How tall is Ming Yao

Ming Yao's Height

7ft 5 ½ (227.3 cm)

Chinese Basketball player. Shawn Bradley, another giant of the court has been quoted as saying: "He's not as tall as me. If he's 7-6, I'm 7-8". Yao has stated "I'm 7-6".


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Average Guess (122 Votes)
7ft 5.59in (227.6cm)
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 27/May/20
Yao is 7'7 with boots on.
Canson said on 23/May/20
Yao is 7-8 said on 22/May/20
@Dream,Canson,etc. So if a few NBA coaches/players exaggerate/lie about height then ALL NBA coaches/players must do the same thing, right? Way to go with the stereotyping bruh.

No I didn’t say that. But you’re putting those words in my mouth and using a straw man because it goes against what you’re trying to do which is to make Yao taller than he actually is. Yao was shorter than Bradley and Muresan both
Yao is 7-8 said on 22/May/20
@Dream,Canson,etc. So if a few NBA coaches/players exaggerate/lie about height then ALL NBA coaches/players must do the same thing, right? Way to go with the stereotyping bruh.
Yao is 7-8 said on 22/May/20
@All, I am 100% sure Yao is taller than 7-6, how much taller I am not sure either. I would say he is between 7-7 and 7-8 barefoot.
Dream said on 21/May/20
@Canson I definitely see what you mean though! Sometimes, it can be hard to take their word for it! I could be wrong too!
Yao is 7-8 said on 20/May/20
@Dream, I agree that Sun is taller than Yao. Yao is not 7-9. I just think that the difference is not 3 inches, more like 1" or so. You probably don't watch Chinese TV. I have seen live footage on Chinese TV of Yao and Sun together and the difference in height is very little. I am not sure why there aren't more photos of those 2 though. Hopefully we will see more as they are both in China and will meet again.

@All, There is only 1 photo of a 29 yr old Yao/Muresan and 2 photos of 22 yr old Yao/Bradley back to back. While I don't think anybody here is a "Yao-hater", I am not sure why some of yall favor the Yao/Bradley photos while dissing the Yao/Muresan photo? My explanation is that Yao grew taller, from 7-5 to about 7-8, what is your explanation? It seems yall are just shouting that Yao did not grow taller and Falsone is a liar and Shaq is a liar and Duncan is a liar and Yao/Muresan photo is crap without any kind of solid evidence. What's up with that? I think we need to be more fair and objective. I am not trying to "make" Yao or anybody taller or shorter. I am simply going by photos and witness statements.
Canson said on 20/May/20
@Dream: 7’5 is as high as I could give him. He’s not as tall as Bradley and Bradley measured 7’5.5 and 7’6,25 both. I don’t give credibility to what Anthony Falsone said about him growing as Ernie Grunfeld also said that Bradley Beal grew an inch one specific summer after Beal had reported a couple years before that he grew “another” inch. Net result is Beal was measured 6’3.25” when he was drafted (early morning) and is listed at 6’3” today under the new rules so he didn’t grow. GMs and officials talk up their players all the time with height and weight which to me is silly
Canson said on 20/May/20
FMExTREME said on 19/May/20
@Canson

After reading some of your posts I'm concerned why you think I'm part of someone else with multiple names, I can assure you I am me and I only ever had one name and the reason Rob is keeping the posts on here is because he knows we're all different people, anyway there's no need to hate on Yao he is a living giant of our time and a legit 7'5 & 1/2, that's what this website is all about we predict the correct height for Rob to list and a right upgrade, Yao could be in the 7'6 or 7'7 range especially with his recent photos with Shaq and Sun Ming Ming but at a estimation 7'5 1/2 is correct.

I never said anything about you to my knowledge. If I did please point it out to me
Dream said on 19/May/20
FMExTREME

Dude. He doesn’t hate Yao. He’s just going by what he analyzes. If he hated Yao, he wouldn’t like his skills as a center.

Anyways, I would go for 7’5 1/2”, but not 7’7”. He’s really shorter than Shawn Bradley. Sun Ming Ming also had a footwear disadvantage and he still looks more than two or even three inches taller.

Really, this crazy argument isn’t worth it.
Canson said on 19/May/20
Yao is 7-8 said on 17/May/20
To All,

Yes I agree with Canson. Use facts, such as current photos, first person accounts, etc as much as possible. Avoid using biased opinions or unsubstantiated guesswork such as "I don't like Yao, so I am going to make him 7-4 3/4 no matter what anybody, including Shaq and Tim Duncan, says or a photo that shows Yao to be clearly taller than 7-7 Muresan says" or unreliable evidence such as "look! I found a photo of 16 year old Yao that says he is 7-3 so Yao must be 7-3 now because he didn't grow at all since he was 16!!".

@Yao is 7-8: but you just proved that you’re biased with that statement. You won’t take the 7’3” claims but if someone said Yao is 7’7” you would? Yao is not taller than Muresan. You use pics that favor Yao because you want him to be taller.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 19/May/20
I wouldn't go above 7'5 1/2 for Yao and not below 7'5 1/4. Initially i thought he was only 7'4 1/2-7'5 more looking into it i see a strong 7'5 for Yao.
FMExTREME said on 19/May/20
@Canson

After reading some of your posts I'm concerned why you think I'm part of someone else with multiple names, I can assure you I am me and I only ever had one name and the reason Rob is keeping the posts on here is because he knows we're all different people, anyway there's no need to hate on Yao he is a living giant of our time and a legit 7'5 & 1/2, that's what this website is all about we predict the correct height for Rob to list and a right upgrade, Yao could be in the 7'6 or 7'7 range especially with his recent photos with Shaq and Sun Ming Ming but at a estimation 7'5 1/2 is correct.
Dream said on 18/May/20
@Yao

Okay, so you’re including his thick hair.

Little height difference? Look at Yao’s Hair and Sun Ming Ming’s hair. Sun Ming Ming is clearly the taller of the two.

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Dream said on 18/May/20
@Yao

Okay, so you’re including his thick hair.

Little height difference? Look at Yao’s Hair and Sun Ming Ming’s hair. Sun Ming Ming is clearly the taller of the two.

Click Here
Yao is 7-8 said on 17/May/20
To All,

Yes I agree with Canson. Use facts, such as current photos, first person accounts, etc as much as possible. Avoid using biased opinions or unsubstantiated guesswork such as "I don't like Yao, so I am going to make him 7-4 3/4 no matter what anybody, including Shaq and Tim Duncan, says or a photo that shows Yao to be clearly taller than 7-7 Muresan says" or unreliable evidence such as "look! I found a photo of 16 year old Yao that says he is 7-3 so Yao must be 7-3 now because he didn't grow at all since he was 16!!".
Canson said on 16/May/20
To all,

If we are going to argue at least argue facts honestly and not biased. Don’t make excuses just because you’re a fan of a certain person
Yao is 7-8 said on 16/May/20
@Dream, I thought you were looking at that pic too. I doubt that Yao had footwear advantage. Certain brands of slippers have very thick soles for cushioning purposes. Also, take a look at Yao's wide stance, he was basically doing a quarter split. Also, note Yao's head was leaning to the left, he wasn't standing straight. Also, the camera angle was from the left, favoring Sun a bit. Below is a pic where the camera angle favors Yao, and Yao looks taller than Sun. Despite these factors, Sun still looks max 2 inches taller. Use the ceiling beam as point of reference, and you will see what I mean. I bet if both were standing straight, back to back or shoulder to shoulder, with level camera angle, you will see very little difference in height.

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Dream said on 15/May/20
@Yao

No. I was referring to this, the one in your website, the one you claim Gheorghe Muresan is shorter than Yao Ming. — Click Here

Clearly, Sun MingMing is wearing slippers while Yao has shoes on. Yet, the top of Sun MingMing’s head is well higher than Yao’s big hair. It’s well over 2 inches for sure. 3 inches at least, excluding footwear advantage.
Yao is 7-8 said on 14/May/20
@Dream, I think you were referring to the photos of Yao, Sun, and the Brazilian soccer player Kaka, but I am not sure what you mean by Yao having footwear advantage because you can't see their shoes. Sun Mingming is taller than Yao, but all the pics had very bad camera angles with Yao looking taller in some of them because he was closer to the camera. The best photo I have seen was on one of the Chinese websites I posted previously where they were standing in a restaurant. Yao had a very wide stance with head to one side and Sun, while standing straight, looked about 1.5 to 2 inches taller MAX. This is consistent with me saying that Yao is 7-7 1/2 to 7-8 barefoot and about 7-9 with shoes. Sun is probably over 7-10 wearing shoes.
Dream said on 13/May/20
@Yao Is 7-8

Here is Gheorghe Muresan with Shawn Bradley— Click Here

And I remember seeing Sun Ming Ming, still looking at least 3 inches taller than Yao Ming, even when Yao Ming had a footwear advantage.

If Yao is 7-8, Sun Ming Ming is 7-11, which is a higher stretch.
Yao is 7-8 said on 13/May/20
@Dream, all the pics of Bradley and Yao were taken when Yao was 22 and growing. Since you said Muresan looked taller than Bradley (which I agree with), did you see the pic I posted of 29 yr old Yao next to Muresan? Do you still think Bradley is taller than Yao after looking at that pic?

Yao - 7-7 1/2 to 7-8
Muresan - 7-6 3/4 to 7-7
Bradley - 7-5 1/2 to 7-6ish
Dream said on 10/May/20
Shawn Bradley looked a little taller than Yao Ming and Gheorghe Muresan actually looked taller than Shawn Bradley.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 8/May/20
Rob, Yao's head look kind of short for a 7'5 plus guy like below 10.5". Do you think maybe due to his square looking jaw making his head length shorter?
Yao is 7-8 said on 7/May/20
@Christian 6'5 3/8", So if Yao is 7-5 or 7-4 3/4, then how tall is Muresan? 7-3 3/4? SMH.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 6/May/20
@Yao Is 7-8
It's not impossible that Yao may drop a bit under 7'5", like 7'4.75" at his low, and rounded down to 7'4".
Yao is 7-8 said on 4/May/20
@Chris Junior Hernandez 1990, so if you believe that Muresan is 7-6 3/4 barefoot then we can assume that Muresan is about 7-8 with shoes. Since Yao looked taller than Muresan in that photo (at shoulders, eye level, top of the head, Yao just looked the taller man), we can say that Yao is at least 7-9 with shoes. I am not a photo expert, but the photo looks pretty legit to me. The camera angle was level, no tilting up or down, and both players looked jovial and relaxed. No one player standing military straight and the other player slouching BS. Of course if there is a photo expert who can analyze the photo, that would be even better!
Yao is 7-8 said on 4/May/20
@Editor Rob, do you think Yao joked with Shaq that he was 7-4 because Yao visited Celebheights and read some of the lowball estimates here? LMAO.

@Chris Junior Hernandez 1990, whenever I look at the photos of Yao I always look at the date stamp because Yao grew taller while in the NBA. Most of Yao's photos next to other players, such as Shawn Bradley, Kevin Garnett, etc, were taken during Yao's rookie year when he was 22 and measured 7-5. The photo of Yao and Muresan was taken in 2009, when Yao was 29 and presumably reached his full adult height of 7-8. That's the way I look at it. Also, if you look at Shaq next to 22/23 yr old Yao vs Shaq next to modern day Yao, Shaq looks distinctly smaller. This is what I think prompted Shaq to say Yao is actually 7-8.
Geazy said on 3/May/20
Rob , look at this picture with Shawn Bradley , they are exactly the same height , both standing the same way mit similar footwear , is it possible that Yao Ming is 7 ft 6 in the morning and maybe 7 ft 5 in the evening?Click Here
Editor Rob
A guy Yao's size has a greater chance of shrinking near 2 inches from wakening first thing to going to bed.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 3/May/20
@Yao is 7-8

Strange that Yao once claim to Shaq that he is only 7'4 making the big Shaq shout out no way lol. Other thing is i mean Muresan is 7'6 3/4 w/o shoes on. The picture we cannot see any ground or shoes could be a tilt down picture from Muresan side which gave disadvantage impression that he is shorter than Yao, which is simple as that. You should see how Yao stack up with 6'11 Kevin Garnett and 6'11 3/4-7'0 Shaq in the past i'm not even sure he look over 7'5 1/4 with them. (given lowest height of the day from all the mention players)
Geazy said on 3/May/20
Rob , look a this picture with shawn bradley they are standing both the same and they are exactly the same height yao ming and bradley

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Afka9 said on 2/May/20
I think he could 7 ft 7 inches. He is very taller than shaq

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viper said on 2/May/20
Phil Jackson actually said that?

LMAO
Canson said on 2/May/20
@Christian: 😂
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 1/May/20
@Yao Is 7-8
Alright then
Canson said on 1/May/20
Canson said on 29/Apr/20
@Editor Rob: I don’t understand why you don’t remove some of these asanine comments being I’ve seen you remove comments of others in the past who estimate egregiously low and the comment “cannot be taken seriously”.
Editor Rob
If Yao can be civil, then it's reasonable to allow some comments, within reason.

@Editor Rob, I guess somewhat civil, but I meant as far as the estimate or comment. I recall once you deleted someone’s comment when they estimated a celeb egregiously low

For the record, Taco Fall measured 7’5” barefoot this year before the season and 7’5.25 at the pre draft and that was likely a morning measurement.
Canson said on 1/May/20
Canson said on 29/Apr/20
@Editor Rob: I don’t understand why you don’t remove some of these asanine comments being I’ve seen you remove comments of others in the past who estimate egregiously low and the comment “cannot be taken seriously”.
Editor Rob
If Yao can be civil, then it's reasonable to allow some comments, within reason.

@Editor Rob, I guess somewhat civil, but I meant as far as the estimate or comment. I recall once you deleted someone’s comment when they estimated a celeb egregiously low
Editor Rob
There's a fair amount of silly estimates, but I let a proportion through as I'm sure folk have read over the years.
Yao is 7-8 said on 1/May/20
@Christian 6'5 3/8", Yao is probably 7-9 w shoes on, but unless he starts growing again in his 40s, I will be sticking to Yao is 7-8 in the foreseeable future. LMAO. I changed user name because recent evidence, especially the bang on photo of Yao next to Muresan, led me to believe that Yao's final adult height is closer to 7-8 wo shoes. Remember, Yao entered NBA when he was 22 and still growing. Both Shaq and Tim Duncan have said that Yao was 7-8. In fact, Shaq changed his estimate of Yao's height from 7-7 to 7-8 over the years, which probably meant that Shaq also noticed Yao got taller.
Yao is 7-8 said on 30/Apr/20
@Editor Rob, what you say should apply to everybody. Let's keep the comments strictly height-related and civil.

@Chris Junior Hernandez 1990, are you saying that Muresan is 7-6 3/4 w or wo shoes? Keep in mind that Muresan is supposedly the tallest NBA player ever and Taco Fall measured 7-7 in shoes. To me, Yao looks noticeably taller, at least an inch difference IMO. From my experience if someone is less than an inch taller than you, it's not really noticeable.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 30/Apr/20
@Canson
It's funny how the "Yao Is 7-8" poster, initially went with the username "Yao Is 7-7". So what's next, is it gonna be "Yao Is 7-9"?
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 29/Apr/20
@Yao is 7-8

Obviously Yao is nothing over 7'7 with shoes on. Muresan could be always 7'6 3/4 peak and poorer posture and camera angle suggest that Yao look 1/4 taller than Muresan than 1.5" shorter than Muresan.
Canson said on 29/Apr/20
@Editor Rob: I don’t understand why you don’t remove some of these asanine comments being I’ve seen you remove comments of others in the past who estimate egregiously low and the comment “cannot be taken seriously”.
Editor Rob
If Yao can be civil, then it's reasonable to allow some comments, within reason.
Yao is 7-8 said on 28/Apr/20
@Editor Rob etc., both Yao and Muresan were standing relaxed, the camera angle is level,and yet Yao is clearly taller. Muresan is likely legit 7-7 or 7-6 3/4, which means that Yao is 7-8 or close to it, 7-7 3/4. That photo you posted of Bradley and Muresan is far away and had a very bad camera angle pointing up. There is another photo, closer and more level, that shows Muresan to be clearly taller than Bradley even with a relaxed posture (Click Here).
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 27/Apr/20
The 1/2 upgrade did surprise me. But looking at Yao with 7'9 Sun Ming Ming i did have guess he look more 7'6 than 7'5, but no way Sun holds 7'9 a low since he was measure in the morning did probably be a good 7'8 1/2 guy so Yao stand the whole chance to be 7'5 1/2.
Canson said on 12/Apr/20
@Dream: you’ve never been like that in my book. You’ve always been a great guy and poster from what I see.
Dream said on 10/Apr/20
@Canson

That is true too! Don't worry about it. I was once like that. I would gladly say things have changed, a lot!

As of Yao, I feel that a lot of high 7 Footers, will loose a lot more height through out the day, than say, us, because their torsos are large in general.
Dream said on 9/Apr/20
Well, he looks 7'6" with Shaq -- Click Here

And Yao isn't standing at his best. Even if Shaq was 6'11.75", that makes Yao Ming 7'6", in that photo, above.

Here, Yao also makes Shaq look 6'9". -- Click Here
Canson said on 8/Apr/20
@Editor Rob:. Muresan clearly isn’t standing as straight as Yao and Chris Webber said that Muresan was 7’6 but not that that carries weight because Muresan supposedly measured 7’6.75 too.
Editor Rob
a lot of time he probably looked 1-2 inches less than he might have measured due to not being able to stand as tall.
Canson said on 8/Apr/20
Dream said on 7/Apr/20
@Yao is 7-8

Dude, it's fine. I agree Yao is 7'5.5", but no need to pester someone, over one's opinion. As long as Yao was measured barefooted, this listing is fine. If he was measured 7'5.75" without shoes, I can see this listing for sure.

Read my post to him. I agree with you. It’s def not worth it Dream. You’re too good a guy and poster for that. He did the same to me a couple years ago and you can tell from him using what he said about Shaq and Yao being 7’8” in shoes and changing his name to 7-8 etc that he clearly wants Yao to be taller than he is. Shaq claimed to be 6’11 twice and 6’11.75 once. so if Yao is 7’8” in shoes hes 7’3 In shoes. He has a agenda. I don’t agree with him of course and I think Rob has it fine at 7’5”. Even if he dips below a guy that size loses so much height that 7’5 could be a midday and 7’4.5 potentially his afternoon. That’s not to mention that the trainer Anthony Falsone is not credible. Phil Jackson once said that Scottie Pippen was actually 6’9 barefoot and that he lists himself 6’7 as reverse psychology. That’s BS because we know Pippen if even he made 6’7” afternoon height it was just a solid 6’7”. I don’t rule out 200cm in the afternoon for Pippen at times. He wasn’t as tall as Magic in some pics
Dream said on 8/Apr/20
@Canson

Truthfully, I really can't see Yao at 7'7", but I can see how Yao can look 7'6" at times. Sorry, that poster did that, honestly. Yao is really one of the best centers, who's at least 7'5" or a half inch more.
Canson said on 8/Apr/20
@Editor Rob: I can't see 7ft 7-8 for him, but his 7ft 6 claim isn't exactly hard to imagine. The tallest Shaq has looked with Yao was Back to back, but I think a lot of times Yao can look taller than 7ft 5.
On average, a lot of people have given him 7ft 5.5 on here and I think I would give him that figure.

What about this picture? Shaq claims 6’11.75. Even if we use 7’0.25, that makes Yao no taller than 7’4.5-7’5 range

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Editor Rob
I spent a while looking at yao as I hadn't for a while, I could see him overall looking over 7ft 5 I feel.
Canson said on 8/Apr/20
Yao is 7-8 said on 5/Apr/20
@FMExTREME@Dream@Editor Rob@Canson


Nobody cares. You’re obsessed with making Yao taller as is evidenced in your ever changing usernames. If you believe he’s 7’7 or 7’8 go ahead. Nobody is stopping you. I don’t think he is that tall. I doubt he’s over 7’5” that he was listed before
Canson said on 7/Apr/20
@Yao is 7-8: please do not post to me as I am not going to get into another silly debate with you on Yao’s height. You have your fanboy beliefs as your username suggests being you want him to be taller than he’s listed and I feel that he is around 7’5 or a little less into the upper 7’4” range. Let’s leave it at that. You’re going up and down this page picking arguments and projecting your ignorant views on people who don’t agree with you and you use any piece of evidence to adjust your claim upward as you went from 7’7 to 7’8”. Does him being taller make him a better player or person? No it doesn’t. Now Listen to how you sound? Shaq says he’s 7’8” ROFL 🤣
Dream said on 7/Apr/20
Also, he was measured 7'5 1/2" without shoes.

If anything, I think this listing works.
Dream said on 7/Apr/20
@Yao is 7-8

Dude, it's fine. I agree Yao is 7'5.5", but no need to pester someone, over one's opinion. As long as Yao was measured barefooted, this listing is fine. If he was measured 7'5.75" without shoes, I can see this listing for sure.
Yao is 7-8 said on 7/Apr/20
@Editor Rob, BTW, you didn't answer my question, who do you think looks taller in that photo of Yao standing next to Muresan? I am interested in and respect your opinion.

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Editor Rob
Yao can look taller, but so could Bradley. Muresan could be shorter than he was billed as being, but he may also have had issues with standing as tall as guys like Yao/bradley can manage.
Yao is 7-8 said on 7/Apr/20
@Editor Rob, with all due respect, that photo you posted was from February of 2004, when Yao was only 23 and not done growing. Also, Yao was obviously leaning back, twisting his head, and not standing straight. The photo of Yao and Muresan was from 2009, when Yao was 29 (and presumably done growing). It is well known among Chinese sports fans that Yao Ming understates his height. There is an article on another Chinese website (link below) with the same photo. You probably can't read Chinese but the title says "If you are going to lie about your height, no big deal, just don't stand next to someone similar in height".

Click Here

There is concrete evidence that supports Yao being 7-8:
1. Shaq has been saying for years that Yao is 7-8. This is coming from someone who has played against and known Yao for many years.
2. 6-8 Bill Welsh who worked at the Tom Landry Center in Dallas and actually met both Yao and Bradley and estimated that Yao is 7-9 in shoes.
3. Most importantly, photo of Yao standing next to Muresan that shows Yao to be clearly taller. If Muresan is truly 7-7 wo shoes, then Yao is 7-7 1/2 at the very least.

I just don't think that anybody who is serious about finding out Yao's true height can just simply dismiss Shaq and Bill Welsh's statements and that photo. I think that Yao's height should be adjusted to at least 7-7, same as Muresan.
Editor Rob
Yao can look 7ft 7 with some folk, but his head looked nearer the camera adding some height. I don't know if I've seen enough to think 7ft 7 or 8 is what he'd measure.
Yao is 7-8 said on 5/Apr/20
@Canson

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Canson, take a look at the last photo on the website above, taken in 2009 with Yao standing next to Muresan. Still think Yao Ming is 7-4ish and your boy Shawn Bradley is taller? ROFL.
Yao is 7-8 said on 5/Apr/20
@FMExTREME@Dream@Editor Rob@Canson

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Shaq has said that Ming's real height is 7-8 (wo shoes) and most people are incredulous. Well, I just found definitive proof that Shaq is right! Take a look at the website above, the last photo, taken in 2009 with Yao standing next to Muresan. A picture is worth 1000 words. So who is taller? Who is the true tallest player in NBA history? You decide. Editor Rob, after looking at the pic, do you still think Yao Ming is 7-5? LMAO.
Editor Rob
I can't see 7ft 7-8 for him, but his 7ft 6 claim isn't exactly hard to imagine. The tallest Shaq has looked with Yao was Back to back, but I think a lot of times Yao can look taller than 7ft 5.
On average, a lot of people have given him 7ft 5.5 on here and I think I would give him that figure.
FMExTREME said on 3/Apr/20
Yes as I mentioned last year when I thought that photo showed Yao and Bradley look the same height, looking at it again as I said top of the head Yao looked taller albeit I noticed he is standing slightly closer to the camera, but still it shows they're both in the 7'5-7'6 range, good chance Yao is over 7'5 then and even now, 7'5 1/2 seems right.
Dream said on 3/Apr/20
I can see a case for 7'5.5".
Yao is 7-7 said on 31/Mar/20
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Above is what 6-8 Bill Welsh who worked at the Tom Landry Center in Dallas and actually met both Ming and Shawn had to say. Bill was 100% sure that Ming was more than a foot taller than him and that Shawn, whom Bill saw often, did not look as tall at 7-6. So I would venture to say that Ming did grow taller after 24 and that he is most likely 7-7 now wo shoes, though his last documented height wo shoes is 7-5 3/4 when he was 24.
Yao is 7-7 said on 26/Mar/20
Rob, here's a quote from Ming's coach Anthony Falsone, you can google it yourself: "According to the Houston Rockets strength and conditioning coach, Anthony Falsone, he is still growing. Falsone says Yao was 7' 5" tall without shoes on (7' 6 1/2" with shoes) in October of 2002, but that by September of 2004, he had grown to 7' 5 3/4" in height barefoot, and to 7' 7 1/4" in height with shoes on." There are basically 2 photos of Ming and Shawn standing back to back, both taken in 2002 when Ming was 22 yrs old and measured 7-5. In one photo, Ming was slouching badly whereas Shawn was upright. In the other one taken in November of 2002(see link below), Ming was standing upright as was Shawn. The pic is high quality so if you download and blow it up, you can clearly see that Ming was the same height or slightly taller. There is no way that he was shorter than Shawn in that photo. It's likely that Ming grew even more after 24, but the last documented height, as measured by coach Falsone, is 7-5 3/4 wo shoes and 7-7 1/4 w shoes. The last documented height of Shawn was 7-5 1/2 wo shoes as measured at the 76er's training camp (Shawn was listed as 7-5 by draftexpress). So it's fair to say that they are both 7-6. Rob, I think Yao is due for an upgrade to 7-5 3/4.

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Editor Rob
I remember you mentioned the quote a few years ago. It's not infeasible he is between 7ft 5 and 6 range.
Jean214 said on 15/Mar/20
7'5 in Prime
With more younger 7'0(213.4)
Shaquille O'neal
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Today 7'4 5/8 (225.1)
With. 6'11.5 (212.1)
Shaquille O'neal
Alienx1995 said on 15/Mar/20
Hey rob, what do you think about adding Bob Wegner . Apparently he's the tallest person in the US at 7'8.5".
Hanov said on 14/Mar/20
@Canson

Shawn Bradley doesn't look over 7'6 overall, a weak is better for that monster.
Hanov said on 14/Mar/20
@Canson

We don't know if he was joking, a solid seven foot is possible but not more.
Canson said on 13/Mar/20
@Hanov: my guess would be 212.5-213 range. He claimed 6’11.75 recently on Inside the NBA but lunchtime height Rob could probably still list him at 7’0”
Hanov said on 11/Mar/20
@Canson

Max 7'0.5", worst 213
Canson said on 9/Mar/20
@Hanov: I don’t Necessarily think 7’4 flat but into the 7’4 range. That could mean between 7’4-7’5”. How tall do you have Shaq is another question? I have him max 7’ or slightly under 7’0” maybe 6’11.75”
Hanov said on 7/Mar/20
@Canson

Yao looked at worst 12 cm taler than Shaq, he can't be 7'4". You said Shawn Bradley is 7'6, no make sense that if you think Yao is 7'4"
Canson said on 26/Feb/20
@Junior: I will say I’m not sure if his year was a morning measurement. Amare Stoudemire looks the 6’8.5 range (barring any growth) and Caron Butler looks the height he’s listed 6’5.25 (no less than 6’5” range). They were all 2002. Now the thing that I will keep as a good possibility is that he loses more height than the rest being well over 7’0”. So it’s possible he dips into the 7’4 range as a result and I’m sure you will have your guys who lay down before to decompress. That’s more prevalent now a days but I wouldn’t be surprised if people did it then. I just can’t see Yao being one of those guys because he didn’t need extra height
Canson said on 26/Feb/20
@Junior: I will say I’m not sure if his year was a morning measurement. Amare Stoudemire looks the 6’8.5 range (barring any growth) and Caron Butler looks the height he’s listed 6’5.25 (no less than 6’5” range). They were all 2002. Now the thing that I will keep as a good possibility is that he loses more height than the rest being well over 7’0”. So it’s possible he dips into the 7’4 range as a result and I’m sure you will have your guys who lay down before to decompress. That’s more prevalent now a days but I wouldn’t be surprised if people did it then. I just can’t see Yao being one of those guys
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 20/Jan/20
@ArchieSauze 7'5 3/8 in kungfu sneakers. Lol. He was measure 7'5 barefoot in the early morning 7-8am. Usual low should be 7'4 1/2 let alone 7'6 but 7'5 3/8 he can make it in vans or puma sneakers.
ArchieSauze said on 9/Jan/20
but now that i think about it i think he is 7 ft 5 in 3/8
ArchieSauze said on 9/Jan/20
I believe he is 7'6"
FMExTREME said on 13/Nov/19
After looking at the picture with Yao and Bradley again where Yao was in T-shirt, if you concentrate on top of the head it’s actually unclear who’s taller due to hair but at a guess both looks the same height, strange.
Wes Holleman said on 2/Nov/19
@Alienx1995 yes and no I haven’t the closest is my step dad who is 6’8
Alienx1995 said on 22/Oct/19
@ Wes holleman, are you really 7'5"? If you are, have you ever met anyone around your height or taller?
Wes Holleman said on 19/Oct/19
@2tallman I’m 7’5 i don’t ever find anybody on these sites at or taller than 7 ft
FMExTREME said on 6/Oct/19
After reading some of the comments on here it seems like a few on here are hell bent on making Yao Ming as short as they can, yeah whatever he can lose height during the day as much as anyone else but looking at him pictured (and in person) next to other tall basketball players barring Shawn Bradley he looks 7’6 and I believe first thing in the morning he is in the 7’6 range and doesn’t look any shorter today, 7’5 listing in the afternoon might even short change him, especially lately he looks like he has 7inches on Shaq and a few other 7footers, he certainly didn’t look like the laughable claim of 7’3 3/4 in the evening next to 7’9 measured Sun Ming Ming, there was no way 5 inches between the 2 of them, Yao next to Sun and Shaq alone looked almost 7’7, although he isn’t I don’t think he drops below 7’5 after a hard day, someone prove to me a 7 and half footer drops 2 inches or more after being up for 12hours or more then It’ll believe it otherwise even at night Yao is at least 7’5.
Also I want to see him next to Shawn Bradley again both barefoot, sure Shawn might have an inch I think at eye level but height is measured at the top of the head and I believe they’re close, no more than an inch definitely.
Canson said on 28/Sep/19
If you look here, it says that Yao measured 7’6 1/4 (presumably in shoes) since Fall was not 7’7” barefoot. Fall measured 7’5 1/4” barefoot which means Yao was not above 7’5” barefoot and could have possibly Been less even assuming that these aren’t morning measurements

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2tallman said on 3/Sep/19
I can see him being 7'6" to 7'7" when next to other players over 7' tall. I'm 7'1" and he is a head taller than me.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 14/Aug/19
Which one closer to his head size?

A. 26cm

B. 26.5cm

C. 27cm
Editor Rob
A-B range
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 5/Aug/19
Rob, whats the measurement of Yao's head length from your estimate?
cmillzz said on 5/Aug/19
@Arslan
210 cm is closer to 6’11 than 6’10 btw. Still exceptionally tall either way.
Canson said on 4/Aug/19
@Junior: I think 7’4” range for Yao at a low. He could lose a lot tho
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 2/Aug/19
@Arslan 6'10 210 CM
Wow you're a giant of good height :) 224cm a yes for absolute low.

@Nh?n Nh?n
Yao wear sneakers in the morning would easily measure that.

@Canson
Sometimes i suspect he is 7'3 3/4 but more towards 224cm.
Arslan 6'10 210 CM said on 19/Jul/19
224cm on the dot
Nh?n Nh?n said on 16/Jul/19
I think his real height is 2,29m because he's real giant :)))
Canson said on 25/Jun/19
“To all those saying he was shorter are dumb. Yao is probably even taller.”

Now this is a dumb statement. The NBA would list him taller if he actually were. And the man came out of his mouth and said before that he was 7’3 3/4 and was said to be 7’5”
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 25/Jun/19
Yao had claim 7'4, 7'5 and 7'6 three version. So 7'5 is best shout.

@abc123 More like 228cm in sneakers. 231.5cm not even with a hair.
Robbe said on 5/Jun/19
@Y07,i dont know about Kevin Love, but i know 100% sure Lauri Markkanen is 7ft barefoot, and he looks ridiculous short with Yao. Looks easily 6in shorter in the pic i posted earlier. But then again, its just one picture among others. Pictures can lie, as we all know.
abc123 said on 4/Jun/19
Yao is a solid 228 cm barefoot and 231.5 cms in shoes.
Canson said on 27/May/19
I doubt he’s 7’7” in the morning. Likely 7’6 out of bed and falls below 7’5” at a low
Y07 said on 24/May/19
@Robbe There's a problem though, Kevin Love is 6'9 1/2" with shoes on though. But during the pre-draft measurements, he is measured at 6'7 3/4". So he's no where near 6'10". 7'5" for him is most likely, maybe under 7'5" at the very wory worst at his absolute lowest measurement. With him he could probably measure near 7'7" first thing in the morning.
NBA420Fan said on 19/Mar/19
He was slightly shorter than sun minming 7'9 confirmed height so he's probably like 7'6 To all those saying hes shorter are dumb. Yao is probably even taller.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 4/Mar/19
Not over 7'5 or under 7'4 1/4.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Mar/19
Rob, did you lower this guy?
Editor Rob
Ming's not been touched for ages.
Erik C. said on 23/Feb/19
Keep in mind that picture is probably of prime/peak Yao and he’s tilting his head in a particular way that would probably make him APPEAR taller next to Shaq. AND, in addition to that, even if he did grow after that point he’s probably suffered from loss anyway what with his NBA career, his weight (which is probably now heavier than his original billed weight), and of age as he’s nearly 40 years old and simply bc of his size in general. AND, bc of being a guy of his size/stature and weight, he almost certainly loses a ton of height throughout the coarse of a day. So currently, at his most compressed low, the highest I can possibly argue for him is 7’3 1/5. Perhaps currently 7’4 1/4 first thing in the morning out of bed. But peak 7ft4 1/4. I personally don’t buy the 7’5 listing Rob has for him.
Yang (5ft 8 Chinese men) said on 12/Feb/19
Around 7 footer 5 and half. Definitely one of the tallest men in the Earth who can make Kobe Bryant and other famous basketball players with 200cm aka 2m height range look like Dwarf. Cool thing is that one of the tallest men in the Earth is from my country China.. But he isnt first tallest men in the Earth cause there is guy from Turkey the tallest men in the Earth whose height is 8ft 3 or so.. But one of the tallest basketball players in Earth? oh yes...
Bard said on 8/Dec/18
This guy is well within the top 50 tallest living people on the planet (even in the event that he's 'only' 7'4 - 7'5), don't see why you gotta bring race into it lol. He's a giant anywhere in the world. He's also easily the top 10 tallest living people without a pituitary problem. 6'6 is 'very tall', Yao is far beyond that. I agree he's probably an inch shorter than Bradley based on one of the few pics where they're standing tall, but I'd definitely like to see them meet up nowadays to see if there's really any difference at all.
Michael, 5'10" 178 cm said on 4/Dec/18
Yao is 7'5" end of story, he looks it with Shaq and he is an inch shorter than Bradley. He's still a very tall man, let alone for a Chinese person. I don't why people are saying he's 7'6" when he's obviously shorter than Shawn Bradley and why everywhere on the internet he's listed as being 7'6". He gets 7'5" from me, let's just end this debate, okay! The man is 7'5" end of discussion.
Canson said on 28/Nov/18
@184guy: I could see Bradley measuring that but he looked taller than Yao to me. Bradley May have grown when he came in the league or maybe it wasn’t a low for him since he got 7’5.5 and 7’6.25. Yao could surely look 7’5 at times tho I’ll say. Guys that size lose a heck of a lot of height tho in a day
Robbe said on 26/Nov/18
On the left with 7ft Lauri Markkanen, and on the right with 6'10 Kevin Love.

Click Here

Looks easily 7'6 with these guys.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 24/Nov/18
I would’ve thought 7’5.25” for Yao, next to Shaq and even next to other giants slightly taller than Yao himself.
184guy2 said on 22/Nov/18
@Canson , I persnonally believe he is nearer 7'6 than somethin like 7'3.75
He looks bigger recently than when he was still playing
Canson said on 10/Oct/18
@Bard: it’s tricky at times. Yao can look 7’5” at times but 7’4” other times. I could almost buy him measuring 7’3.75 but that’s definitely gonna be a low for him, perhaps an extreme low. For all intents and purposes he’d be 7’4” at that stage. 7’6” just doesn’t add up. It’s a shoe height if anything. Shawn Bradley is comfortably taller than he is. It’s hilarious when people have diminished the difference between he and Bradley and say they’re the same height. That’s the exact same thing that people do when they want to make Conan 6’4” when he clearly isn’t more than about 191cm. Kobe and Barkley are both under 6’5 and he’s not within 1/2” of either player.They claim that he’s 1/4” shorter than a legit 6’4 guy just to make him 6’3.75 (as if we can see a 1/4” difference between two people that easily). In most of said pics, the difference is minimum half inch or even 2cm. Certain celebs have benchmarks here for some reason.
Canson said on 10/Oct/18
@Bard: it’s tricky at times. Yao can look 7’5” at times but 7’4” other times. I could almost buy him measuring 7’3.75 but that’s definitely gonna be a low for him, perhaps an extreme low. For all intents and purposes he’d be 7’4” at that stage. 7’6” just doesn’t add up. It’s a shoe height if anything. Shawn Bradley is comfortably taller than he is
Bard said on 7/Oct/18
Yeah I agree Canson. It's interesting that they can look so close in height regardless, and the camera angle in some photos like the one I just posted with Dirk can really distort things, just like that Shaq photo a few years ago.
Bard said on 6/Oct/18
Kinda forced perspective, but lol:
Click Here
Canson said on 6/Oct/18
Muresan is not standing straight. I remember Chris Webber called Muresan 7’6” as well. Possible Yao is close to 7’5 but that’s the max I’d give him.
Bard said on 29/Sep/18
He looks as tall as Muresan here:

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Canson said on 11/Sep/18
@Rob: depending on when it was. He may have been measured in shoes in the NBA we don’t know and when he came over he was an adult. It’s possible someone his size just loses an enormous amount of height in a day compared to an average sized person
Editor Rob
It just seems extraordinary when you see him with guys like Shaq to think he might be as short as 7ft 4.
2 inch shrinkage for guys that height is possible, it would be interesting to find the greatest height variation from morning to night for somebody.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 10/Sep/18
@Canson

How old was he when he made that quote? Maybe he wasn't finished growing yet, I don't know. Not saying that 7'3 3/4" isn't impossible though.
Rising - 174 cm said on 10/Sep/18
Well, Yao's trainer Anthony Falsone claimed Yao measured 7'5.75" w/o shoes and 7'7.25" w/ shoes in the fall of 2004 after a 21 year old Yao had measured 7'5" w/o shoes and 7'6.5" w/ shoes in summer 2002. I'm not saying that's true or false, but that is what Falsone said and it honestly looks plausible with 7'1.25" Mutombo in fall 2004: Click Here Click Here
Canson said on 9/Sep/18
@Rob: remember that Yao also said he was measured 7’3 3/4. Maybe he’s not downplaying it and maybe that’s a low for him
Editor Rob
I'm sure he grew after that measurement though.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 7/Sep/18
Strange that Yao claim 7'4 to Big Shaquille.
Editor Rob
Maybe downplaying it to make others seem shorter.

I have seen a few tall people do that as a wind-up attempt.
Canson said on 31/Jul/18
@Bard: that’s reasonable
Bard said on 8/Jul/18
227 cm out of bed, 223 cm at night
Canson said on 7/Jul/18
@Shane: agreed!
Shane said on 7/Jul/18
@Canson @Rob I doubt he would ever be 7'5 1/2" barefoot but who knows. That said, if Rob lists people based on afternoon heights then we know this 7'5" listing is well off since he has been measured under 7'4". I'd say something like 7'4 3/8-1/2" would be fair.
Shane said on 7/Jul/18
@Canson @Rob I doubt he would ever be 7'5 1/2" barefoot but who knows. That said, if Rob lists people based on afternoon heights then we know this 7'5" listing is well off since he has been measured under 7'4". I'd say something like 7'4 3/8-1/2" would be fair.
Canson said on 5/Jul/18
@Shane: very possible he could’ve been like 7’5.25-.5 and dipped to 7’3.75 after a game too. He could lose 1.5” and maybe even more on a day where he’s hitting an extreme low
Shane said on 4/Jul/18
A guy this size can easily lose 1.5 inches from out of bed to night. So if Yao could measure 7'5" early in morning he could dip under 7'4" easily and was measured at under 7'4" once. He might still be a bit over 7'5" barefoot out of bed. Like 7'5" 1/8 perhaps.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 28/Jun/18
Yao head doesn't look long but wide. 26.5-27.3cm my estimate in length. But maybe close to 11" too.
Bard said on 24/Apr/18
Just to clarify I was referring to Yao's head as around 11 inches long. Pustina's could have easily been 12.
Canson said on 18/Apr/18
@Bard: his head is huge
Bard said on 30/Mar/18
His head could be around 11 inches long. 13 is definitely absurd but Rob explained already.
mrtguy said on 29/Mar/18
Rob, let’s just say hypothetically if his head is 13 inches long ( which it’s not) how big would you say Pustina’s head size is because it’s certainly larger by much??
Editor Rob
Pustina's acromegaly made his eye-chin much more prominent, but his top of head to eye wasn't that big, so overall I am not sure it would be near 13, maybe close to 12.

Some photos his head is nearer and looks bigger than it is.
mrtguy said on 28/Mar/18
Dave618 said on 20/Mar/18
Rob what do you estimate his head length to be? Looks absolutely massive. In several pictures where he’s dwarfing people it looks like it’s twice the size of an average head
Editor Rob
You could understand an estimate of 13 inches for him.




Rob, are you joking or overestimating ??

This is what a 13 inch head should look like on 7'4-7'5'' body. Click Here
Editor Rob
I'm saying I can understand if somebody estimated his head at 13...because in some photos it certainly could look near it.
Dave618 said on 20/Mar/18
Rob what do you estimate his head length to be? Looks absolutely massive. In several pictures where he’s dwarfing people it looks like it’s twice the size of an average head
Editor Rob
You could understand an estimate of 13 inches for him.
Canson said on 8/Mar/18
Viper he may not be and I honestly don’t see Yao quite as high as 7’5 at a low. 7’4 range tho for sure
Bard said on 1/Mar/18
Conan, do you have a pic of them together? I wouldn't be surprised if they looked the same height. Tacko is probably also close to 7'5.
viper said on 27/Feb/18
Tacko is not 7-6. No college lists a player at their real height.
Conan said on 25/Feb/18
He is shorter than Tacko Fall about 1 inch. Tacko Fall is 7 ft 6 in (229 cm) so Yao Ming must be 7 ft 5 in (226 cm)
ImAlexandros said on 19/Feb/18
1. Brahim Takioullah 246cm 8' 1"
2. Alexander Sizonenko 237cm 7' 9¼"
3. Sun Ming-Ming 236cm 7' 8¾"
4. Ri Myong-Hun 235cm 7' 8½"
5. George Bell 234cm 7' 8"
6. Neil Fingleton 233cm 7' 7½"
7. Arshavir Grigoryan 233cm 7' 7½"
8. Paul Sturgess 232cm 7' 7¼"
9. Abdramane Dembele 232cm 7' 7¼"
10. Kenny George 231cm 7' 7"
11. Gheorghe Muresan 231cm 7' 7"
12. Manute Bol 231cm 7' 6¾"
13. Malik Sidibe 229cm 7' 6¼"
14. Christopher Greener 229cm 7' 6¼"
15. Jorge Gonzalez 229cm 7' 6"
16. Shawn Bradley 229cm 7' 6"
17. Bob Wegner 229cm 7' 6"
18. Yasutaka Okayama 229cm 7' 6"
19. Mu Tie-Zhu 228cm 7' 5¾"
20. Max Palmer 227cm 7' 5½"
Johnson said on 4/Feb/18
Howard is only 4-5 cm shorter than Pau Gasol
Canson said on 4/Feb/18
@Bard: I’ll give credit to Steve Nash. He’s claimed 6’1” but I see him as a rounded 6’1” more like 6’0.5ish. Which is perfectly understandable to be honest. But more egregious offenders are like love although to his credit he said he’s 6’9” barefoot on the best day of his life which likely means the 6’7.5-.75 is accurately his afternoon height. Meaning he’s prob a touch under 6’8” really
Junior Hernandez said on 4/Feb/18
Dwight Howard might be solid 6'9 even could hit 6'9.5" if measure in the morning and 6'10 out of bed. Yao Ming lowest should have clear 7'4.5" look 7'4.75" max with 6'11.25" Kevin Garnett.
Bard said on 4/Feb/18
Absolutely Canson. There are a good number of offenders like Steve Nash and Kevin Love who are shorter than other players listed lower than them, yet they still stick to their claims.
Canson said on 3/Feb/18
Agreed Bard. That’s most of these listings here. There are some guys however that don’t even get near their listed heights in shoes. Some names such as Deangelo Russell comes to mind. Deangelo for sure. Russell is 6’2 range next to clarkson Kobe or Commissioner stern
Bard said on 2/Feb/18
Makes sense man. At the end of the day it isn't much of a difference. He can definitely clear 7'6 in basketball shoes, so his NBA listing is par for the course.
Canson said on 1/Feb/18
@Bard: all of that could be true. I can see Howard a hair over the 6’9” as with Durant he looks it. I have Yao around 7’4 range but a bit lower in it. Not quite 7’4.75. I’d say more 7’4-7’4.5
Bard said on 21/Jan/18
Looks around 7.5 inches on Howard tbh, Yao's head is easily 10.5 inches long. I wouldn't put Howard under 6'9.25, so Yao appears 7'4.75+ to me there. Sampson is barely looking 7'0 tbh.

3cm is possible, but Shawn and Yao should meet up again or get laser measured at the same place just to see what it actually is. You can tell Shawn is boosting his eye level by looking at the top of their ears. I'm not saying Yao can't be 7'4 range, just that he's probably closer to 7'5 most of the time.
Canson said on 20/Jan/18
@Bard: it’s at least an inch imho. Maybe not two but 1.5” or min 3cm. I also see Yao with 6’9” Dwight Howard and that’s not an 8” difference. Yao has a larger forehead but still. I wouldn’t put it past Howard to have gained maybe 1/2” and be 6’9.5 possibly. Yao still looks 7’4” range with him.

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Bard said on 19/Jan/18
Bradley's head is tilted up and his head is smaller. Yao's posture is also worse tbh. We also don't know footwear. I'm still going with 1 inch diff max.
Canson said on 19/Jan/18
I don’t know. That looks over one full inch there. Look at their eye levels and take into account Yao has thicker hair and that he’s slighty closer to the camera.

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Canson said on 18/Jan/18
@Vegas: for the record the links you showed come from the measurements on Draft Express. So again my comment below is my reasoning. But again you have yours and I respect it. I just don’t agree with what you’re saying about it necessarily being accurate

@Derrifk: btw if you want to talk about downgrading then I can call you an upgrader saying Lebron is “nearly 6’8” like you did when he wasn’t measured that high
Derrifk said on 18/Jan/18
@Canson dude I respect you and all but stop downgrading everyone like that there is no way in hell Yao is 7’4.
logan said on 17/Jan/18
Yao is almost 7'6" but most likely at the 7'5" range. Bradley is not 2 inches taller than Yao. But Yao is 7'5" 1/2 in the morning and 7'5" at night and 7'6" 1/4 with basketball shoes.
Vegas said on 16/Jan/18
Again the measurements are directly from the NBA and was posted on the official NBA site, the address is "Click Here"
Click Here

Not sure why you argue published measurements so much and believe a supposed measurement that we have zero proof took place.
Canson said on 10/Jan/18
@Bard: 7’3.75 and 7’4 aren’t much of a difference although I agree with you. He looks generally 7’4”. But it’s a very honest and straightforward statement I made to Vegas in that if someone measures 7’4” (at that size) dipping to 7’3.75 and measuring at night it isn’t impossible.
Canson said on 10/Jan/18
@Vegas: of course if he claimed 5’11 or 8’ those would be outlandish. But he didn’t. He claimed 7’3.75 which is specific. And no the NBA measurements are not from the NBA . The disclaimer is right there on the Draft Express site. It clearly says that they did not measure anyone and that they are just printing what writers have said. So there’s my reasoning right there. And Yao has multiple measurements as does Bradley and looking at them Yao looks shorter. Yao could very easily have been measured as 7’3.75 and it could’ve been a mistake as opposed to the other we don’t know.

As far as time of the day you are wrong on that. They are not all at the same time of the day. It clearly says that 2008 was held in the afternoon and 2009 was in the morning. Not that this applies to 2002 but that shows that they are not held at the same time of the day each year like you are saying so that dispels your argument right there. If two people measure the same thing at different points in the day that explains it
Bard said on 4/Jan/18
It'd be pretty damn hilarious if Yao claimed he was 5'11, but yeah he's definitely shortchanging himself saying 7'3 range. 7'4 range would be more believable, and he's definitely 7'5 range in the morning.
Vegas said on 3/Jan/18
2 inches thing was a mistype, should have said "there is not 2 inches there".

The measurements are straight from the NBA on the official nba site not draftexpress. All measurements will take place around same time of day. I mean if yao stated he was 5'11 or 8 foot would you be trying to make a case for it?
sach said on 1/Jan/18
Mr.Rob why do you not add paul strugges in basketball player's group? You list him in tallest man group as 7'7.25". Add him here.
Editor Rob: he is added to the bball players tag now
Canson said on 28/Dec/17
@Vegas: I don’t put complete stock into what Draft Express says someone is. One example is If the measurements take place at different times of the day. Say Yao is early morning at about 7’5 and Bradley is 7’5.5 afternoon then it’s going to be possibly a 1.5” diff if Yao dips to 7’4” by the afternoon. NBA hasn’t always done 1/4 and never 1/8” increments. Not saying that is the case with either of them because we honestly do not know. But if you refer to the draft measurements then that’s the type of disparity you can see. I know from 2008 to 2009 it was mentioned that that occurred. Morning in 09 afternoon 08. Im not sure if that was the case prior to that in other years but we don’t know is all that I’m saying. And In other years I know that there were no 1/4” increments as well.
Canson said on 28/Dec/17
@Vegas and Logan: I didn’t definitively say he was 7’3 range I mentioned that he claimed it before. I also said I don’t know the validity of his measurement that’s him claiming 7’3 or the Rockets claiming to have measured him 7’6 or 7’5.5 whichever they claimed. I also said could be 1.5 or 2” so I don’t see what either of you is saying. Are you saying it’s less? I do believe Bradley is taller than Yao. Bradley was said to have measured 7’6.25 and 7’5.5. The thing with someone his size he can easily vary more in height than someone my size at 6’4 let alone someone even shorter who’s under 6’0”. So 7’5.5 could’ve been accurate or he may have grown to 7’6.25. Imho next to other players Yao looks somewhere 7’4” range. But then again someone his size can vary greatly throughout the day so it’s not unfathomable he could be 7’5 range in the morning and 7’3.75 like he claimed at night. But again I don’t know the source for a 7’3” range claim. That’s what SJH mentioned below 7’3.75 and Shaq mentioned himself on Howard Stern that he himself is 6’11” range as well. People take those as downplaying but in reality they may not be it could be that the other listed heights are off which is possible being it’s the NBA and lots of heights are off as is. I can mention players I’ve met whose heights are accurate such as Caron Butler Carmelo Anthony Keith Bogans to name a few. But have seen some players where I question their pre draft like John Wall as I have enough evidence of people being around his “supposed measurement” next to him that make him look under 6’2”.

@Vegas: you clearly said that there were 2” back on 14 Nov17. That is the pic I’m referring to.I don’t always go off pics especially not the one with Kareem and Sampson etc. That pic is angled the same way that the pic with Rock and Suh that you posted on rock’s page and even in this pic Kareem is clearly taller than Sampson they aren’t that similar in height it’s a difference of at least an inch (more like 3cm in the pic you posted) It’s maybe an inch in almost every other pic that is posted that we see of them when they were younger as well. But Sampson next to Dwight Howard is 7’0” as well next to a 6’9” guy.
Logan said on 18/Dec/17
Oh yeah by the way Canson that's not 2 inches and Bard I totally agree with you.
Logan said on 18/Dec/17
I don't see Bradley being 2 full inches taller than Yao. Bradley is always buckling his knees to try to make himself look tall. Proof, him with George Muresan who is 7,7.25 Bardley looked a tiny bit taller. I say Bradley is about 0.5 inches taller than Yao. Yao might be 7'6" but chances are barefoot, he is probaly 7'5.75.
Bard said on 17/Dec/17
Yeah I still believe he's around 7'5. The pics with Shawn are not necessarily completely trustworthy, and it is def not impossible that he grew a little since them.
Thanks for answering Rob!
Vegas said on 15/Dec/17
Canson you really see 2 inches there, no chance based in that photo. Bradley was 7'5.5

The nbas own official site released the measurements of the 2002 draft, google "2002 pre-draft camp heights and weights nba.com" and the first link should be the PDF. There it reports yao was measured 7'5 barefoot and 7'6 1/4 in sneakers

If yao is 7'3 3/4 then a big downgrade is needed for everyone. He towers guys like Ralph Samson Click Here and Samsons always looked similar height to Kareem and kareem himself still looks 7'1 range today Click Here

I would believe that yao grew a little since being measured at 21 before I would believe he is 7'3 range.
Canson said on 14/Dec/17
@Vegas: could be 2 or 1.5. Bradley shows 7’5.5 and 7’6.25. Not sure the validity on Yao he claimed 7’3.75 once
Bard said on 9/Dec/17
Hey Rob, how likely do you think it was for Yao to end up at this height? His mother is listed at 6'3 and looks it, but his father looks significantly taller than his 6'7 listing, around 6'9 range. Even so, you'd still expect a son to be around 7' at most, not this much over. Thoughts?
Editor Rob: definitely helps having very tall parents, and with the right combination of tall genes you see how he ended up at the very tall end of a possible range, maybe 5-6 inches more than you might expect.
David Allen Patrick Maddox III said on 8/Dec/17
I honestly don’t think they lied Yao’s height he damn sure had 4 inches on Shaq
Bard said on 15/Nov/17
Honestly it barely looks like an inch difference, Vegas. Even in the other photos, Bradley is titling his head up to give the illusion of a bigger difference. Bradley also likes stretching out in his photos, whereas Yao looks more relaxed. He looks as tall as Muresan in their back-to-back though it's been confirmed that he's shorter. I don't think there's more than 1 inch between Yao and Bradley, and it's probably less today.
Vegas said on 14/Nov/17
He was measured 7'5 barefoot during 2002 draft

There is 2 inches there Click Here
Canson said on 28/Oct/17
@Junior: I agree. That could be a morning height and could also be a situation where maybe he laid down before being measured. I could buy anywhere from 1.5-2” height loss for him. The other possibility is he may actually have been undermeasured or measured on an extreme low. He may only come down to 7’4”. I can believe Kobe measuring 6’4.75 at his lowest as a true height but for him he’s so tall it’s harder unless someone is on a chair. The one thing I will say tho is back to back with Bradley he looks a good 1.5-2” less. So Bradley 7’5.5 makes sense if Yao is right near 7’4.
Matthew Robinson said on 26/Oct/17
I can accept Yao being 223 cm at night and perhaps 227-ish cm or near it first thing in the morning. Even though he can look a little taller at times, I can believe it. It would seem especially likely given some of Yao's claims and Shawn Bradley's assessment of his height, I can see it.
Junior said on 24/Oct/17
@Canson

Yao might had the potential to drop off 1.75" during the day like out of bed at 7'5.5 and goes to bed at 7'3.75". Maybe measure in draft camp early morning at 7'5 and one time measure himself before sleep at 7'3.75".
Canson said on 21/Oct/17
@Height sky: def possible. I went with 2” just because of him saying 7’3.75 as his height. I honestly believe he was measured closer to 7’5” not 7’6. The 7’6” is a shoe height imho and he’s likely during the morning hours 7’4-7’5
Height Sky said on 29/Sep/17
@Canson

I don't think Yao drops near of 2 inch, more like 1.5 inch
Johnson said on 29/Sep/17
Guys check the pictures back to back with Shaq

He has 10 cm on O'Neal... no more
Canson said on 25/Sep/17
@Matthew Robinson: someone who posted here (think S.J.H) once said that they saw where he said 7'3.75. That I can agree with being his height in the evening. He does look more like 7'4". But he could at that size dip from 7'5 and change to 7'3.75
Matthew Robinson said on 22/Sep/17
I wouldn't question that he's about 7'5" because he generally looks about that height a lot of the time... Except that he reportedly claims to be 7'3" barefoot: Click Here

It's hard to imagine that he's just 7'3" flat but perhaps he does fall a nibble under the 7'4" mark at night and wakes as a big 7'5"? Like 227 cm in the morning morning 223 cm night. Hard to envision him being shorter than that, but if he's claiming to actually be 7'3" it's hard to think he's really measuring 7'5"+ at night.
hardguy said on 14/Sep/17
legit 7'7 in his prime imo.. looked tall beside shaq..in his big shoes i suspect he is 7'9.75
Canson said on 9/Sep/17
He could very well vary significantly maybe being 7'6" out of bed and even being 7'4" range or at night
BIG N said on 2/Aug/17
I'd say 2.27 meters
Tyson said on 17/Jul/17
He is listed 7'5 for the NBA these last years and Shawn Bradley looks 1 inch taller, if Yao is 7'5.5, Shawn isn't under 230 cm.
Mark(5'9.5") said on 13/Jul/17
When someone is too easily over 7'0", it is easy to mistaken them as much taller.

Between 7'5" - 7'6" is what I would guess Yao Ming at.
even said on 12/Jul/17
7 foot 6 out of bed
7 foot 5 late at night
Mirko said on 10/Jul/17
I think he is taller than me
Logan said on 12/Jun/17
He look about 5 inches taller than shaq maybe even 6 inches but he is totally 7,6
Guanzo said on 10/Jun/17
Looks 6' taller than Shaq

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Gunner said on 9/Jun/17
ROB are you familiar with Adam Rainer supposedly he was the only human to ever exist being dwarf and giant??Click Here
Editor Rob: it's one of those cases which sounds implausible, but in fact seems to have been a very rare instance of someone being very short and then extremely tall. I wonder if another case like that will exist?
Canson said on 8/Jun/17
Shaq isn't 7'1" he's not as tall as Wilt. He's at most a solid 7'0". Yao is at most a solid 7'5" like Rob has him
Logan said on 29/May/17
Looking at pictures with Shaq which is 7,1 I think he is 7,6.5
John said on 10/Apr/17
He has to be 7'6. Why would he add an inch, when he's already a giant?
Sandy Cowell said on 18/Mar/17
It's intriguing to note that, although the Chinese average for men and women is considerably less than in most countries, you always find a super-tall Chinese man and woman comfortably sneaking into the 'very tall' categories!
Ming gets 7ft5 from me! SEVEN FOOT FIVE! That's got to be the tallest person I've commented on for 2 weeks at least!
S.J.H said on 15/Mar/17
@Bard

Indeed true and the tallest chinese player who ever got into NBA history :)
Canson said on 14/Mar/17
@Bard: very intelligent and love the comment! Height doesn't have any bearing on someone's credentials and don't know why people here on this site think it does

@S.J.H: well said as well! Common sense says that Yao is not as tall as Shawn Bradley. Bradley was taller all along. Yet Yao was better which sums up what I said to Bard as well. Sampson is only 7'0 tall that's the truth. People assume he was taller because people embellish Hakeem Olajuwon who was really only 6'9" and that's according to Mario Elie his own teammate (he said Dream was only 6'9"). It makes sense with what Robert Broome said about Patrick Ewing. Ewing was about 6'10" barefoot I think maybe today he's 6'9" and change. Ewing was taller than Dream and shorter than Robinson or Shaq.
Bard said on 14/Mar/17
7'4, 7'5, or 7'6, he's still a legend.
S.J.H said on 9/Mar/17
@Guanzo

7'3 is close to 221cm. Yao on his own word 223cm 7'3-3/4 that might be his lowest in normal day and 7'5 was precisely 226.06cm since nba draft camp measure players mostly in the morning 6 to 7am like blake griffin mention on a youtube video. Yao ming might be 7'5.5 out bed and drop to his absolute lowest 7'3.75 losing 1.75" a day for a giant like him is normal day and another giant shawn bradley might have got one time 7'6 in early morning but dip as low as 7'5 since he was 3cm taller than Yao. Sampson is only 7'0 and precisely near 7'1 in the morning between Yao and Sampson is more like about 4" some picture Yao is closer to camera that i could understand that might fool you he was 5" taller than Sampson but not certainly not 6" and like Canson say Yao is only 4-5" taller than shaq. By the way no way Yao was 1/4" taller than shawn bradley, bradley is 3cm taller than Yao that was the truth. Don't listen to the article say by the coach. In 2008 Yao attend a tv show in china have told the host he is 223cm believe it or not in 2008 he is 28 years old and he never grow since he started draft into nba.

Click Here if you're chinese and good in the language than i you can read more on this the top of the page it mention it. I'm not chinese and i am not that fluent in mandarin but i can read some here i took chinese class since 6th grade. This article can't fool people who can read it. He did confess he was only 223cm. What time he really measure himself barefoot we don't know but truth he is only near 7'4 or we can say he is 7'4 not over
Canson said on 8/Mar/17
@Guanzo: I don't think you're a fanboy. But you're saying Yao is 6" taller than Sampson? I don't see that. And what S.J.H said has merit behind it. Yao could dip to that with his long torso and he's really only 4-5" over Shaq. I'd air toward 7'4" but don't see a full 7'5 honestly at his lowest and I agree with SJH
Guanzo said on 7/Mar/17
Click Here

Now if Yao is 7-3, then Sampson is what? 6-9??? I am not a Yao fanboy, I am just trying to get to the truth. Truth is some men do grow at 22 or even later, and Mr. Yao, as his coach said, grew from 7-5 to 7-5 3/4. When Yao was 22 yrs old Bradley was 1/2 inch taller than Yao, true, but when Yao was 24, Yao was 1/4 inch taller than Bradley, AND THAT IS THE TRUTH.
Canson said on 5/Mar/17
@Bard: that's feasible. He could lose 2 full inches. Like s.J.H mentioned he may come down to 7'3.75. The things to take into consideration he may have been measured improperly as tall as he is now this could be too low or too high. Either way. Maybe he wasn't really 7'6 or not really as low as 7'3.75. Maybe he wakes to 7'6 flat and gets down to 7'4 is another possibility. The thing with Yao in addition to being tall is he has thick hair. Hair that thick regardless of whether the stadio pushes it down still influences the measurement you get.
Bard said on 4/Mar/17
Completely agree Canson. Yao's height probably fluctuates around 2 inches every day. Ewing and Hakeem were more like 6'10 peak, and close to 7' in shoes. Shaq is still around 7'1 in shoes.
Canson said on 3/Mar/17
@Bard: the way to tell would be to see him against someone like Wilt or Kareem prime both 7'1ish and 7'2ish prime. Shaq's height is kinda a mystery like S.J.H said he looks sub 7'. Even a best case of Kobe at 6'5" would make shaq a solid 7'. Kobe is 6'4.75 tops tho and making shaq 6'11.5-7'0". What is more interesting is that shaq still looks two inches taller than supposed 7' guys like Ewing. I know a poster Robert Broome once said he has stood next to Rwing as he is his neighbor and that he looked 6'9" and change. Maybe Ewing has shrunken from 6'10 prime as he's in his 50s now. Yao next to a 6'11.5-7'0" Shaq looks 7'4"-7'4.5 tops imho. Not 7'5" but 7'5" he would measure earlier in the day easily maybe 7'5.5 and 7'6 out of bed. He can easily lose 1.5" per day
Bard said on 2/Mar/17
I don't think Ming has ever tried to exaggerate his height. There's even an article that says he told the interviewer that he was only 7'3 without shoes. I seriously doubt he's that low, he probably just didn't care and shortchanged himself. Pretty much everyone who's been seen with him would also have to be downgraded in that case, as he looks at least 7'5 in just about every pic, especially with supposed 7 footers. This is a guy who is reminded perhaps hundreds of times every day how tall he is, and he is almost certainly sick of it. This listing is very fair.
Canson said on 27/Feb/17
@S.J.H: try telling that to Yao is 7'7 1/4. The poster below. He's a fanboy. Yao looks 4-5" taller than Shaq so my guess is Shaq is 7'0" max or even drops below like he said he was 6'11" and change on Howard stern's show and Yao 7'4"ish. But I want to shed light on a comment someone made to you below when they said show them proof of him saying that. It's funny how when someone gives the appearance of downgrading a height that "proof" or "evidence" is needed but had you said you heard Yao say 7'8 there'd be no questions asked or no proof needed. I relate to you on many levels because while my height isn't a problem at 6'4" and change I surely wouldn't want to be any taller because I know what it looks like and how it looks next to a doorway whereas people here just inflate like it makes a person a better athlete or person if they do it
S.J.H said on 26/Feb/17
Shawn Bradley draft measurement is 7'5.5 and took off the half inch from morning measurement he is 7'5 and comparison with Yao he seem to look 3cm taller not 2" as he thought. Yao ming himself had clarify and confess he was only 223cm (7'3.75) at least twice on china tv show and in america he once claim 7'4 to a host and he told big shaquille he is only 7'4 must have make a round up
Victor Surratt said on 4/Feb/17
Rob, you ever seen him? what is the max height you seen in your life?
Canson said on 23/Jan/17
I'll say He's as listed 7'5" not 7'6". Sampson is at his eyebrow or above and Sampson is 3" taller than Howard. Rob is once again on point
Bard said on 22/Jan/17
Fair point, I can certainly buy 7'5 and change. Just going by his minimum height. He could be close to 7'7 out of bed, and he certainly looks over 7'5 with Sampson.
His head is at least 2" bigger than mine lol, even though mine is fairly large for my height at close to 10". I was just talking about the distance from eyebrows to top being 1" more than mine.
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 21/Jan/17
Bard, though Sampson's NBA listed height of 7-4 is a bit exaggerated, he is legit 7-1.5 to 7-2 wo shoes and 7-3 with shoes. Just google photos of Sampson next to Kareem. Sometimes they looked the same, sometimes Kareem looked slightly taller, sometimes Sampson looked slightly taller, but less than 1/2 inch separates them, if any. Even assuming that Yao's head is only 1 inch bigger than yours, which I doubt, that would make Yao at least 7-6.5, but more likely 7-7 barefooted. I don't know why bloggers here refuse to accept that Yao got bigger since he joined the NBA at 22. Anthony Davis grew an inch from 23 to 24. Click Here. Dennis Rodman was 5-6 at age 19, then went on a huge growth spurt in college, Scottie Pippen was 6-1 as college freshman, etc. etc. Yao at 22 would have been a college junior, so it is conceivable that he went from 7-5 to 7-7 from 22 to say 25, especially since we are talking about a person way above 7 feet...Yep, at least 7-6, no doubt.
Bard said on 19/Jan/17
Yao's head is massive, and Sampson barely reaches his eyebrows. I'm 6' and it's 4 inches from my eyebrows to the top of my head. Yao's distance must be easily 5 inches, so he's at least that much taller than Sampson, going by that picture. I'm gonna stick with 7'5 barefoot, but Sampson would have to be barely 7' nowadays then.
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 19/Jan/17
@Canson, you want to see 4.5 to 5 inch height difference? Sampson was standing next to Dwight Howard, who was measured 6-9 barefooted in NBA camp. Now that is 4.5 to 5 inch height difference. Now compare how Sampson looks next to Ming Yao, do you still think it is the same height difference? If you still think so, then you are definitely delusional. It's at least a 5 to 6 inch difference, which makes Yao about 7-8 with shoes on or probably 7-6 1/2 to 7-7 barefooted.
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 19/Jan/17
@Canson, we can debate about Yao's height all we want but in the end it doesn't matter what I say, what you say, what Editor Rob says, or what anyone says for that matter. In the NBA books Ming Yao is listed as 7-6, same as Shawn Bradley, and that is the ONLY height that matters and it will never change. End of story.
Canson said on 19/Jan/17
@Yao is 7'7 1/4: how is that 4"? Sampson is up to mid forehead on him. Sampson is 7'1 barefoot not 7'2. He was not as tall as artis Gilmore and Kareem. You're correct Kareem was 7'1 7/8 (practically 7'2). Quit making up stuff just to make Yao taller.
Canson said on 19/Jan/17
Sampson is 7'1" barefoot not 6'2. Check your facts before you post. And that's not 4" inches 3-4"
Canson said on 19/Jan/17
@yao is 7'7 1/4: So how do you explain Bradley being taller than him? no don't use the excuse of Yao's forehead being bigger as to why he is as tall. He's not as tall as Bradley. Rob acknowledged that as well and quit using the "he grew after his rookie season" because he is still shorter in pics. You saw the pic as clear as I did and Bradley acknowledged he's taller than yao "if he's 7'6, I'm 7'8". Yao "supposedly grew after his rookie year as he was still listed 7'5" so quit saying that pic is from then as an excuse. And Stop making height about yao's achievements as a player. It has nothing to do with it. You are clearly immature and insecure if you think height is that important. It's irrelevant to Yao's hall of fame career where as Bradley is pedestrian at best and was really not a tough player at all. Again this site has him at 7'5 so you are basically telling rob to add an inch. I'll leave it at 7'5" and am done discussing this with you. You obviously want your boyfriend to be an inch taller than he is. And don't give me the bs about humble. Shaq exaggerates with the best of them. But his word is better because you want your boyfriend to be taller. I bet if it were Shaq calling Yao 7'3" and Yao calling himself 7'7 he'd be less credible than Yao. You know it too because your clear agenda is to make Yao taller. You have indicated it quite clearly in all of your posts not to mention your initial attack on me and Elite as haters because we downgraded his height a fraction of an inch. Again what does height have to do with his accomplishments? He is 7'5" Bradley 7'6 according to Rob which one made the hall of fame which one is the bum? What is your fascination with making Yao taller? Why do you live vicariously through him? Are you some short insecure man who wants himself to be taller so inflates others around him and wishes the world would have a growth spurt? Are you envious of him because he is intelligent more so than you are? Or is it that he has the athletic skills you wish you had? Maybe the fact that he is more secure in places other than that where it wouldn't require pulling out tweezers to barely find things? Which of those is it?
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 19/Jan/17
@Canson, yes I would believe Shaq's words over Yao's. Shaq did not make up the 7-7 number. The whole league heard about Yao's growth in height when Yao was re-measured in training camp. That was also why the NBA changed Yao's height on his profile page from 7-5 to 7-6. You gotta understand also that Yao came from a culture where being humble is a great virtue. So he is not going to be brash about his 7-6 height. If anything, he would be humble and under-state his height. You see some of that even in American culture. For example, Wilt Chamberlain made a bet, and won, with sportswriters in 1980 that he was not 7-2 barefooted: Click Here. Anthony David also said that he would rather be listed as 6-10 than 6-11. So yes I honestly believe that Yao was 7-5 3/4 in 2004 and still growing. Looking at that photo with Ralph Sampson, Yao looked at least 7-7ish, but probably more like 7-8ish(with shoes). Sampson is about 7-2 without shoes, same as Kareem, and probably over 7-3 with shoes on. Kareem is exactly 7-2 (7-1 7/8 to be Guinness Book exact) barefooted. So yeh, Yao is at least 7-6 nowadays, no question.
Click Here - Sampson next to Kareem
Click Here - Yao next to Sampson
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 18/Jan/17
@Canson and others etc. Don't try to get editor Rob involved. It's his website and he can do whatever he wants. As bloggers we can disagree with him too. Editor Rob is not always right you know? Since you are latching on to that 1 photo as evidence of Bradley being taller than Yao, how about this photo? Click Here You can clearly see that Yao is taller than Bradley, though again, the angle and posture come into play (i.e. like Ming Yao in Canson's favorite photo, Click Here, Bradley is slouching a bit). However, in this photo, it appears that Yao and Bradley were equal height even though the photo was taken during Yao's rookie year: Click Here. Just download the pic then make it much larger using a photo editing program, and you can see that they are of equal height and that is because Yao was standing upright like Bradley. You can also see that Bradley wore a smirk on his face, probably realizing that the photo made him eat his words which Editor Rob quoted above: "He's not as tall as me. If he's 7-6, I'm 7-8". Nuff said, peace.
Canson said on 18/Jan/17
So Yao is 7'7 1/4: I guess shaq's word is more credible then Yao calling himself 7'3 3/4 or 7'3. You take whichever makes him taller tho. So if we flipped scripts and Yao called himself 7'9 shaq 7'3 you'd believe Yao of course
Canson said on 18/Jan/17
@Yao is 7'7 1/4: so Kobe Bryant also said tmac was 6'9". He's 6'6-6'7 barefoot and I know his cousin who verified that for me. So I guess if that is what he said then damn measurement sbefause tgey are no good. Point is anyone can say anything. You obviously have a crush and an agenda for Yao to be taller which is fine but quit getting upset with people who make points
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 17/Jan/17
@Canson, Shaq said that Yao is 7-7 in this 2004 LA times article, when Yao was re-measured at training camp to be 7-5 3/4 wo shoes and 7-7 1/4 with shoes:

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"He's a good player, but at 7-7, he's just doing what he's supposed to do," O'Neal said. "So, it's not that I'm going to say I'm not impressed, but at 7-7 you're supposed to shoot over whoever's sticking you." Canson, since Shaq is making Yao taller, does this make Shaq Yao's fanboy? Does this make Shaq Yao's boyfriend? Does this mean Shaq is insecure? Huh? Go ahead Canson, insult Shaq for saying Yao is 7-7 and making Yao taller.
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 17/Jan/17
@Canson, you also mentioned that Yao has a bigger head than Bradley. Did you take that into consideration when looking at the photos of Yao and Bradley? Maybe at the top of the head they are the same though Bradley's eyes sit a bit higher?
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 17/Jan/17
@Canson, well if height doesn't matter then why do you always try to make Yao look shorter instead of taller? You are obviously jealous of Yao being both taller AND a better player than your hubby Bradley. So like a loyal lap dog you latch onto 1 photo of Yao and Bradley taken during Yao's rookie year at a questionable angle and posture and refuse to let it go. You probably constantly mutter to yourself "well at least my hubby Bradley is taller!" just to soothe your own insecurity. That is pathetic in my opinion.
Canson said on 17/Jan/17
@Yao is 7'7 1/4: quit taking your displeasure and trolling out on me: I just call it how I see it and I am more than able to state my opinion. Words like you're a hater etc only indicate that you have an agenda to make Yao. Anytime you use hater or respect with height it's obvious. They have nothing to do with a characteristic that is uncontrollable such as someone's height. So take your displeasure out with Rob then since he is the site master and yes he still has him 7'5". Anyone who knows height and sports knows that players get measured earlier in the day. However when someone likes to "live vicariously" through an athlete and make them taller they suddenly measure at night because you want them to be the height you want them to be. So enough attacking 184 guy Elite and myself. And quit telling me what some damn coach says about someone's height. It's funny how Anthony falsone is correct but when One of Charles Barkley's teammates coaches or GM or trainers say he's 6'4" range it's oh no he has to be taller than that. It's believeable when you want someone to be taller but not shorter. And enough attacking 184guy and Elite as well. They are free to express their opinions uninterrupted as well! Take the trolling elsewhere
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 17/Jan/17
@Canson, at least editor Rob listed Yao Ming's verified rookie height 7-5 (2.26m) and did not try to finagle a "night height" of under 7-5. However, I do think that Editor Rob should change Yao's height to 7-6 since it has been documented by Coach Falsone that Yao grew to 7-5 3/4. Who knows? Yao might be even taller now. The only verified height of Shawn Bradley is 7-5 1/2 measured during draft camp. So if Editor Rob wants to be fair, he should change Mr. Bradley's height to 7-5.5 and not 7-6. BTW, I was a huge Shawn Bradley fan when he came out of BYU. I thought his fairy tale height of being able to touch the rim on his tiptoes and mobility on the court would make him a dominant force. However, he never achieved his potential as he was not physical enough to dominate inside and his jumpshot was just awful. I wondered why none of the coaches taught Bradley moves such as the skyhook and the turnaround jumper. If Mr. Bradley had a midrange jumper like Hakeem Olajuwon, that would have made a huge difference as he could shoot over anyone. I think Yao Ming was also under-utilized. Mr. Yao had a nice jumpshot up to 3 point range, but spent way too much time crammed inside the paint. As he got double and triple teamed most of the time, he did not get enough touches which limited his scoring potential. I think Yao Ming could have easily been a 20pts/10rebounds career player under the right coach and offense.
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 15/Jan/17
@Canson, yes Canson that's like 1/2 inch difference between Yao and Shaq, Yao is actually 7-1, now are you happy? I really wish there is some way to contact Yao or his coach Anthony Falsone to confirm the measurements and shut up Canson, Elite, 184Guy, and all these other closet Yao haters for good.
Canson said on 15/Jan/17
lol Yao is 7'7 1/4": of course the 7'3" is no good but anything to mak him taller is sufficient? Is that what you're saying. Also, how is me downgrading Yao's height hating on him? And by the way how am I downgrading him when Rob lists him 7'5"? I gave my estimate of him being measured and that is that. Height does vary throughout the day so what I said is completely within the realm. You won't accept that however because you have your own agenda of making him taller.
Canson said on 15/Jan/17
After looking at it again 184guy that's not 5-6"

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Canson said on 15/Jan/17
Sorry Yao is 7'7 1/4" in shoes: Bradley is taller than Yao. And it's not 1/2" it's a least a full inch. I think Rob knows what he is talking about here more than you do

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Canson said on 15/Jan/17
@184guy: I meant to say he's 4-5" taller than Shaq not cm. He may be a full 5". It's difficult to tell because Yao has such a large head
Canson said on 15/Jan/17
@Yao is 7'7 1/4" in shoes: well take your frustration with your boyfriend not being listed on this website properly (in your eyes) up with Rob. He has him listed 2.25 as well. You have got to be the most insecure delusional fanboy I have ever seen. "You're a Yao hater because you downgrade his height". What the hell does his damn height have to do with him as a person or his accomplishments as an athlete. You're a joke
184guy said on 14/Jan/17
Yao had about 5-6 inches on Shaq
Now let's try to say that Shaq is 6'11 and Make Yao 7'4ish
Bard said on 13/Jan/17
Well I think anything significantly lower than 7'4 is ridiculous, as is anything significantly higher than 7'6. The guy is massive, end of story.
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes)r said on 12/Jan/17
@Canson, you just answered your own question by your post. Why do I think you are a Yao hater? Because you constantly try to DOWNGRADE Yao's height despite mountain of evidence to the contrary. Yao is listed on NBA website to be 7-6 (2.29m), yet you keep blabbing that he is 2.25m. Yao's coach Anthony Falsone said that Yao grew 3/4 of inch between 22 and 24 yrs old, and yet you keep mouthing off that Yao did not grow, that nobody grows at 22 yrs of age, and that Yao's coach exaggerated Yao's height, as always, with zero evidence to support your statements. Also, why are you so willing to embrace the article that Yao was 7-3 and reject the article in which Yao's coach said Yao was 7-5.75 w/o shoes IF YOU ARE IMPARTIAL AND NOT A YAO HATER? Why did Yao say that he is 7-3 in that article? Could be a mistranslation from metric to feet (Yao was speaking through his interpreter Colin Pine), could be Yao trying to be humorous, who knows? Yao is obviously way taller than 7-3. Take a look at this photo of Yao next to Ralph Sampson: Click Here. Ralph is listed at 7-4 but is probably closer to 7-2 (about same height as Kareem). Now if Yao is 7-3, then Sampson is what? 6-9??? I am not a Yao fanboy, I am just trying to get to the truth. Truth is some men do grow at 22 or even later, and Mr. Yao, as his coach said, grew from 7-5 to 7-5 3/4. When Yao was 22 yrs old Bradley was 1/2 inch taller than Yao, true, but when Yao was 24, Yao was 1/4 inch taller than Bradley, AND THAT IS THE TRUTH.
John said on 12/Jan/17
7ft7 nowadays. Probably 8ft at peak, due to a lot of injuries.
Canson said on 10/Jan/17
@Yao is 7'7 1/4 with shoes: what is a Yao hater? Never heard of that term nor do I know what it means. Are you calling us haters because we downgraded him by a cm? Rob has him listed as 225 (and we don't know what time of day he was measured so my along with Elites measurements are closer than yours). You're basically calling Rob a hater as well. Not to mention you are clearly a fanboy who wants your boy Yao to be taller. You must be insecure about your own height if you are calling Elite and myself haters because we "downgrade" someone's height. That's the first sign of it when someone takes downgrading of height (even though it's not downgrading as we are simply listing out of bed and at his lowest). What does height have to do with respect? Since you are saying we "hate" on him. Sorry but I don't take that fanboy approach. I call it how I see it. And by the way don't make up stuff. Bradley is and was taller than Yao. Bradley measured 7'6.25 and 7'5.5. Yao was passed the point where he'd grow when he was in Houston. Likely more that he was measured earlier or that they lie, you know when someone embellishes or misstates something. That does happen in sports you know. So quit taking shots at people and making stuff like "he's a hater" because he doesn't think he's as tall as he is listed. Nobody takes you seriously after your two posts you have here as you clearly have an agenda. Finally why would Yao say he is only 7'3.75? Yao isn't but 4-5cm taller than Shaq by the way. He's 7'4 range tops at his lowest if Shaq falls sub 7'0". We don't know when any of these athletes was measured exactly people just assumed it's their lowest and in your case you want those to be his lowest measurements because you want him to be taller for some reason.
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 1/Jan/17
Here's a "tale of the tape" article from USA Today dated 10/29/2002. Houston Rockets coach Anthony Falsone took exact measurements of Yao during his rookie year, when he was still growing. Please stop letting your Yao-hating bias blind you to concrete facts. Click Here. Mr. Falsone even took measurements of Yao's bicep,forearm, and waist size, is that precise enough for all you Yao-haters?
Houston Rockets strength and conditioning coach Anthony Falsone took exact measurements of Yao Ming last week. Falsone said the one surprising measurement was Yao's 7% body fat. Most NBA big men, Falsone pointed out, are in the 10%-15% range. "He's on the lean side, but he's not dieting to do it, so I'm not concerned," Falsone said.

The tale of the tape:
• Height, shoes off: 7-5
• Weight: 296 pounds
• Wingspan, fingertip-to-fingertip:
90 inches
• Standing upward reach,
flat-footed: 9-7
• Body fat: 7%
• Shoe size: 18
• Neck: 16 inches
• Chest: 42 inches
• Waist: 36 inches
• Hips: 46 inches
• Right thigh: 26 inches
• Left thigh: 26 inches
• Right calf: 18 inches
• Left calf: 19 inches
• Right biceps: 12 inches
• Left biceps: 12 inches
• Forearms: 12 inches
Yao is 7-7 1/4 (with shoes) said on 31/Dec/16
Canson and Elite, where did you get your info from? I presented photo evidence and actual quote from Shaq. Don't just spout off your wild Yao-hating guesses as facts. Did you actually measure Yao in the morning and at night? Did you actually measure Yao barefoot and with shoes on? Houston Rockets coach Anthony Falsone certainly did. Here is a direct quote from newspaper article: "According to the Houston Rockets strength and conditioning coach, Anthony Falsone, he is still growing. Falsone says Yao was 7' 5" tall without shoes on (7' 6 1/2" with shoes) in October of 2002, but that by September of 2004, he had grown to 7' 5 3/4" in height barefoot, and to 7' 7 1/4" in height with shoes on." Here's Shawn Bradley's actual predraft measurements where he was measured at 7-5.5 w/o shoes: Click Here. Now if Bradley is listed as 7-6, so should Yao. In reality, Mr. Yao is slightly taller than Mr. Bradley after Yao stopped growing.
Elite said on 31/Dec/16
I think he's 225cm barefoot. In shoes he could very well be 228cm.
6 foot tall said on 30/Dec/16
Shaq said that Yao is 7-7 in this 2004 LA times article:

Click Here

"He's a good player, but at 7-7, he's just doing what he's supposed to do," O'Neal said. "So, it's not that I'm going to say I'm not impressed, but at 7-7 you're supposed to shoot over whoever's sticking you. He's a long, long drink of water. I probably won't help out [on the defensive end] as much. I'll probably lean on him a little more, get him tired. And hopefully in the fourth quarter I'll have a little more than he will."
Canson said on 27/Dec/16
223-224 cm barefoot. A guy this size will start the day at 228 possibly and drop to 223 by the end of the day. He's a 7'4 and change guy at most at his lowest
Joseph said on 26/Dec/16
Rob, what's the height of Yao Ming shoulders and where does a 6 ft 2 man stand next to him?
6 foot tall said on 19/Dec/16
Ok, please allow me to end this debate once and for all. The photos of Yao Ming standing back to back against Shawn Bradley were taken during Yao's rookie year when he was 22 yrs old. As the Rockets coaching staff has confirmed, YAO MING GREW ANOTHER INCH DURING HIS ROOKIE YEAR SO THAT WHEN HE RETURNED THE FOLLOWING SEASON, HE WAS MEASURED PRECISELY at 7-6 without shoes and 7-7+ with shoes on. That's why Shaq said after one game when he got outplayed by Yao that Yao was 7-7 and supposed to do that. The growth is not surprising for a 22 yr old giant since Anthony Davis at 23 grew an inch from 6-10 to 6-11 (with shoes on though). Even during his rookie year, Yao was same height as Bradley at the top of the head. In one photo Yao was obviously slouching whereas Shawn was standing upright. In the other photo (Click Here) Yao was also standing upright and you can clearly see that though Bradley's eyes sit higher, giving the appearance of being slightly taller, the top of their heads is actually level. I think if you have Yao in 2016 standing back to back against Bradley, you will clearly see that Yao is a bit taller. Anyhow Yao is in the Hall of Fame as 7-6 and therefore will officially be that tall forever. PLEASE STOP HATING AND CHANGE YAO'S HEIGHT TO 7-6.
Bard said on 1/Dec/16
Would a flat 7 footer appear short to Yao Ming?
Elite said on 1/Dec/16
He seems to be 7'4.5"
Leonardo 1.73m said on 4/Nov/16
Sorry, my guess in Giant Gonzalez was 2.30m, i wrote wrong.
Leonardo 1.73m said on 3/Nov/16
Tallest basketball players ever

Suleiman Ali Nashnush 2.42m
Alexander Sizonenko 2.37m
Sun Ming Ming 2.33m
Ri Myung Hun 2.32m
Gheorghe Muresan 2.31m
Manute Bol 2.31m
Neil Fingleton 2.31m
Paul Sturgess 2.30m
Giant Gonzales 2.29m
Kenny George 2.29m
Yasutaka Okayama 2.28m
Shawn Bradley 2.28m
Mamadou Ndiaye 2.26m
Chuck Nevitt 2.26m
Yao Ming 2.25m
Tacko Fall 2.25m
Glenn Guinness said on 9/Oct/16
Yao is strong 7'4, a 7'4.5 in the midday and a peak of 7'6.
Bard said on 7/Oct/16
LOL at the idea that he wears lifts. As if he cares at all. He's not American, I'm pretty sure he thinks he's tall enough.
Leonardo 1.73m said on 2/Oct/16
Yao is maybe 7'4.75
Ice said on 30/Sep/16
ROB Angus Mcaskill was probably also the natrualy strongest man who ever lived , having a 200 cm chest while beeing non - obese
Editor Rob: there's still a lot of mystery surround big Angus. Sometimes myths gather legs and grow.
Mathew Robinson (190 cm) said on 25/Sep/16
I'll admit, he looks ever bit of a legit 7'4" - 7'5" guy in photos. But this makes me wonder: Click Here
"He rattled off all kinds of truths, for instance that he wasn't anything like his listed 7-foot-6. Without shoes, he said, he was 7-3."
hijopotamus said on 25/Sep/16
7'6" when he hides a lift inside his shoes.
Ice said on 25/Sep/16
Top 7 tallest non - pathological / natrual Giants Ive ever heard of :

7 . Yao Ming (7'5")
6. Shawn Bradley (7'6")
5. Manute Bol ( 7'7")
4. Neil Fingleton (7'7.5")
3. Paul Sturgess (7'7.5")
2. Ri-Myung Hun (7'8")
1 . Angus Mcaskill (7'9")
Editor Rob: I still don't know if this Angus Giant.
Leonardo 1.73m said on 22/Sep/16
@Canson How tall is Yao after of 5-6 hours in foot for you?

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