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Here's a list of the five guys who just narrowly missed the list of best seven-footers of all time:
15. Shawn Bradley (7'6")
No list of seven-footers would be complete without mentioning Shawn Bradley. When you say "seven-footer," Bradley is undoubtedly going to be the first name that comes to mind. Bradley never really reached his potential, being on the wrong end of dunks more than he was on All-Star rosters or good NBA teams.
14. Ralph Sampson (7'4")
Ralph Sampson was one of the most heavily recruited collegiate and professional basketball players of all time. While Sampson never truly lived up to all that hype, he undoubtedly had a solid career in the NBA, ending with career averages of 15.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Sampson's 13-year NBA career was hampered with injuries, which is one of the main reasons why he doesn't make it higher on this list.
13. Rik Smits (7'4")
I really wanted Smits to make the top 10, but I just couldn't put him any higher than the 13th spot, which earns him only an honorable mention. In addition to being a seven-foot center, Smits also had the ability to step back and beat you with his jumper, which is why he was such a great basketball player.
Smits never made an NBA All-Star roster, and he didn't win an NBA title, but he ended his career with impressive averages of 14.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
12. Pau Gasol (7'0")
Pau Gasol has been one of the most dominant seven-footers in the NBA over the last decade. Gasol has won two NBA titles, and has made four NBA All-Star appearances. While Gasol is barely over the seven-foot mark, he's undoubtedly one of the best seven-footers of all time because unlike other big men, he can actually step back and shoot the ball.
11. Artis Gilmore (7'2")
Artis Gilmore is an NBA Hall of Famer that you probably have never heard of. In his 17-year NBA career, Gilmore made 11 ABA/NBA All-Star appearances, was a one-time ABA MVP and won one ABA Championship. Gilmore averaged 18.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game throughout his long ABA/NBA career, which is an impressive feat.
Gilmore used his size to solidify himself as one of the greatest centers in ABA/NBA history, and that's why he just nearly misses the top 10 seven-footers of all time. Maybe next time, big guy.