Highest Vertical – Top 5 Highest Verticals in NBA History

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Highest Vertical Jumps

When it comes to basketball players, the most impressive athlete is the one with the highest vertical. It comes as no surprise then, that the greatest players of all time are also the highest jumpers (MJ, LeBron, etc.). Of course, there are exceptions, especially for great shooters (Larry Bird, Steph Curry, etc.). But everyone wants to see some flying action in basketball. We have compiled a list of the highest flying athletes in NBA history.

Wilt Chamberlain – 48+ Inches

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Wilt Chamberlain is a folk hero when it comes to basketball. He is well respected, but much mystery surrounds him, as he played in an era without much television coverage, and with limited record keeping. However, history tells us that he is the highest flyer to step on the court, as well as an amazing athlete overall.

Michael Jordan – 48 Inches

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Arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, MJ shines on this list. With a nickname like “air,” it makes sense. He got his start as a talented athlete and high flyer, but he would soon develop his skill and become lethal.

Darrell Griffith – 46 Inches

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The casual NBA fan might not know of Darrell Griffith. However, a true fan would remember Griffith for his freakish jumping ability. He was a solid player as well, having a nice career with the Utah Jazz.

Spud Webb – 46 Inches

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Spud Webb may be someone the average person can relate to when it comes to height (he was 5’7). But in terms of jumping ability, he is far from normal. He is most known as the shortest player ever to win the NBA dunk contest.

LeBron James – 44 Inches

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The greatest player of this current generation, LeBron James is also the greatest jumper. He came into the league as a freak athlete. But, he is also an incredibly smart player. He won’t expend all of his energy on every dunk. So you have to watch the whole basketball game if you want to see him truly soar to his limits.

Jumping is not necessary to be a great basketball player, but it helps. And it just so happens that most of the greatest players of all time can jump really high. To learn more about how you can start increasing your own vertical, check out our article on beating your genetics here.