Who Was the Tallest NBA Player Ever?

Some of the best players in the history of the National Basketball Association also made it into the tallest player list. Seven-foot-seven-inch Romanian, Gheorghe Muresan, currently tops this record. He was selected by the Washington Bullets as the overall number 30 selection in the NBA draft of 1993.

Twenty-six players were listed at 7’3″ (2.21 m) or taller through 2019. Three are active in the 2019–20 season; Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porziis and  Boban Marjanović as well as Boston Celtics’ Tacko Fall.

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s tallest player is Yao Ming, 7’6″ (2.29 m). In addition to Yao, the only other players chosen for the Hall of Fame were Ralph Sampson and Arvydas Sabonis, 7’3″ or taller. Are you excited to meet the tallest NBA player ever? Check out this blog now!

Who Was the Tallest NBA Player Ever?
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Ghita

Gheorghe Dumitru Muresan, also popularly referred to as just ‘Ghita,’ was born in Romania in 1971. Born to a 5’9″ father and a 5’7″ mother, one would expect to have a 6-footer offspring. But it went beyond that; he suffered from a pituitary gland disorder that caused him to grow tall rapidly. 

He grew up to become a phenomenal seven feet, seven and a half inches tall, to be exact. He benefited from his height and made his way into a professional basketball career and played professional basketball in the NBA league, becoming its tallest player ever. 

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Basketball Career

He made his name in Romania’s Universitatea Cluj-Napoca and became a national champion in 1992 before taking his talents to the French league. He played professionally, and had two seasons with Pau-Orthez where he captured the prestigious French League Cup before moving to the United States and the NBA.

In the 1993 NBA draft that included Chris Webber, Penny Hardaway, and 7’6″ Shawn Bradley, Gheorghe Muresan was taken by the Washington Bullets with the third pick in the second round, 30th overall. They would later become the Wizards. 

It took Muresan some time to adapt to the NBA but he played his rookie season well enough. He played in 54 games, started two of them, and scored 5.6 points in 12 minutes per game

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Best Season of His Career

In 1994 -1995, Muresan started 58 of the 73 games he played in, doubling his minutes to just under 24 per game, averaging 10 points and 6.7 rebounds. In 1995 -1996 he enjoyed the best season of his career, earning the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award with an average of 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds. 

He also led the league in the percentage of field goals, shooting from the floor 58.4 percent. He led the NBA again the following season in shooting 60.4 percent from the field while averaging 10.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. He also led the league with 58.4% field goals for that season. 

The final 31 games of Muresan’s career were with New Jersey Nets. Post his NBA stint, he gave Pau-Orthez another shot, winning French League yet again, before returning to the United States. One could always see him wearing the 77 number, a reference to his phenomenal height.

Beyond Courts

Gheorghe Muresan opened an academy called The Giant Basketball Academy (GBA) in Ashburn, Virginia, in 2004, intending to teach basketball fundamentals to girls and boys of all age groups. 

He also dabbled in acting, playing the lead role in a 1998 Hollywood movie called ‘My Giant’ alongside Billy Crystal. Other than that, you can see him appearing as a ventriloquist in an Eminem single titled ‘My Name Is.’ Muresan has also appeared in several commercials for FMCG goods and fitness products.

Who Was the Tallest NBA Player Ever?
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Conclusion

During his short time with the NBA, Muresan has been wildly famous. He was a lovable guy featuring in various funny advertisements. He had little trouble in playing up the fact that he was as tall as he was. He knew some people looked at it as a joke, but he played the right hand and dealt with what he had.