Basketball is one of those games where you can lack skills in the beginning because if you have the height, you can get by. With that said, some of the best players will develop those skills in addition to their long frame to make one heckuva player. On the other hand, we have seen some dangerously talented short players, see Allen Iverson, tear the league apart with their skills besides sitting nearly a foot below someone.
The NBA features a long stretch of heights, literally, in the league this year. The shortest player being 5-foot-9, while the tallest is 7-foot-6. We went through the database to check the heights of all players and ranked them for each category. These are the rankings of the best NBA players by height, with an honorable mention.
Isaiah Thomas - 5’9
Thomas is back in the league and is currently in the midst of a season where he has played for three teams. Thomas gets the honor of being the shortest player in the league. He has been averaging 6.0 points this season. The 33-year old was once a proud scorer in the league but has now ventured into a journeyman in the league.
Honorable Mention: None
Facundo Campazzo - 5’10
This is Campazzo’s second year in the league, where he serves as a backup player for the Denver Nuggets. In about 18.6 minutes of action, Campazzo is averaging 5.2 points and 3.4 assists. Out of all the players and people with average height, Campazzo is so far the best.
Honorable Mention: Markus Howard
DJ Augustin - 5’11
Augustin has split time with the Lakers and Rockets this season, where the 34-year old mainly serves as a player off the bench. He has been a consistent scorer and playmaker for many years. He is shooting above 40% for the Lakers right now, who desperately need some outside shooting to their roster.
Honorable Mention: Jordan McLaughlin
Chris Paul - 6’0
Once we get into six-foot territory, we start to see some of the better point guards in the league. Even with his injury, Paul is the best out of this group. Paul was leading the league in assists before his injury. Paul hasn’t played since the All-Star Game but had the Suns leading the NBA in wins before he left.
Honorable Mention: Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry, Patty Mills
Trae Young - 6’1
Young might be the best scorer and playmaker out of all the point guards. Young is averaging 27.9 points and 9.5 assists. He was a key piece of the Hawks making the Conference Finals last season and taking the Bucks to six games. He has not let his height stop him from making big plays nearly every night.
Honorable Mention: Donovan Mitchell, Fred VanVleet, Darius Garland, Mike Conley Jr.
Steph Curry - 6’2
Curry may not always see over his defender, but that has not stopped him. Curry is the greatest shooter we have ever seen. He is the all-time leader in three-point field goals and is playing like an MVP candidate. His long arching shot from deep has a tendency to go in more than not.
Honorable Mention: Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving
Ja Morant - 6’3
Morant is in special company here. Morant narrowly beats out a former four-time triple-double finisher in Russell Westbrook. With that said, Morant has the Grizzlies playing like a team that believes they can make the NBA Finals. Despite standing at 6-foot-3, Morant has the athletic ability to jump and dunk over nearly seven-footers.
Honorable Mention: Russell Westbrook, De’Aaron Fox, CJ McCollum, Jrue Holiday
Bradley Beal - 6’4
There are some very talented scorers in this group. That includes All-Stars in D’Angelo Russell and Dejounte Murray, as well as Sixth Man of the Year in Jordan Clarkson. Beal is the best, having averaged at least 30 points the last two seasons, including finishing as the league runner up to Steph Curry last year.
Honorable Mention: D’Angelo Russell, Dejounte Murray, Anthony Edwards, Jordan Clarkson
James Harden - 6’5
A rule of thumb is that a point guard in the league is around six feet, but with the added five inches, James Harden is able to do some things that others can’t. At times, Harden can score, rebound, and pass. The extra height helps him see the floor to make incredible passes and contend for leading the league in assists. The former MVP has some challenges from some talented scorers at this height, but Harden is the most talented.
Honorable Mention: Devin Booker, Zach LaVine, Tyler Herro
DeMar DeRozan - 6’6
Fun fact about Draymond Green and Klay Thompson is that they are both the same height. Maybe five years ago, they would be in a tie for this category, but with injuries, the nod goes to DeMar DeRozan. The midrange king is scoring at a very high level this season and is a likely First-Team All-NBA selection. DeRozan is the second-best player in the fourth quarter and no lead is safe when he is playing.
Honorable Mention: Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Jaylen Brown, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Luka Doncic - 6’7
On television, Doncic doesn’t look that tall, but he is 6-foot-7 and very talented. He was the first player on a rookie contract to receive a supermax extension because he was an All-NBA player. This year, Doncic is averaging 28.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 8.5 assists. He will average a triple-double one day and join Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson as the only players to do it.
Honorable Mention: Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Gordon Hayward, Andrew Wiggins
Jayson Tatum - 6’8
If Paul George is healthy, this is a toss up between Tatum and George. Both players are having exceptional seasons, but Tatum is healthy at the moment and has the Celtics playing like Eastern Conference contenders. He plays nearly like Kevin Durant but is two inches shorter. When on the floor, he is one of the best small forwards in the league.
Honorable Mention: Paul George, Pascal Siakam, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram
LeBron James - 6’9
LeBron James is the same height as the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets centers, as well as the power forward for the Atlanta Hawks, and he can play point guard. When LeBron led the league in assists in 2019-2020, fans may not have appreciated as much as they do now. With his height, he should be a power forward, but he has shown this season that he can play any position.
Honorable Mention: Bam Adebayo, John Collins, Christian Wood
Kevin Durant - 6’10
When we were talking about tall players who add the skills to their height, we were talking about Kevin Durant. He might be the best overall scorer we have seen since 2007. This year, Durant is averaging 29.4 points and has thrown up a couple of 50-point games. When healthy, he plays like an MVP of the league.
Honorable Mention: Anthony Davis, Nikola Vuecvic, Jarrett Allen
Giannis Antetokounmpo - 6’11
Speaking of MVPs, the two-time MVP and 2021 Finals MVP beat out a long list of talented centers and forwards. That includes last year’s MVP in Nikola Jokic. Giannis is the most dominant player in the middle these days, reminding us of a Tim Duncan kind of player, but what separates Giannis is his ability to run the floor at times. Imagine a 6-foot-11 freight train coming into the lane for a dunk. There is a reason that most players get out of the way.
Honorable Mention: Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Deandre Ayton, Domantas Sabonis
Joel Embiid - 7’0
The favorite to win the MVP might be the best 7-footer in the game. Embiid is averaging 29.8 points per game, which leads the league. On top of that, Embiid is shooting 35.9% from the three-point range. Back in the 90s, watching a 7-footer take a three-point shot was asinine. Today, it’s a staple part of the game.
Honorable Mention: Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac, JaVale McGee
Rudy Gobert - 7’1
The three-time Defensive Player of the Year uses his height for defense in an exceptional way. Gobert is potentially the best rim protector in the league, while he is the best defensive rebounder amongst anyone. Gobert is leading the league in rebounds, grabbing nearly 15 boards a game. While Embiid is the best offensive seven-footer here, Gobert is the best defensive player.
Honorable Mention: Jacob Poeltl
Moses Brown - 7’2
Brown has played in 31 games this season. He has played in parts with the Cavaliers and Mavericks, playing close to about six minutes each night. Brown is just 22 years old and owns career averages of 5.7 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Honorable Mention: Bol Bol, Luke Kornett
Kristaps Porzingis - 7’3
When Porzingis is healthy, he is a truly dynamic player. He is a rare seven-footer that can connect on outside shots. With the Mavericks, Porzingis averaged 19.2 points and 7.7 rebounds. With the Wizards, since the trade deadline, he is averaging 20.8 points and 7.8 rebounds. Porzingis can hover around 37% from three-point range and owns an average of 1.6 blocks per game. His biggest problem has been staying healthy, but when on the floor, he does just a little of everything.
Honorable Mention: Boban Marjanovic
Tacko Fall - 7’6
Fall receives the honor of being the tallest player in the NBA. Fall’s height hasn’t transpired to on the court success. This year, he is averaging 1.1 points in 5.4 minutes of action in 11 games. We have seen Fall make appearances at Slam Dunk Contests because fans love watching players jump over him.
Honorable Mention: None