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".

How tall is Ming Yao
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He's 7-5. I'm barely 6-11. He's a good-looking guy. I'm a goofy looking, nerdy guy with gray hair, a big nose and freckles.
-- Bill Walton

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Average Guess (252 Votes)
7ft 5.97in (228.5cm)
Omdnd said on 7/Sep/23
227
5'7 and a fraction said on 5/Sep/23
Thnk he's more 7'5 1/4. Average guess is too much. Looks shorter than Bradley by a small bit.
5ft 11 3/4 said on 9/Jun/23
7ft 6½ Woman Xiao Mo (小莫 2.3米)

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Nomwz said on 22/May/23
Shawn bradley 229
sfsfs said on 28/Apr/23
tacko 226
yao 227
bradley 228
manute 230
muresan 231
Toby Barrett said on 15/Mar/23
@Sonnecker

That's funny I remember reading when he went to USA, he was measured 7'5.5" without shoes on.
Sonnecker said on 2/Mar/23
7'5" is probably the most close for Yao, 226 cm.
228/9 is absurd, just a height with shoes on, Shawn Bradley is right.
Sonnecker said on 2/Mar/23
7'5" is probably the most close for Yao, 226 cm.
228/9 is absurd, just a height with shoes on, Shawn Bradley is right.
Vcidns said on 24/Feb/23
Draft measured 7'5
Griffith said on 23/Feb/23
Very tall but a very versatile Basketball player
Robbe said on 26/Jan/23
Yao with 6'3 Adam Silver Click Here
Toby Barrett said on 6/Jan/23
The more I see of him, the more I think that 7'5.5 - 7'6.
Joanis said on 1/Jan/23
Yao is 227-228cm
Abdulrahman said on 16/Dec/22
7’7 tall!
184guy2 said on 15/Dec/22
Gasol was pretty much closer to 7' than 6'11
Yao looking 7'6 beside him.
I wonder if Yao uses orthopedcis due to his massive height and weight aswell
Bard said on 12/Oct/22
Dang, looks like my link broke. Let's try a different one:
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Bard said on 6/Oct/22
Hey Rob, maybe Pau Gasol deserves a page? Bad angle here but I do believe he is still at least 6'11.

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The Height Guy said on 22/Sep/22
Is his name backwards Rob, isn't it Yao Ming? either way he looks about 7'5
Editor Rob
Yeah the Chinese form would be Family/Surname first, followed by the individual's name.

On this site I'm storing forename-surname, like how the Olympics display it.
Osnsk said on 22/Sep/22
Just 7'5
Jewels said on 3/Sep/22
if he's 7'5 then Shaq had to be 6'11
5 ft 11 3/4 said on 6/Aug/22
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Huang Changqiu 231 cm, Zhang Huan 230 cm, Wang Tongxin 220 cm, Yuan Mingyuan 208 cm
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Huang Changqiu 231 cm with Wang Tongxin 220 cm
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Wang Tongxin 220 cm, Mu Tiezhu 228 cm (when he was young), Huang Changqiu 231 cm, Zhang Huan 230 cm, Yuan Mingyuan 208 cm
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Huang Changqiu 230 or 231 cm probably with shoes on the stadiometer!!!
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5 ft 11 3/4 said on 3/Aug/22
A list of tallest Chinese people

(8ft 1.75 / 248 cm) Zeng Jin-Lian (Hunan)
(7ft 11.3 / 242 cm) Zhang Jun-Cai (Shanxi)
(7ft 8.98 / 236 cm) Sun Ming-Ming (Heilongjiang)
(7ft 8.95 / 236 cm) Bao Xi-Shun (Inner Mongolia)
(7ft 8.75 / 236 cm) Zhan Shi-Chai (Fujian)
(7ft 8.5 / 235 cm) Wang Xin-Feng (Shaanxi)
(7ft 8.5 / 235 cm) Xu Fu-Hai (Shandong)
(7ft 7.85 / 233 cm) Yao De-Fen (Anhui)
(7ft 7.75 / 233 cm) Wang Feng-Jun (Henan)
(7ft 7 / 231 cm) Huang Chang-Qiu (Hunan)
(7ft 6.55 / 230 cm) Liu Fu-Ying (?)
(7ft 6.55 / 230 cm) Liu Jun (?)
(7ft 6.5 / 230 cm) Zhang Huan (Shandong)
(7 ft 6 / 229 cm) Liu Yu-Qing (?)
(7ft 5.8 / 228 cm) Wang Wei (?)
(7ft 5.75 / 228 cm) Mu Tie-Zhu (Shandong)
(7ft 5.5 / 227 cm) Zhao Liang (Henan)
(7ft 5.5 / 227 cm) Yao Ming (Shanghai)
(7ft 5.5 / 227 cm) Zhang Zi-Yu (Shandong)
(7ft 5 / 226 cm) Choung Chi-Lang (?)
(7ft 5 / 226 cm) Zhang Meng-Yong (Anhui)
(7ft 4.6 / 225 cm) Guan Tao (Hubei)
(7ft 4.2 / 224 cm) Wang Qiang (Chongqing)
(7ft 4.2 / 224 cm) Zhou Zhen-Jun (Hunan)
(7ft 3.8 / 223 cm) Kang Jian-Hua (Henan)
(7ft 3.4 / 222 cm) Liu Wen-Zhe (Hubei)
(7ft 3.02 / 221 cm) Ren Ke-Yu (Sichuan)
(7ft 3 / 221 cm) Sun Fang (?)
(7ft 2.6 / 220 cm Wei Quan-Jia (?)
(7ft 2.6 / 220 cm) Sun Zhe (Tianjin)
(7ft 2.6 / 220 cm) Chang Chin-Kuo (Taiwan)
(7ft 2.6 / 220 cm) Liu Xing-Guo (Hubei)
(7ft 2.5 / 220 cm) Wang Tong-Xin (Zhejiang)
(7ft 2.25 / 219 cm) Zhang Zhaoxu (Shandong)
(7ft 1.5 / 217 cm) Li Mu-Hao (Guizhou)
(7ft 1 / 216 cm) Zhou Qi (Henan)
(7ft 0.25 / 214 cm) Wang Zhe-Lin (Fujian)
(7ft 0 / 213 cm) Wang Zhi-Zhi (Beijing)
(6ft 11 / 211 cm) Yi Jian-Lian (Guangdong)
(6 ft 10 / 208 cm) Yuan Ming-Yuan (?)
(6ft 10 / 208 cm) Chen Yue-Fang (Ningxia Hui)
(6ft 8.25 / 204 cm) Zheng Hai-Xia (Henan)
Bard said on 11/Jul/22
Never under 225 cm.
Shane Gray@ said on 7/Jul/22
@Canson: agree, 7'5" max afternoon. I'd say more like 7'4 1/2" though.
Daniel Lee said on 7/Jul/22
Yao is 7'8.5" in heels like Sun Ming Ming LOL
FriedChicken said on 7/May/22
5" taller than Shaq. 7'5 1/4 most of the day. Most likely 7'6 1/2 out of bed.
IceCold said on 18/Apr/22
Сanson, both Bill Walton and Shawn Bradley called him 7'5
Canson said on 17/Apr/22
7’5 flat in the afternoon tops
Caleb 178.8cm said on 16/Apr/22
@Robbe
Nice comparison there between Yao and the Finnish giant! It looks about right when I compare it to the 8ft3 and 7ft5.5 figures I entered on mrinitialman.
Toby Barrett said on 16/Apr/22
good to see everyone else agrees with me i knew thetallestman.com had the real height
Toby Barrett said on 16/Apr/22
7 ft 5 max he claims 7 ft 6 cause that's a shoe measurement
Toby Barrett said on 28/Jan/22
7'5 flat
Ian Momo 'Questionable 5'10' said on 1/Jan/22
this guy can be Tacko Fall's height twin when they're stand next to John Cena, Tacko look taller due to his slender built.

As listed
Canson said on 3/Nov/21
I’d say 7’5 flat afternoon is a best case
Daycringeothon said on 17/Oct/21
I think a peak NBA Yao would beat Chuck Nevitt in a stare down. Chuck Nevitt was maybe the lightest 7 footer ever. He looked about 195 pounds soak and weight. His listed weight was 215 pounds.
Canson said on 15/Oct/21
It’s not much though. Yao is probably 7’5 flat or around it. Bradley also has a 7’5.5 measurement on record
Canson said on 15/Oct/21
@Robbe: Bradley still looks taller than him. Bradley also implied he was taller than Yao
Robbe said on 12/Oct/21
Yao is not standing straight on the left. When he does, he is practically the same height as Bradley Click Here
RJT said on 11/Oct/21
@Daniel

Yao ain't 2cm shorter than Shawn, at most about a cm or like what Rob list them at
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Shawn was staunching and Yao more relaxed.
Daniel Lee said on 7/Oct/21
He was listed 7'5 in NBA, a fraction over 7'5 at most because he is 2 cm shorter than Bradley.
Tacko and him maybe are height twins.
ChaosControl 189.3cm said on 2/Oct/21
Vincent Caleb said on 30/Sep/21
7’5” at least yeah.

I remember arguing with “Yao is 7’8” for days on end 😂

Quite the funny user

Yeah those were the days weren’t they?
Vincent Caleb said on 30/Sep/21
7’5” at least yeah.

I remember arguing with “Yao is 7’8” for days on end 😂

Quite the funny user
FriedChicken said on 22/Sep/21
I think he's 7'5 1/4 like Tacko Fall, and Yao generally looks 5 inches taller than Shaq with equal posture and same distance from the camera.
Daniel Lee said on 20/Sep/21
Chris Bosh has a bigger head hahaha
RJT said on 14/Sep/21
@Robbe

Yeah and that guy will reach Wadlow's mouth level

There's always bigger fish unless you're Robert Wadlow... And among humans.
Robbe said on 12/Sep/21
Closer to 7'6 than 7'5 Click Here

Yao would have reached around Väinö Myllyrinne's mouth level 😜 Click Here 😜
MichaelMyers said on 9/Sep/21
I'd say 7'6" peak, unclear how tall he'd be currently. How tall he always looked next to Shaq, despite having a much taller head than Shaq convinces me of this.
Caleb ~179cm said on 7/Sep/21
@Rahul moy
I don't believe she suffered from a growth disorder. I read that her father is 7'0 and her mother is 6'6 apparently. Also I think 6'4 isn't a tall enough height for a woman who suffers from a growth disorder. It's possible for a woman to be 6'4 genetically, but very rare. Just like it is genetically possible for a man to be 6'10 although also very rare.

@Bard
Yeah she's an anomaly for being that tall and not showing evidence of having a growth disorder. She's only 1 of 4 known women alive who are over 7 feet tall and 2 of them for sure have a growth disorder of some form (I don't know if Sun Fang has one or not).
Bard said on 30/Aug/21
@Caleb, yeah she might be a tad shorter than Yao but she's at min 7'4, making her taller for her gender than both Yao and Shawn. The fact she's a natural giant (i.e. no known disorders, just genetic height) is nuts, a true rarity given than there are only around 3000 7-footers on the planet, and obviously the vast majority of those are male and/or have diagnosed medical conditions.

This was originally just in response to your comment that there are indeed 7-foot+ women on the planet lol.
Rahul roy said on 26/Aug/21
@ caleb , medically if someone is more than 3 standard daviation taller according to their ethnic background, they are not normal range. They suffer from various syndromes.there is about 20 different syndromes related to this. There is no such thing as natural for this girl's height infact even for the 6.4 ladies's height. You can find this specific thing at tall life.com. sorry for my poor english( a indian boy).
Caleb ~179cm said on 25/Aug/21
Bard said on 12/Aug/21
@Caleb, apparently there's a NATURALLY tall girl from China named Zhang Ziyu who's as tall as Yao Ming and possibly still growing... absolutely nuts, but apparently legit if you look it up.

Yeah I know of that but the truth is she is not as tall as Yao Ming lol. Some sources are calling her 7'4. Still the tallest known female in the world. Look at this picture with a woman who is apparently 6'4:
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(Original source): Click Here
ChaosControl said on 14/Aug/21
You know now all of Yao is 7-8’s comments have been deleted all the comments from September to November look like me and Canson talking to a brick wall. And the average guess is slowly dropping. Nature is healing
Editor Rob
there was a fair amount of tall votes from that user using Tor browser or some VPN from what I recall. I lost count at 25.
Bard said on 12/Aug/21
@Caleb, apparently there's a NATURALLY tall girl from China named Zhang Ziyu who's as tall as Yao Ming and possibly still growing... absolutely nuts, but apparently legit if you look it up.
Caleb ~179cm said on 11/Aug/21
If there are 5-6 inches between men and women then there should be some women who are as tall as 7'0 if guys like Yao Ming, Shawn Bradley, etc. exist...
Canson said on 20/Jul/21
@Shane: Bradley def dips under 7’6” but not sure under 7’5” at least in my opinion. Maybe he does though?? Yao I can see dipping under 7’5” though for sure

@Chaos: 😂 😂
Shane said on 9/Jul/21
@Canson I don't see Yao being this tall in the afternoon. Let's keep in mind he's a long torso guy and when you're well over 7 feet, it's no telling how much he compresses. I'm guessing it could be 1.5 inches maybe even slightly more. By afternoon, especially with what Shawn Bradley said etc, I think maybe more like 7'5" flat and already lost like 3/4" of an inch or so. I think he likely dips under 7'5" for sure all things considered.
Chris Junior Hernandez said on 15/Jun/21
If Yao is 5'1. We were all 4 footers or below. 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂
Chaos 6'2 1/2 said on 11/Jun/21
@Canson who knows? Could be anyone. I bet it’s one of those downgraders though
Chaos 6'2.5 said on 9/Jun/21
@Canson hmm, I wonder. Could really be anyone
Canson said on 7/Jun/21
Yao is 5-1 (Definitely not Chaos' Alt) said on 4/Jun/21
I have reasonable evidence that Yao Ming is in the 5’1 range. He wears lifts to get him to 5’4, then they fudge it by a couple of feet.

Who is this? 😂 😂 😂
Yao is 5-1 (Definitely not Chaos' Alt) said on 4/Jun/21
I have reasonable evidence that Yao Ming is in the 5’1 range. He wears lifts to get him to 5’4, then they fudge it by a couple of feet.
Chris Junior Hernandez said on 4/Jun/21
Robbe, lol Yao head size was never 12 inches that long in length. Take a second look at Mutombo and Jordan head both was further from Yao's head which is misleading out that the measurements being close to 12". I did argue 11" head and as listed 7'5.5".
Robbe said on 18/May/21
Couple of comparisons here, based on Yao's 12in head.

7'7 with 7'1 Mutombo Click Here

7'6.25 with 6'4.75 Michael Jordan Click Here

So, it all depends on Yao's noggin, is it really 12in, or what? To me it looks at least 12in, sometimes even bigger. Im seriously starting to believe Yao is not under 7'6.
Canson said on 13/May/21
@Alex: that’s possible. Sun may be 7’8.5 afternoon height or even lower
Mickie said on 22/Apr/21
Yao looks all of 7'5" to me, but this stuff about him saying his real height is 7'4" or even as low as 7'3" is interesting to say the least. 7'3" sounds too low, but I could believe Yao is closer to 7'4" than 7'5" in the evening. It's just so hard to pinpoint a guy's height who is this tall.
Alex 6'0 said on 31/Mar/21
Sun would have 3.5 inches on Yao then
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 22/Mar/21
@Canson ballots more stuffed than a Thanksgiving turkey
Canson said on 3/Mar/21
@Chaos Control: that’s fair though being you know who ballot stuffed to get it to where it is. That was supreme stuffage
Bard said on 1/Mar/21
Would be interesting to see him next to Tacko Fall.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 28/Feb/21
Canson said on 27/Feb/21
@Chaos Control: lol you are right. He was so bad at it by lowering it that he corrected it. But most people here assumed he was 7’0 peak when he wasnt. I’m on the fence. 6’11 is possible tho

You mean for Andre? Yeah I get why people thought he’d be 7’0 and I understand but I’m confident on 6’11 for his peak.

Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 19/Feb/21
@Canson given Yao probably loses 1.5” at least then strong 7’5 range is a good compromise. I’d say strong 7’6 out of bed abs weak 7’5 evening

To clarify I think his ideal listing is 7’5.25, but I voted 7’3.5 to help move the average guess down
Canson said on 27/Feb/21
@Chaos Control: lol you are right. He was so bad at it by lowering it that he corrected it. But most people here assumed he was 7’0 peak when he wasnt. I’m on the fence. 6’11 is possible tho
Canson said on 25/Feb/21
@Chaos Control: that’s a very good compromise imho given what you said
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 19/Feb/21
@Canson given Yao probably loses 1.5” at least then strong 7’5 range is a good compromise. I’d say strong 7’6 out of bed abs weak 7’5 evening
Canson said on 16/Feb/21
@Duhon: the left favors Yao as he’s closer but the right favors Shaq. I would’ve reduced the difference to 5” going off the back to back. 7’5 and 7’0 or 7’5.25 and 7’0.25
Duhon said on 9/Feb/21
Which photo better captures the true height difference between Yao and Shaq the one of the left or right? Click Here
Editor Rob

If Shaq's top of head is 5 inches further from the camera (compared to Yao's eyebrow area) then Shaq could look a couple of inches shorter than he should.
ChaosControl 6'2 1/2 said on 7/Feb/21
@Canson imagine being so bad at vote fudging that you correct the votes. Can’t relate
Canson said on 5/Feb/21
@Chaos Control: you’re actually right! And that’s because Andre’s avg was too high to begin with so the alterations brought it back down lol
ChaosControl 6'2 1/2 said on 1/Feb/21
@Canson I’d have said Andre the Giant has a reasonable average guess, considering the listing. Yao’s average guess should drop by an inch though
Canson said on 31/Jan/21
Lol his avg guess! The ballot stuffing on this page Lebron’s Hogan’s and Andre’s along with Christopher Reeve and others where they went up or down
Canson said on 27/Dec/20
@ChaosControl: 😂 😂 😂

May explain why Peak Hogan’s guess and Christopher Reece’s guesses have dropped and Yao and Lebron’s have gone up. Then you have other such as Jackie Chan and Andre who appear to have been altered lol
ChaosControl 6'2.5 said on 22/Dec/20
Canson let’s make alts and spam 5’4 guesses
Canson said on 17/Dec/20
@Recapa: ballot stuffing is the key. It may explain a certain “not so inconspicuous” absence from Celebrity Heights for the past month plus. It wasn’t that high before
Canson said on 25/Nov/20
@J2Frenzy: I will say that the other two problems (one of which received a vacation some time before Halloween and the other right after Veteran’s Day) have made things much more peaceful too.
Canson said on 25/Nov/20
@J2Frenzy: lol. Looks like the “tailor” made some alterations prior to his vacation!
J2Frenzy said on 24/Nov/20
@Canson the average guess for Christopher Reeve has dropped a little
Canson said on 23/Nov/20
@J2Frenzy: I’ve noticed too lol. I also noticed Lebron’s avg is higher than it had been. 🤔
FriedChicken said on 23/Nov/20
Over 7'6" early moring and under 7'5" at night/late evening is pretty accurate.
Canson said on 23/Nov/20
@J2Frenzy: I agree with everything you said including the estimates. He very well could fall sub 7’5”
J2Frenzy said on 22/Nov/20
@Canson yeah it has been suspiciously peaceful on Yao, Wilt and Lebron’s pages this week. Also I’m gonna take advantage of his disappearance to say that I reckon Yao is over 7’6 in the morning and under 7’5 in the evening (say 7’6.25-7’6.5 early morning and 7’4.5-7’4.75 late evening)
Canson said on 22/Nov/20
@Vincent and J2: I would definitely say he wakes up at least 7’6.25”. I suspect his 7’5.75 listing was either a roundup from just above 1/2” earlier in the day or if it was a legit early morning measurement. It also begs the question was he measured correctly in the first place? But his lines up with Michael Jordan etc. Jordan was measured 6’4.75 at the Olympics but that was likely not an afternoon (not an early morning measurement either). Yao measured 7’5.5 or somewhere around that. While I see Jordan only Coming down up to 1/4” more from that, I see Yao Losing another half inch (minimum) from that but he naturally loses more height than the average person at that height. I certainly see someone who loses at least 1.25-1.5, if not closer to 1.75 like Vincent said. I will say that A. He didn’t grow; and B. The avg guess (consistent with Barkley Jordan and Kobe) is too high. Just like those three, Barkley claimed 6’4.5, 6’4.75 and 6’5, and measured 4 5/8; Jordan measured 6’4.5, 6’4.75, 4 7/8; Kobe 6’4.75; Yao has nothing higher than 7’5.75 on record. I wonder if someone stuffed ballots in an attempt to “alter” the avg guess to align more closely with their own. That may explain a noticeable or “not so noticeable” absence this week
J2Frenzy said on 20/Nov/20
@Realist depends what you think his low is, I have him at a flat 7’5. No argument that he wakes up over 7’6, especially given he weighs like 310
Vincent Caleb said on 19/Nov/20
@Realist:
He may lose 1.75 inches so a weak 7’7” is very possible.
Realist said on 18/Nov/20
He was maybe 7'6.5 at peak morning height
Canson said on 17/Nov/20
Bbroccc said on 16/Nov/20

Yea at times he can pull off over 7’ just as Yao can pull off looking over 7’5”. Definitely not 7’7 though
Canson said on 16/Nov/20
@J2Frenzy: I would say that’s a very good possibility. He looks at least 7’0” most of the time
Bbroccc said on 16/Nov/20
@Canson thank you for clearing that up about Shaq’s height — many sites have him pinned at 7’1 for some odd reason (but according to the internet, everyone is apparently at least 2 inches taller lol) - so if shaq is 6’11 3/4 then I agree, Yao looks to be in between 7’5 to like 7’5 3/4 - because if shaq was 7’1 than it would be hard to refute that Yao was any shorter than 7’6 1/2 or even 7’7
J2Frenzy said on 15/Nov/20
@Canson is it possible Shaq is a flat 7’ and 6’11.75 was his extreme low? Just curious if you take into account his weight, job and age
Canson said on 15/Nov/20
@RoelC: exactly!
Canson said on 15/Nov/20
Shaq isn’t 7’1”. He himself claimed 6’11.75” but he’s always measured right around 7’ so not any higher.
Bbroccc said on 13/Nov/20
I just want to give my quick response here - sorry for not throwing the link in this pic, but has anybody seen that picture with yao and shaq from only a few years back (I am positive most of you have) ? I know this might be crazy to suggest, but is it possible that he grew from when he was in the NBA (which I know is nearly impossible as a full grown man unless he has a disorder) ?? I mean maybe it seems this way to me since now he is also thicker and less in shape (hence creating a somewhat illusion that he is taller), but my God, does he look freaking tall these days - and yes, he was always tall lol but at the very very least he was 7’5.5 during his height in the NBA (pun intended)- but I would not be surprised to find out that he is indeed 7’7 (or dare I say a tad taller lol) but thats only IF shaq is a true 7’1, because in that pic (with similar shoes) Yao was at the least 5.5 inches taller - can anyone more knowledgeable on these type of things let me know if I am overreaching?
Vincent Caleb said on 12/Nov/20
Yao wakes up at a weak 7-7 imo.
Canson said on 11/Nov/20
@RoelC: it’s consistent (the Muresan pic) with the pic of Lebron and Enes Kanter. Of course other pics are out there with Lebron and others and he looks at best what he’s listed by Rob
Canson said on 10/Nov/20
So why would him claiming to measure 7’8 be anymore credible than him claiming to measure 7’6? He never claimed 7’8 so it’s a moot point
Vincent Caleb said on 7/Nov/20
@J2Frenzy: LMAO
Canson said on 5/Nov/20
@RoelC: I would’ve said 7’5 like initially listed. I doubt he grew. Different times of the day. Bradley measured 7’5.5 but i have an easier time seeing his 7’6 before Yao Ming. Bradley was never as good a player of course. And Yao was super hyped
FriedChicken said on 5/Nov/20
And then Mursean is a guy who doesn't worry about standing as he possibly can and often has a hunched posture, and the guy is almost 50 years old. Taller people are going to succumb to height loss more than shorter people.
FriedChicken said on 5/Nov/20
So apparently Shaq's word is law around here and everything he says must be true and is an omniscient being. He was obviously joking about Yao being 7 ft 8. How anyone can take that as more than a joke is beyond me. The fact that Sun Ming mind has 3-3.5 inches on Yao, while he was wearing sandals and Yao was in shoes. And you keep referring to the Muresan pic like it's the holy bible, when we literally can't see their footwear and is most likely a camera angle. And the fact that Yao is shorter than Bradley doesn't help your case either.
RoelC said on 5/Nov/20
Let's look at the facts here.

Yao measured 7'5" during the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago in May 2002. Click Here
This prompted the NBA to bill him at 7'5". This is his basketball rookie card at the start of the 2002-2003 basketball season. Click Here

Then in October 2002, Yao was re-measured by the Houston Rockets at 7'5 ½" (7'6 ½" in shoes).
Click Here
I’m not sure if that prompted the NBA to start listing him at 7’6”. His basketball cards at the start of the 2003-2004 season, still had him at 7’5” and 296 lbs. At the start of the 2004-2005 season, that was changed to 7’6” and 310 lbs.

The pictures with Shawn Bradley were taken in November 2002, so “after” the Houston Rockets measured him at 7’5 ½”. Shawn Bradley measured 7’5 ½” as well, some years before when he was measured by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Supposedly Yao measured 7'5 ¾” by September 2004 (not 2003) according to Houston Rockets’ strength coach Anthony Falsone.
Click Here

Yao Ming was listed at 7’5” and 7’6” even before he came to the NBA in 2002 (most notably the 2000 Summer Olympics, where Yao was listed at 227cm).

So based on above facts, one can draw these conclusions:
The Houston Rockets measured Yao ½“ taller than NBA officials did half a year before. Yet Yao still looked visibly shorter than Shawn Bradley (something Bradley noticed himself aswell). So either one of those measurements wasn’t very accurate or they were taken at different times during the day.

If they didn't misquote Falsone in that interview, than he's already lying about Yao's height, as he measured 7'5 ½" in October 2002, not 7'5". So if he was still growing at the time, he only grew another ¼" in 2 years, which clearly shows he wasn’t in the midst of a large growth spurt there. Claiming he still grew another 2 inches after that last measurement is quite frankly ridiculous. He already had 7’5-7’6” listings in his late teens. There’s no real indication he was still growing when he came to the NBA. Just that he measured taller, doesn’t indicate he was still growing. Seriously, we’re talking about less than an inch here on a 7’5” body!

Also if the Houston Rockets were really under the impression Yao was still growing, they would put him under careful observation and be very careful with any extensive weight training. Yet, there’s no record of the Houston Rockets ever claiming that Yao was taller than his 7’6” listing.



There’s no doubt on my mind that if Yao & Bradley were measured under the exact same guidelines, than Bradley would be the taller guy.
Vincent Caleb said on 1/Nov/20
Here is a pic of Yao looking very tall next to Shaq:
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He can pass for looking even taller than 7-5 at times, but I think it is due to how much his height varies through the day. If he measured 7-5.75 then he probably drops another 3/4 of an inch at least rather than the 3/8 most NBA players drop.
J2Frenzy said on 1/Nov/20
“Shaq’s got my back” yeah but Shawn Bradley, Muresan’s bad posture, whoever decides on the NBA billed heights and most of this site have my back
Robbe said on 1/Nov/20
Yao looks bang on as listed with 7'9 Sun Ming Ming Click Here
Canson said on 31/Oct/20
FriedChicken said on 31/Oct/20
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This is not an 8" difference.

And he knows it isn’t. He won’t admit it because it contradicts everything he’s said in his thesis
J2Frenzy said on 30/Oct/20
I’m pretty sure that even if (and I’m not suggesting we do) use the 7’1 claim for Shaq, Yao still isn’t 7’8
J2Frenzy said on 29/Oct/20
Yao Ming is 4’10. He wear 2 and a half foot tall stilts in his legs, and then they fudge his height a bit. This is a closely guarded secret but the tallest ever basketball player was 4’11.5
Canson said on 29/Oct/20
Shaq was joking. Is Yao really 8.25” taller than he is? Clearly not. Shaq claims 6’11.75”. So if we are going to accept his 7’8 assessment we need to accept his 6’11.75 claim for himself.
Matt logan said on 28/Oct/20
7'4.5 for yao
Canson said on 27/Oct/20
Yao measuring 7’5 3/4 and Bradley measuring 7’5.5 does not mean Yao is taller. Height varies throughout the day as we all know. Bradley could be a low and Yao would be a morning measurement if it came at practice. In fact Bradley’s has to be a low if he also measured 7’6.25 unless he grew
Tunman said on 27/Oct/20
Sounds useless to argue with that dude honestly.His pseudo says it all.Since he was measured by Chinese authorities at 227 it's excluded he's taller than that.You can find tons of pics where he's clearly favoured by the camera and will look 7'7-8 which doesn't mean he's that tall.The pic I showed is reliable with both standing tall at the same distance from the camera and the difference is nowhere near 8" but you can carry on saying he's 7'8 if that makes you feel better.
That's my last comment on that page.No offense but sometimes I feel that people arguing over nonsense is really kind of toxic and certainly not helpful for such a wonderful height site
Canson said on 26/Oct/20
@Tunman: yea the 7’5.5 at least is around what he measured. I’d still argue the previous 7’5” flat as his “low” but clearly not 7’6”. I’m still unsure on Bradley’s height. He measured 7’5,5 and 7’6,25” yet Rob lists him 7’6”.
Canson said on 26/Oct/20
So where is the proof that he downgrades his height? Who is to say he hasn’t measured 7’4.75” before? Being a taller guy he would lose more than the average person during the day. As for Shaq calling him 7’8”, that’s no different than Yao claiming 7’4” being the latter is considered a downgrade of himself. Again. There is no proof. Just because he said so isn’t enough. If Shaq is implying that there’s really an 8” difference between he and Yao (Shaq claimed 6’11.75), then he would be lying about his Own height and he would only be 6’9.75 at best being the tallest Yao ever measured is 7’5.75”. So that said, Shaq is the one exaggerating, not Yao. So there is still no “proof” that Yao downplays his height. If anything, they look their listed heights here at least in terms of difference between them and if Shaq is only 6’11.75 or 7’0” then Yao measuring 7’5” flat or 7’5.25” makes perfect sense being height varies throughout
Robbe said on 26/Oct/20
Yao looks bang on 7'6 based on Kevin's 6'7.75 height and 5in eyeline Click Here
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 26/Oct/20
For some reason i think Yao Ming wouldn't be happy with a half inch upgrade. It looks like after NBA career he was always described and self claim to be 7'5 everywhere but there are still some news articles claim that he is 7'6. The reall thing is strong 7'5 was for sure than 7'4 joke with Shaq and 7'6 or 7'8.
Tunman said on 23/Oct/20
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To end the debate.If you think that there are nearly 8" difference here I can't help it.That's a solid 5" perhaps slightly over so 7'5.5"is fine.Maybe that's his lowest I can agree with that.And Sun will probably dip under 7'9 like 7'8.25-8.5,no wonder that with such height and a total 5-6 cm loss getting measured by 11-12am easily means a further 2cm loss And btw Yao claimed 7'6 so trying to argue about 7'7 is already pointless let alone 7'8
RJT said on 20/Oct/20
@Editor Rob

This is Yao's official height from 1999 Asian basketball championship Click Here, he was listed at 227cm which translated to 7'5.5". He was still 19 so already at that height there. To my knowledge since Chinese people (And most other East Asians) take off their shoes inside building, when they state their height, it is exclusively barefoot.

This is how Yao looks next to 7 footer Wang Zhizhi who was billed at 7'1 during his NBA career Click Here #14 is Wang. As you can see his tophead was below Yao's eyelevel, which line up with 7'1 Mutombo whose tophead reach Yao's eyelevel. In the data pic above, Wang was listed at 214cm which mean 7ft 1/4".

Wang is legit 7footer, he's taller than 6'11 range Nowitzki
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Canson said on 18/Oct/20
I don’t get how Yao “downplays his height” and this is anecdotal in China yet Hogan “can claim what he wants” for his height. Interesting how things work on this site
6'3 Julian said on 16/Oct/20
His kegs didn’t look far apart to me
Robbe said on 16/Oct/20
That's a solid 3in difference to me.

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Yao's eyelevel is on Sun's mouthlevel, that's easy 3in. Lol, if that's 2in difference, Sun has only 3.75in from his eyelevel to his tophead. Not possible.

Considering footwear, Sun is easily a good 3in taller than Yao.
Hyper said on 15/Oct/20
@Canson

Generally, I try to go by quarters of an inch, by guess. Sometimes, I try going by 1/8ths, even though that’s a bit too extreme unless it’s for athletes.
RJT said on 15/Oct/20
@Canson
I posted twice before but idk why my comment didn't go through, oh well 3rd time is the charm

With 7'9 officially measured by Guinness Sun Ming Ming, Yao looked "only" 3" shorter. Click Here

Taking into account Yao was wearing sneaker and Sun was in sandal, that should gave Yao 3/4" footwear advantage, take them off and Yao's eyelevel would be around Sun's mouth, which equal to 3" difference.

As can be seen from various pics with Mutombo, KG & with Sun, Yao can be as tall as 7'6. 7'5.5" would then be Yao's low. Under 7'5 flat is unlikely.
RJT said on 12/Oct/20
@Editor Rob @Canson

This is Yao's pic with 7'9 Guiness measured Sun Ming Ming, better angle than the 1 with Kaka
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That does seem like solid 2" difference but upon closer inspection, Sun was wearing sandal which probably only gave him 1/2" and Yao wearing sneaker which at least gave him 1". Considering Yao's large feet, lets just say it gave him 1. 25" for pete's sake, so Yao had solid 3/4" footwear advantage then. Take of the shoes for both guys and Yao's eyelevel probably would be around Sun's mouth which would make Yao 3" shorter at 7'6.

I think it's safe to completely rule out under 7'5 for Yao. This listing is good as that may be what Yao's low is by CH standard. But as seen from various pics with Mutombo, KG and Sun Ming Ming, he can be as tall as 7'6.
Editor Rob
Yao did hold up pretty good with Sun
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 12/Oct/20
I did like to stand next to Yao and feel that 1 foot difference making me short :p
6'3 Julian said on 11/Oct/20
@Canson Yao Ming probably wakes up a weak 7’6 and goes to be 7’4.25
Canson said on 11/Oct/20
@RJT: I agree with a lot of what you said. A guy his size can stand to lose well over an inch. But then I see him with Shaq who’s admitted to only being 6’11.75”. Shaq wears orthotics too by his own admission. Not sure if Yao does. My guess collectively with Shaq and KG I’d go with 7’5” flat for Yao. He’s also shorter than Shawn Bradley. Other thing to remember is if you look to the left the advantage on 6’10” Tim Duncan isn’t as much as you’d expect. I almost wonder if the angle is favored the further left you move in the picture
Canson said on 11/Oct/20
@Julian: I’m thinking between 7’4-5 at bedtime but at that height I don’t completely rule what you said out! No one knows exactly where he wakes and he could lose perhaps 2”
6'3 Julian said on 11/Oct/20
@Canson in that case he may go to bed under 7’4!
RJT said on 10/Oct/20
@Canson

Actually with KG and Mutombo, Yao looks as listed.

With Mutombo when they were still playing
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Mutombo's tophead reach only Yao's eyelevel. That's solid 5" difference. Yao should have 5" from eyelevel to tophead. Prime Mutombo was 7'1 which I think you agree too.

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With prime KG whom we agree is solid 6'11, his tophead barely reach Yao's nosetip. Rob has said from nosetip to tophead is 6"-6"5, even 7" for lager heads and that should be the case with guy Yao's size.

I'm thinking 7'5.5" is Yao's low and he can be even taller like 1/4" or 1/2" in lazier days. A guy that size will fluctuate more than normal sized guys.
Canson said on 10/Oct/20
@Robbe: Yao is a bit closer to the camera than Pau too. I have Yao at 7’5”. I believe 7’5.75 to be an early morning measurement and believe Yao to be about Tacko Fall’s height as Fall measured 7’5 flat when the season started (not 7’6 or 7’5.25)
Robbe said on 9/Oct/20
I can't see more than 5.5in difference there.

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Pau and Marc are very close in height. Within an inch i would say. On the third pic Marc with slouching Lauri Markkanen.

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Marc with 6'11.25 measured Brook Lopez.

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Marc is listed at 6'11 on the newest roster, and Pau was listed at 7ft when he played in NBA.

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So, Pau is not over 7ft barefoot. To me, Yao looks as listed with Pau.
Canson said on 8/Oct/20
A little bit of coaching on deciphering height differences. The eye brow level on a normal sized head is 4”. While Yao’s head is large, his forehead is not that much larger than the average person. Gasol comes to Yao’s eye level. That’s not even 5.5” difference between Gasol and Yao. It’s more like 5”. 8” would be well Below his mouth. Keep in mind that Andrew Bynum was 7’0” and Pau can look shorter than him at times so he’s not over 7’0”. He could struggle to look it really
Editor Rob
I'd posted this Still from an RAF crew study on dimensions and the brow ridge is pretty much on average just under 4 inches, for a giant guy, like 95th percentile it's nearer 4.2 inches.
Canson said on 8/Oct/20
@Robbe: I’m not so sure that they’re even the same today. I could see Larry still edging Magic. In their primes, Bird had around 1.5” on Magic
6'3 Julian said on 8/Oct/20
Given that Yao Ming is a giant and weighs 310 pounds, it wouldn’t shock me if he wakes up 7’6 and goes to bed 7’4.5
Robbe said on 7/Oct/20
Larry and Magic are about the same height today, that's true. Larry maybe hair taller. Magic has kept his height pretty well, but Larry has lost at least an inch due to his back problems. Prime Larry was visible taller than Magic Click Here
Canson said on 6/Oct/20
@Robbe: not to mention Andrew Bynum is taller than Pau. Pau is 7’ not 7’1”
Robbe said on 5/Oct/20
Yao here with a legit 7 footer Pau Gasol. That's not over 5.5in difference.

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Picture is from 2006, so Yao is 26 years old there.
Canson said on 2/Oct/20
@Julian: it was a compliment. I was saying that there are estimates or possibilities you’ve provided that I never thought of
6'3 Julian said on 2/Oct/20
@Canson what exactly did I bring up?
Canson said on 30/Sep/20
Robbe said on 29/Sep/20
Back to back doesn't mean the angle is always 100% accurate, of course not. How come Larry is suddenly taller in the left pic? And how come his head has grown?

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Also look at their feet, just like i mentioned in my previous post. On the left, their feet are on the same level, on the right Magic's feet are heading more to the camera. Means he is favored by the camera angle there. That's why his eyeline appears taller than Larry's. In reality, Larry is minimum 1in taller than Magic. I prefer though 1.5in.

He completely ignored the Olympic pic which is a frontal shot of Magic Jordan and Bird. They look around their listed heights here going off that (with the exception of Jordan looking more 6’4.5 which he did actually measure). I guess because it doesn’t support his narrative
6'3 Julian said on 30/Sep/20
Bro Im not a Canson burner account. Canson claims to be just over 6’4. I’m 6’3. Also we’ve argued in the past, on Tyler Mane’s page for example
Robbe said on 29/Sep/20
Back to back doesn't mean the angle is always 100% accurate, of course not. How come Larry is suddenly taller in the left pic? And how come his head has grown?

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Also look at their feet, just like i mentioned in my previous post. On the left, their feet are on the same level, on the right Magic's feet are heading more to the camera. Means he is favored by the camera angle there. That's why his eyeline appears taller than Larry's. In reality, Larry is minimum 1in taller than Magic. I prefer though 1.5in.
Robbe said on 27/Sep/20
Larry is definitely taller than Magic. If you look at the back to back photo, Magic's head looks bigger than Larry's. We all know Larry's head is way bigger than Magic's. So, the camera angle is favoring Magic there. Can be seen also if you look at their feet. So the picture is not telling the truth. Also Larry's posture is worse than Magic's. Nice try anyway.
6'3 Julian said on 24/Sep/20
@Canson my favourite was when he said Hogans current height was his peak and he made up crap about functional height
Canson said on 23/Sep/20
6'3 Julian said on 23/Sep/20
Interesting, that maniac says 7’7+. Not 7’8

Even more interesting that the 7’7+ is rounded to 7’8” with Yao but he’s quick to point out that Wilt measured 7’0.5 in his prime (not 7’1”) and he then proceeds to round Wilt down to 7’0”. Interesting tidbit of information there
6'3 Julian said on 23/Sep/20
Interesting, that maniac says 7’7+. Not 7’8
FriedChicken said on 18/Sep/20
Its kinda hard to pin point exactly where he'd be by this site's afternoon standards sincle abnormally tall people like Yao Ming lose more than an inch throughout the day. I don't know where this 7 ft 8 stuff is coming from though..
6'3 Julian said on 13/Sep/20
@Canson I think it’s working
6'3 Julian said on 12/Sep/20
He’s actually a midget who wears stilts like all basketball players are. He’s 4’2. No NBA player has ever exceeded 4’6 without huge stilts
Canson said on 11/Sep/20
@Julian: you’re wrong. He actually wears 20” lifts!!!!
Canson said on 11/Sep/20
6'3 Julian said on 11/Sep/20
I mean you can clearly see it. The massive stilts he’s got in his legs

Yep that’s why he got by claiming 6’7” for all of those years! But had he been 6’3” peak, he would’ve been very unfortunate with his 6’7” desire as a 4” difference would be insurmountable lol. I could see something like what you said being the max for him 6’5.5” or min 6’5” flat
6'3 Julian said on 11/Sep/20
I mean you can clearly see it. The massive stilts he’s got in his legs
Robbe said on 7/Sep/20
Bill is much closer to the camera in your picture. That's why he looks close to Shaq's height. If you didn't notice, Bill is looking up at Shaq, you don't have to do that if your only one inch shorter.

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Picture is pretty old as well. Bill has lost quite a bit since his prime. This is more recent, and better picture, Bill is again slightly closer to the camera + angle is very low there. It's favoring Bill. Anybody who knows about heights/angles can tell right away this is not an inch difference.

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And there's nothing fishy about that Hanno/Bill picture. Fact is Bill is nowadays that height. He is around KD:s range, as shown in the back to back photo.
Robbe said on 6/Sep/20
You can find that Bill/KD back to back photo on Bill's Instagram page. Hanno/Bill picture is on Hanno's Twitter page.

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That guy on the right with Hanno is 6'8 Mikael Jantunen.

Anthony Davis (6'9.75) and Bill (6'9.5) with Yao Click Here
6'3 Julian said on 5/Sep/20
I said you made it SOUND small
Canson said on 4/Sep/20
6'3 Julian said on 2/Sep/20
You guys make 7’5 sound small! I met a legit 7 footer at jujitsu training once. Never got close enough to compare height but my 5’11 instructor was maybe shoulder high to 7 foot guy

Where did anyone say that 7’5” was small? Or where is anyone making it seem small? It’s just been said that he wasn’t 7’7-7’8 because that’s ridiculous when he was listed 7’6” his whole career. I’m sure if you look on the web there is no one else pushing this theory about him being 7’7-7’8”. Only that “Shaq said it” or that he “looked taller than Muresan” in one bad picture. Nothing of substance
Robbe said on 3/Sep/20
Bill with KD and KD with 6'11.75 Joel Embiid.

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I find it very hard to believe Bill is only 0.75in shorter than Joel.
Canson said on 2/Sep/20
Response: What are you talking about? The pic obviously was photo-shopped, and a bad job too. Look at how Mottola's right arm looked all screwed up. You couldn't even tell whose arm it was. Second, Mottola was closer to the camera and Bill's feet were wider apart. Third, who is Mottola and who cares? Just look at the Shaq/Bill Walton pics taken recently and that will tell you precisely how tall Bill is now, which is about 7 feet with shoes. Yao looked about 7-8/7-9 in shoes, or 7-7 1/2ish barefoot.

Are you high? The most Yao looks in a picture that doesn’t significantly favor him is a barefoot 7’6”. He generally looks 7’5” range
6'3 Julian said on 2/Sep/20
You guys make 7’5 sound small! I met a legit 7 footer at jujitsu training once. Never got close enough to compare height but my 5’11 instructor was maybe shoulder high to 7 foot guy
Robbe said on 2/Sep/20
Lol at photo-shopped picture. Hanno and Bill are old buddies. Hanno was interviewing Bill at the States recently and that pic was taken at the same event. Just look at Bill vs Kevin Durant back to back photo on Bill,s page. He is closer to the camera and barely taller. I have Durant at 6,9.25, and Bill max 6'9.5. There are couple of more pics Bill vs KD, you can,t see the difference really. Zero chance Bill is 6,11 nowadays.
Canson said on 1/Sep/20
@Robbe: that is the most I could ever buy for Yao. And you said about which could mean 7.5” but then again Walton could still be 6’9.5 today. However, Yao himself said he’s almost 7’5” before. Him dipping under at that height isn’t unfathomable. But you cut through the rest of the nonsense like a knife
Robbe said on 1/Sep/20
Bill Walton is nowhere near 6'11 nowadays, he is shorter than 6'10 Hanno Möttölä. Here Hanno with Bill, exellent picture, both men standing at their best. On the right, Hanno with 6'7 Elias Valtonen and 6'8 Mikael Jantunen. Mikael is wearing slippers.

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Bill looks an inch shorter than Möttölä, and doesn't tower over Valtonen and Jantunen. So he cant be much over 6'9. Like you said, Yao is about 8in taller than Bill. That would mean 7'5 for Yao.
Canson said on 31/Aug/20
@Robbe: I would say the following:

Ewing: 6’10” peak
Bird: 6’8.75-6’9 peak
Malone: 6’8 peak like you said
Magic 6’7.25-.5 peak
Pippen: 200ish
Rodman: 198-199
Drexler: 195-196
Jordan: 194-195
Barkley: 194-195
Mullin: mysterious. I used to say 6’5 but not sure if he wasn’t 6’4.5 Range like Barkley and Jordan

The pic is odd. Malone admitted he was 6’8” and he looks 4” taller than Drexler. Then Barkley in front of Magic looks almost 4” shorter but taller than Mullin when he wasn’t in a diff pic. Then Malone could look taller than Bird when he’s shorter. Malone could almost look taller than Ewing when he’s definitely not
Mickie said on 29/Aug/20
An aged Larry Bird is still taller than Paul George (who is taller than Lebron, himself) Click Here
Mickie said on 29/Aug/20
Bird was of course taller than Magic, saying otherwise is ignorant. Click Here
Robbe said on 29/Aug/20
Prime Pippen was easily 2in taller than guys like Jordan, Barkley, Mullin, and Drexler. Here with Jordan and Drexler.

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If Pippen was peak 6'5.5-6'6, then these guys were no more than 6'3.5-6'4. I don't think so. All these dudes are visible taller than regular 6'4 guys. Pippen was no less than 200cm in his prime. Could be 6'6.5 nowadays.

Larry is slouching in Yao's pic, while Pippen is tilting his head up. My pic was far better to judge their height difference. Larry isn't closer to the camera, well maybe 2cm closer, that's practically nothing, they are all standing tall in a row, in a pretty good angle. 6'10 Patrick Ewing looks around an inch taller than Larry, and Larry appears slightly taller than 6'8 Karl Malone. Pippen looks an inch shorter than Malone. Drexler about 2in shorter than Pippen. Just like they should appear.

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Pretty good picture to judge in my opinion. Zero chance prime Larry was 6'7 range.
Canson said on 28/Aug/20
@Robbe: I think more 227 than 8 but really 226 if you ask me. He looks max 7’5 with Shaq. That’s prob what he is
Robbe said on 26/Aug/20
Yao here with Bill Walton, who is around 6'9.5 nowadays. Bill is about 2in taller than Kevin.

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Black line describes where Markkanen should reach there. Looks 14-15cm difference to me. So 227-228cm for Yao is close enough.
Canson said on 25/Aug/20
@Robbe: I question whether Pippen is a legit 6’7. It’s possible he lost height though. I could see 6’6 range now. Bird in his prime at 6’7.5 is just ridiculous. Even if he wasn’t the full 6’9, he was at least a weak 6’9”

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Robbe said on 23/Aug/20
What comes to Larry Bird, here is a very good pic of Larry and a legit 6'7 Scottie Pippen. Good angle, both men standing tall. Larry is noticeable taller.

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So, we can stop this nonsense about prime Larry being only 6'7.5, he was very close to 6'9, if not a full one. Nowadays he has lost about an inch or so.
Robbe said on 22/Aug/20
Like i said on Kevin's page, there's something wrong with this pic, Kevin looks almost the same height as 7ft Lauri Markkanen. Lauri can't be so short next to Yao.

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Kevin is at least 4in shorter than Markkanen. This is a better pic.

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Yao looks only 4in taller than Markkanen there, but he is further away from the camera. I think he is bang on 5.5in taller in reality.
Mickie said on 20/Aug/20
Deltaf Schrempf might still be around 6'9" for all I know. Bird has lost height and there's clearly not 2" separating them. I agree Schrempf in recent years is a little taller but that's like an inch tops. And again, peak Bird was taller than current Bird (who is still taller than Paul George).
Canson said on 20/Aug/20
The common sense approach here is that if Yao were really 7’8”, the NBA would’ve listed him at that. So if he really did grow, it would’ve been documented being they do the same when a player truly grows (ex- Paul George was listed 6’8 when he came in the league then 6’9”). We see in reality he didn’t grow. His pre draft was 6’7.75” and he is now listed 6’8”. And they didn’t change Yao’s. He was listed 7’6”. He measured 7’5.75 at one stage and 7’5” flat. The latter is closer to his actual height if we use the standards on this site of afternoon height.
Mickie said on 9/Aug/20
"Are you saying Commissioner Silver failed in his integrity campaign for NBA heights? While I agree that some players' remeasured heights were false,"

Yes, Lebron is one of the some players. The guy is not 6'9" like Larry Bird was.
Canson said on 5/Aug/20
@Mickie: I have Bird as 1.5” taller than Magic in his prime. Magic could’ve been 6’7.25-.5 and Bird 6’9ish (6’8.75-6’9). Robert Parish was only around 7’0” if that and Bird looked at least 3” shorter if not more at times. Keep in mind Mchale was listed 6’10”. Meaning barefoot was he really that? And Patrick Ewing measured in at 6’9.75 before
Canson said on 5/Aug/20
Carmelo wasn’t even measured this year. He was not with the team during training camp. He came in during the season. It’s no different than Harrison Barnes still being listed 6’8” when he “supposedly” was (or was not) measured. Barnes is not 6’8” as we all know. He’s only about 3cm taller maybe max 1.5” taller than 6’5-6’5.25 range Draymond Green. Barnes is a 6’7” morning height and about 6’6.5 afternoon
Mickie said on 5/Aug/20
Lebron looking 6'6" standing right next to 6'6.25 Carmelo = Camera work. Bird looking 6'7.75" next to 6'7.5" Magic Johnson for an advertisement in one photo = fact, ignore the Olympics team photo or the video footage of them at Bird's retirement that each show an inch an a half difference.

To be clear, I do think Lebron is taller than Carmelo, but not by more than an inch.
Robbe said on 4/Aug/20
Larry was about 1.5in taller than Magic in their prime Click Here
Canson said on 3/Aug/20
@Mickie: lol the 6’9” Lebron and the 6’8” Kevin Love
Canson said on 2/Aug/20
@Mickie: I would put Lebron 6’7” flat and Love 6’7.25-.5 range
Mickie said on 1/Aug/20
If Lebron is 6'9" how tall is Kevin Love? Click Here
Editor Rob
In that shot I doubt Love is much taller
Mickie said on 1/Aug/20
6'7" Lebron and 6'9" Dwight Howard: Click Here

Lebron is 6'7" - 6'7.25". Magic 6'7.5" or so, Bird peak height of roughly 6'8.75" but has shrunk (probably close to an inch), MJ is 6'4.5".

Yao is hard to pin down. There aren't too many guys near his size to make estimating easy. He was shorter than Shawn Bradley, but some are convinced he was still growing significantly (I am not). Bradley also appeared to be taller than Georghe Muresan in the back to back photo, although Bradley was standing up his straightest and I'm not sure if Muresan was trying to or not. Next to 7'0" Shaq the height difference from one photo to the next can vary wildly. The man himself claims 7'3" or 7'4" - I don't quite know what to make of that.
Canson said on 1/Aug/20
@Mickie: it wouldn’t surprise me if 6’10 flat for Bosh afternoon height. Lebron could look the full listing here at times but I can see the argument for 6’7”. I would say Magic was 1.5” shorter than Bird. Bird may have been 6’8.75 or even 6’9 and Magic 6’7.25-.5 range. I could buy the full 6’9 for Bird at times but then again Patrick Ewing supposedly measured 6’9.75 so 6’8.75 could be right. And Bird wasn’t as tall as Mchale or those guys on the front line in Boston
Canson said on 1/Aug/20
@Mickie: it wouldn’t surprise me if 6’10 flat for Bosh afternoon height. Lebron could look the full listing here at times but I can see the argument for 6’7”
Mickie said on 31/Jul/20
Bosch is 6'10.25" not 6'11". Lebron is 6'7". Maybe 6'7.25". You can find pictures where he looks taller but also some where he looks 6'6": Click Here

Bird was clearly taller than Magic in that video (it's just from YouTube no sketchy site) and had Magic by 1" - 1.5" range in their playing days. You might be able to find a few pictures where Magic looks as tall or slightly taller, but in the best quality pictures/video Bird has a notable height advantage.
Mickie said on 29/Jul/20
Lebron with 6'3.25" Wade (you could argue less, really, but to give you the benefit of the doubt we'll give him that) and 6'10.25" Bosch: Click Here and the first picture in the Click Here

Lebron is 6'7" - 6'7.25". Magic was somewhere around 6'7.5" peak and I think he's still in the 6'7" - 6'7.5" range. Larry Bird was more like 6'8.75" if not 6'9", today has lost a bit more height due to back issues but is still around 6'8" or so. Even today he'd probably be a half inch to an inch taller than Lebron.
Mickie said on 26/Jul/20
Better comparison of Bird/Magic:
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Lebron and Anthony Davis:
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Mickie said on 23/Jul/20
How tall was Reggie Miller? He was listed at 6'7" but Bird could make him look pretty small:
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Editor Rob
Does describe himself that tall....could be shoe claim
Mickie said on 22/Jul/20
To further my point: Click Here

Larry Bird is 6'8.75" - 6'9". Magic Johnson was closer to 6'7.5" than his listed 6'9" and Michael Jordan closer to 6'4.5" than his listed 6'6". If Larry was 6'7" range Magic couldn't have been more than 6'6" or so and Jordan must be 6'3" range.
Canson said on 22/Jul/20
@Mickie: yea he looks 7’4/7’5 tante typically. I think anything over 7’5 flat is too much and I really only give him that because he can stand to lose a lot throughout the day
Canson said on 22/Jul/20
@Junior: Rob had him Better before at 7’5”. Also is Love really 6’7.75? I doubt it
Canson said on 19/Jul/20
Mickie said on 15/Jul/20
Click Here That's not 7'8", that looks like 7'5" max.

Agreed and Love is even said to be closer to 6’7” than 6’8”. As for the listings today, many of the megastars dictated their listings. Harden remained 6’5, Lebron 6’9 now, Kawhi Leonard 6’7” then others who simply remained their heights or just went down an inch. Jimmy Butler is another example. He supposedly measured 6’6” barefoot when he’s shorter than Kawhi Leonard who measured the same. Not to mention Leonard looks a weak 6’6” more often than not and Butler looks strong 6’5 range. I would expect Magic and Jordan to remain 6’9 and 6’6 if they played.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 19/Jul/20
@Mickie said on 15/Jul/20
Click Here That's not 7'8", that looks like 7'5" max.


Look at Yao leg standing and tilt down his head with 6'7.75" Kevin Love i did say 7'5 was a relax posture there. 7'5 1/2 listing is nailed. 7'8 is a joke.
Mickie said on 19/Jul/20
Yao also claimed 7'4" to Shaq, apparently. I think that's more believable than 7'3", but either way he's either undercutting his height by a lot or he's not as tall as some think. I think he often looks 7'4" to 7'5" in photos, but yes sometimes I can see him looking taller. There were pictures where he dwarfed some already very tall guys.

My problem with the over 7'7" estimate is pictures like the one with Shawn Bradley (I don't buy that Yao grew several inches after that) or photos like this: Click Here
Duhon said on 17/Jul/20
@Mickie very few people know what it's like to be 7'5", for many including Yao he probably felt/feels ostracized or a like a "freak" and would rather downplay than overstate his height. He always struck me as one of the few NBA players who didn't seems so proud of his height.
Canson said on 16/Jul/20
So He got measured in China at 7’5” barefoot. The 7’5.75 and was finished growing. The 7’5.75 he supposedly got in the NBA was a morning measurement. A guy that size can lose considerable height throughout the day to where he could be under that 7’5 mark by evening. Really Rob had his listing correct previously
Mickie said on 15/Jul/20
Bird was taller than Magic btw. Bird really was about 6'9" barefoot and would never have been listed at 6'8". Magic might be listed at 6'8" if he played today, because he was between 6'7" and 6'8", but I suspect if he wanted to be listed at 6'9" he could be (Lebron did this).
Mickie said on 15/Jul/20
Click Here That's not 7'8", that looks like 7'5" max.
Mickie said on 14/Jul/20
I hate to be a buzz kill but Click Here

Why does he claim 7'3"? I have to say he looks taller, but why does he claim only that height?
Canson said on 3/Jul/20
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 30/Jun/20
@Canson He could be that, but for some reason he is 7'8. So i am 6'8 and Canson you are 6'6 :)

Correction Junior. You’re 6’9 and I’m 6’7”. He’s tacking the big 3 on to Yao being he’s only 7’5” in reality lol
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 30/Jun/20
@Canson He could be that, but for some reason he is 7'8. So i am 6'8 and Canson you are 6'6 :)
Canson said on 27/Jun/20
@Junior and Rob: I’d go with A
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 25/Jun/20
Quote: Yao has stated "I'm 7-6".

Arguement Department: Case dismissed.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 24/Jun/20
Rob, which one could be the lowest measurement for Yao?

A. 7'5

B. 7'5.25"

C. 7'5.5"

D. 7'5.75"
Editor Rob
At the moment I think he probably could be 7ft 5.5 by late afternoon.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 14/Jun/20
Click Here 7'6 absolutely max is possible next to 5'11 1/2 Bear Grylls. Grow 2-3" i am not sure. But a full inch i buying that. I had a cousin started his 2nd growth spurt in 20 yrs old and stop at 22. But if Yao start grow again at 22 in 2002 a little unbelievable especially 2-3".
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 12/Jun/20
@Canson

😂😂😂 Can't if people could bet him to be 7'7. Camera tricks is everywhere not everyone noticed 😂
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 6/Jun/20
@Junior
He's 7'7" with heavy duty construction boots. Rob should've kept him at a 7'5" listing.
Canson said on 5/Jun/20
@Junior: and pigs fly
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!
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.
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.
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
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?
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: 😂
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dream said on 7/Apr/20
Also, he was measured 7'5 1/2" without shoes.

If anything, I think this listing works.
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".
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".
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”
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”
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

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