How tall is Ming Yao

Ming Yao's Height

7ft 5 (226.1 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 (106 Votes)
7ft 5.39in (227cm)
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
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.

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.

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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:
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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

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" 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

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

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 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

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

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:

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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. 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?
Mark said on 22/Sep/16
Most legit 7 footers are so tall that people regularly guess them at something much taller than they actually are. Ming Yao's billed height is fine because not only he's close to it, but his true giant frame can make people guess him at something much taller than what he claims.
Canson said on 21/Sep/16
@S.J.H: that's certainly possible. Even possible he's a full 7'6 out of bed and drops to 7'3.75 they can lose a lot meaning 7 footers. I never thought he looked 7'6 esp when Shaq dips below 7 at the end of the day by a hair. I saw about 4" on most occasions sometimes 5". I'd still call Shaq a 7 footer but he likely dips to 6'11.75 like he once said
Johnson said on 20/Sep/16
I would like the source for his 6'3.75 measurement claim
S.J.H said on 20/Sep/16

I believe yao was 7'5.5 out of bed an early morning and goes down at 223cm 7'3.75 specifically and the 7'6 listing could be the kind of height with shoe from draft in the morning yao could be like 225cm with bigger insole shoe at 229cm 7'6 and they just submitted 7'6 for Yao and strongly suggested 7'3.75 was a noon height measure by his wife or maybe own measurement
Canson said on 5/Sep/16
@Bard: possible of course but that's a specific number. I think if anything an argument could be made he was under measured (not standing straight or proper) or that's his lowest
Bard said on 28/Aug/16
I'm sure Yao is being modest when giving his absolute minimum height of 7' 3.75". When you're THAT tall, is there really any need to exaggerate?
Canson said on 26/Aug/16
@S.J.H: i can see him measuring 7'3 3/4 at his lowest. I always wondered why he was listed 7'6 in Rockets workouts and assumed barefoot but he wasn't as tall as Shawn Bradley. You do lose height maybe 2" at that size but I could never see him being that tall barefoot when Bradley even was measured as low as 7'5.5 once. Frankly I don't think he's much taller than a Mark Eaton or even Kareem. Easily be over 7'5 out of bed though. The problem when people discuss height in a conversation (at least these days) is that it is deemed "insulting" to say someone is shorter than they "actually" are and ppl don't want to downgrade. Instead, it's well "person A" (who claims but we've never seen them actually measure) Is ABC, you must be at least XYZ because he/she/you are taller. It's never well You aren't that height because he is a legit "XYZ" and you aren't as tall.
Canson said on 26/Aug/16
@S.J.H: i can see him measuring 7'3 3/4 at his lowest. I always wondered why he was listed 7'6 in Rockets workouts and assumed barefoot but he wasn't as tall as Shawn Bradley. You do lose height maybe 2" at that size but I could never see him being that tall barefoot when Bradley even was measured as low as 7'5.5 once. Frankly I don't think he's much taller than a Mark Eaton or even Kareem. Easily be over 7'5 out of bed though
S.J.H said on 22/Aug/16
Yao himself claimed to a tv host that he was only 7'3 and 3/4 barefoot but felt strange why NBA given his height as 7'6 and he never figured out why
Bard said on 20/Jul/16
Absolute legend that's for sure.
Dawkins said on 15/Jul/16
230.5 cm out of bed, 228.5 cm at night.
ly said on 11/Jul/16
Rob do you think his wife is really 6ft3
Editor Rob: she may well be near it.
Canson said on 9/Jul/16
That's what I was thinking Rob. It's always hard with someone that size because they can lose a lot. I honestly can see Yao being over 7'6 out of bed and 7'4 range maybe 7'4.5-7'4.75 at the end of the day (which is why KROC guessed him 7'4). Bradley was measured back in the day when it was later I can see a good 7'7 out of bed and 7'5.5 at his lowest if he really measured that low (like they claim he did) but he always traditionally looked 7'6 with the other trees like Manute Bol (rest in peace) and Muresan. He and Bol were shorter than Muresan
Editor Rob: if you photographed from 7ft 4-5 range, any difference might be more noticeable, shooting from 5ft 6 or eyelevel of an average man might reduce differences at the height of these guys.
Canson said on 6/Jul/16
Rob how much diff do you see between he and Bradley? Looks a lot sometimes but saw a pic where it's virtually within a inch
Editor Rob: 1/2 to 1 inch maybe
Canson said on 29/Jun/16
@Height: Bradley to me was always a legit 7'6 guy. He wasn't much shorter than Muresan or Bol you're right. Yao may lose more height than him throughout the day is possible. Bradley I wouldn't be surprised if he woke up over 7'7 like well over
Height said on 2/Jun/16
Found some interesting facts around the net, all from official Rockets publications and a newspaper:

"According to Jonathan Feigen, who covers the Houston Rockets for The Houston Chronicle newspaper, and Carroll Dawson, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets, Yao Ming, although incorrectly listed at 7-5 without shoes in his NBA draft bio, was actually measured at 7-5 1/2 without shoes. The NBA mistakenly listed him at only 7-5 without shoes on in his draft bio, but he actually measured at 7-5 1/2. Feigen and Dawson also report that by the time Yao arrived in Houston, in October of 2002, he was measured officially at 7-6 barefoot (internet link here, citing officials from the Rockets indeed having measured him at 7-6 barefoot when he first arrived in Houston as he had grown 1/2". Finally, Dawson and Feigen claim that by the end of Yao's 2nd year in the league he had grown another 1/4". Dawson and Feigen claim that Yao therefore ended up at a height of 7-6 1/4" in height barefoot."
Height said on 1/Jun/16
Shawn Bradley, from what I remember was less than 1 inch shorter than legit 7'7" Gheorghe Muresan, so I think it makes sense that he is at his very least a solid 7'6" guy:

Click Here

The acceptable picture of Yao with Shawn Bradley (not the one with the weird angle) favors Shawn a little, since his head is looking up and Yao's looking down:

Click Here

and Yao looks a solid 5 inches taller than legit 7'1.25" Dikembe Mutombo, an both have a very similar stance:

Click Here

So I think the difference between Bradley and Yao might be actually less. Shawn Bradley I believe is a legit 7'6"-76.25" / 229cm and Yao could be more 7'5.75" / 228cm. With Bradley at 7'6.25" and Yao at 7'5.75" the half inch edge that people claim as the least between them stays the same...still it's just 2cm taller, but again this could help explain why Yao seems to edge 7'1" guys like Ralph Sampson or Mutombo by more than 10cm (4 inches) and dwarfs Shaq, whom I presume is more a 7'0" / 213cm guy.
Canson said on 26/May/16
Lol. So People are now calling Bradley 7'7 or 7'7.5 just to make Yao 7'6? That is ridiculous. Bradley was measured 7'6.25 and 7'5.5 supposedly. So No way he's 7'7+.maybe the 7'5.5 was weak as I believe he's 7'6. But Im with KROC on this one. He met him Yao in person and stood next to him and classified him as 7'4 range. If anything, Yao is the full 7'5 as listed, Bradley the full 7'6 as listed. But This "inflating" of someone just to accommodate another person is a crock and don't get why people do it so often in real life and here
Bard said on 15/May/16
He could well wake up at 7'6 or even taller. I personally think he's at least 7'5.

I'm just saying that even the biggest trolls on this website couldn't possibly argue less than 7'3.75 without being delusional.
Height said on 13/May/16

The Difference between Yao and Sampson is visibly more than 10cm (4 inches)
BruceWayne said on 13/May/16
Maybe Ralph Sampson is not really 7'4"... He and Kareem appears to be of the same height at 7'2" (with basketball shoes)...If Hakeem Olakuwon is only 6'10" (by his own admission) then Sampson would only be 7'2" because he appears to be only 4 inches taller than the Dream...that would explain why Yao appears to be taller than Sampson by 3-4 inches....I have seen a photo of Muresan and Bradley and they appear to be of the same height...may be Bradley is slightly taller than his listed height of 7'6" and Muresan is slightly shorter than his listed 7'7" height....Muresan's limbs are longer though...
Chris Emprey said on 10/May/16

You are right. Shawn Bradley is more 7-7 or 7-7 1/2.
Eleanor said on 10/May/16
Legit 7-6. Look at the picture next to 7-1 Ralph Sampson, stop the 7-3/ 7-4 B.S.
Bard said on 2/May/16
7'3.75 barefoot at night is the lowest I can see anyone arguing for this guy.
Kareem said on 18/Apr/16
Shawn Bradley is 7'5.75 .
7'5.5 at night
BURGOS said on 4/Apr/16
No way... There are very clear pictures of Yao and Mutombo, who is a bit over 7'1" barefoot and Yao Ming is clearly 4-5" taller.
S.J.H said on 30/Mar/16
Few years back Yao ming told the chinese media he was only 7'3 and said NBA did not measure him and he was not 7'6 but he told 7footer shaquille o'neal that he was 7'4 (223.5cm) and after strong evidence proof that he was at least 1.25' shorter than shawn bradley who was also not 7'6 but measure at 7'5.5 and could even worse to be dipping below 7'5.25 evening/night. I bet yao downplay 3/4 to the media and telling fact that he was 7'4 or at least close enough at 223cm and 226cm with shoes. Strong 7'3-3/4
Height said on 11/Jan/16
Why can't Yao be taller than 7'5"? Just because many people assume Shawn Bradley is 7'5.5" ?

Here he is next to Ralph Sampson, who is 7'1" (216 cm) at the very least, and Yao even has his legs wider apart than him:

Click Here

That looks like more than 10cm (4 inches), 15 cm at least if you ask me.
pjk said on 27/Dec/15
Yao looks a solid 7'5" . He is considerably taller than Shaq. Look at the photo on Shaq's celebheights page of them back to back - that is definitive proof ( to me anyway ) that Yao is Huge and Shaq isn't as tall as listed. He is well proportioned which makes him exceptional at that height. He seems to be an awesome dude and is a great giant.
Canson said on 23/Dec/15
7'4" and change. I don't know where anyone sees 8 inches between Yao and Shaq. Looks like 4 some pics maybe 5. Putting Shaq between 6'11-7' or right at 7 feet which he likely is. And If Shawn Bradley is 7'6 means Yao isn't more than 7'4 and change. He's a good inch and half or two taller than Yao. Chances are they gave him that listing or wasn't measured correctly.
Mathew Robinson (190 cm) said on 3/Nov/15
I don't get how it goes from this:
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To this:
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Strongman said on 31/Oct/15
Looks close to 8 inches taller than Shaq. I'm 150% positive that Shaq isn't under 6'11".
Grant said on 25/Oct/15
Are you going add Sun Ming Ming and other giants like himself to the website?
[Editor Rob: I did give Sun Ming a page.]
Grant said on 16/Oct/15
He does look a good deal taller than Shaq. And btw guys that pic is Photoshopped the actually picture is just of shaq and Yao.
Sal said on 13/Oct/15
I think Yao grew Rob, the photo of him, Shaq and Kevin Hart makes Yao look closer to 7'7 or 8" unless Shaq is closer to 7' or a tad under like he has joked that he is. And I saw the Andy Rooney interview and I think Shawn Bradley looked a tad over 7'6" but appreciate your angling and book on the top of the head point.
Ken said on 11/Oct/15
Here he is with Shaq and Kevin Hart.
Click Here
Duhon said on 8/Oct/15
Yao always seems like a strong 7'5" if not full 7'6". As for what he thought his barefoot height was? I have a feeling Yao was kept in a bubble somewhat during his playing days. According to pre-draft measurements he was measured at 7'5" barefoot and 7'6" in shoes. Maybe he was never really told his barefoot height or there was a unit conversion misunderstanding?
Matthew190 said on 7/Oct/15
Click Here it is interesting that he's supposedly admitted to being 7-3. He looks taller to me, but then again I wonder if a guy his size could wake up over the 7'5" mark and still creep down below 7'3.5" by the evening. I just down know what to make of it.
120 said on 23/Jun/15
Rob, do you think Yao Ming is most likely a weak 7'5". Since Shawn Bradley is taller than him.
[Editor Rob: I think Shawn can be over 7ft 5, Ming roughtly close to the mark. How much these guys wake up and go to bed at is curious, do they lose 2 inches?]
OneNamePlease said on 11/May/15
Shawn Bradley 228 cm and Yao Ming 226 cm
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Bard said on 9/May/15
I think he might have grown since that picture with Bradley. He's definitely over 7'4.
OneNamePlease said on 9/May/15
Manute Bol 231cm
Gheorghe Mureşan 230cm
Shawn Bradley 228cm
Yao Ming 226cm
Burgos said on 8/Feb/15
Bradley looks taller than Muresan in those pictures
james said on 4/Feb/15
In a back to back photo Bradley looked about 2 inches taller than ming..I think ming is really 7'4.5
Gerard said on 28/Jan/15
Shawn Bradley with Gheorghe Muresan 7'7 (231cm)
Click Here Click Here
Actually you think is 7'5.5? Or a little higher?
[Editor Rob: hard to tell exactly in the photo, but I think he wasn't quite a full 7ft 6 guy.]
Daniel 6'1.5 said on 26/Jan/15
Rob, Shawn Bradley is 7'5.75? (228cm) or 7'5.5 (227cm)
[Editor Rob: I'd say 7ft 5.5]
Bishop said on 21/Jan/15
Shawn Bradley was measured at 7'5.5":
Click Here
Roger said on 21/Jan/15
Hi, Rob, How tall is Shawn Bradley?
[Editor Rob: I wouldn't say a full 7ft 6, but a bit under that mark]
Sal said on 20/Jan/15
Shawn Bradley was measured barefoot 7'6.25" by Andy Rooney on 60 minutes. It's a short clip, more towards the end.
[Editor Rob: I don't think he'd hit 7ft 6 mark if you put an object on his head, the angle to me shows him nearer 7ft 5 than 6 in that clip...]
james said on 19/Jan/15
7'6 Bradley looked about 2 inches taller than "7'5" Ming in a back to back photo ..I think he's really 7'4 1/2
Clay said on 22/Dec/14
Forget about under 7'0'' for Shaq with his new pics being 7'2-7'3 in sneakers. Forget about under 7'1'' actually, which is what he was measured at 20 years ago..
Fern194cm-192cm said on 4/Dec/14
No offense Rob, I think you do a terrific job with this site but how can you keep Shaq at 7,1 when he is really 7,0.0 - 7,0.5 and Yao is 7,5.5 - 7,6.5? I think there is a legit 6 inch difference there regardless of camera angle. Either way I think Yao needs an upgrade. If not... then it is time to downgrade Shaq to 6,11
[Editor Rob: generally there could be around 5 between them, I'm not sure there is a full 6 inches though.]
Greenbolt said on 22/Oct/14
@KROC: Interesting how you put Yao that "low". I understand your uncertainty in regards to how you measured up against him, but if you really only came up to his shoulder at 6'5'', that's suggesting a difference of a foot or so, and likely more when you consider his absolutely gargantuan head.

In the photos of Yao and Shaq back when Yao first came into the NBA and Shaq was on the Lakers, there looks to be about four inches difference between the 6'11.5'' or so Shaq and Yao, putting Yao at around 7'4'' once you take into account the fact that Shaq always wore those huge shoes that gave him boosted height. However, I don't think it's improbable that someone of Yao's enormous stature grew well into his twenties, and I think pictures from Yao at 22 and now bear this out. I mean, my god, in that recent pic of them, Yao looks 7 inches taller.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Oct/14
Duhon says on 10/Oct/14
Here next to Shaq I would say Yao Ming is a STRONG 7'6" Click Here

Actually he looks nearer 7 ft 8 in that comparison...
KROC said on 21/Oct/14
@Mid190s Now imagine standing next to him. I met him at a bookstore in Houston last year. At 6'5 I think I came up to his shoulder? I don't remember. He's tall alright. Like circus clown on stilts tall. Personally I think he's 7'4 and some change.
Brah said on 21/Oct/14
A rare one, Yao is the shorter one! With 7'9" Sun Ming Ming:

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Mid190s said on 21/Oct/14
I just want to add that I really feel for Shaq in that ego destroying photo with Yao. I'm 6'5 and I hardly ever get towered like that. EVER,

Imagine what it's like for....SHAQ to get towered! a giant amongst giants in the NBA, to suddenly look and feellike the short guy. Mind Blowing.
Mid190s said on 20/Oct/14
I saw Yao play up close from the 3rd row and it felt like I was witnessing something supernatural. He made 6'10 NBA guys look like children. If he is only 7'3 then no one in the league is really 7 foot. Yao had a clean 4" advantage on Shaq.
Duhon said on 10/Oct/14
Here next to Shaq I would say Yao Ming is a STRONG 7'6" Click Here
Vegas said on 28/Sep/14
mathew, the official nba documentation has ming down as measuring 7'5 without shoes (7'6 1/4 with shoes) at age 21 Click Here
Arch Stanton said on 28/Sep/14
The height difference in that photo with the 4'11" woman is insane yeah, but in no way does he looks freakish. That little woman looks super cute BTW. His proportions look totally normal, in fact if you shrunk him down proportionally he could quite reasonably be 6'1 or 6'2! He's clearly not under 7 ft 5.
vinny said on 27/Sep/14
LOL at a 7'3" Ming. It's SO obvious seeing him compared to anybody else in every picture he's taken in every setting he's been in,to make clear 7'3" is way too short. 7'5" and some change is where I see him. He holds 4-6 inches on a 6'11"-7" Shaq.
Chris said on 6/Sep/14
He measured 7'5 and 3/4 at the combine barefooted. So he's officially 7'6 as you round it up.
Chris said on 6/Sep/14
He's not 7'3!? Have a look at pictures of him with Shaw. He makes him look like a child! He's easily 7'5 or 7'6
Pedro said on 28/Aug/14
Here he is next to a 4'11" woman lol: Click Here
Mathew said on 4/Jul/14
KROC says on 25/Mar/14
Having seen Yao in person I really wouldn't give him anything of 7'5. Shaq in reality isn't anything over 7ft. Ralph Sampson is someone else I've seen in person. I wouldn't give him anything over 7ft either.


Sampson is about 7-1. That's what Mark Eaton thought, he's 7'3.75" so I think he can gauge heights of 7 footers better than the rest of us. Shaq's pre-draft barefoot measurement is listed as 7'0" now on draft express, and I think he's definitely a legit 7 feet and not less. Yao is definitely at least 7'4", he was reportedly measured that in 2002 as it said in the Yao Ming: The Road To The NBA book. Whether he grew another inch is up for debate, he was 22 years old. Bradley, is listed at 7'5.5" barefoot on draftexpress, was always taller than Yao though. So at most Yao is 7'5" and at least 7'4".
pjk said on 20/Apr/14
He has to be 7'5". He is absolutely massive and considerably taller than Shaquille O'Neal and other very tall players in photos together. He is a well proportioned man for his height, especially his head. Most dudes heads look too small when they are really tall, but not so much at all with Yao.

KROC said on 25/Mar/14
Having seen Yao in person I really wouldn't give him anything of 7'5. Shaq in reality isn't anything over 7ft. Ralph Sampson is someone else I've seen in person. I wouldn't give him anything over 7ft either.
Leo said on 23/Mar/14
I agree with Joe. He always looks legit 5 inches taller than Shaq or Ralph Sampson and he's already 7'5" when he entered the league and has grown to 7'5.75" in the NBA.
Joe said on 18/Mar/14
Yao with 6'7.75'' measured Paul George: Click Here

I'm really beginning to believe that Yao is taller than 7'5''.
Joe said on 15/Mar/14
Is there a chance that Yao is actually 7'6'' barefoot? Or even taller? Here he is next to measured 6'5.5'' JJ Watt. I see more than just 12 inches, and Yao would be even taller if he stood straight.

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2.02 m 98 kg said on 27/Feb/14
Yao Ming 2.27
Shawn Bradley 2.29
Manute Bol 2.31

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