Basketball has always been the game where height can be the biggest advantage. Throughout the years' teams have looked for dominant 7 footers who can control the paint, block shots around the rim and get rebounds on both sides of the ball. But lately, the NBA has been shifting towards a more skill-based small ball. Did that impact the number of 7 footers in the league and how many 7 footers are in the NBA? This is what this article will help you find out.
How many 7 footers are in the NBA?
Currently, throughout the NBA there are twenty-six NBA players who are 7 feet or taller. On average that is less than one per team. But in the global population, there are far fewer 7 footers. How many 7 footers are in the world? We do not really know, but we can estimate. It is estimated that in our population that is slowly creeping towards 8 billion, there are close to three thousand 7 footers. Since they are so rare, most teams can't resist the temptation of drafting a tall kid, hoping he will develop into an unstoppable force on both ends. If you are living in the States and you are 7 feet tall, you have a one in six chance to play in the NBA. You might wonder who are these giants that dominate the average NBA arena, and which one of them is the tallest. This brings us to our next point of discussion:
Who is currently the tallest player in the NBA?
The backup center for the Boston Celtics, Tacko Fall is currently the tallest basketball player in the NBA. This tallest NBA player is standing at an amazing 7 foot 5 inches. But even at that height he still has a decent amount of mobility and explosiveness. He is really hard to stop around the rim, has a high rebound as well as block percentage. His basketball IQ is still lacking as well as his free throw shooting and that is why the Celtics are not playing him more minutes. Announcers love him because every time he scores they can say the cheesy line: " Tacko for two".
He is the tallest player in the NBA in 2021, and also the tallest NBA player in 2020 and 2019. Before Tacko Fall came into the league, the Serbian kindhearted giant or walking meme, Boban Marjanovic was the tallest NBA player in the league. Boban is an inch shorter than Tacko Fall, standing at 7 foot four inches.
7 Footers Currently On Every NBA Team
Even if these NBA giants give their teams a great advantage, there are still some teams that do not have a 7 footer on the team. These teams are
* The Atlanta Hawks - Their tallest players are Clint Capela, Danilo Gallinari and Nathan Knight with 6 foot 10 Inches.
* Brooklyn Nets- With DeAndre Jordan and Nicholas Claxton just barely missing the mark by being 6 foot 11 inches tall.
* Detroit Pistons - Mason Plumlee at 6 foot 11 inches and Jahlil Okafor at 6 foot 10 inches are their tallest players
* Houston Rockets - DeMarcus Cousins and Christian Wood are their tallest players at 6'10"
* Indiana Pacers - Goga Bitzadze, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, are 6'11"
* Los Angeles Lakers - Mark Gasol 6'11"
* Memphis Grizzlies - Jonas Valanciunas, Jontay Porter and Jaren Jackson Jr, are 6' 11"
* Minnesota Timberwolves- Karl-Anthony Towns, 6' 11"
* New Orleans Pelicans - Steven Adams, Willy Hernangomez and Jaxson Hayes, are 6' 11"
* Portland Trail Blazers- Jusuf Nurkic, Harry Giles and Zach Collins, are 6' 11"
* Toronto Raptors - Their tallest player is Aron Baynes at 6' 10"
And here is our list of every seven-footer on every team
* Boston Celtics - Tacko Fall, the tallest player in the league and the only 7 footer on their roster.
* Charlotte Hornets - Nick Richards 7' 0"
* Chicago Bulls - They have two, Luke Kornet is 7 foot 2 inches, and Lauri Markkanen who is 7 foot.
* Cleveland Cavaliers - The Star of many Shaqtin a Fool moments, Javale McGee is their only 7 footer
* Dallas Mavericks - They have Willie Caulie Stein, Kristaps Porzingis, and Boban Marjanovic
* Denver Nuggets- Two seven-footers - Isaiah Hartenstein, and Bol Bol
* Los Angeles Clippers - Ivica Zubac 7 foot
* Miami Heat - Meyers Leonard 7 foot
* Milwaukee Bucks - Brook Lopez, 7 foot
* New York Knicks - Mitchell Robinson, 7 foot
* OKC Thunder - Aleksej Pokusevski 7' and Moses Brown 7'2"
* Orlando Magic - Mo Bamba, 7 feet tall.
* Philadelphia 76ers - Joel Embiid and Vincent Poirier, 7'
* Phoenix Stuns - Frank Kaminsky, 7 foot
* Sacramento Kings- Hasan Whiteside, 7 foot
* San Antonio Spurs - Jakob Poeltl, 7'1"
* Utah Jazz- Rudy Gobert 7 foot
* Washington Wizards - Robin Lopez 7' , Alex Len, 7'
Now let us look back at some of the greatest 7 foot NBA players ever.
The Best NBA 7 Footers Of All Time
There have been many 7 footers in the history of the NBA who have dominated the league. Here are some of the greatest to ever play the sport.
* Kareem Abdul Jabbar - Standing at 7 foot 2, but mobile a big, Jabbar is according to some the third-best player in the history of the league. Six-time champ, 19 times All-Star, and six-time MVP
* Shaq O'Neal - One of the most dominant forces to ever grace the NBA floor. Four-time champion 2 times scoring champ and 15-time All-Star
* Wilt Chamberlain - The first extraordinary athletic 7-footer who changed and dominated the league. The only player to score100 points in a game.
* David Robinson - A great two-way force who managed a rare feat in winning both the scoring title and being the Defensive Player of the Year
* Hakeem Olajuwon - One of the most dominant two-way players in league history, probably the best center when it comes to steals and blocks per possession. Won two titles and two Defensive Player of the Year awards.
This concludes our inquiry into the question "How many 7 footers are in the NBA?" As you can see, even with the rise of small ball, there is still a large percentage of 7 footers and just under 7 footers in the NBA. If you combine size with mobility, there is and always will be a place for 7 footers in the league. But unlike times past when they were exclusively a presence around the rim, 7 footers today like Markkanen are sharpshooting 3 point experts, or Nikola Jokic, generational centers. Basketball is becoming more and more positionless, but height, especially that of 7 foot or more will always be an advantage and sought after skill in the NBA.
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