You know, if you’re hearing about an Asian player, he’s going to be a really, really big guy, and that’s absolutely true for Sun Mingming. He is a former Chinese basketball player, and he’s actually been recorded as the tallest professional basketball player in the world, according to Guinness World Records. Despite being born in China, he went to college in California for a few years before joining the NBA draft.
He wasn’t drafted by any of those teams, but he quickly became part of the international basketball leagues. He played from 2006 until 2014, and we bet you can guess that he played center. That’s where the biggest players on the team end up, and as perhaps the biggest man to ever play basketball, it’s where Mingming spent most of his time.
Sim Bhullar – 7’ 5”
“That guy doesn’t look so tall,” you might be thinking. That’s because Canadian basketball player Sim Bhullar is, in this picture, surrounded by people who are likely six feet tall at the shortest. He’s actually one of the tallest players in the sport ever, reaching a gigantic seven-foot-five. In fact, he’s ranked as the sixth-tallest player on record, though he’s tied with a number of other players for that accolade.
Sim also has another credit to his name: he is actually the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA. He didn’t actually play in the NBA for very long – he was with the Sacramento Kings in 2015 – but his size and skills have made him a popular figure around the basketball world.
Richie Gray – 6’ 10”
While playing rugby, it’s a good option to be as big and strong as possible. That means that right out of the gate, Richie Gray has quite the advantage. He’s almost seven feet tall, and he also weighs a good two hundred and seventy-eight pounds. He’s from Scotland and has run through a good deal of his professional rugby career, which began when he was only nineteen, though he has spent some time playing for both England and France.
His position is called a lock, which are nearly always the tallest guys on their team and are the main targets when the ball is thrown in. They provide a lot of the power on the team and are commonly referred to as the engine room. Richie Gray provides a lot of power.
Primo Carnera – 6’ 6”
Primo Carnera, which was apparently his real name – was a boxer who lived in the first half of the twentieth century, from 1906 to 1967, and who reigned as the World Heavyweight Champion for almost an entire year. That’s pretty tough to pull off, but it might have something to do with Primo Carnera standing at a height of six feet, six inches, and also having a reach of eighty-five inches.
He won more fights by knockout than any other heavyweight champion in all of boxing history. He was also a wrestler, but he had to put his fighting career behind him in 1944 due to having a kidney removed since he was a diabetic. Getting punched where a kidney should be has got to be bad for you.
Rory Arnold – 6’ 10”
Born in Australia and growing to a mighty six feet, ten inches, there was almost no doubt that Rory Arnold would end up on rugby teams. There was also almost no doubt that he would play lock, the position that accumulates the most size and power. Born in 1990, Arnold’s clear and obvious ability to be a boon on the rugby pitch was noticed quickly, and his professional career began in 2013 after a couple of years in youth and amateur leagues.
He usually plays in Australia but has spent a little bit of time in France, and he also sometimes enters Tokyo like Godzilla to knock over some buildings. And get this – Rory has a twin brother who is the same size as he is! Yes, there are two of them!