 (2.21-meter)
Weight: 229 lb (104 kg)
Wingspan: 8-foot wingspan (2.43 m)
– Youngest Player to Win MVP in French All-Star Game
-Pro A champion
– 2 Pro A Best Young Player

27) Keith Closs

Height: 7-foot-3 (2.21 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Wingspan: 7-foot-3 (2.22 m)
– Holds NCAA Division 1 record for highest block per game average (5.9)

Where Victor Wembanyama stands amongst the tallest players in NBA history

Metropolitan 92's French power forward Victor Wembanyama reacts during the French Elite basketball match between Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 and Fos-sur-Mer at the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris, on December 2, 2022. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP) (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images)
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On this list, 2-time Defensive Player of the Year Mark Eaton stands out. Eaton played the most games (875), grabbed the most rebounds (6939), and blocked the most shots (3,064). However, Yao Ming was the best scorer, putting up 9,196 points on an incredible 52% FG in just 481 games. Yao also shot the highest free throw percentage (83%) amongst this group of giants.

Out of the players on this list, Kristaps Porzingis would be the closest to Victor Wembanyama’s height and skill set. Most of the bigs on this list barely shot threes, except for Porzingis, who has made 658 3-pointers through 369 games.

Much like Porzingis, Wembanyama isn’t afraid to let it fly from the arc, the mid-range, and he has baby-soft touch around the rim. Wembanyama is also agile and fluid in movement, with capabilities of dribbling around multiple defenders in tight-knit scenarios. He runs the floor well and excels in the pick-and-roll and the pick-and-pop. You pick your poison.

On the defensive end, Wembanyama has a ridiculous 8-foot wingspan, making him an elite presence in the paint and a shot-blocking specialist. But don’t be fooled. Through his agility and length, Wembanyama can cover immense space by running out to the arc and moving his feet with fast-footed guards.

Through a long, healthy career with a significant amount of games played, Wembanyama has the potential to stuff the stat sheets and go down as one of the greatest tall players in NBA history.

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