Heading into the NBA’s 75th anniversary year – the 2021-22 season – there are 23 players listed at 7-feet or taller with seven standing at least 7-foot-1.
Six of the seven players are international and three of the top six are on the same team — the Dallas Mavericks.
Cleveland Cavaliers center Tacko Fall, at 7-foot-6, is the tallest player entering the 2021-22 season. Coming in a close second is Serbian center Boban Marjanovic, who stands at 7-foot-3.
Both Fall and Marjanovic, who also rank as the only active players who are among the tallest players in NBA history, went undrafted in 2019 and 2010 respectively.
Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol, who is tied for the fourth-tallest player entering the 2021-22 season, is the son of retired NBA player Manute Bol. Manute, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, is tied with Gheorghe Muresan for being the tallest player in NBA history, standing at 7-foot-7.
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The other player to stand tall at 7-foot-2 is Mavericks young center Moses Brown, who is the only USA national in the list of centers above 7-feet. He joins Fall and Marjanovic in the list of centers on the tallest players to have gone undrafted as he wasn’t picked in 2019.
Among the four players that were picked in the NBA Draft, Kristaps Porzingis is the highest selection. The Latvian center was selected fourth overall in the 2015 Draft by the New York Knicks.
Last but not least is Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who stands at 7-foot-1 and is the most accomplished big man on the tallest players list. Picked 27th overall in the 2013 Draft, the Frenchman is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time All-Star (2020, 2021) and four-time All-NBA (1 x Second, 3 x Third) player.