The top 10 tallest players ever in the NBA
Height has always been an advantage for a basketball player. Or has it? Here’s a list of the top 10 tallest players in the NBA. Some have achieved worldwide fame, while others are hardly known to anybody. Some had long fruitful careers while others hardly played. In an era dominated by the Lebron James’, Kobe Bryants and Kevin Durants (none of whom are very tall), let’s take a look at the careers, styles of play and other factors which made some of these players greats of the game while others mere extras in the fabric of the game.
10. Ralph Sampson – 7′ 4″ (2.24 m)
Ralph Lee Sampson Jr. was born on July 7, 1960. He’s the tallest player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was a three-time college player of the year. He was the No. 1 draft pick in 1983, drafted by Houston Rockets. There were a lot of expectations riding on him after his stellar first season at the Rockets, in which he bagged the Rookie of the year award and also got selected to the All-Star Roster.
The media even started comparing him to Wilt Chamberlain (like anybody could attain Chamberlain’s legendary status!) and Bill Russell. He seemed well-set to achieve his true potential when the Rockets added Hakeem Olajuwon to their roster. The two were nicknamed the “twin towers” as they proceeded to wreck havoc on their opponents.
After the 1986 season, which they lost to the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals, Sampson started picking up injuries. His relationship with Rockets coach Bill Fitch worsened and he was traded to the Golden State Warriors. However, his back and knee injuries took a turn for the worse. He played 4 less than satisfactory seasons with the team before being shipped off to Sacramento. Sampson was never able to regain his former glory and his career ended on a low note, and people were left to think about what might have been.
Stats: 456 Games PLayed, 15.4 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.6 BPG. He also played for 3 All-Star Games.