Basketball is a sport where height is considered a great advantage, and due to the physics of the sport, most athletes are pretty tall.
Tall players often have a more significant advantage than others in the league because their shots would travel in a shorter distance to the basket, and they have a greater chance of winning rebound balls. In defense, they have a better chance of reaching higher in the air, which increases their chances of blocking shots.
It is essential to mention that the average height in NBA across all athletes is decreasing over the years. For example, an NBA athlete's average height in 2019 was 6'5.4, and this year, it dropped to 6'4.7.
It is still unknown why the average height of the league is dropping. Maybe it is because athletes are now looking for fast players just because the game's pace increased over the years.
With that said, the NBA is the first sport in terms of player's height, and in today's article, we will check out who are the tallest players in the league.
The award for the tallest player in the league goes to Tacko Fall from the Boston Celtics. He is 24 years old and 7ft 6in without shoes. He comes at 7ft 7in and has a standing reach of just over 10 inches with shoes.
Rather surprisingly, he wasn't selected in the 2019 Draft, but later, he signed a contract with the Boston Celtics. Last season, he managed to play seven games for the Celtics averaging 3.3 points per game. Tacko might be on the move this Summer though.
The second-highest player in the league is Boban coming at 7 ft and 4 in, currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks. The 32-year-old has changed multiple teams in his career, and he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and San Antonio Spurs.
Last season, Boban played 44 games for the Mavericks and managed to average 6.6 points per game. Even though he appeared in many games, his actual playtime was low coming at nine minutes per game.
Kristaps Porzingis plays for the Dallas Mavericks, and he is one of the most talented players in the league. Kristaps Porzingis is 7 ft 3 inches and plays for the Dallas Mavericks, same as Boban. It seems like the team has a tall athlete strategy to win games.
Back in 2015, he won the EuroCup Rising Star award when he was only 18 years old. Later the New York Knicks picked him and he was selected as their fourth overall pick in the Draft.
He has some impressive stats to show in terms of career play. The 25-year-old had a fantastic career playing for the Knicks, where he averaged 22.7 points per game.
Later he left the Knicks after a disagreement with the board members and decided to join the Mavericks. He continues with his impressive on-court time this year. Ha managed to average 20.2 points per game, 1.6 assists, and 9.1 rebounds.
The fourth place in our tallest NBA players list is dedicated to Bol Bol, a 7 ft 2 inches athlete with an impressive college career back in 2018. Since then, his career path lightened up as the Miami Heat selected him in the 2019 Draft.
Bol Bol was immediately sold to the Denver Nuggets, where he currently plays. He is a young talented athlete with only 21 years of age, that still has to make a name for himself. Last season, he had a two-way contract playing for the Windy City Bulls and had his first NBA debut came late last season where the Nuggets lost against the Miami Heat.
These are some of the tallest players in the NBA league that are particularly good for some positions. You can check here the complete list of the tallest players in NBA history: https://edge.twinspires.com/nba/the-tallest-players-in-nba-history/
They might be slow, but they are great for rebounds, and center plays. Due to their height, they also weigh more than other players, which is great for sport with a lot of physical contact like basketball.