How tall is Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal's Height

7ft 0in (213 cm)

American basketball player. He has stated 7ft 1 as his height. He was measured just under the mark, although DraftExpress noted that he was supposed to have been measured 7ft without shoes in 1992 and it is possible he was near 7ft 1 in shoes..

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Shane said on 24/Jul/16
The directly side by side photos posted below with 7'1" barefoot Mutombo tell the tale. Mutombo clearly has an inch plus on Shaq in all the,side by sides.
184guy said on 23/Jul/16
No,I'm not insecure about my height.If i was i would try to downgrade everybody to make my height not that short
1,84 is a good height,it's in the beggining of the tall area but is nothing like the stand out(the exception is with woman :)
I try to get the more closer to the listing . I admit,is very hard to say if someone is 2,12 or 2,15 when this is near a foot taller but when he get many points of reference ( ex Basketball) we can have a idea.But unfortunelly I can't agree with you while saying the shortest mark when there is enough proof showing the opposite.Saying things like Kobe could be 194 ( YES ,YOU SAID THAT) don't stuck in my mind
James B said on 23/Jul/16
In photos shaq absolutely dwarf Michael jordan
James B said on 23/Jul/16
Vegas what height what you guess Bill Goldberg?

You mentioned he was same height as tripl h in cowboy boots
Height said on 23/Jul/16

If Wilt measured 7'1" without shoes it is very unlikely that Shaq is 7'0.88" or 7'0.66", since the difference between both them has consistently been no less than 1 inch.
Canson said on 23/Jul/16
@Vegas: I agree Test does look about That in pics from what I see and what I've seen over the years
Canson said on 23/Jul/16
@Vegas: look at this link below though.

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Canson said on 23/Jul/16
@184Guy: well it sounds to me like you will take the highest order here and are already set on doing that. Height said in a previous post that he claimed 6'11.5 and more than one person here has said it. So you can continue to believe he is 7'1 just because you obviously like men being taller than they are. That is sad. If someone claims they are shorter than you think or they appear it likely means they are. And no I don't believe KROC has a stadiometer but Shaq claimed that height to him so don't know how he would misconstrue it or make it up. I mean you seem to have these theories. Question for you is it because you are insecure about your own height? That is typically the case for someone with the tendency to make everyone else taller or fantasizing that they are like you do.
184guy said on 22/Jul/16
@Canson said on 21/Jul/16
Who is KROC ? He has a stadiometer in his pocket ? He is a judge or god to someone tell him the truth ? Shaq claimed 7'1 on Conan and many others sources.Now where is the truth ? I dunno and probably nobody knows.
Canson said on 22/Jul/16
Comparing him to Yao isn't easy really. Yao has a huge head (larger than Shaq's). But it is a good 5+
Vegas said on 22/Jul/16
Sorry Shaq and Garnett together on video Click Here
Vegas said on 22/Jul/16
Canson said on 21/Jul/16
@184guy: if you look at Shaq and KG there's at most 1 full inch sometimes less.

Thats more than an inch Click Here

There us roughly a measured inch difference for reference between girl 2 and rob and girl 3 and rob Click Here
slothee said on 22/Jul/16
Interesting downgrade.. From what I've seen from him he looked nearly 8 inches taller than 6'4.75" Barkley. Sure 7'1" seems a bit high, but 7' flat seems a bit off as well. Maybe 7'0.5"?
Canson said on 21/Jul/16
Unfortunately 184guy, Height really isn't using a ridiculous estimate. He did claim it and KROC met him and said he claimed around 6'11.75 when someone asked his height Basketball heights are all over the place so are the pics people use to compare players.
Canson said on 21/Jul/16
@184guy: if you look at Shaq and KG there's at most 1 full inch sometimes less. Sorry but Shaq is 7' flat tops. Let's stick with 7' because I would hate to see you do something as drastic as downgrading something you are allergic to
184guy said on 20/Jul/16
@Height said on 19/Jul/16
Ok.A guy like Shaq has a big feet and probably a big shoe size which implies in a big sole for the one.So a 7'0.88(the supossed number ) Shaq in shoes give us a 6'11.75 or even 6'11.5 barefoot.
The only problem is if you do that,you'll need to downgrade every celeb in at about 1 inch .Shaq was obvious taller than 7ft and probably stills.Look him with Yao Ming who claimed 7'6.He looked roughly 5 inches shorter.Look also with 6'11 7'0 guys like Gasol,Garnett,Nowitzki,Bill Watson,David Robson,Paul Wight.He is visible taller than all of them.He was billed 7ft in 1992 when he was 19-20.Do you have a crystall ball to say that we had not grown 0,5in later ?
I don't think he was as tall as 7'1 'cause he looked shorter than Wilt but i can't accept just a flat 7ft,let alone your ridiculous 6'11.5 which came in a joke with a very arrogant guy (Howard Stern).So my guess, 7'0.5 sounds pretty optimistic
Canson said on 20/Jul/16
I wish there were pics in the primes for Kareem and Wilt with Shaq. Wilt was measured 7'.5 in his 40s and Kareem not sure. But I won't question a full 7'2 or the 7'1 7/8 in his prime. He looked it.
Vegas said on 20/Jul/16
Everyone seems right around their measured height, wade is wearing flat loafers it looks like so would probably have a half inch footwear disadvantage to the others and probably hits 6'4 in those or just a hair above Click Here

there is no actual official measured height for shaq documented so not sure why people commenting like there is

a 7'1 in shoes shaq would result in a below 7 foot sans footwear which as i pointed out before would result in a big downgrade for alot of people on here. e.g if shaq was 7'1 in shoes lebron should reach his eyeline and clearly thats not the case Click Here

james, test looked around 6'4.5-6'5 in person
Rifle said on 20/Jul/16
Shaq was a legit 7'0.5" in his prime period.
Height said on 19/Jul/16

Measured at under 7'1" with shoes (probably non basketball shoes). Has admitted "7 feet even" both coming out of high school and in his 1993 book, has admitted 6'11.5" on Howard Stern although there seem to be be no record or footage from that interview.
Canson said on 19/Jul/16
@184guy: his pre draft measurement was revealed that it was in shoes. Which is why Rob changed it. He's 7'0" quit upgrading people
Rifle said on 19/Jul/16
Dear Rob,
What do you think is the difference in height between this guy and Shaq?

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Editor Rob: 4, maybe more near 5
James B said on 18/Jul/16
Vegas always wanted to ask you this but how tall did Test look to you when you met him in person?
184guy said on 18/Jul/16
Show was obviusly nothing less than 2,5 inch shorter than Shaq
To me this listing that Rob put is wrong.Rob said that Shaq was supposed measured at 7'1 in sneakers.But if this is true,he would'nt be taller than 6'11.75 barefoot
He was measured just shy 7'1 so likely 215cm.And in sneakers he is probably 1.25inch taller like 7'2.25.There is even a measurement saying Shaq was 7'2.25 in sneakers Not only 7'1
mrtguy said on 17/Jul/16
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Canson said on 17/Jul/16
CDK Shaq doesn't have 3" on Big Show. Look at close ups from when they were in the ring together. It's maybe 1.5". If you get 3" it's due to Show's posture
Shane said on 16/Jul/16
Shaq is not over 7 even barefoot. Video and photos have to be centered perfect to help the discussion at all. He is known to wear thick soles as well
JT said on 16/Jul/16
Fern, if shaq’s son is legit 6’9” Shaq was at least 7’3” in his ESPYs footwear. Click Here His son does look 6’9” with Lebron Click Here and 6'10.25" measured Karl Anthony Towns. Click Here Big show's definitely taller next to Shaq than the son. Not sure what's going on other than you need to view many photos and videos before you can peg a person's height. I still think we are at a 7’1” (or close) Shaq and 6’11” tops Big Show in 2016 with comparable footwear.
Canson said on 16/Jul/16
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Canson said on 16/Jul/16
@Fern194-192: I saw pics with Shaq and Big Show from a few years back and a more recent. Shaq is really (if Both stand straight) only about an inch and a half taller. If it's a 4" diff it's on Big Show because previous pics Big Show would've been 6'10.25-.5 range and Shaq almost a solid 7'.
mrtguy said on 16/Jul/16
Rob, that clip of Big Show and Shaq recently at the 2016 EPSY doesn't prove anything of their true heights, we can't see their true footwear and the camera isn't leveled properly, as a matter of fact the it can mistaken Big Show's height
Canson said on 16/Jul/16
@Vegas: Lebron also had a very obvious footwear advantage at the Espys on Melo. See below

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Canson said on 16/Jul/16
@Vegas: I agree Lebron is prob a half inch or so taller than Melo in reality but at the Espys Melo looked taller at times. The pic below is the only one that would imply Lebron being taller and it's because Lebron has his head tilted down (he's losing height in the pic but I factor that in to make the assumption that he'd have Melo by 1/2"). Other pics Melo actually looked taller than James however

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Sean said on 15/Jul/16
Maybe Shaq peak 7'.05"? 7'0" seems short considering he towers over Big Show at or over 2 inches present time. I thought recently Big Show can still pull off 6'11", but now maybe no more than 6'10.25" or 6'10.5"
CDK said on 15/Jul/16
After seeing the video of Big Show and Shaq at the ESPY awards this week I would say their heights today are;

Big Show 6'10" barefoot
Shaq 7'1" barefoot
Dawkins said on 15/Jul/16
215.5 cm out of bed, 213 cm at night.
FLEX said on 14/Jul/16
Shaq is at least 3 inches taller than Big Show
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Frantz 189-187 cm said on 14/Jul/16
Rob what you think about this new video Between shaq and Big Show for WrestleMania 33 ?
search on Youtube : "Big Show challenges Shaq to a match at WrestleMania" or Link : Click Here
I know the camera angle is not really good but Shaq is cleary taller than big show, also i don't think shaq wear basketball shoes with his suit,
Timofey Mozgov the 7'1" real 216cm russian center of the nba team Cleveland Cavalier blogged :

"You can’t even imagine how huge Shaq is, – Mozgov told Kirill Zangalis of Sovetskiy Sport. – I’m not sure that I could wrap my arms around him; he’s a real man-mountain. I’ve played against the Greek giant Sofoklis Schortsanitis, and it was impossible to move him. But now after meeting Shaq in person I understand why Schortsanitis goes by the nickname “Baby Shaq” in Europe. Compared to the original he looks like a dwarf.

source ESPN : Click Here

Sofoklis Schortsanitis is 208 cm !

Shaq is at least 214cm so a strong 7 footer barefoot and big Show probably a solid 209/210 cm barefoot, i think is fair to update his height to 214, 213 is a bit low for this basketball legend ;-)
miko said on 14/Jul/16
Shaq at 7'0 flat is bad news for Big Show.

I still think Show is around 6'11 but there is definitely more than 1 inch between them in 2016.
Fern194cm-192cm said on 14/Jul/16
Hey Rob,
You need to head to youtube and look at the video of big show and shaq talking at the ESPY awards. Shaq has a good 4 inches on him. No lie. His son Sharif O'neal who is legit 6,9 and growing appears to be the same height or taller as Big Show. If shaq is only 7,0 then Big show is 6,8-6,9. I still think Shaq is 7,0.5 today. If not Big show needs a downgrade for sure. Please consider for the height fans who want nothing but the truth and the whole truth.
JT said on 14/Jul/16
Click Here Lesnar looks like he has cowboy boots on. Shaq has a full head size on him and his head is fairly large. A 7'0" flat Shaq means a big downgrade for many on this site, unless of course he gets a 2 or more inch boost from every shoe he ever wears.

Since Hogan’s 6’6” on this site, Shaq must have been wearing his sandals with the 3 inch boost.... Click Here Click Here
Editor Rob: he could look at most 6ft 10 there
Vegas said on 14/Jul/16
Lebron was noticeably taller than Carmelo on stage last night at the espys

James I have never met hall. As for what I think his height was, maybe 6'4-6'5 you could argue
MDV said on 14/Jul/16
In the latest video of Big Show and Shaq shaq looked at least 2 in taller...Probably 210 cm and 215 are ok for the 2 now....
Canson said on 13/Jul/16
one thing I will add is some ppl claim morning height (some athletes and celebs) while others claim what they are measured in afternoon. Meaning if for example gonna use Shaq as example measured over 7' in the AM Lebron measured over 6'7 in the AM but measured 6'6.75 or 1/2 later and Shaq 7' later (these are just examples not necessarily sure where each would measure truthfully) but one could claim their Lower the other their upper (possibly rounded up). Another example is if we compared someone like Conan who may be 6'3 1/2 in the morning he may round to 6'4 then you get a Kobe or a Barkley they may measure 6'4.5 in the afternoon (near their low) and round down. In reality the lower measurement in my opinion is the accurate of the two. At worst case if the person is rounding up that negates it in my opinion
Canson said on 13/Jul/16
@Vegas: not sure if LBJ was truly measured. He said out of his own mouth that he wasn't "measured" after reaching 6'6 (Jordan, his idol's, listed height). Kobe Bryant also has a pre draft measurement in the books and he admitted to skipping it. To me Lebron looks around 6'7" mark TBH. Most of what you said is logical however
Canson said on 13/Jul/16
@Vegas: I agree with you that most guys here look overlisted for sure
James B said on 12/Jul/16
Was hogan really shorter than Scott hall in wcw who many believe was 6'5?

Personally I find 6'5 hard to swallow for Scott hall and he struck me as looking more 6'4 than 5 actually.

Vegas what's your opinion on Scott halls height? I don't think you have met him in person have you?
Vegas said on 12/Jul/16
Anthony and LeBron were measured and documented by the NBA at same camp so it doesn't really make sense if Anthony is correct why lebrons would be well off.. Click Here

Pictures are nice to look at but estimating heights based on photos alone is ludicrous as there are simply too many things to take into account (angle, ground, footwear, height of camera, location of camera, distance from camera among them). I have never seen a good comparison photo of Shaq and Kareem as nearly all those factors I listed apply to the ones posted here. E.g there is a photo of Kareem and Andrew bynum looking close in height yet Shaq was taller was bynum so what does that tell us about photos...

Hogan was 40 when he stood next to Shaq on video. What situation would cause him to lose upwards of 1.5 inches by 1994? To my knowledge his first major surgery (knee) was in the late 1990s
Canson said on 10/Jul/16
@Vegas: it's possible Hulk was 6'4" at that point when they took the pic. But I can buy 6'5" prime maybe even 6'5.25-.5. Shaq tho 7' is the most he'd be if his measurement was in shoes at 7'.63-.88. Wouldn't surprise me if Lebron is under 6'7 like maybe 199.5-200 range. He doesn't look an entire inch taller than Melo more 1 cm- .5". Melo is what he's measured when I met him. I'm 6'4 1/2 he's easily 6'6" range prob a solid 6'6.25-.375 had me by 1.5-2" id say. I look at pics with Kareem and Wilt and Shaq and he Does not look over 7'. But Ben Wallace from what he said when they interviewed him isn't even 6'7. He said "I'm really tiny, 6'6/6'7". My guess is he prob is 199cm range He can look shorter than Lebron at times
Canson said on 10/Jul/16
@Vegas: it's possible Hulk was 6'4" at that point when they took the pic. But I can buy 6'5" prime maybe even 6'5.25-.5. Shaq tho 7' is the most he'd be if his measurement was in shoes at 7'.63-.88. Wouldn't surprise me if Lebron is under 6'7 like maybe 199.5-200 range. He doesn't look an entire inch taller than Melo more 1 cm- .5". Melo is what he's measured when I met him. I'm 6'4 1/2 he's easily 6'6" range prob a solid 6'6.25-.375 had me by 1.5-2" id say
Vegas said on 9/Jul/16
Canson said on 1/Jul/16
@Vegas: some of the guys you mentioned could use a downgrade. Hogan for one 6'5 not 6'6 in his prime. At least in the 80s/90s he was. Shaq was at most a solid 7' and that's possibly a stretch

Hogan would have to drop to 6'4 if Shaq was 7ft at most. Shaq in 94 was 8 inches taller than Hogan..and Hogan had footwear advantage

Fact is in video Shaq looks taller than 7ft at most next to LeBron and big ben and their barefoot measurement is documented by the NBA and nfl
Frantz 189-187 cm said on 9/Jul/16
Shaq is probably 216,5 morning and 214,1 cm at night, he also claimed himself 216 cm in an interview for the Lakers tv , 213cm is a bit to low, 214 cm barefoot seems right for him IMO
Canson said on 9/Jul/16
@Shane: absolutely right. Kareem has always had 2" on Shaq min
Canson said on 8/Jul/16
Height: you're 100% correct. Also Shaq's pre draft initially was in shoes. I see him as a legit near 7 footer in reality. Maybe can drop to 6'11.5-.75 after a long day. He doesn't edge out KG by much at all in close pics maybe 2-2.5 cm
Shane said on 8/Jul/16
Shaq was never 7'1 barefoot as the clarification above shows and the side by sides with 7'1 barefoor Mutombo clearly shows. Shaq is clearly a good inch shorter.
Canson said on 6/Jul/16
He doesn't look as if he has lost any height honestly. Still looks like he could measure about 7'
Height said on 6/Jul/16

You are contradicting yourself by saying that people can't go by pre-draft measurements and then showing pre-draft measurement data to prove he was 7'1".

The problem is, he has always looked at least 1 inch shorter than legit 7'1" next to guys like Dikembe Mutombo.
cdk said on 5/Jul/16

aaronius said on 5/Jul/16
something that people here should note, Kareem is a Yoga practitioner, and has been for like 35 years. Yoga over time makes you taller, not shorter, because you are constantly conditioning and lengthening the spine, pumping up the discs to maximum height. i wouldnt doubt kareem is probably a legit 7'2"
aaronius said on 5/Jul/16
Shaq is and was every bit of 7'1" at his peak... you guys can't go by his pre-draft measurement of 7'0", as he was just a 19 year old kid and was still growing. he settled at 7'1" barefoot. he has since been measured and his height revised.

check this webpage out showing various measurements, and it shows Shaq's pre-draft measurement number 2 at 7'0.88", almost a full 7'1":

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aaronius said on 5/Jul/16
Shaq is and was every bit of 7'1" at his peak... you guys can't go by his pre-draft measurement of 7'0", as he was just a 19 year old kid and was still growing. he settled at 7'1" barefoot. he has since been measured and his height revised.
James B said on 4/Jul/16
This could mean great khali is under 7'1
James B said on 4/Jul/16
Rob was it big shows weight making him look much shorter next to shaq?
Editor Rob: for a guy like big show you wonder how much his natural standing height differs from his measured's an unknown really, but he certainly doesn't have Stallone posture.
scottfree1 said on 4/Jul/16
My answer to how tall are you? Is 6'8".. 6'9" on a good day.. $=4 me "height" is relative, a standard door is 6'8" and at my "normal height" relaxed posture, head titled down I clear no problem, but at my stand up straight, deep breath, shoulders back height the door jam hits me in the forehead, and this is barefoot, add some bball shoes and in the nba I would be a "7fter"
Canson said on 1/Jul/16
@Vegas: some of the guys you mentioned could use a downgrade. Hogan for one 6'5 not 6'6 in his prime. At least in the 80s/90s he was. Shaq was at most a solid 7' and that's possibly a stretch
Oanh said on 1/Jul/16
FLEX said on 9/Jun/16
There is no way SHAQ is just 7 feet.
Shaq & Mutombo: Click Here Click Here Click Here
Shaq vs. Bynum & Gasol: Click Here Click Here
Shaq & 7'1'' listed Fesenko: Click Here
Shaq & 6'11''listed Pero Antic: Click Here
Shaq & Jabbar: Click Here
Shaq & 7'5'' Bhullar: Click Here
Shaq & 7'4'' kid Brenden Adams: Click Here

The photo with Mutombo is not a good one. There are other photos of the two of them standing straight, and Mutombo is 1-2" taller. Shaq is 7 feet barefoot.
184guy said on 28/Jun/16
Shaq's height is 7ft 0.5 (214cm)
Rifle said on 28/Jun/16
Don't you think you should list Shaq at 7'0.5"?He definitely looked taller than 7'0" at his prime.

Editor Rob: you could still argue 7ft 0.5 would be possible
184guy said on 25/Jun/16
Rob,this was a very radical downgrade.A full inch is very much for our conception.As you are not sure if he was 7'1 or just 7'0 you should list him as 7'0.5
This would be fair cause this half inch cover up both ranges.
Vegas said on 25/Jun/16
miko said on 23/Jun/16
A 7'0 prime Shaq means Big Show needs his prime height moving down, as does Hogan by an inch

Yeah quite a few people need to be downgraded an inch now. Hogan, big show, Andre, LeBron, garnett. Photos are one thing but Shaq had 8 inches easy on Hogan on video in 1994 and was more than 4.5 inches taller than LeBron back to back
miko said on 23/Jun/16
A 7'0 prime Shaq means Big Show needs his prime height moving down, as does Hogan by an inch.
Canson said on 22/Jun/16
@Height: he does always look nothing less than a full inch shorter. Your estimate is likely right. I could even buying him catching a good whiff of 6'11 like 6'11.5 esp because he varies so much at that size. I notice back then some taller guys didnt round up (before today's height inflation began years back). Some still don't.
Height said on 22/Jun/16

He always looks no less than 1 inch shorter than measured legit 7'1" guys (like Mutombo or Wilt):

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jajamen said on 22/Jun/16
rob, what made you change it 7'1 to 7'0?
Editor Rob: I think for me there was probably enough I've seen over the years to believe what the draft site said about 7ft measurement and near 7ft 1 in sneakers.
mrtguy said on 22/Jun/16
Rob, I still think Shaq may not quite be a full 7 ft 1, but he's certainly, if not majority of times taller than flat 7 ft
Leo said on 16/Jun/16
Shaq has a body of a guy 6'10.75-6'11.

@Flex Sim Bhullar is 7'3.5
@HeightcrazyRed6ft said on 14/Jun/16
Rob, Shaq at 7ft flat does make todays Big Show 6´10" at best and never 7ft in his entire life, look at Big Shows big soles- I doubt Shaq had more footwear.

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Lucho said on 13/Jun/16
2.14 cm
jtm said on 11/Jun/16
thanks for downgrading him back to his real height. now if you could downgrade Pitt and Damon.
miko said on 10/Jun/16
Shaq at a flat 7'0? Wow.
FLEX said on 9/Jun/16
There is no way SHAQ is just 7 feet.
Shaq & Mutombo: Click Here Click Here Click Here
Shaq vs. Bynum & Gasol: Click Here Click Here
Shaq & 7'1'' listed Fesenko: Click Here
Shaq & 6'11''listed Pero Antic: Click Here
Shaq & Jabbar: Click Here
Shaq & 7'5'' Bhullar: Click Here
Shaq & 7'4'' kid Brenden Adams: Click Here
Danimal (176-178cm) said on 8/Jun/16
How can you have Kareem listed at less than 7'2" in his prime and Shaq at 7'1" when an old Kareem is noticeably taller than a prime Shaq????

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Editor Rob: the conclusion seems to point to Shaq having been measured nearly 7ft 1 in footwear, as the DraftExpress seemed to think.
GP said on 7/Jun/16
Shaq was always shorter than Mutombo, who was a legit 7'1". Anyone who followed Shaq's career will say that and that he started looking taller when he went to Lakers since he started wearing thicker heeled basketball shoes
Height said on 6/Jun/16
Rob, but didn't DraftExpress later reverted their measurement to 7'0" with the editor claiming that the previous 2 measurements they had where with standard sneakers (non basketball sneakers)?

And what would you say is the difference between him and 6'11" Kevin Garnett?
Editor Rob: this 7ft 1992 measurement I couldn't ever find the article, I'm not sure if it was ever posted, but it may well be accurate. I think many have argued 7ft for him made sense.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Jun/16
Rob, then why do you still have Shaq at 6ft1 on the dot?
Editor Rob: if it was 3/4 inch yes, but it was just under 7ft could argue that he drops below 7ft 0.75 especially if he was measured before mid-day.
BigDummy said on 3/Jun/16
Hilarious how Wilt and Shaq are both 7'1 according to this site when there are pictures and videos and Wilt is clearly taller.
Editor Rob: Shaq was measured a little under 7ft 1, Wilt measured a little over, so I would class Shaq as the weaker and Wilt the stronger 7ft 1.
Darko said on 24/May/16
213 cm - 213.5 cm
Canson said on 14/May/16
@Bruce Wayne: everything you said is 100% correct! However the heights you have for them are already inflated. Penny is 6'6 barefoot not 6'7. Not sure on Nathan (Ricky roe). He may be 6'8. Shaq is between 6'11-7' barefoot.
miko said on 13/May/16
Shaq at 6'11 would put a prime Hulk Hogan at around 6'3. Andre at 6'8... etc... all 3 were 2 inches taller than that.
Rifle said on 13/May/16
I have seen Shaqs shoes, they give 1.6"-1.5" additional height
BruceWayne said on 13/May/16
Shaq wears unsually large size 22 basketball shoes which give him at least additional 2 inches to his barefoot height.....if he is 7'1" barefoot, then he stood at least 7'3" on the basketball court during his playing days.

I remember his movie "Blue Chips (1993)" where his character Neon Boudeaux, together with 6'7" Butch McRae (played by Penny Hardaway) and 6'8" Ricky Roe (played by Matt Nover) were recruited by a College team and when they were introduced in the school gym, the PA announced their respective heights to be 7'4" , 6'9" and 6'11" tall. When the three players asked why they were announced to be taller than their real heights, the team official responded with something to this effect: "that's how tall you are gonna be..." implying the industry practice of teams inflating their players' heights by 1-3 inches to make their team roster appear on paper to be more impressive and/or intimidating.
Dave260 said on 11/May/16
SHAQ Is 7ft 0" (213cm) in Trainers (2-3cm increase). 6ft 11" (210.8cm) with No shoes.
BIG SHOW is 6ft 10.5" (209.5cm) In Boots. 6ft 9.5" (207cm) No shoes.
Ice said on 28/Apr/16
Almost all NBA players who are 7'1"+ are genetically tall . You can tell by there head to body porportion - all of these guys' heads just seem small compared to their bodies .
miko said on 21/Apr/16
Shaq at under 7'0 throws everything off.

He's somewhere between 7'0.5 and 7'1, I doubt he's lost any height either.
Johno said on 15/Apr/16
Wilt Chamberlain 7'1.
Johno said on 13/Apr/16
mrtguy said on 4/Apr/16
Wilt Chamberlain is taller and more athletic than Shaq ever is/was
jayball62 said on 14/Mar/16
does it matter he is close to 7 feet and its the bulk that means just as much.
S.J.H said on 12/Mar/16
In thick monster size bigger insole shoe he look 1.25 taller than 6''11.25 kevin garnett in thin basketball shoe , i'm thinking shaq is more like 7"0.25 and was like 7"0.75 he got measure in morning and nba round him up at 7''1. Legit 7'0 giant
Height said on 7/Mar/16
6'11.5" or 6'11.75" may have been his height at 17 or so. As a full grown adult that may be an exaggeration.

Like I said, I think he is a legit 7'0" guy at 213.5 cm and Garnett is 6'11" / 6'11.25" (210.8 cm / 211.5 cm).

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Duhon said on 6/Mar/16
Kevin Garnett is a minimum 6'11" barefoot and likely above that like Rob has him listed. Shaq looks at least 7' right next to him Click Here
666 said on 3/Mar/16
Shaq did not measure over 7 feet - unless you count his in shoes measurements. For a long time Draftexpress had him pegged at 7-1 without shoes, based on a newspaper article that cited him at 7' 0.63" and 7' 0.88" from the 90's during the draft. But it turns out those were actually with shoes measurements. So they updated his profile to "7-0" without shoes. They use a rounded number but I think if he had a 1" or 1.25" thick shoe like most players that would put him almost right at about 6-11.5 like he admitted to being.

That also explains why an old Wilt appeared taller than him when they met.
Height said on 3/Mar/16
Here is another angle of the famous Shaq with the great centers (from 1993, Shaq age 21) :

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Wilt has a better posture than Shaq, but still the difference between them is very noticeable. I honestly don't see him being 7'0.88".

But I do see him as a legit 7'0" guy at 213 cm or even 213.5 cm...Especially after seeing the video where he admits his height and finishing reading his 1993 rookie season book written in collaboration with Jack McCallum.

What do you think Rob?
Height said on 29/Feb/16
FLEX, you actually thought I was serious...I just used the same method (type of picture) you used to claim that Shaq is taller than Mutombo.
FLEX said on 22/Feb/16
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Duhon said on 19/Feb/16
I believe Shaq at his prime was 7'1" or perhaps 7'0.88" as I've seen in some sources. However as of now he's put on a lot of weight. I wouldn't be surprised if he's over 400 lbs currently, I don't think his posture is very good anymore due to that.
Height said on 19/Feb/16

And Mourning is taller than Shaq...

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FLEX said on 17/Feb/16
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FLEX said on 17/Feb/16
Shaq is taller than Mutombo, again
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WalkingTall 6ft3.25 said on 16/Feb/16
--Shorter than 7´1.25 Kristaps Porzingis
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--Here is the source for Porzingis measurements
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--What do you think Rob,whats the difference between them considering the angle and everything,i think Shaq is about 7 ft tall,as draftexpress says....maybe just maybe even 6´11.5....
Height said on 16/Feb/16

Mutombo is a legit 7'1" guy (more like 7'1.25" really). Shaq has always been at least an inch shorter than him:

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Rifle said on 16/Feb/16
Shaq is 7'0.88" without shoes.He was measured after evening training.
FLEX said on 14/Feb/16
Shaq is taller than Mutombo
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FLEX said on 13/Feb/16
Shaq is HUGE
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james said on 12/Feb/16
Howard Stern asked him his height and he said 6'11 so I'm guessing he meant barefoot .with shoes hes 7'0..ain't no way he's 7'1 or 7'2 in the morning ..seen him with 7'1 Wilt Chamberlain in a few photos and a video on YouTube and Shaq looked 2 inches shorter .in a photo he took with 7'2 Kareem he was like 2 inches shorter ..and in a photo with 7'2 Mutombo he looked 3 inches shorter ..hes 7'0 max with shoes
S.J.H said on 11/Feb/16
@Frank said on 21/Jan/16
Rifle said on 13/Jan/16
For all those peddling the 6'11" BS for Shaq:
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Shaq at morning- 7'2"

And that isn´t even his "fully streched out height"
Shaq at night-7'0.5"

You're far too exagerrated that makes shaq 7'2.5 out of bed. In fact much closer to 1.5" loss for a day sounds reliable but shaq himself had claim he was only 7'0 even (213cm) and also say that his 7'1 several times it's much likely he was 7'0 than 7'1. At best 7'05 as you say by night this might be the daily height shaq walks on the street.
Moke said on 3/Feb/16
I really wonder how this dude is going to look like when he's 70 or so. With this massive build and that height he's going to need a good chiropractor...
Canson said on 27/Jan/16
Duhon: I see that you completely ignored the fact I presented "Barkley downgrading his height". What is you response to that? You don't have one.

And question why so condescending to others here? Did you have a rough upbringing or something in your childhood? Were you fondled or touched inappropriately? I mean if something is bothering you take your aggression elsewhere to someone who can help you.
Canson said on 27/Jan/16
Rob: Question for you? Because apparently I'm not the only one who has downgraded the same people Here in my estimates and can never remember saying "Rob can you change it". Is it ok to comment with how we feel about the height listed? I mean this is an open forum from what I see. For some reason Duhon doesn't see it that way. Just checking to make sure we all aren't out of line for "thinking" someone is shorter than they are listed and expressing our opinions.
Editor Rob: anybody can comment what they think somebody is, although sometimes people can go beyond the realms of believability.
Canson said on 27/Jan/16
Duhon, lets cut the crap. this started with me agreeing with Ezioadutiore about Steph. It's all because someone disagrees with you. And tell me which NBA players I have downgraded. because I only see Griffin Lebron Wade Curry and MJ and all within 1". I doubt these players are sitting home worried about what we think about their height so don't see why you care. What do you have a crush on these guys? All the rest I kept right where they are. Barkley, Kobe, Shaq, Rodman, Kareem I kept the same. And if you look very closely I am not the only one who has downgraded any of them. 4 or 5 others said the same thing I did. so we must see something. So I want you to bring me some facts instead of saying "Canson downgrades every NBA player because you haven't yet. And by the way I haven't commented on "every player here" so get your facts straight. so you are singling me out? Because I didn't agree with you and challenged you? Oh but I see three that you tried to upgrade and go against Rob? Kobe: Rob, he's over 6'5, Barkley: Rob I vote to upgrade him, Yao: he's a strong 7'5 or 7'6. Go look at what you wrote unless you are that illiterate and senial. I guess so much for trusting the site master Rob because you know more than him obviously. So why is anything you do better than what I do? and Why don't you go and learn how to comprehend what you read "Oh your cousin's friend saw Dell Curry" "oh so you're saying Shaq is lying?" You're very immature making comments you make. U pull this crap when you don't like or understand what someone says. And don't make up stuff "he's bitter he didn't make the NBA." I didn't stoop to that level with you so don't do it with me. diff story for you though. So why are "you" contradicting Rob and "shouting" to him to upgrade these 3 guys? Nothing different from me. If you don't like something someone says address it respectfully. And more facts? Ok. If Curry is really 6'2 as "listed" Kobe is 6'4.75 as listed, Barkley same as listed. Yao 7'5 as listed. Duhon: all I see here is that you are a hypocrite and singled me out when 4 or 5 others have commented the same way I have. Don't believe me? Go look at the pages I mentioned where I donwgraded. I don't hear you saying it to anyone else. this site is all opinion and we express them. That's what makes the experience what it is. And if you want to continue this please bring facts of your own. And don't make up or misconstrue stuff and put it on here know what the hell you are talking about first. Sorry but I can't get over "i use facts not what your cousins friend saw". Go look at what you wrote you moron.
Duhon said on 26/Jan/16
The only people who are insecure about height are the ones calling for Rob to downgrade all the heights he's listed. Do you think people who are secure with themselves try to make others out to be shorter please think about that and what you are trying to do. That's my final word on this unless you start bringing some facts and not personal opinions.
Canson said on 26/Jan/16
Wow! I've never heard someone say someone is negative for downgrading height of someone else where that's what they believe. I would think calling someone a liar or saying someone is downplaying is more negative "Charles Barkley downplays his height to maintain an underdog image" because he claimed what he claimed. Wow Duhon a statement like that "you're being negative for downgrading height" shows you have issues. If height matters that much to someone that shows they are pretty insecure!
Canson said on 26/Jan/16
Duhon: you don't either. So maybe that makes both of us. you do realize that this site is all opinion based right? And I am not the only one who has downgraded the same players that I have. three maybe four others have the exact for the exact same players. I've also kept people right where Rob has them: Kevin Durant, KG, Barkley, Kareem. But I am allowed to disagree with Rob as well as you. as you also have on occasion with me and with Rob. I respect your view but don't have to agree with it. Example, Rob has charles Barkley at 6'4.75, but you disagree. so Rob's wrong now? Why does it work this way but not when I downgrade someone when I genuinely don't believe that person is that height? I'm familiar enough with pro sports and esp the NBA and know people who have worked inside with the players or players I've seen on my own. I have first hand knowledge that while not all but some of the measurements are fab'd. I respect Rob's opinion very much but doesn't mean he is always 100% accurate if he hasn't seen someone in person. Think he knows this too That it is his best guess. Nobody is perfect.

I do respect you especially for the fact that you go for proof with your estimates. but some of the comments?? toward me "oh he's bitter about not making the NBA". Then toward height here when he was making an observation about something Shaq said. Ditto. Even with Ezioauditore he was making a point about Steph curry as was I saying I've seen his father in person and can look at their difference. I realize sometimes you don't read everything through as I saw with the comment you made about "your cousin's friend" when that never was said. I hadn't said anything attacking previously toward you. If I disagreed I did so professionally. Height and I have disagreed on one or two but we do so professionally. If everybody agrees here on everything, then it means that only one person is doing the thinking and it'd be no point of this site and I am sure that nobody here or Rob himself would enjoy the experience nor the success. I apologize if I offended you as I was calling it exactly how I saw it based on your pattern of comments but some of the comments you made were completely out of line as well so it was definitely warranted. Let's move on from this and continue to disagree with each other the right way!!!
Duhon said on 25/Jan/16
Canson you have no idea what you are talking about. 90% of my posts are in reference to draft data not my personal opinion. How am I the negative one when you are the one shouting on every page that these guys are all shorter than what Rob lists them as? and I'm the one who has personal issues?

Please if you have issues with these listings, take it up with Rob the guy who manages the site, I'll take his analysis over guys like you 9/10 times as this is his job.
Height said on 24/Jan/16
Thanks Canson. I just enjoy discussing heights and possible heights to try to come as close as possible to the real thing.
Canson said on 22/Jan/16
Height, i understand your point And intent. It seems as if the only person whose opinion matters here on this site is Duhon's. He is very negative, defensive, and condescending toward others who don't See it his way or who make their own valid points and I honestly think he has issues with his own height. Not to mention his posts here half the time are "his opinion" only wanting to make everyone else taller with very little basis and content and can't even comprehend what other people say.
Frank said on 21/Jan/16
Rifle said on 13/Jan/16
For all those peddling the 6'11" BS for Shaq:
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Shaq at morning- 7'2"

And that isn´t even his "fully streched out height"
Shaq at night-7'0.5"
Height said on 20/Jan/16

I never said he lied, just that he gave a different version than he gave Howard Stern (shorter).

Of course he could have grown a little more, I just put the video for reference that sometimes players give very different answers about their height in different moments in their life/ career. Barkley himself has admitted he's 6'4", 6'4.75", 6'5.5" for example.
Duhon said on 19/Jan/16
Lol Shaq at 17 admitting to being 7' even is somehow proof he's been lying about his height? Is it hard to believe a 7' tall 17 year old didn't grow a further inch or maybe a fraction less than that?
Height said on 18/Jan/16
Shaq at age 17 "admitting" his height: Click Here

Just another sample of how some guys like Shaq (and Barkley) often admit different heights in different occasions.
Pjk said on 15/Jan/16
There can be nothing gained from that photo really, other than he is close to 7 ft as it introduces perspective. I want shaq to be over 7 ft of course but all the evidence of shaq standing next to men over 7 ft makes it very hard to believe as he seems to have good posture. A man who is over 7 ft would not look noticeably shorter than other men who are known to be of that height. It just doesn't add up.

In the interests of accuracy I vote for a downgrade also.
J-Dog said on 15/Jan/16
Hey Guys, :) How tall do you think Shaq's son is? This is him and Shaq on his 16th Birthday. Very, very Tall Dude. I would estimate around ~6'8'

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Rifle said on 13/Jan/16
For all those peddling the 6'11" BS for Shaq:
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Shaq at morning- 7'2"
Shaq at night-7'0.5"
HeightcrazyRed6ft said on 11/Jan/16
Shaquille O'Neal:
Height: 7-0.88 (At age 21, 7-0.63 NBA draft measurement 1, 7-0.88 draft measurement 2)
Wingspan: 7-7
Standing Reach: 9-4 (1 inch shoe adjusted)
Hand Length: 11"
Hand Spread: 9"
Playing Weight:
280 - Freshman LSU Season
285 - Sophomore LSU Season
294 - Final LSU Season
301 - 1992 draft measurement 1
303 - 1992 draft measurement 2
315 - early career
325 - early-mid career
350 - mid-late career
368 - maximum (out of shape after an injury)
Shoes: U.S. size 22
HeightcrazyRed6ft said on 11/Jan/16
andre said on 9/Jan/16
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he is shorter then wilt

please rob change it


Doubt hat´s a fully grown Shaq
andre said on 9/Jan/16
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he is shorter then wilt

please rob change it
piero said on 9/Jan/16
why u people want to downgrade shaq's height? He always been a legit 7'1''....
dunno really... nc
Height said on 8/Jan/16
Rifle, that is 1 of 2 measurements from the camp/draft in 1992. He was measured at 7'0.66" and 7'0.88".

He still looks about an inch shorter than legit 7'1" guys like Mutombo or Wilt and at his lowest could be 6'11.75"
pjk said on 3/Jan/16
Duhon, thats a great photo and proves ( to me ) that shaq is considerably shorter than Yao. It takes away the perspective problem in most photo's where one person is standing in front of the other ( even if only slightly ), as it really alters the perceived height.

If Yao is around 7'5" that makes Shaq about 6'11 - 6'11 1/2" from that one.
pjk said on 3/Jan/16
Duhon, thats a great photo and proves ( to me ) that shaq is considerably shorter than Yao. It takes away the perspective problem in most photo's where one person is standing in front of the other ( even if only slightly ), as it really alters the perceived height.

If Yao is around 7'5" that makes Shaq about 6'11 - 6'11 1/2" from that one.
pjk said on 3/Jan/16
Duhon, thats a great photo and proves ( to me ) that shaq is considerably shorter than Yao. It takes away the perspective problem in most photo's where one person is standing in front of the other ( even if only slightly ), as it really alters the perceived height.

If Yao is around 7'5" that makes Shaq about 6'11 - 6'11 1/2" from that one.
pjk said on 2/Jan/16
Duhon, thats a great photo and proves ( to me ) that shaq is considerably shorter than Yao. It takes away the perspective problem in most photo's where one person is standing in front of the other ( even if only slightly ), as it really alters the perceived height.

If Yao is around 7'5" that makes Shaq about 6'11 - 6'11 1/2" from that one.
plus said on 29/Dec/15
@Oanh Aaron Carter is 175 cm and now he has a thread on this website!!!
Rifle said on 19/Dec/15
Shaq was measured 7'0.88" without shoes.
S.J.H said on 18/Dec/15
Shaq was measure 7'0 without shoes in the 90's draft. Probably was 7'1 with shoes
Duhon said on 11/Dec/15
This is probably the best shot comparing the heights of Yao and Shaq. Them standing back to back Click Here
Height said on 10/Dec/15
This is from the day he was drafted:

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Height said on 8/Dec/15
Definitively shorter than 7'1".

Next to Wilt and Kareem:

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FLEX said on 7/Dec/15
Shaq and Yao - Max 2 inches between them
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Jason said on 5/Dec/15
I would go with 6' 11.5" as his lowest height of the day. What's your views on this Rob?
pjk said on 2/Dec/15
I firmly believe Shaq to be 6'11.5" in his prime. Look at the video where he is standing with Wilt and Kareem. Unless he is bare feet and the others are not and despite camera angle it is fairly clear that he is a shorter man than both these huge men, who are also much older than him and inevitably will have lost a little height ( even if small amount ).

Look at the photos of Yao with Shaq. If shaq was over 7ft he would not look so 'small' compared to yao.

I simply cannot buy 7ft or over. The evidence ( not including internet draft heights ) simply does not support this listed height. Sorry Rob, going to have to disagree with you on this one but your still the man !
Canson said on 27/Oct/15
6'11 may be a bit low. He looks taller than KG. Possibly was in college and grew. At worst 7' flat tops. Maybe measures 6'11.5 at night
Rifle said on 22/Oct/15
What is the height difference between Bill Russell and Dwight Howard in this pic?Keeping in mind Russell was 75 in the picture.

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[Editor Rob: it could be a good inch, but the photo was smallish so not impossible to be a bit more, especially if the camera was down lower, it seems the photographer's high up.]
james said on 28/Sep/15
Shaq is 6'11.5 ..he said on the Howard Stern show he was 6'11 .when he stood next to the late 7'1 wilt Chamberlain he was clearly 2 inches shorter .go look at photos with Shaq next to Kareem and Mutumbo and he's shorter than both of them
Height said on 21/Aug/15

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nickkname said on 8/Aug/15
Rob have you ever met yao ? who knows how big he has gotten now cause he looks even bigger since his retirement
yao and now possibly 5-5'2 muggsy
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yao with lebron james
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yao and kobe bryant
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Yao and shaq
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[Editor Rob: unfortunately I don't meet any basketball players.]
Oanh said on 23/Jul/15
FLEX says on 31/May/15
Shaq is 5 inches taller than 6'11'' listed Pero Antic.

In that photo, Antic is not standing straight. Also, he is listed at 6'11" which we all know NBA heights are inflated. He is likely 6'9.5" barefoot...6'10.5" with shoes...then it gets rounded to 6'11". That's how the NBA does it.
HeightcrazyRed6ft said on 14/Jul/15
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I think it´s legit

7´0.88" -> weak 7´1"
FLEX said on 6/Jul/15
Shaq is taller than Mutombo
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Rifle said on 30/Jun/15
Yao Ming despite being 7'5"still wears shoes with high heels.
Tunman said on 23/Jun/15
no doubt that he was measured 7'1 or so,the question is rather when.
I mean we are in a case where the difference from out of bed to before bed is like 4-5cm so a decent difference between say late morning and late evening.
Anything between 7'0 and 7'1 is possible in my opinion.
JCJ said on 21/Jun/15
If he was to be measured late morning barefoot, I believe he would be 215cm.
Tunman said on 19/Jun/15
Rob,any chance for 7'flat?he really looks more than 4" shorter than Yao Ming at least a solid 5".A good compromise would be 7'0.5 for shaq and 7'5.5 for yao in my opinion.
[Editor Rob: that mark is always a chance, but he was supposed to be measured just about 7ft 1.]
Bigfoot said on 19/Jun/15
i stand at 7'3" 450lbs I was looking list tallest names I don't even come close. But I might be tallest in law enforcement ( Dallas Sheriff Dept. Tx.
FLEX said on 31/May/15
Shaq is 5 inches taller than 6'11'' listed Pero Antic.
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Bard said on 9/May/15
This guy is tricky because of his footwear. He's probably around 7'0.
Rifle said on 8/May/15
How tall do you think Bill Russel is in this pic with Ben Wallace( who is definitely not 6'9" barefoot).
Russel said in an 1955 interview that he was 6'9.66 inches tall.
BTW as Russel is 79 in this pic he may have shrunk a bit.

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Duhon said on 15/Apr/15
Sam says on 15/Apr/15
Since you are using quarter inch measurements, I think it would be fair to have Shaq at 7'0.75". If the measurement is out there, why not be precise?

I can't remember exactly where I saw this but his actual measurement listed was: 7'0.88"
Sam said on 15/Apr/15
Since you are using quarter inch measurements, I think it would be fair to have Shaq at 7'0.75". If the measurement is out there, why not be precise?
b-mint1994 said on 12/Apr/15
@FLEX way taller? There's like 2 inches between them at the most lol
Height said on 9/Apr/15

The difference is noticeable, but because of the angle of the picture, it can be tricky.I still believe that Shaq is 7'0" ish...maybe a little taller (7'0.5"- 7'0.7") but not a full 7'1 flat footed.
Duhon said on 8/Apr/15
FLEX says on 7/Apr/15
PROOF that SHAQ is way taller than BILL WALTON, 2-3 inches.
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Walton is still a strong 6'11" (I suspect he was actually above 7' during his prime playing years).
Halb said on 8/Apr/15
What was the name of that large fella that stands next to Shaq in a pic and makes him look small. The fella is around half a foot taller and broad.
FLEX said on 7/Apr/15
PROOF that SHAQ is way taller than BILL WALTON, 2-3 inches.
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Calvin said on 27/Mar/15
draftexpress now says Shaq is just a measured 7'0.
FLEX said on 24/Mar/15
GOOD pic JT where Shaq is standing in the same line with Wilt and Russell and he's almost an inch taller than Wilt and 4 inches than Russell. If he was standing in the same spot as Kareem and Wallton i think he will be the same height as Jabbar or taller, beacause Jabbar and Wallton have the BEST posture in this pic.
So SHAQ is legit 7'1'' barefoot and period.
S.J.H said on 24/Mar/15
Shaq say on instagram that Yao ming atually claim 7ft4 to him. That made Shaq a 7footer and 7ft1 in shoe
JT said on 24/Mar/15
Click Here In their prime, Kareem was an easy 7'2", Walton around 7'1" and Russell around 6'10". Kareem still looks 7'1" range whereas Walton looks around 6'11" now (he's had numerous foot, ankle and back surgeries) and Russell still around 6'9" at age 80.
height said on 18/Mar/15
Rob here's the video of that screenshot. Shaq is in athletic shoes and the rest are in dress shoes: Click Here

To me it goes like this:

Wilt: 7'1.06" (216.2 cm) - (maybe 1/4 inch taller?)
Shaq: 6'11.75" (212.7 cm) - 7'0" (213 cm)
Russell: 6'9.66" (207.3 cm) - 6'9.75" (207.6 cm)
Kareem: 7'1.87" (218 cm) - 7'2" (218.4 cm)
Walton: 6'11.75" / 7"0" flat (212.7 cm / 213 cm)
[Editor Rob: because Shaq at times seems furthest away I think he can look smaller than he is...I'd say that 7ft 0.5 against those 2 was a possibility.]
height said on 13/Mar/15
FLEX, they're too far away from each other and Divac has his legs more spread out.

Rob, here's another pic with Shaq next to Wilt : Click Here can you please consider that Shaqu could be at least 1 solid inch shorter than Wilt making him 7'0" flat?
[Editor Rob: he can look just 7ft at times]
JT said on 4/Mar/15
Click Here I believe Bosh measured a little over 6'10" for the NBA draft. Bosh looks an easy 3 inches taller than Lebron in most pics.
FLEX said on 2/Mar/15
Shaq is taller than 212 cm barefoot Divac by 6 cm.
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Danimal said on 28/Feb/15
I remember a commercial in the 1990's where he was walking through a house and his head kept crashing through the walls when he would walk into rooms. The person doing the voice over for the commercial said that's what happens when you measure 7'3".
Danimal said on 28/Feb/15
b-mint1994 says on 17/Feb/15
People on here seriously think he's under 7 feet tall? lol.

He stated it himself on Howard Stern years ago that he was really 6'11" or 6'11.5" (one of the 2).
Lorne said on 27/Feb/15
Yeah he was a bit less than Wilt, that is the difference between a "strong" 7'1 and a weak(if such a thing exists!)

My point was, going from 7ft1 to his 7ft 0 7/8ths measurement seems kind of silly. But then it would line up with Wilt being listed like 7ft1.1...

I said Shaw would be a fraction under. The question is, at what point does he go from being a "legit" 7ft1, to a 7ft and change guy? Being that he really would drop 3-4cm from morning to night(as opposed to say, a 6 footer dropping, at most an inch, and usually less) I am less willing to downgrade him over 3mm. But yes, if you want to get nitpicky, you could say 7ft0.75in. You could also say 195cm for Jordan...

But I think 7ft1 is, near enough, to borrow a term from Rob...
height said on 26/Feb/15
Lorne but he isn't the same height as Wilt Chamberlain who is 7'1" barefoot. Shaq clearly is at least 1 solid inch shorter than Wilt.

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Lorne said on 25/Feb/15
Agree with Andrea, no need to change the listing. Remember a guy his size will shrink 3-4cm In a day, he likely measures 7ft2 after a good nights sleep, and a fraction under 7ft1 at night. So thi is a re case where a fraction under at his lowest doesn't really mean much.
FLEX said on 24/Feb/15
Shaq & Bynum
Shaq taller by inch and a half
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The Exorcist said on 24/Feb/15
Shaq with 5'2" Kevin Hart.
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b-mint1994 said on 17/Feb/15
People on here seriously think he's under 7 feet tall? lol.
Modeus said on 11/Feb/15
Some people on this website doesn't even seems to understand what "dwarfed" means.
James said on 9/Feb/15
yeah he does lok a weak 7'1
GP said on 4/Feb/15
Earlier in his career Shaq used to wear regular basketball shoes and he looked around 7" next to guys like David Robinson and others. Then he started wearing thicker heeled shoes and all of a sudden he started looking 7'1". I think Shaq is 214, which is 7'0.25" and most of the time that he was measured it was earlier in the day. I mean he always looked 1.5" shorter than Kareem, even when Kareem was older with bad posture.
S.J.H said on 3/Feb/15
I agree with height says on 30/Jan/15 that Shaq barefoot not over 6'11.75 , to be generous and say he is 7ft and 7'1 in shoe
jim said on 31/Jan/15
what do you mean dwarfed, 1 inch is not dwarfed
height said on 30/Jan/15
Shaq is about 6'11.5" / 6'11.75" barefooted. He was "dwarfed" by Wilt Chamberlain (7'1.06" barefooted) at Madison Square Garden when they met in 1992.

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Dmeyer said on 19/Jan/15
Rob he looks more than 1in smaller than jabar
Andrea said on 19/Jan/15
Lol, 7' 7/8 is basically 7'1! No need to change the listing, Rob! Even Michael Jordan, if i'm not wrong, measured a hair under 6'5...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jan/15
Rob, shouldn't you give him that?
[Editor Rob: if I can find the original source I will.]
Mathew said on 15/Jan/15
Rob, when you say up top in the description that he was measured just under 7'1", what was his measurement specifically? 7'0.5", 7'0.75"?
[Editor Rob: for one he was supposed to have been 7ft and 7/8ths inch.]
Judd said on 4/Jan/15
He's an honest 7'1" man! Look at him next to wadlow's statue! There's a mugshot and o'neal is close to 7'2"...yeah he has shoes on (probably thick shoes) but he hasn't good posture! 7'1" is perfect
FLEX said on 1/Jan/15
Miami heat roster 2006/2007 - Shaq towering all...
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FLEX said on 1/Jan/15
Miami Heat Roster - Shaq towering 7'1'' listed Wang Zhi-Zhi, 6'11'' Doleac & Laettner, 6'10'' Alonzo... so Shaq is at least 7'1'' barefoot and near 7'3'' in shoes.
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WalkingTall 6ft3.25 said on 30/Nov/14
Good find 'Duhon' is Click Here another one with Shaq being measured by a kid standing in front of a giant ruler....this picture was posted a while back and it shows him at 7'2 from this angle....i think with all things considered Shaq probably is a strong barefoot 7 footer,giant dude indeed.
Duhon said on 29/Nov/14
Shaq next to life-size model of Robert Wadlow and height ruler. Click Here
KROC said on 21/Nov/14
Demarcus Cousins is 6'9 flat. That picture isn't a good look for him at all if you ask me.
Johno said on 21/Nov/14
FLEX says on 13/Oct/14 
A real pic: Shaq & Sim Bhullar - only 2 inches between them, so Shaq is legit 7'1'' maybe more.
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On a recent video; Sim Bhullar was mentioned as 7'3 barefeet and 7'5 with shoes.

Sim has over 4 inches on Shaq; 7'0 is the best height he could be, I suspect lower.
Fern194cm-192cm said on 5/Nov/14
Hey Rob, no footwear but Shaq has been weairng converse a lot so let's assume same footwear between the two. How tall is Shaq given that 6,9.5 Cousins is standing straight and closer to the camera? I think shaq could measure 7,0-7,0.5?
[Editor Rob: he can be around 7ft there]
WalkingTall 6ft3.25 said on 2/Nov/14
Shaq and Demarcus Cousins who is 6'9.5 inches tall barefoot,as measured in draft combine at he age of 20 according to 'draftexpress' website.
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Make your own mind about this one.
FLEX said on 16/Oct/14
Shaq & 7'1'' listed Divac
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FLEX said on 16/Oct/14
Shaq & Yao, only 3 inches between them
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Fern194cm-192cm said on 14/Oct/14
Ya me niether I am so confused on his height. Sometimes he looks 6,11.5. Other times he can look anywhere from 7,1 to 7,2!
Fern194cm-192cm said on 14/Oct/14
You know what Flex, you proved that pictures don't mean everything. You are right shaq is def 7,0 feet still or more. Probably 7,1 peak and 7,0.5 now
Fern194cm-192cm said on 13/Oct/14
Rob, do you think there is enough evidence to downgrade Shaq?
[Editor Rob: still not sure on that ]
FLEX said on 13/Oct/14
a great pic - Shaq & Yao - only 3 inches between them
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FLEX said on 13/Oct/14
A real pic: Shaq & Sim Bhullar - only 2 inches between them, so Shaq is legit 7'1'' maybe more.
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FLEX said on 12/Oct/14
New pic Shaq & Yao, max 4 inches between them
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FLEX said on 12/Oct/14
Shaq & listed 7'1'' Divac who actualy is 6'11 1/4 based on european standards or 212 cm.
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Fern194cm-192cm said on 12/Oct/14
Finally tangible evidence that Shaq is not 7,1. 6,11.5 tops today. Rob what do you think? 7,4 Sim bhullar (listed at 7,5) is LEANING and still looks 4 inches on shaq.
Duhon said on 10/Oct/14
Shaq looking downright average height if not below standing here next to Yao Ming Click Here
Clay said on 6/Oct/14
Standing right beside Zydrunas Ilgauskas for the all-star team photo sealed it, Shaq is 7'3'' in his huge b-ball shoes and 7'1'' in his bare feet.
FLEX said on 4/Oct/14
proof that shaq is taller than mutombo
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KROC said on 30/Sep/14
In real life Shaq has only about an inch on Kevin Garnett. KG is 6'11 MAX. Dikembe Mutombo and KAJ are both 7'1 legit. In person both look taller then Shaq.
FLEX said on 23/Sep/14
Shaq vs. Tree Rollins = SHAQ TALLER by inch, maybe more
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lion said on 18/Sep/14
Shaq could pass for 7'1. His size 22 or 23 shoes help a lot also
james said on 8/Sep/14
Its a video on YouTube with Shaq shaking hands with 7'1 wilt chamberlin .wilt was clearly 2 inches taller than Shaq..and also both Kareem and dikembe mutumbo who both stand 7'2 both are 3 inches taller than "7'1" shaq
johny z said on 29/Aug/14
I saw a picture of shaq with garnett. Wow! Garnett looked like a child! Shaq looked an easy 3" taller and who knows how much more weight? If shaq is 7' even this would put garnett at 6'9? I think shaq is 7'1 to 7'1 1/2.
Chris said on 9/Aug/14
Shaw is an easy 7'1. Look at pictures of him with Dwight Howard - he's a couple of inches taller
Oanh said on 7/Aug/14
Shaq is no less than 7 feet but no more than 7'1". I watched that video "Shaq's Revenge" with Aaron Carter. I can't believe Aaron is listed at 6'0" tall. No way is he even close to 6'. He looks about 5'8" at most.
Mathew said on 15/Jul/14
He could be 7'1" but 7'0" is also a strong possibility. I never doubted the 7'1" until I read the barefoot 7'0" measurement and then saw that video of him with Kareem, Wilt, Walton, and Russell. That was certainly as good evidence as any that he could be 7'0". Again, I'm not entirely sure as he can look a legit 7'1" next to Lebron and Kevin Garnett. I will say that anyone arguing 6'11" is clearly undercutting him, the question whether he's 7'0" or 7'1".
176,2Tunman said on 10/Jul/14
He looked a solid 7'1 with Lebron James,but once again I'm insisting it's very hard to guess 1"difference for guys 7'+
The guys are giants and the camera angles in this case are often deceiving.
Let's just say that 7'0-1 is what we could reasonably argue.
FLEX said on 8/Jul/14
And Shaq was 2 inches taller than Divac and every other 7'1'' listed NBA player. So 7'1'' barefoot is OK.
176,2Tunman said on 7/Jul/14
As shocking as it is Vlade Divac was measured 7'1 without shoes and is listed absolutely everywhere at that height.In a very old magazine(from 1990),he was down at 213,certainly his real height when he was measured the first years in Yougoslavia.
Even Draftexpress measurements barefeet are questionable,they have for instance Allen Iverson at 6'0,he's listed here at 5'11.
176,2Tunman said on 7/Jul/14
Rob,Mathew is right he was measured 7'0 in 1992.I have no doubts that he was measured 7'1 but this could have been in shoes,also remember that he probably loses a good 2" during the day so could still be 7'1 after 1,5-2hours.
It's very difficult to argue about 1" once guys are 7'+because they tower over almost everybody.Kareem is almost 7'2 and seemed a good 2" taller than Shaq. Time for a downgrade in my opinion.
Mathew said on 2/Jul/14
Interestingly, Shaq is listed at 7'0" without shoes. Click Here
RisingForce said on 28/Jun/14
Shaq has a couple of inches on Walton in the side by side photo I posted from the late 90's, but I do believe Walton was almost as tall as Shaq. Walton was probably a legit 7 feet at his peak, but he had so many injuries that he could have shrunk to 6'11" or a bit below. As for Shaq's claim, he's claimed to be 7'1" over the years. I could believe Shaq was anywhere from 7'0" to 7'1", but not below that or not above that. He could look taller than 7'1" at times, but that's probably because of the device he wore in his basketball shoes to help with the toe problem.
KROC said on 27/Jun/14
That's an outstanding video! I've never seen that before. Shaq is barely looking 7ft between those guys. I've seen Bill Walton up close- he's a legit 7ft. Ive seen pictures of the two together looking the same height... With similar footwear that is. I'm going to see if I can find them. I really doubt if Kareem was taller then Wilt Chamberlain. If he was it wasn't by much. And no Shaq was measured at 7ft according to DraftExpress. He's also claimed on multiple occassions that he he was measured at 6'11 34 on Inside the NBA on TNT.
Alex 6'0 said on 22/Jun/14
Yea Shaq looks below 7'1 in that pic but wasn't he measured 7'1 barefoot though? I think he looks 7'1 with Yao Ming.
RisingForce said on 20/Jun/14
I checked the video and I don't see what the fuss is about. The angles are pretty weird in the video and at certain points, Shaq is barely looking shorter than Kareem. Notice Wilt is looking bigger than Kareem and we know that's not the case. Just look at 5:13 in this video. Click Here Kareem looks more than an inch taller than Wilt. As for Walton, he's so much closer to the camera, it's not worth even trying to determine, but here's Shaq and Walton side by side in the late 90's. Click Here
pjk said on 18/Jun/14
Thanks for the links there fellas, they are both pretty revealing and show Shaq to be well under 7'1". Actually i think they both are good evidence for Shaq being below 7ft. I would agree with you Sal, 6'11.5" or there about's.

How about a downgrade Rob ?. That photo and the video are pretty good evidence for him being below 7 ft especially considering he is in his prime in the video, do you not think ?

Burgos said on 8/Jun/14
In this picture Shaq is posing with 7'1" Tree Rollins.

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Shaq does look shorter in the picture. We can't see behind the waistline though so maybe Shaq was slouching. If anyone has other pictures of these two, please post them as it would be a very good comparison.
Sal said on 8/Jun/14
I think this could lend more of a clue to the actual heights. Kareem was measured 7'1 and 7/8" Wilt 7'1 and 1/16th but in retirement he was measured at 7'1/2" I'm going to say Bill Walton is 7' as any people said listed shorter to not be labeled a freak. Bill Russell was 6'9.5" in his prime but if he were 6'9" in the photo due to age that would put shaq at around 6'11.5" Click Here
pjk said on 5/Jun/14
Shaq looks about 7ft or just under to me. Look at him next to Calvin Lane or Yao Ming, he actually looks small. I would go with 6'11.75". I would love to know exactly how tall he is .... like EXACTLY, but thats just me and im a bit obsessive. It would bug the hell out of me to be JUST under 7ft and i suspect there are a lot of giant dudes like that.

Anyway 3 cheers to Rob for making this site anyone ?

Hip hip hooray !

Your awesome Rob, i love all the photos of you next to celebs. Such dedication. You are real seeker of the truth and an enemy to height sharletans !!

All the Glasgow is an awesome place too - i lived there for 7 years.
Clay said on 30/May/14
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Shaq (with his basketball shoes on) and the largest NHL player of all time Zdeno Chara (6'9'' or there a bouts).
John said on 29/May/14
He's slightly shorter than 7'4" Brendan Adams so I would guess 7'1.5"
Lillo thomas said on 28/May/14
Kroc I respect your opinion but sorry Shaq is a legit 7'1 . Shaq has 3 inches over most 7'0 listed centers . That in reality are about 6'10 range barefoot like Patrick Erwing and hakeem olajuwon etc. You said Shaq told you he was 7'0 flat but in other occasions Shaq claimed 7'1 . In conan for example he claimed 7'1 . And how do you know the difference between 7'0 and 7'1 ? I'm 6'5 and I can't . Guys that size look about the same to me.
KROC said on 26/May/14
Shaq must love telling the same joke then. Like seriously hes been telling the same joke for over a decade now. He even came to Rucker Park in NYC and told us that he was 7ft. Sorry guys, your opinion is your right but that doesn't make it reality.
MrTBlack said on 22/May/14
When your as tall as Shaq, the NBA doesn't need to exaggerate. They'll probably give your barefoot height.
Clay said on 17/May/14
Sal says on 31/Jan/14
I was listening to the Stern Show when Shaq said he was 6'11" and Stern asked him why he is listed at 7'1" and Shaq said because 7' is a psychological advantage. He is a prankster and could have been joking around but it's such a trivial thing.

He WAS joking around and not being serious since he's a bonified and legit 7'1''.
cobra said on 15/May/14
Shaq is a known clownster so it's hard to tell if he was speaking in jest on Howard Stern, and I've never actually seen/heard footage/audio of that event.

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