Shaq Height and Weight: 20 Athletes That Compare

Shaq Height and Weight: 20 Athletes That Compare

When it comes to Shaq, height and weight were never a problem. It’s what helped him dominate the paint for 19 years and is a big reason why he’s one of the greatest big men in NBA history. Not many players had the guts to get in his way and for those that did, it often ended horribly. 

Shaquille O’Neal is a retired, Hall-of-Fame NBA player that was 7-foot-1 and 325 pounds. Although Shaq height and weight might be surprising to many, it wasn’t that surprising for those that knew him growing up. He was 6-foot-6 at 13 years old and 6-foot-10 by the age of 16. 

Shaq was drafted first overall by the Orlando Magic in 1992 and finished with career averages of 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game. He was a 15-time All-Star, four-time champion, two-time scoring champ, one-time MVP, and three-time Finals MVP. 

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Which Athletes Compare to Shaq Height and Weight?

Shaq Height and Weight: 20 Athletes That Compare
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Did you know that there are only about 2,800 people in the world that stand at least seven feet tall? That means only about one in every three million people are seven feet tall or above – in the world. That might seem like a small number, especially when you look at the NBA today.

While the NBA is known for its size, length, and athleticism – more so than any other sport – that doesn’t mean you won’t find seven-footers in other sports. In fact, most sports have had at least one seven-footer throughout history and it’s becoming more common every single year. 

We know that Shaq height and weight is 7-foot-1 and 325 pounds, but what other athletes can compare? There are quite a few to choose from, but we’re going to discuss 20 that were similar to Shaq’s size. We’ll start with five current NBA players, but then we’ll transition to other sports. 

20. Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside was a second round draft pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2010. After an unproductive two seasons with the Kings, he spent the next two years playing outside of the NBA before returning to the league with the Miami Heat in 2014. He’s 7’0’’ and 265 pounds.

Over the next five years with Miami, Whiteside established himself as a quality player in the NBA. He averaged double-digit points and rebounds each season, and continued that for the 2019 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s still in the league, but in a more limited role. 

19. Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez was drafted 10th overall by the New Jersey Nets in 2008 and spent the next nine seasons with the team as they changed their name to the Brooklyn Nets. During that time, he was a consistent 20-point scorer, a productive rebounder on both ends, and a quality defender.

The 7’0’’, 282-pound center spent one year with the Los Angeles Lakers before landing with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he is currently in his fourth season with the team. He doesn’t score like he used to, but he’s a big reason why the Bucks won their first championship in 2021. 

18. Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert is a 7-foot-1, 258-pound center for the Utah Jazz. He was originally drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 27th overall pick in 2013, but was quickly dealt to the Jazz on draft day. It was a successful trade for Utah as Gobert had a breakout season in his third year. 

Since 2015, Gobert has averaged double-digit rebounds every single year and double-digit points in all but one season. He has led the league in field goal percentage three of the past four years and is consistently among the NBA’s best blockers. He’s a three-time Defensive POY.

17. Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid is a 7-foot-0, 280-pound center for the Philadelphia 76ers. The team drafted him with the third overall pick in 2014, but he missed his first two seasons due to a foot injury. He finally made his debut in 2016 and has averaged more than 20 points per game each year since. 

Though his injuries often get in the way of him being on the floor every night, he’s one of the most dominant big men in the league when he’s out there. He can score, rebound, defend, pass, and everything in-between. He’s a four-time All-Star and three-time All-Defensive player. 

16. Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic is a 6-foot-11, 284-pound center for the Denver Nuggets. The team drafted him in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft and has gradually improved every year since. He’s a walking triple double that does more than most centers on the floor – he’s a floor general. 

Jokic is basically a 6-foot-11 point guard that can dominate the paint. He averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists during the 2020-21 season – which was good enough to be named MVP. He’s performing just as well during the 2021 season, but that’s expected now. 

15. Aleksey Kazakov

Aleksey Kazakov is a 7-foot-1, 225-pound volleyball player. Though volleyball players are usually tall, not many can say they’re as tall as Kazakov. Born in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, he represented Russia’s national volleyball team. 

Kazakov appeared in three consecutive Olympics for Russia in 1996, 2000, and 2004. Although the team placed fourth in his first Olympic appearance, he helped lead them to a Silver Medal finish in 2000 and a Bronze Medal finish in 2004. He was a one-of-a-kind volleyball player. 

14. Choi Hong-man

Choi Hong-man is a 7-foot-2 professional kickboxer, MMA fighter, and ssireum wrestler from Jeju, South Korea. Throughout his career, he weighed between 310-390 pounds. He’s known as Che Man, Techno Goliath, Korean Monster and Korean Colossus to his Asian fanbase. 

In kickboxing, he won the K-1 World Grand Prix in Seoul Champion in 2005 and had a 13-9 career record. He had a 4-5 record in mixed martial arts and won the 41st Cheonhajangsa Ssireum Championship in 2003. He has also appeared in numerous films and TV shows. 

13. Nikolai Valuev

Nikolai Valuev is a 7-foot-0, 331-pound former professional boxer out of Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. In terms of world heavyweight champions, no one was taller or heavier than Valuev. He’s a two-time WBA heavyweight champion that competed from 1993-2009.

Known as ‘The Russian Giant’ and ‘Beast from the East,’ Valuev finished his professional boxing career with an incredible 50-2 record, which included 34 knockouts. He was 46-0 at one point in his career, but lost two of his final six games before retiring. He also had a career in politics. 

12. Aaron Sandilands

Aaron Sandilands is a 6-foot-11, 262-pound former professional rugby player from Mount Barker, Western Australia. He played for the Fremantle Football Club of the AFL between 2003 and 2019 where he became the tallest player in league history. He was difficult to stop. 

He’s a two-time Doig Medalist, a four-time All-Australian player, two-time Ross Glendinning Medal winner, and one-time Geoff Christian Medal winner. He retired in 2019 and had offers to make a return in 2021, but was happy in retirement. He’s a legend in the rugby community. 

11. Mohammad Irfan

Mohammad Irfan is a 7-foot-1, 231-pound cricketer out of Burewala, Punjab, Pakistan. He represented Pakistan in Test, ODI, and T20 matches over his 10-year career that spanned from 2010 to 2019. He’s known as the tallest cricketer in international and first-class cricket history. 

Irfan was a bowler that played four Test matches, 60 ODI matches, 22 T20I matches, 54 FC matches, 130 List A matches, and 150 T20 matches. Before catching his break in the cricket community, Irfan worked at a plastic pipe factory. He was a one-of-a-king cricket player. 

10. Richard Metcalfe

Richard Metcalfe was a 7-foot-0, 310-pound rugby player that represented Scotland in international play. His senior career spanned from 1995-2003, when his contract was terminated due to suffering a major knee injury. As a result, he decided to retire and end his rugby career. 

During his playing days, Metcalfe played for the Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Edinburgh, and The Borders. He won the 1997-98 Premiership with the Falcons and the 2000 Heineken Cup Final with the Saints. He also made 13 appearances for Scotland’s national team.

9. Stefan Struve

Also known as ‘Skyscraper,’ Stefan Struve was a 7-foot-0, 265-pound mixed martial artist and kickboxer out of Beverwijk, Netherlands. He’s a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that became the tallest fighter to ever compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He retired in 2021. 

During his 16-year career in the octagon, he compiled a 29-13 record – including eight wins by way of knockout. He was 25-5 at one point, but lost eight of his final 12 fights. Outside of the UFC, he was a Cage Gladiators Heavyweight Champion and had a 4-0 record as a kickboxer. 

8. Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara is a 6-foot-9, 250-pound professional hockey player for the New York Islanders. Although he’s several inches smaller than Shaq height and weight, I wanted to include him because he’s the tallest hockey player in NHL history and towers over his competition. 

Chara was a third-round draft pick by the New York Islanders in 1996 and has spent 24 years in the league – mostly with the Islanders and Boston Bruins. He has 148 goals and 333 assists over his career, which is good for a defenseman best known for his physicality and size. 

7. John Isner

John Isner is a 6-foot-10, 245-pound professional tennis player that currently competes on the Men’s ATP tour. He’s a little smaller than Shaq height and weight, but much like Chara in the NHL, Isner is one of the tallest tennis players in ATP history. He towers over most players.

Isner is one of the more respected players in the league today. He has a career singles record of 458-289 with 16 titles since turning pro in 2007. His highest ranking was No. 8 in 2018 and he’s currently ranked No. 24 in the world today. He has the most aces in ATP tour history. 

6. Reilly Opelka

Speaking of the world’s tallest tennis players, there’s one more I wanted to mention – Reilly Opelka. He’s a 6-foot-11, 225-pound professional tennis player that’s just 24 years old. Although his highest ranking on the ATP tour is No. 19 in 2021, he’s only in his sixth year on tour. 

Opelka has a career singles record of 70-71 with 2 titles and a career doubles record of 21-20 with one title. The furthest he has ever gotten in a Grand Slam is the fourth round, which he achieved at the US Open in 2021. If he continues to improve, he’ll have a prosperous career. 

5. Margo Dydek

The NBA is known for its size, but that isn’t exactly true with the WNBA. In fact, there has only been one player in WNBA history to ever measure above seven feet – Margo Dydek. She’s a 7-foot-2, 223-pound professional basketball player from Poland. She made her debut in 1998. 

Dydek was the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Utah Starzz and spent 11 seasons in the league before retiring in 2008. She’s the WNBA’s all-time leader in blocks and led the league in blocks nine times in her career. She was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2019 for her stellar play.

4. Giant Silva

Paulo César da Silva, better known by his stage name ‘Giant Silva,’ is one of the tallest professional wrestlers of all-time. Between 1998 and 2010, Giant Silva spent time with the WWF, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Hustle, and more as both a face and a heel. He was a giant, for sure.

At 7-foot-2 and 385 pounds, wrestling wasn’t the only thing Giant Silva succeeded at. In the 1980s, he played professional basketball for Brazil’s national team and appeared as a reserve center in the 1988 Olympics. He also had a 2-6 record as a professional mixed martial artist

3. Paul ‘Big Show’ Wight

Paul Wight, better known by his ring name ‘Big Show,’ is a professional wrestler that spent time with the WCW, WWE, and most recently the AEW. He’s best known for his time with the WWE, which spanned from 1999 to 2021. He’s a seven-time world champion in the WWE and WCW. 

Big Show has been billed at between 7-foot-0 and 7-foot-2, with a weight between 380 and 500 pounds. He left the WWE in 2021 to sign with AEW. Outside of professional wrestling, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including The Waterboy, Star Trek, and Psych.

2. Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs

Glenn Jacobs, better known by his stage name ‘Kane,’ is a 7-foot-0, 325-pound retired professional wrestler that was a mainstay during the WWE’s Attitude Era. He was a three-time world champion and 12-time tag team world champion during his time in the WWE. 

Kane was just the third professional wrestler in WWE history to complete the WWE Grand Slam. Many people in the wrestling community agree that Kane was and still is the greatest big man in WWE history. He has since began a political career and is the Mayor of Knox County.

1. Andre the Giant

André René Roussimoff, better known by his stage name ‘André the Giant,’ is one of the most well-known professional wrestlers of all-time. The 7-foot-4, 520-pound behemoth of a man was recruited by Vince McMahon in the 1970s to join the World Wide Wrestling Foundation. 

During his time in the WWWF/WWF, he was a one-time world heavyweight champion after defeating one of his rivals, Hulk Hogan. He also wrestled professionally in Japan. André the Giant suddenly died in 1993 due to congestive heart failure. He was the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. 

Which Athletes Were Bigger Than Shaq Height and Weight?

Shaquille O’Neal is larger than life in more ways than just one, but that doesn’t mean he’s the largest athlete to ever walk this planet. In fact, he’s nowhere close to some of the tallest and biggest athletes of all-time. They make Shaq look fairly small, which is difficult to believe. 

The tallest athletes of all-time are Suleiman Ali Nashnush (8’1’’), Sun Ming Ming (7’9’’), Manute Bol (7’7’’), Gheorghe Muresan (7’7’’), Jorge Gonzalez (7’6’’), Yao Ming (7’6’’), Shawn Bradley (7’6’’), Slavko Vranes (7’5’’), Pavel Podkolzin (7’5’’), and Sim Bhullar (7’5’’). 

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As athletes continue to grow taller, bigger, and stronger, we’ll likely see the list of seven-foot athletes grow in the coming years. Not only that, but these taller athletes are getting more skilled by the year and are starting to put together some incredible careers – especially in the NBA.

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