Body Size & Basketball

Body size is the most important physical attribute for sucess in basketball. Tall players usually come with large hands and a long reach too.

Tall Players

One of the tallest players in the history of professional basketball is Sun Ming Ming, from Bayan in China. He stands 236 cm (7 ft 9 in) tall. He plays for the Maryland Nighthawks in the NBA. Another very tall player, Manute Bol, stood at 7 ft 7 in (231 cm) tall, and played for the Washington Bullets. The tallest current NBA player is Yao Ming at 7 ft 6 in (229 cm).

Anthropometry and Olympic Athletes

Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the basketball participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Basketballers were the tallest on average of all Olympic Games athletes. The tallest male athlete of all Olympic athletes stood at 2.21m, the Chinese basketball player Zhaoxu Zhang.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Basketball (all) 27.2 192.2 87.1 23.4
Basketball (females) 26.8 184.2 76.1 22.4
Basketball (males) 27.5 200.3 99.1 24.6

The Growth of Shaquille O'Neal

One of the most famous 'big' basketball players is Shaquille O'Neal, the 'Shaq'. Here is a list of his growth development from age 4.

Age Height Weight Shoe Size
4 3'10 1/2" 56 pounds Size 12
6
4'3 1/2" 82 pounds Size 2
8 4'8 3/4" 108 pounds Size 4
10 5'3 1/4" 139 pounds Size 7 1/2
12 5'10" 192 pounds Size 10 1/2
16 6'7" 265 pounds Size 15
21 7'1" 302 pounds Size 20
25 7' 1" (216 cm) 310 pounds Size 22

Short Players

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