Everybody knows the NBA is a league full of giants. The average height of an NBA player is a whopping 6β6.5β³ inches. This means the average player on an NBA court will tower 9.5 inches above an average male in the crowd.

In this article, weβll look at the average NBA player height by position, the average height of players over the years, and the average height of teams in the NBA vs their win rate.

## Average NBA Height By Position

There are five traditional positions on a basketball team. Point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center. In general, any βshort guyβ in the NBA is a point or shooting guard, while centers are usually the tallest players on the court.

Casino.org graph showing average NBA height by position

### Average NBA Point Guard Height: 6β2.5β³

As of 2022, the average height of an NBA point guard was 6β2.5β³. Although this is shorter than the overall average height for NBA players, itβs still over five inches taller than the average man.

Of course, there are still lots of examples of successful NBA players under this height.

All time greats Allen Iverson (6β0β), John Stockton (6β1β) and Chris Paul (6β1β) all played at point guard (and shooting guard in the case of Iverson) in the NBA. This is because the point guard position often favors ball handling, agility, speed and game IQ over height.

In the 2023-24 season, the shortest player in the league is the Toronto Raptors Markquis Nowell, who stands at just 5β7β. The next shortest is Jacob Gilyard of the Memphis Grizzlies, who is just 5β8β. Both players are point guards.

### NBA Shooting Guard Average Height: 6β4.5β³

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, two of the most exciting and talented players to ever grace the NBA hardwood, were both primarily shooting guards. They were both 6β6β³, which is slightly bigger than the 2022 average of 6β4.5β³.

On average, shooting guards are two inches taller than points guards, and two inches shorter than small forwards. They are often required to combine the skills associated with both positions.

Especially in the modern era of the NBA, itβs not unusual to see βswingmenβ who can play multiple positions with a range of skills. These include shooting guards like James Harden, Tracy McGrady, Klay Thompson, and of course Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

### Average Height Of A Small Forward In The NBA: 6β6.4β³

Despite being named βsmallβ forwards, NBA players in this position have an average height of 6β6.4β³. This is slightly above the overall average NBA player height. Maybe the league could consider renaming them βabove averageβ forwards instead?

The greatest small forwards in the history of the NBA have combined outstanding basketball skill and athleticism with height and power to give their opponents nightmares. These include LeBron James (6β9β³), Larry Bird (6β9β³), and Scottie Pippen (6β8β³).

Image of LeBron James (6β9β³) and Carmelo Anthony (6β7β³): Erik Drost/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

### Average Height Of A Power Forward In The NBA: 6β8.2β³

Like the name suggests, power forwards generally have a pretty intimidating stature. On average, power forwards in the NBA have a height of 6β8.2β³, which is nearly a foot bigger than the average American male.

Due to their height, power forwards are expected to rebound, set screens and generally play closer to the basket than guards and small forwards. However, in the modern game, itβs not uncommon to see a power forward with the skill of a guard, but the height of a center.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (6β11β), Kevin Garnett (6β11β), Kevin Durant (6β11β) and Dirk Nowitzki (7β0β³) are all giants that had a combination of ball handling, shooting, passing and IQ that was generally reserved for smaller players in eras gone by.

Image of Kevin Durant: Tim Shelby/Wikipedia Commons

### Average NBA Center Height: 6β10.3β³

Centers are on average the tallest players on any basketball court. Centers and power forwards can interchange, and as previously mentioned, some of the greatest power forwards in the modern era are bigger than centers, but on average an NBA center is 6β10.3β³.

They generally play closest to the basket of any position, and their primary responsibility is to rebound, set screens, block the opposing teamβs shots, and to score in the paint.

Victor Wembanyama of the San Antonio Spurs and Boban Marjanovic of the Houston Rockets are the two tallest players currently active in the NBA. They are both 7β4β³ and play as centers (although Wembanyama can also play as a power forward).

The tallest player in NBA history was Gheorghe MureΘan (pictured below), who was a whopping 7β7β³, and you guessed it, played as a center.

Image of Gheorghe MureΘan: DoD News/Flickr, PDM 1.0

## Average Height In The NBA By Year

Over the centuries, the average height of humans has steadily risen thanks to improvements in healthcare, nutrition and living conditions. In the US, the average height of a man increased by 1.5 inches between 1960 and 2002. So, ββhas the average basketball player height continued to increase in the same way?

The graph below shows the average height of an NBA player per decade, starting from the 1960s.

Casino.org graph showing average height in NBA history by decade

The average player height in the 2002/2003 NBA season was 6β6.9β³, which was exactly 1.5 inches taller than in 1960, like the general population.

However, the NBA has not seen a taller decade since the noughties.

The mid 80s was known as the era of the big men, so it makes sense that average NBA player height peaked in 1986/87 (at 6β7.2β³). Since then and over time, the league has moved away from an overreliance on height, and is more focused on skill.

## Average NBA Height By Team

In the table below, we list the average height of each NBA team alongside the teamβs win rate. All data is for the 2023/24 season:

TeamAverage HeightWin RateDenver Nuggets6β7.9β³66.7%Phoenix Suns6β7.4β³52.6%Boston Celtics6β7.2β³76.3%Orlando Magic6β7.1β³56.8%Utah Jazz6β7β³48.7%San Antonio Spurs6β6.9β³16.7%Los Angeles Lakers6β6.8β³48.7%Brooklyn Nets6β6.7β³42.1%Minnesota Timberwolves6β6.7β³70.3%Washington Wizards6β6.7β³16.2%Los Angeles Clippers6β6.6β³64.9%Houston Rockets6β6.6β³50%Milwaukee Bucks6β6.6β³68.4%Oklahoma City Thunder6β6.6β³70.3%Portland Trail Blazers6β6.6β³27%Dallas Mavericks6β6.4β³59%Sacramento Kings6β6.4β³62.2%Indiana Pacers6β6.3β³59.5%Miami Heat6β6.3β³56.8%Philadelphia 76ers6β6.3β³63.9%Chicago Bulls6β6.3β³46.2%Atlanta Hawks6β6.2β³41.7%Detroit Pistons6β6.2β³7.9%New Orleans Pelicans6β6.2β³60.5%Cleveland Cavaliers6β6.1β³59.5%Toronto Raptors6β6β³39.5%Memphis Grizzlies6β6β³37.8%Charlotte Hornets6β5.8β³22.9%New York Knicks6β5.7β³57.9%Golden State Warriors6β5.4β³45.9%

The tallest NBA team is the Denver Nuggets, who clock in at 6β7.9β³ on average. Thatβs 1.4 inches taller than the 6β6.5β³ league average, and a significant 2.5 inches more than the shortest team in the league, the Golden State Warriors.

The below graph shows the teams in order of average height (starting with the tallest), plotted against the seasonβs current win rate percentage.

Casino.org graph showing 2022/23 win rate percentage vs average team height (starting with the tallest)

There is only a slight correlation to be seen when plotted on a graph (shown by the trend line). However, more significant observations can be noted about the tallest teams:

The team with the highest win rate, the Boston Celtics, is the third tallest team. This is also the team with the most NBA rings.

The team with the fifth highest win rate, the Denver Nuggets, is the NBAβs tallest team.

Image of βshortestβ NBA team, Golden States Warriors: Mike D/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

## Does Size Really Matter?

Size absolutely matters in the NBA, but itβs not everything. As this article has shown, different positions have different average heights and things have changed from one era to another. There are scores of players who donβt conform to the averages that have had amazing careers. But what are your odds of making it in the NBA?

## Average NBA Height FAQs

How many NBA players are 7 feet tall?

In the 2023/24 season, 31 players are listed as 7 feet or taller. The tallest players in the NBA are Victor Wembanyama and Boban Marjanovic. They are both 7β4β³.

Does the NBA have a height limit?

No, there is no height limit in the NBA for tall or short players. The tallest player in NBA history was Gheorghe MureΘan (7β7β³) while the shortest was Muggsy Bogues (5β3β³).

Is 6β3β short for the NBA?

6β3β is shorter than the NBA average of 6β6β, but taller than the average height of a point guard (6β2.5β). So it depends on the position and skill of the player.

How tall are NBA players at 16?

Often tall NBA players have reached a significant level of height by the time they are 16. However, each individual is different and some have growth spurts earlier or later than 16. As a sophomore in high school, Michael Jordan was reportedly 5β11β, while Wilt Chamberlain was 6β0β³ by 10.

What is the average height of an NBA player?

In the 2023/24 season, the average height of an NBA player is 6β6.5β. The average height of an NBA player has stayed at 6β6β since the 1980s.