The World’s Largest Athletes Will Astonish You

As you are already aware, most athletes are usually of considerable size. There are some exceptions to the rule, like the NBA’s Isaiah Thomas of the Cleveland Cavaliers who is a mere 5’9″. This is in comparison to the mean height of all his opponents, which is 6’7″. There are some who extend well beyond that mean in the NBA and every other sport. And being the tallest doesn’t make you the largest — some athletes have so much mass they need special requirements for their vehicles.

Here are the world’s largest athletes of current and past. Wait until you meet the woman who stood more than seven feet tall.

Sun Ming Ming Means Business

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Rush Hour fans might remember this walking giant from the third installment of the film, but did you know he was a basketball player? Sun Ming Ming played in the CBA and was a two-time champion in 2012 and 2014. Ming is also the tallest basketball player in the world, standing at 7’9″!