5 Greatest 6'6" players in NBA history

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

In NBA history, we have seen players of very different sizes get the job done on the basketball court. The game is so open and free for those who have the ability that we have seen dynasties built around 7-footers and many championships won by teams with a 6'1'' player guiding them. In this report, we will identify the five greatest NBA players who were measured at the height of 6'6''. We will pick from past and current NBA players and determine who was the best at that height.

5 Greatest NBA players listed with a 6'6'' height

Michael Jordan is easily the most recognizable human being in the world listed as a 6'6'' man. 'His Airness' is surely one of the greatest players in NBA history and even the greatest ever in the minds of lots of NBA fans and analysts.

In this report, we will take a different look at the GOAT debate, and we will only consider players who measured at the height of six feet and six inches.

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Without further ado, let us start.


#5 Billy Cunningham

Photo Credit: NBA.com.
Photo Credit: NBA.com.

Billy Cunningham spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers. A small forward with great scoring ability and a tremendous rebounder, Cunningham is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

At a 6'6'' height, Cunningham averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in his NBA career (654 games). Moreover, he played a couple of ABA seasons and even won an ABA MVP award.

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In the NBA, Cunningham won the 1967 championship with the 76ers. That team was guided by Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Chet Walker, and Cunningham himself.

Then, Cunningham became the 76ers' head coach from 1977 until 1985. He won one NBA championship (1983) in that stretch and reached the Finals on two other occasions.


#4 Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors.
Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors.

Klay Thompson might be the owner of the most beautiful shooting motion in NBA history, and he will also be a Hall-of-Famer once his career ends. The 30-year-old has already accomplished much in the NBA, as he was one of the main keys of the Golden State Warriors' dynasty from 2015 until 2018.

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Though Thompson missed last year's entire season and will miss the 2020-21 NBA campaign, his first eight years in the league are full of greatness. Thompson has won three NBA titles with the Dubs while also earning five All-Star selections, two All-NBA selections, and an All-Defensive selection.

Thompson averages 19.5 points per game in his career with 46/42/85 shooting splits in his NBA trajectory. He is an incredible shooter who has made 1,798 three-pointers out of his 4,291 attempts.

#3 Jamaal Wilkes

Photo Credit: Focus on Sports.
Photo Credit: Focus on Sports.

Jamaal Wilkes is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and had a tremendous NBA career, even if he never was the best player on his teams. His career started in the 1974-75 NBA season with the Golden State Warriors.

In 1975, the small forward went on to win the Rookie of the Year award and then was the second-leading scorer for the team in the NBA Finals, as Golden State won the 1975 title (the first of four championships in Wilkes' career).

Rick Barry was the best player on that Warriors' team, but the 22-year-old Wilkes was already one of the best players on the roster. Wilkes averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds in the series.

After making the All-Star team as a sophomore, Wilkes had a great third season with Golden State before signing with the LA Lakers. With LA, Wilkes won three more championships and performed well behind Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Wilkes had one of the most overlooked games ever in the 1980 NBA Finals. After Abdul-Jabbar's injury, the story of game six of the 1980 NBA Finals was Magic Johnson playing at center. Of course, Johnson sealed the series by scoring 42 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and dishing out seven assists. However, Wilkes had a monstrous game that day. He scored 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 42 minutes of action.


#2 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds up the Larry O'Brien trophy and the Bill Russell MVP trophy.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds up the Larry O'Brien trophy and the Bill Russell MVP trophy.

The late, great Kobe Bryant had a legendary NBA career with the LA Lakers. Bryant got to the LA Lakers in 1996 as a rookie fresh from high school. After five NBA championships and 33,643 points, he became arguably the greatest player in the Lakers' history.

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Bryant also won two NBA Finals MVPs, a regular-season MVP, and led the league in points twice in his career. Moreover, he went to 18 All-Star games and received 15 All-NBA and 12 All-Defensive selections.

Bryant averaged 25 points, five assists, and five rebounds in his NBA career.

He will always be an NBA legend, and his career was simply incredible to witness.


#1 Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan.

Arguably the greatest player in NBA history for many, Michael Jordan is easily the greatest player in NBA history with a height of 6'6''. 'His Airness' put together one of the greatest resumes in the history of basketball with his six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s.

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Apart from leading the Bulls to two three-peats during the 1990s, Jordan won five regular-season MVPs and six NBA Finals MVPs (a record).

He also had memorable performances in several games of the NBA Finals, which were pivotal to Chicago's success (such as the fourth game of the 1993 NBA Finals or the sixth game of the 1998 series).

In his career, Jordan scored 32,292 points and is the all-time leader in points averaged per game with 30.1.

He received 11 All-NBA and nine All-Defensive selections in his career, and even won one Defensive Player of the Year award.


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