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Ranking the Greatest Players by Height

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2011

Ranking the Greatest Players by Height

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    The NBA is filled with giants. Where else do you find so many people nearly seven-feet tall gathered together in one place? 

    An average male aged 20 or older in the United State stands just 5'9.5" while the typical height of an NBA athlete is usually around 6'7", but varies year to year. 

    Of course, there are outliers in these samples. Some just stand out more than others.

    From the 5'3" Muggsy Bogues to the 7'7" Manute Bol, read on to discover the best current and historical players in the NBA at each and every height. In between those heights, every single number is represented with the small exception (pun intended) of the 5'4" spot.

5'3": None (Current) and Muggsy Bogues (All Time)

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    Muggsy Bogues

    Years Played: 1987-2001

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.0 blocks

    Accolades: None of note

5'5": Earl Boykins (Current) and Earl Boykins (All Time)

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    Earl Boykins

    Years Played: 1998-2011

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 8.9 points, 1.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: None of note

5'6": None (Current) and Spud Webb (All Time)

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    Spud Webb

    Years Played: 1985-1998 

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 9.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: One-time Slam Dunk Champion

5'7": None (Current) and Keith Jennings (All Time)

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    Keith Jennings

    Years Played: 1992-1995

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.0 blocks

    Accolades: None of note


5'8": None (Current) and Charlie Criss (All Time)

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    Charlie Criss:

    Years Played: 1977-1985

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 8.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: None of note

5'9": Nate Robinson (Current) and Calvin Murphy (All Time)

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    Nate Robinson

    Years Played: 2005-current

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 11.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: Three-time Slam Dunk Champion

     

    Calvin Murphy

    Years Played: 1970-1983

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 17.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: One-time All-Star

5'10": None (Current) and Damon Stoudamire (All Time)

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    Damon Stoudamire

    Years Played: 1995-2008

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: None of note

5'11": Ty Lawson (Current) and Terrell Brandon (All Time)

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    Ty Lawson

    Years Played: 2009-current

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 10.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.0 blocks

    Accolades: None of note

     

    Terrell Brandon

    Years Played: 1991-2002

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.3 blocks

    Accolades: Two-time All-Star


6'0": Chris Paul (Current) and Allen Iverson (All Time)

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    Chris Paul

    Years Played: 2005-current

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 18.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 9.9 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: Four-time All-Star, Three-time All-NBA, Three-time All-Defensive

     

    Allen Iverson

    Years Played: 1996-2010

    Position: Shooting guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 26.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.2 blocks

    Accolades: One-time MVP, 11-time All-Star, Four-time Scoring Champion, Seven-time All-NBA


6'1": Rajon Rondo (Current) and John Stockton (All Time)

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    Rajon Rondo

    Years Played: 2006-current

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: One-time NBA Champion, Two-time All-Star, Three-time All-Defensive

     

    John Stockton

    Years Played: 1984-2003

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 10.5 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.2 blocks

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, 10-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA, Five-time All-Defensive


6'2": Tony Parker (Current) and Jerry West (All Time)

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    Tony Parker

    Years Played: 2001-current

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 16.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: Three-time NBA Champion, Three-time All-Star, One-time All-NBA

     

    Jerry West

    Years Played: 1960-1974

    Position: Guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 27.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 2.6 steals, 0.7 blocks

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, One-time NBA Champion, 12-time All-Star, One-time Scoring Champion, 12-time All-NBA, Five-time All-Defensive


6'3": Derrick Rose (Current) and Steve Nash (All Time)

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    Derrick Rose

    Years Played: 2008-current

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 20.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks

    Accolades: One-time MVP, Two-time All-Star, One-time All-NBA

     

    Steve Nash

    Years Played: 1996-current

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 14.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: Two-time MVP, Seven-time All-Star, Seven-time All-NBA


6'4": Dwyane Wade (Current) and Dwyane Wade (All Time)

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    Dwyane Wade

    Years Played: 2003-current

    Position: Shooting guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 25.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.0 blocks

    Accolades: One-time NBA Champion, Seven-time All-Star, One-time Scoring Champion, Six-time All-NBA, Three-time All-Defensive 

     


6'5": Ray Allen (Current) and Oscar Robertson (All Time)

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    Ray Allen

    Years Played: 1996-current

    Position: Shooting guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 20.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.2 blocks 

    Accolades: One-time NBA Champion, 10-time All-Star, Two-time All-NBA

     

    Oscar Robertson

    Years Played: 1960-1974

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, One-time NBA Champion, One-time MVP, 12-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA


6'6": Kobe Bryant (Current) and Michael Jordan (All Time)

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    Kobe Bryant

    Years Played: 1996-current

    Position: Shooting guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 25.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks  

    Accolades: Five-time NBA Champion, One-time MVP, 13-time All-Star, Two-time Scoring Champion, 13-time All-NBA, 11-time All-Defensive

     

    Michael Jordan

    Years Played: 1984-2003

    Position: Shooting guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, Six-time NBA Champion, Five-time MVP, 14-time All-Star, 10-time Scoring Champion, 11-time All-NBA, Nine-time All-Defensive


6'7": Paul Pierce (Current) and Julius Erving (All Time)

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    Paul Pierce

    Years Played: 1998-current

    Position: Small forward

    Career Per-Game Stats: 22.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks

    Accolades: One-time NBA Champion, Nine-time All-Star, Four-time All-NBA

     

    Julius Erving

    Years Played: 1971-1987

    Position: Small forward

    Career Per-Game Stats: 24.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.7 blocks

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, One-time NBA Champion, Two-time ABA Champion, One-time NBA MVP, Three-time ABA MVP, 11-time NBA All-Star, Five-time ABA All-Star, Seven-time All-NBA, Five-time All-ABA, One-time ABA All-Defensive


6'8": LeBron James (Current) and LeBron James (All Time)

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    LeBron James

    Years Played: 2003-current

    Position: Small forward

    Career Per-Game Stats: 27.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.8 blocks

    Accolades: Two-time MVP, Seven-time All-Star, One-time Scoring Champion, Seven-time All-NBA, Three-time All-Defensive

6'9": Kevin Durant (Current) and Magic Johnson (All Time)

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    Kevin Durant

    Years Played: 2007-current

    Position: Small forward

    Career Per-Game Stats: 25.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.9 blocks

    Accolades: Two-time All-Star, Two-time Scoring Champion, Two-time All-NBA

     

    Magic Johnson

    Years Played: 1979-1996

    Position: Point guard

    Career Per-Game Stats: 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 11.2 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.4 blocks

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, Five-time NBA Champion, Three-time MVP, 12-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA


6'10": Blake Griffin (Current) and Bill Russell (All Time)

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    Blake Griffin

    Years Played: 2010-current

    Position: Power forward

    Career Per-Game Stats: 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks

    Accolades: One-time All-Star

     

    Bill Russell

    Years Played: 1956-1969

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, unknown steals, unknown blocks

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, 11-time NBA Champion, Five-time MVP, 12-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA, One-time All-Defensive


6'11": Dwight Howard (Current) and Tim Duncan (All Time)

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    Dwight Howard

    Years Played: 2004-current

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 18.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.2 blocks

    Accolades: Three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Five-time All-Star, Five-time All-NBA, Four-time All-Defensive

     

    Tim Duncan

    Years Played: 1997-current

    Position: Power forward

    Career Per-Game Stats: 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.3 blocks

    Accolades: Four-time NBA Champion, Two-time MVP, 13-time All-Star, 13-time All-NBA, 13-time All-Defensive


7'0": Dirk Nowitzki (Current) and Hakeem Olajuwon (All Time)

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    Dirk Nowitzki

    Years Played: 1998-current

    Position: Power forward

    Career Per-Game Stats: 23.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 blocks

    Accolades: One-time NBA Champion, One-time MVP, 10-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA

     

    Hakeem Olajuwon

    Years Played: 1984-2002

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 steals, 3.1 blocks

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, Two-time NBA Champion, One-time MVP, 12-time All-Star, Two-time Defensive Player of the Year, 12-time All-NBA, Nine-time All-Defensive


7'1": Tyson Chandler (Current) and Wilt Chamberlain (All Time)

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    Tyson Chandler

    Years Played: 2001-current

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 8.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks

    Accolades: One-time NBA Champion, One-time All-Defensive

     

    Wilt Chamberlain

    Years Played: 1959-1973

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 30.1 points, 22.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, unknown steals, unknown blocks

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, Two-time NBA Champion, Four-time MVP, 13-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA, Two-time All-Defensive, Seven-time Scoring Champion


7'2": Roy Hibbert (Current) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (All Time)

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    Roy Hibbert

    Years Played: 2008-current

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.5 blocks

    Accolades: None of note

     

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Years Played: 1969-1989

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.6 blocks 

    Accolades: Hall of Famer, Six-time NBA Champion, Six-time MVP, 19-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA, 11-time All-Defensive


7'3": Hasheem Thabeet (Current) and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (All Time)

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    Hasheem Thabeet

    Years Played: 2009-current

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 2.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.9 blocks

    Accolades: None of note

     

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas 

    Years Played: 1997-current

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.6 blocks

    Accolades: Two-time All-Star


7'4": None (Current) and Ralph Sampson (All Time)

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    Ralph Sampson

    Years Played: 1983-1992

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.6 blocks

    Accolades: Four-time All-Star, One-time All-NBA

7'5": None (Current) and Chuck Nevitt (All Time)

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    Chuck Nevitt

    Years Played: 1982-1994

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 1.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.7 blocks

    Accolades: One-time NBA Champion

7'6": None (Current) and Yao Ming (All Time)

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    Yao Ming

    Years Played: 2002-2011

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 19.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.9 blocks

    Accolades: Six-time All-Star, Five-time All-NBA

7'7": None (Current) and Manute Bol (All Time)

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    Manute Bol

    Years Played: 1985-1995

    Position: Center

    Career Per-Game Stats: 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 steals, 3.3 blocks

    Accolades: One-time All-Defensive

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    Adam Fromal is a syndicated writer and Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.

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