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Tallest of the Tall: Top 15 Giant Athletes In Sports History

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Being tall doesn't always guarantee an athlete will be successful, but in many cases being tall will land them an opportunity. After all, size is a huge advantage in many sports.

Here's a look at the 15 tallest athletes in sports history, give or take an inch or two:

15. Loek Van Mil - 7 ft 1 in

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15. Loek Van Mil - 7 ft 1 in

Netherlands v Cuba - World Baseball Classic Second Round Pool 1

Van Mil is the tallest player in baseball, standing at nearly 7-2. Can you imagine facing a giant on the mound?

14. Margo Dydek - 7 ft 2 in

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14. Margo Dydek - 7 ft 2 in

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Dydek was the tallest player in WNBA history. She tragically passed away at just 37 after a massive heart attack in 2008.

13. Giant Silva - 7 ft 3 in

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13. Giant Silva - 7 ft 3 in

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Giant Silva has done a lot with his height, including: basketball, MMA and pro wrestling.

12. Hasheem Thabeet - 7 ft 3 in

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12. Hasheem Thabeet - 7 ft 3 in

2009 NBA Rookie Portraits

Thabeet is a giant, but also a giant flop in the NBA. After being drafted No. 2 overall in 2009, the center has done next to nothing.

11. Ralph Sampson - 7 ft 4 in

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11. Ralph Sampson - 7 ft 4 in

1986 NBA Finals: Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics

Sampson was the No. 1 overall pick in 1983 and lived up to the hype for most of the 1980s.

10. Mark Eaton - 7 ft 4 in

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10. Mark Eaton - 7 ft 4 in

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The former Jazz big man had a solid NBA career, playing 875 games over 11 seasons.

9. Rik Smits - 7 ft 4 in

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9. Rik Smits - 7 ft 4 in

Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks, Game 1

The Dunkin' Dutchman was a force in the NBA for many years in the 1990s with the Indiana Pacers. Easily one of the best true big men in league history.

8. Chuck Nevitt - 7 ft 5 in

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8. Chuck Nevitt - 7 ft 5 in

Chuck Nevitt Action Portrait

Nevitt didn't have a banner NBA career by any means, but he did manage to win a ring and keep a job for 12 years.

7. Shawn Bradley - 7 ft 6 in

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7. Shawn Bradley - 7 ft 6 in

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

Bradley had quite a bit of hype when he entered the NBA back in 1993, but he ended up being okay with an 8-6 career average.

6. Yao Ming - 7 ft 6 in

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6. Yao Ming - 7 ft 6 in

Houston Rockets v Philadelphia 76ers

Who knows where Ming's career would have ended up if it hadn't been for all of his injuries. But even as is, you can argue that he's the best tall man in NBA history.

5. Gheorghe Muresan - 7 ft 7 in

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5. Gheorghe Muresan - 7 ft 7 in

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Muresan's NBA career only lasted six years, but he did average nearly 10 PPG during his time with Washington and New Jersey.

4. Manute Bol - 7 ft 7 in

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4. Manute Bol - 7 ft 7 in

Washington Bullets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Bol was definitely one of the most recognizable tall athletes in his day. He was never a force, but he had to be an attraction everywhere he went.

3. Sun Mingming - 7 ft 9 in

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3. Sun Mingming - 7 ft 9 in

Sun Ming Ming Press Conference

Mingming is a Chinese basketball player who some argue is the tallest of all time. He tried out for the NBA, but never was able to catch on.

2. Gogea Mitu - 7 ft 9 in

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2. Gogea Mitu - 7 ft 9 in

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Mitu, as you would imagine, was the tallest boxer in history. Somehow, he lost twice in 11 career fights.

1. Suleiman Ali Nashnush - 7 ft 10 in

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1. Suleiman Ali Nashnush - 7 ft 10 in

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One of 17 people in history to reach eight feet tall, Nashnush is said to have been closer to 7-10 when he played basketball for Libya.