The NBA has not seen a prospect as talented as Victor Wembanyama come around since LeBron James was a prospect in 2003.
The 19-year-old French basketball star is all but guaranteed to be the first overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, putting together one of the most unique profiles the league has ever seen. He's been described as a center with the play style of a guard. He can score from anywhere on the floor, and his size sets him apart from other standouts in the league.
Wembanyama is all but guaranteed to be the Betclic Elite MVP as he's currently leading the league in points scored, rebounds and blocks, averaging 21.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.1 blocks so far in the 2022-23 season while playing at the highest level of French basketball.
Whether Wembanyama immediately becomes one of the NBA's biggest star, there is at least one category in which he is guaranteed to stand out: height. The Metropolitans 92 star is a towering presence in France, and even when he reaches the United States, he'll be a difficult player against whom to defend.
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How tall is Wembanyama, and how does he compare to current NBA stars? Here's what you need to know.
Victor Wembanyama height
On Basketball Reference, Wembanyama is listed as 7-2. However, that is not quite the case anymore.
ESPN reported in February that Wembanyama stands 7-4, but that with shoes on, he is actually about 7-5. The report also noted that he might still have some room left to grow.
Victor Wembanyama wingspan
Wembanyama might be 7-5, but his wingspan only adds to his impressive stature. ESPN reported he has an 8-foot wingspan. The report said he can nearly reach the room while standing on the floor as he shoots layups.
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Tallest NBA players in 2023
According to Stathead, Wembanyama is already lined up to the be the tallest player in the NBA — if his 7-4 or 7-5 height is his official listed height. There are only 12 players taller than 7-foot exactly.
Here's a look at the tallest active players in the league.
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Marjanovic, tied for the tallest active player in the NBA, is a seven-year veteran who signed with the Spurs in 2015. He has started only 25 games in his career, but has appeared in 317 total.
Marjanovic has averaged 5.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game during his career. His time in the NBA has featured stops with the Mavericks, Clippers, Pistons, Spurs, Rockets and 76ers.
Back in 2015, Porzingis was drafted fourth overall by the Knicks, and he was immediately an impact talent. He was named to the 2015-16 All-Rookie team. A few years later, in 2018, he was named to the NBA All-Star team.
Porzingis has bounced around since he was traded during the 2018-19 season to the Mavericks. In the 2021-22 campaign, he was dealt to the Wizards. Porzingis has averaged 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his seven years in the NBA.
Manute Bol, is tied for the league record as the tallest player in NBA history at 7-7, and his son has followed in his footsteps in becoming one of the tallest active players in the league. A 2019 second-round pick by the Heat who was immediately traded to Denver, Bol had largely been a bench player for the first three seasons of his NBA career. It was until he was dealt to the Celtics and then right to the Magic that he began to see regular playing time.
This past season, Bol averaged 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game while starting in 33 contests and appearing in 70 total.
Brown went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, but found his way to the league after signing a two-way contract with the Trail Blazers, appearing in nine games in the 2019-20 season. He has since made stops with the Thunder, Mavericks, Cavaliers, Clippers and Nets.
Brown has made 39 starts, with 32 of those coming back in the 2020-21 campaign with Oklahoma City. He has career averages of 5.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.
Kornet was a dynamic talent in college, who set the record for the most 3s by a player 7-foot or taller with 150 in his career and set the Vanderbilt record with 210 blocks. Still, he wound up going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft before signing a deal with the Knicks.
Kornet has played for the Knicks, Bulls, Celtics, Cavaliers and Bucks, eventually returning to Boston, where he has played since midway through the 2021-22 campaign. He has started 35 contests while appearing in 217 total, with averages of 4.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in his career.
Tallest players in NBA history
If Wembanyama officially enters the league listed at 7-5, he will be tied for the sixth-tallest player in NBA history. Should his height officially be 7-4, he will be tied for 10th.
Either still puts him a few inches shy of the record, which is held jointly by Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol at 7-7.
There have only been three players in NBA history to average at least double-digit points at 7-4 or taller: Yao Ming (19.0), Ralph Sampson (15.4) and Rik Smits (14.8).
Here's a look at the tallest players in NBA history, according to Stathead.