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The 24 Most Incredible Ape Indices in NBA History

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Legend has it that Kevin McHale, one of the best power forwards of all time who stood at 6'10", had one of the longest wingspans in NBA history at almost 8’0”.

Legend has it that Kevin McHale, one of the best power forwards of all time who stood at 6'10", had one of the longest wingspans in NBA history at almost 8’0”.

The significance of wingspan in the NBA goes way back to the early beginnings of the sport. Legend has it that Kevin McHale, one of the best power forwards of all time who stood at 6'10", had one of the longest wingspans in NBA history at almost 8’0” and could literally touch his knees without bending down. His enormous wingspan made him a holy terror near the hoop on both offense and defense. However, several sources have confirmed that McHale’s true wingspan was more likely around 7’5”, which is still pretty outrageous considering his height.

What Is an Ape Index?

Ape index measures your wingspan relative to your height. A common method of calculation is having the height subtracted from the wingspan. Normally, the average reach of a person usually correlates with his or her height, which gives a neutral size ratio. However, most NBA players have a wingspan that is significantly longer than their height.

The average wingspan of an NBA player is usually four inches longer than a normal man who shares their height, giving most players a positive ape index of +4". This is not to say basketball increases one’s reach. It just so happens that humans with longer arms have an advantage in basketball and tend to go on to the NBA, but this is not absolute.

Benefits of a Long Wingspan in Basketball

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to appreciate the importance of wingspan in basketball. The longer your wingspan is, the easier it is to dunk without needing a time-consuming gather. It's also easier to keep your dribble low to the ground in traffic, block shots, contest shots without even having to leave your feet, get steals, and guard someone taller than you.

It comes as no surprise that a good percentage of the best players in history have been blessed with incredible wingspans. Of course, there are exceptions like JJ Reddick and Yao Ming, who have been able to do relatively well in the NBA despite having slightly shorter wingspans for their heights.

It's one thing to have a long wingspan and another thing to be able to make full use of it. At 6'9", former Indiana Pacers player Rakeem Christmas had an unbelievable wingspan of 7’5”. His ape index is a whopping +8". Unfortunately, he wasn't able to take full advantage of it in the NBA.

Though not in the NBA, BeeJay Anya holds the record for the highest ape index of any known basketball player. He is 6’9” with a ridiculous 7’9” wingspan, giving him a +12 ape index.

Though not in the NBA, BeeJay Anya holds the record for the highest ape index of any known basketball player. He is 6’9” with a ridiculous 7’9” wingspan, giving him a +12 ape index.

Height and Wingspan

Being tall usually comes with a long wingspan. It’s not surprising that that the longest wingspan officially measured in the NBA belongs to one of the tallest players in NBA history, Tacko Fall. Fall stands at 7’7” in shoes and has a wingspan that measures a staggering 8' 2.25". However, this is not always the case. A good example is Cody Zeller of the Charlotte Hornets who, despite standing at 7’0”, has a 6’10” wingspan. Zeller has a negative ape index of -2".

There are also cases of basketball players with extraordinary wingspans for their heights. At 6’9”, BeeJay Anya holds the record for the longest wingspan recorded for a player under 7'0" in the NBA Draft Express database for basketball prospects. His wingspan, at 7'9", is a whole foot greater than his height, giving him a +12" ape index, the highest of any known basketball player. BeeJay also holds the North Carolina state record for most blocked shots in a single game, and this can be attributed to his outrageous length.

Former OSU player Dallas Lauderdale has an incredible +11 ape index.

Former OSU player Dallas Lauderdale has an incredible +11 ape index.

The Highest Ape Index Recorded at the NBA Combine

Former OSU player Dallas Lauderdale didn’t play in the NBA but he holds the record for the highest ape index officially recorded at the NBA Combine. He stands at 6'7.5" and has a 7'6.5" wingspan, giving him an incredible +11 ape index.

Below, we take a look at some players with the highest ape indices to ever play in the NBA. These players even have higher ape indices than some freaks like Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis.

Heights, Wingspans, and Ape Indices of the NBA Players on This List

PlayersHeight in ShoesWingspanApe Index

Manute Bol

7’ 7”

8’ 6”

+11.0"

Bruno Caboclo

6’ 9”

7’ 7”

+10.0"

Mohamed Bamba

7’ 0"

7’ 10"

+10.0"

Bismack Biyombo

6'8"

7'6"

+10.0"

Taylen Horton

6’ 4"

7'1"

+9.0"

Reggie Jackson

6' 3"

7' 0"

+9.0"

Jason Maxiell

6' 6"

7' 3"

+9.0"

Lang James

6' 9''

7’ 6"

+9.0"

Elton Brand

6' 9''

7' 5.5"

+8.5"

Alonzo Mourning

6' 10''

7' 6.5"

+8.5"

Mouhamed Sene

7' 0''

7' 8.5"

+8.5"

Rajon Rondo

6’ 1”

6’ 9”

+8.0"

Josh Okogie

6’ 4"

7’ 0”

+8.0"

Montrezl Harrell

6’ 8”

7’ 4”

+8.0"

Ike Anigbogu

6’ 10”

7’ 6”

+8.0"

Kawhi Leonard

6' 7"

7' 3"

+8.0"

Rodrigue Beaubois

6' 2"

6' 10"

+8.0"

Will Solomon

6’ 1"

6' 9"

+8.0"

Marshon Brooks

6' 5''

7' 1''

+8.0"

Rakeem Christmas

6’ 9”

7’ 5"

+8.0"

Alexis Ajinca

7’ 1”

7’ 9”

+8.0"

Josh Howard

6' 6"

7’ 2”

+8.0"

Mario Chalmers

6' 2"

6' 10"

+8.0"

Melvin Frazier

6' 6"

7’ 2”

+8.0"

Bol’s wingspan measures a staggering 8’6”, which is unofficially the longest in the history of the NBA.

Bol’s wingspan measures a staggering 8’6”, which is unofficially the longest in the history of the NBA.

1. Manute Bol (Ape Index: +11.0")

Manute Bol is one of the best shot blockers in the history of American basketball. During his rookie season, this 7’7” giant led the league with five blocks per game. He went on to lead the league in that category once more before finishing his career with an average of 3.3 blocks per game despite averaging only 18.7 minutes per game.

Bol’s wingspan measures a staggering 8’6”, which is unofficially the longest in the history of the NBA. It should come as no surprise where he gets his shot-blocking prowess from. His wingspan is a whopping 15 inches longer than the average center in the NBA. Bol is also eight inches taller than the average center. Tacko Fall’s wingspan is 4 inches shorter than Bol’s despite standing at roughly the same height.

  • Wingspan: 8’6”
  • Height: 7’7”
  • Position: Center
  • Percent longer than the average center: 17%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 8’2”
Bruno Caboclo was recently traded to the Rockets.

Bruno Caboclo was recently traded to the Rockets.

2. Bruno Caboclo (Ape Index: +10.0")

Bruno Caboclo was recently traded to the Rockets; he initially played for the Toronto Raptors. He is still pretty young with his best basketball ahead of him. Some believe the Toronto Raptors picked Bruno in the 2014 NBA draft solely based on his length, which is quite understandable considering he has a wingspan that measures a staggering 7’7”. Caboclo has the same wingspan as Shaq despite standing four inches shorter.

At 6’9”, Bruno is as tall as the average power forward in the NBA. However, one of his most intriguing characteristics is that his wingspan is four inches longer than the average center in the NBA despite standing significantly shorter than the average center. Paul George’s wingspan is a whopping 8 inches shorter than Bruno’s despite standing at the same height.

  • Wingspan: 7’7”
  • Height: 6’9”
  • Position: Small forward
  • Percent longer than the average small forward: 10%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’3”
Mohamed Bamba has the second longest wingspan officially measured in the NBA after Tacko Fall.

Mohamed Bamba has the second longest wingspan officially measured in the NBA after Tacko Fall.

3. Mohamed Bamba (Ape Index: +10.0")

Mo Bamba, the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, is best known for his ability to protect the rim and play stifling defense. In a group full of long, tall people, Bamba still stands out with an insane wingspan of 7'10" that allows for court coverage the likes of which hasn't been seen.

Standing at 7'0" and with a wingspan of 7’10”, Bamba has a significant physical advantage over the average center in the NBA. He is two inches taller than the 6'11" average and his wingspan is an outrageous seven inches longer than the average 7’3”.

His ape index is +10", and he has the second-longest wingspan officially measured in the NBA after Tacko Fall. It is also interesting to note that Shaq’s wingspan is three inches shorter than Bamba’s despite being only an inch shorter.

  • Wingspan: 7’10”
  • Height: 7’0”
  • Position: Center
  • Percent longer than the average center: 8%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’6”
On January 5, 2019, Bismack Biyombo scored a season-high 16 points in a 123–110 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

On January 5, 2019, Bismack Biyombo scored a season-high 16 points in a 123–110 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

4. Bismack Biyombo (Ape Index: +10.0")

Bismack Biyombo is a proven shot-blocking force. It’s not every day that you come across a 6’8" center but Biyombo is no ordinary 6’8” guy. His length is absurd and this makes a huge difference on the defensive end of the floor.

Biyombo stands an inch shorter than the average center in the NBA but his two best attributes are rebounding and rim protection. This is due to his insane wingspan of 7’6”. He is able to compensate for his lack of height with his outrageous wingspan that is remarkably three inches longer than the average NBA center. Bismarck has a longer wingspan than Yao Ming despite Ming towering over him by a whopping 10 inches.

  • Wingspan: 7’6”
  • Height: 6’8”
  • Position: Power Forward/Center
  • Percent longer than the average power forward: 6%
  • Percent longer than the average center: 3%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’2”
Talen Horton-Tucker is one of the youngest and most uniquely versatile prospects to ever enter the NBA.

Talen Horton-Tucker is one of the youngest and most uniquely versatile prospects to ever enter the NBA.

5. Talen Horton-Tucker (Ape Index: +9.0")

Talen Horton-Tucker is one of the youngest and most uniquely versatile prospects to ever enter the NBA in a long time. Horton-Tucker played at Simeon Career Academy where he helped the Wolverines to three consecutive City Championships.

At 6’4”, Talen stands an inch below the average height of a shooting guard in the NBA. In contrast, he has an incredible wingspan of 7’1.25". This gives him a five inch reach advantage over the average. He has a positive ape index of +9" and possesses one of the longest wingspans for a shooting guard in the NBA. Talen Horton-Tucker’s wingspan is two inches longer than John Wall’s despite standing at the same height. With a wingspan of 6’9, Wall has some pretty long arms for his height as well.

  • Wingspan: 7’1”
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Percent longer than the average shooting guard: 5%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’9”
Reggie Jackson helped lead the Pistons to the playoffs in 2016 for the first time in almost a decade.

Reggie Jackson helped lead the Pistons to the playoffs in 2016 for the first time in almost a decade.

6. Reggie Jackson (Ape Index: +9.0")

Reggie Jackson, along with Andre Drummond, led the Pistons to the playoffs in 2016 for the first time in almost a decade. Unfortunately, injuries have prevented this guard from living up to his true potential. Reggie is physically blessed and can stand toe-to-toe with any point guard in the league when he is healthy.

While Reggie stands at the average height of a point guard in the NBA, his wingspan is equivalent to the average of a power forward. You will only find a few people on this planet who are 6’3” and have a 7’0” wingspan, and Reggie Jackson is one of them. It’s really mind-blowing that Reggie has a longer wingspan than Blake Griffin despite being seven inches shorter.

  • Wingspan: 7’0”
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Position: Point Guard‎/Shooting Guard
  • Percent longer than the average point guard: 8%
  • Percent longer than the average shooting guard: 4%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’8”
Jason Maxiell was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 26th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

Jason Maxiell was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 26th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

7. Jason Maxiell (Ape Index: +9.0")

Jason Maxiell has one of the craziest wingspans to height ratios in the history of the NBA. He is listed at 6’7” but was measured at 6'6.25" in shoes, so he is actually pretty close to 6’6”. This makes his 7'3.25" wingspan even more impressive. Maxiell is one of the few players in NBA history whose wingspans exceed their heights by at least nine inches.

He is significantly shorter than the average power forward in the NBA but compensates for this with his outrageous length. At just 6’6”, he possesses the average wingspan of a center in the NBA. Maxiell has the same wingspan as Nikola Jokic despite being half a foot shorter than Jokic.

  • Wingspan: 7’3”
  • Height: 6’6”
  • Position: Power Forward/Center
  • Percent longer than the average power forward: 3%
  • Percent longer than the average center: 0.3%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’11”
James Lang played for the Washington Wizards.

James Lang played for the Washington Wizards.

8. James Lang (Ape Index: +9.0")

I’m pretty sure that even hardcore NBA fans haven’t heard of James Lang. He played briefly in the NBA for the Washington Wizards and was truly a mutant. At 6’9”, Lang possessed an outrageous wingspan of 7’6”. The only player who can boast having similar measurements is the freak Bismack Biyombo.

Few centers in the NBA come close to the wingspan of Lang and this is astonishing considering Lang stood at the average height of a power forward in the NBA. Lang has roughly the same wingspan as DeMarcus Cousins despite being significantly shorter than Cousins.

  • Wingspan: 7’6”
  • Height: 6’9”
  • Position: Center
  • Percent longer than the average center: 3%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’2”
Elton Brand was selected with the first overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.

Elton Brand was selected with the first overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.

9. Elton Brand (Ape Index: +8.5")

A two-time NBA All-Star (2002 and 2006), Elton Brand was picked first overall in the 1999 draft by the Chicago Bulls after a stellar two-year college career at Duke University. At 6'9", Elton Brand has always played much bigger than his height—averaging 1.9 blocks for his career. This was due to his large wingspan which measures an unbelievable 7'5.5". That’s close to nine inches greater than his height.

Brand's wingspan is close to three inches longer than the average center in the NBA. Brand has the same wingspan as Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez despite Brook being three inches taller.

  • Wingspan: 7'5.5"
  • Height: 6’9”
  • Position: Power Forward/Center
  • Percent longer than the average power forward: 5%
  • Percent longer than the average center: 3%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’1.5”
Alonzo Mourning won the Defensive Player of the Year award twice.

Alonzo Mourning won the Defensive Player of the Year award twice.

10. Alonzo Mourning (Ape Index: +8.5")

Alonzo Mourning is a perfect example of a player in the NBA that highlighted the importance of wingspan, especially on the defensive end. He stood at 6’10”, which is quite small for an NBA center. However, he won multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards and led the league in blocks for half of his career.

He was able to accomplish this remarkable feat partly because of his incredible 7'6.5” wingspan. He also wasn't an explosive leaper, which further highlighted the importance of his giant wingspan. Astonishingly, Tyson Chandler’s wingspan is 3.5 inches shorter than Mourning’s despite Chandler being 3 inches taller.

  • Wingspan: 7’6.5”
  • Height: 6’10”
  • Position: Power Forward/Center
  • Percent longer than the average power forward: 6%
  • Percent longer than the average center: 4%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’2.5”
Sene first played for the Senegal national basketball team during the 2013 AfroBasket.

Sene first played for the Senegal national basketball team during the 2013 AfroBasket.

11. Mouhamed Sene (Ape Index: +8.5")

Mouhamed Saer Sene's career in the NBA was short, but no one can dispute the fact that he was a genetic freak. Standing at 7’0”, he possessed a wingspan of 7’8.5 inches. His wingspan exceeded his height by almost nine inches. Only a few centers in the NBA can match up to the wingspan of Sene. Remarkably, Roy Hibbert’s wingspan is almost five inches shorter than Sene’s despite being two inches taller.

  • Wingspan: 7’8.5”
  • Height: 7’0”
  • Position: Center
  • Percent longer than the average center: 6%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’4.5”
 Rondo, a four-time NBA All-Star, had led the league in assists per game three times (2012, 2013, and 2016).

Rondo, a four-time NBA All-Star, had led the league in assists per game three times (2012, 2013, and 2016).

12. Rajon Rondo (Ape Index: +8.0")

Rajon Rondo is a true freak of nature and is one of the best point guards in the NBA. He has one of the biggest hands of any point guard in the NBA. And that’s not the only remarkable thing about this elite player. At only 6’1”, his wingspan measures a ridiculous 6’9”.

Rondo is equipped with the average wingspan of a shooting guard despite standing below the average height of a point guard in the NBA. His ape index of +8" is one of the highest in the NBA. Amazingly, Rondo’s wingspan is almost six inches longer than Stephen Curry’s despite being shorter.

  • Wingspan: 6’9”
  • Height: 6’1”
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Percent longer than the average point guard: 4%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’5”
Okogie plays for the Nigerian national basketball team and participated in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Okogie plays for the Nigerian national basketball team and participated in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

13. Josh Okogie (Ape Index: +8.0")

Josh Okogie is known for his energy and his remarkable defensive ability. He rose to fame was when he blocked James Harden’s dreaded step-back three-pointer. His unbelievable wingspan of 7’0” definitely helped him defend Harden’s unstoppable move.

Okogie’s wingspan of 7’0” is really astonishing if you consider the fact that he stands at 6’4”. His wingspan is way above the average for a shooting guard in the NBA despite standing slightly shorter than the average shooting guard. Harden’s wingspan is two inches shorter than Okogie’s despite Harden been slightly taller.

  • Wingspan: 7’0”
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Percent longer than the average shooting guard: 4%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’8”
In 2012, Montrezl Harrell was a member of the United States team at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship that won Gold in São Sebastião do Paraíso, Brazil.

In 2012, Montrezl Harrell was a member of the United States team at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship that won Gold in São Sebastião do Paraíso, Brazil.

14. Montrezl Harrell (Ape Index: +8.0")

Montrezl Harrell is one of the best bench players in the league. Harrell is a physical competitor with a high motor and a deep passion for winning. He is extremely athletic and highly explosive as a player. While Harrell lacks the height for his position, a 7'4" wingspan makes up for his disadvantage with length.

He has a positive ape index of +8" and possesses a longer wingspan than the average for a center in the NBA despite standing below the average height of a power forward. It’s interesting to note that despite standing at the same height as Harrell, Lebron Jame’s wingspan is four inches shorter.

  • Wingspan: 7’4”
  • Height: 6’8”
  • Position: Power Forward/Center
  • Percent longer than the average power forward: 4%
  • Percent longer than the average center: 1%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’0”
Ike Anigbogu last played for the Indiana Pacers.

Ike Anigbogu last played for the Indiana Pacers.

15. Ike Anigbogu (Ape Index: +8.0")

Ike Anigbogu didn’t enjoy much success in the NBA when he played as a center for the Indiana Pacers. However, that doesn’t dispute the fact that he is one of the most interesting physical specimens to be seen on the court.

At 6’10, he is quite shorter than the average NBA center, but he compensates for this with his ridiculous wingspan of 7’6”. Only a few centers in the NBA have ever been blessed with a wingspan that length. Al Horford’s wingspan is almost half a foot shorter than Anigbogu’s despite standing around the same height as Anigbogu.

  • Wingspan: 7’6”
  • Height: 6’10”
  • Position: Center
  • Percent longer than the average center: 3%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’2”
Kawhi Leonard is the first person to win Finals MVP with a team from each conference.

Kawhi Leonard is the first person to win Finals MVP with a team from each conference.

16. Kawhi Leonard (Ape Index: +8.0")

Defensively, Kawhi Leonard is arguably the greatest defender in the NBA. Standing at 6’7" with a ridiculous 7’3" wingspan, he is nearly a perfect basketball specimen. Kawhi’s length and versatility allow him to defend against point guards, forwards, and everything in between.

He is the only non-center to ever win Defensive Player of the Year twice. Kawhi is blessed with the average wingspan of a center in the NBA despite standing at the average height of a small forward, giving him a combination of length and athleticism which is hard to find. It’s shocking that Marc Gasol’s wingspan is only an inch longer than Kawhi’s despite being half a foot taller.

  • Wingspan: 7’3”
  • Height: 6’7”
  • Position: Small forward
  • Percent longer than the average small forward: 5%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’11”
Rodrigue Beaubois is the first rookie in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor.

Rodrigue Beaubois is the first rookie in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor.

17. Rodrigue Beaubois (Ape Index: +8.0")

This French professional basketball player is built like a point guard but amazingly has the wingspan of a small forward. He is truly a genetic freak and is one of the few 6’2” players in the world who can boast about having a 6’10” wingspan. Beaubois’ wingspan is two inches longer than Jimmy Butler’s. Amazingly, Butler is six inches taller than Beaubois. Tony Parker also stands at the same height as Beaubois but he only has a wingspan of 6’4”.

  • Wingspan: 6’10”
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Percent longer than the average point guard: 5%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’6”
Will Solomon played for the Grizzlies in the 2001–02 season.

Will Solomon played for the Grizzlies in the 2001–02 season.

18. Will Solomon (Ape Index: +8.0")

Will Solomon didn’t make any significant impact while he was in the NBA, but he definitely deserves to be on this list due to his mind blowing measurements. Standing at only 6’1”, his wingspan extended to nearly 6’10”. Solomon was significantly shorter than the average point guard in the NBA but his arms rivaled the length of the average small forward. You have to admire Solomon when you realise that he has a slightly longer wingspan than Klay Thompson despite Klay being half a foot taller.

  • Wingspan: 6’9”
  • Height: 6’1”
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Percent longer than the average point guard: 4%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’5”
On May 14, 2012, the NBA announced that MarShon Brooks finished 10th in the Rookie of the Year voting with four total points. The winner was Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.

On May 14, 2012, the NBA announced that MarShon Brooks finished 10th in the Rookie of the Year voting with four total points. The winner was Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.

19. MarShon Brooks (Ape Index: +8.0")

MarShon Brooks has one of the highest ape indices in the history of the NBA. His wingspan is a whopping eight inches greater than his height. He is one of the few basketball players blessed with a 7’1” wingspan despite standing at only 6’5”.

Brooks stands at the average height of a shooting guard in the NBA but his wingspan is equivalent to the average of a power forward. It’s interesting to note that his wingspan is two inches longer than Kevin Love’s despite Love being almost five inches taller.

  • Wingspan: 7’1”
  • Height: 6’5”
  • Position: ‎Shooting Guard‎/Small Forward
  • Percent longer than the average shooting guard: 5%
  • Percent longer than the average small forward: 2%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’9”
On June 25, 2015, Rakeem Christmas was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 36th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

On June 25, 2015, Rakeem Christmas was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 36th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

20. Rakeem Christmas (Ape Index: +8.0")

Rakeem Christmas is one of the very few NBA players to have a positive ape index of +8". He is truly an anomaly even though he had a short stint in the NBA. At 6’9”, his wingspan is absurd at 7’5”. He’s longer than most current centers in the NBA despite standing at the height of an average power forward. It’s pretty insane that Rakeem has a longer wingspan than Karl-Anthony Towns, who stands at 7'0".

  • Wingspan: 7’5”
  • Height: 6’9”
  • Position: Power Forward/Center
  • Percent longer than the average power forward: 5%
  • Percent longer than the average center: 2%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’1”
In September 2013, Ajinça represented the French national team at EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia.

In September 2013, Ajinça represented the French national team at EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia.

21. Alexis Ajinça (Ape Index: +8.0")

Alexis Ajinca’s wingspan reached almost 7’9” despite standing around 7’1”. His ape index of +8" is one of the highest in NBA history. He is also one of the few players in NBA history whose wingspan exceeds 7’8”. Surprisingly, Alexis Ajinca’s wingspan is almost three inches longer than Kristaps Porzingis’ despite Porzingis being two inches taller.

  • Wingspan: 7’9”
  • Height: 7’1”
  • Position: Power Forward/Center
  • Percent longer than the average power forward: 9%
  • Percent longer than the average center: 7%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 7’5”
On December 8, 2007, Howard scored a career high 47 points against the Utah Jazz.

On December 8, 2007, Howard scored a career high 47 points against the Utah Jazz.

22. Josh Howard (Ape Index: +8.0")

This forgotten Mavericks star has one of the highest ape indices in NBA history. Josh Howard’s wingspan measures 7’2”, but he remarkably stands at just 6’6”. Howard is truly an outlier and not many NBA players his height have their wings exceeding 6’10”. The great Michael Jordan stands at this height and his wingspan is 6’11”.

  • Wingspan: 7’2”
  • Height: 6’6”
  • Position: ‎Shooting Guard‎/Small Forward
  • Percent longer than the average shooting guard: 6%
  • Percent longer than the average small forward: 4%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’10”
Chalmers was named the 2006–07 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Chalmers was named the 2006–07 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

23. Mario Chalmers (Ape Index: +8.0")

This former Miami Heat player has one of the longest wingspans for a point guard despite being on the slightly shorter side at 6’2”. Mario Chalmers set numerous records for steals in college and in his rookie year in the NBA. His mind-blowing wingspan that stretches to 6’10” definitely helped him achieve this. It is quite stunning that Kyrie Irving’s wingspan is half a foot shorter than Chalmers’ despite Kyrie being slightly taller.

  • Wingspan: 6’10”
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Percent longer than the average point guard: 5%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’6”
Frazier was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 35th overall selection in the 2018 NBA draft.

Frazier was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 35th overall selection in the 2018 NBA draft.

24. Melvin Frazier (Ape Index: +8.0")

Orlando Magic player Melvin Frazier has a ridiculous wingspan for his height. The average wingspan for a 6’6” player in the NBA is around 6’10”. Frazier stands at this height but his wingspan is an astonishing 7’2”. His wingspan is pretty close to the average of a center in the NBA despite standing around the average height of a shooting guard. Lebron James stands two inches taller than Fraizer, but King James has a wingspan that is two inches shorter.

  • Wingspan: 7’2”
  • Height: 6’6”
  • Position: ‎Shooting Guard‎/Small Forward
  • Percent longer than the average shooting guard: 6%
  • Percent longer than the average small forward: 4%
  • Predicted height with this wingspan in the NBA: 6’10”

Average NBA Wingspan by Position

PositionWingspan

Point Guard

6' 6"

Shooting Guard

6' 9"

Small Forward

6' 11"

Power Forward

7' 1"

Center

7' 3"

Honorable Mentions

PlayersHeight in ShoesWingspanApe Index

Aaron Holiday

6' 1''

6' 7.5''

+6.5"

Tacko Fall

7’ 7”

8’ 2”

+7.0"

Nassir Little

6’ 6”

7’ 1”

+7.0"

Marial Shayok

6’ 6”

7’ 0”

+6.0"

Donovan Mitchell

6’ 3”

6’ 10”

+7.0"

Johnathan Motley

6’ 9”

7’ 4”

+7.0"

Nigel Hayes

6’ 8”

7’ 3”

+7.0"

Kevin McHale

6’ 10”

7’ 5”

+7.0"

Frank Ntilikina

6’ 6”

7’ 0”

+6.0"

Jeremy lamb

6’ 5”

6’ 11”

+6.0"

Anthony Davis

6’ 11”

7’ 6”

+7.0"

Hassan whiteside

7’ 0”

7’ 7”

+7.0"

Deandre Jordan

6’ 11”

7’ 6”

+7.0"

Rudy Gobert

7’ 2”

7’ 9”

+7.0"

Dwight howard

6’ 10”

7' 4.5''

+6.5"

Dwyane Wade

6' 4"

6’ 11”

+7.0"

Kent Bazemore

6’ 5”

6’ 11.5”

+6.5"

Kevin Durant

6’ 11”

7’ 5”

+6.0"

Wilt Chamberlain

7’ 1”

7’ 8”

+7.0"

Kyle O'Quinn

6’ 10”

7’ 5”

+7.0"

Leandro Barbosa

6’ 3”

6’ 10”

+7.0"

George Hill

6’ 3”

6’ 9”

+6.0"

Norman Powell

6' 4"

6’ 11”

+7.0"

Noah Vonleh

6’ 9”

7’ 4”

+7.0"

Shaquille O'Neal

7’ 1”

7’ 7”

+6.0"

JaVale McGee

7’ 0”

7’ 6”

+6.0"

Andrei Kirilenko

6’ 9”

7’ 4”

+7.0"

Scottie Pippen

6' 8"

7' 3"

+7.0"

Eric Bledsoe

6’ 1”

6’ 8”

+7.0"

Devin Booker

6’ 6”

7' 0"

+6.0"

Brandon Ingram

6’ 9”

7' 3"

+6.0"

Rude Gay

6' 8"

7' 3"

+7.0"

Edy Tavarez

7’ 3”

7' 9"

+6.0"

Tyreke Evans

6’ 5”

6' 11"

+6.0"

John Henson

6’ 10”

7’ 5”

+7.0"

Kelly Oubre Jr.

6’ 7”

7' 2"

+7.0"

Larry Sanders

6’ 11”

7’ 6”

+7.0"

Demarcus Cousins

6’ 11”

7’ 6”

+7.0"

Trevor Ariza

6’ 8”

7' 2"

+6.0"

Kendrick Perkins

6’ 10”

7’ 4”

+6.0"

Fred Jones

6' 4"

6' 11"

+7.0"

P. J. Tucker

6’ 5”

7' 0"

+7.0"

Eddy Curry

7’ 0”

7’ 6.5”

+6.5"

Jarrett Allen

6’ 11”

7’ 5”

+6.0"

DeJuan Blair

6’ 7”

7' 2"

+7.0"

Andre Drummond

7’ 0”

7’ 6”

+6.0"

Nene Hilario

6’ 11”

7’ 5”

+6.0"

DeSagana Diop

7’ 0”

7' 6.5"

+6.5"

Brendan Haywood

7’ 0”

7' 6.5"

+6.5"

Zhou Qi

7’ 2”

7’ 8”

+6.0"

Cole Aldrich

6’ 11”

7’ 5”

+6.0"

Ron Baker

6' 4"

6’ 10”

+6.0"

Coby Karl

6’ 5”

7' 0"

+7.0"

Al-Farouq Aminu

6’ 9”

7' 3"

+6.0"

Marvin Williams

6’ 9”

7’ 4”

+7.0"

Ike Diogu

6’ 9”

7’ 4”

+7.0"

Eric Gordon

6’ 3”

6’ 9”

+6.0"

Wade Baldwin IV

6' 4"

6' 11"

+7.0"

Pascal Siakam

6’ 9”

7' 3"

+6.0"

James Harden

6’ 5”

6’ 11”

+6.0"

LaMarcus Aldridge

6’ 11”

7’ 5”

+6.0"

Draymond Green

6’ 7”

7’ 1”

+6.0"

David West

6’ 9”

7’ 4”

+7.0"

Shawne Williams

6’ 9”

7’ 3”

+6.0"

Shelden Williams

6’ 9”

7’ 4”

+7.0"

Gilbert Arenas

6’ 3”

6’ 9.5”

+6.5"

Marcus Smart

6’ 3”

6’ 9”

+6.0"

Derrick Favors

6’ 10”

7’ 4”

+6.0"

Bill Russell

6’ 10”

7’ 4”

+6.0"

Ape Indices of Other Famous NBA Players

PlayersHeight in ShoesWingspanApe Index

LeBron James

6' 8"

7' 0"

+4.0"

Paul George

6' 9"

6' 11"

+2.0"

Stephen Curry

6' 3"

6' 3.5"

+0.5"

Chris Paul

6' 1"

6' 4"

+3.0"

Russell Westbrook

6' 3"

6' 7"

+4.0"

Michael Jordan

6' 6"

6' 11"

+5.0"

Carmelo Anthony

6' 8"

7' 0"

+4.0"

John Wall

6' 4"

6' 9"

+5.0"

Tony Parker

6' 2"

6' 4"

+2.0"

Ray Allen

6' 5"

6' 8"

+3.0"

Kobe Bryant

6' 6"

6' 11"

+5.0"

Giannis Antetokounmpo

6' 11"

7' 3"

+4.0"

Kyrie Irving

6' 3"

6' 4"

+1.0"

Kristaps Porziņģis

7' 3"

7' 6"

+3.0"

Damian Lillard

6' 3"

6' 8"

+5.0"

Zion Williamson

6' 7''

6' 10.5"

+3.5"

Joel Embiid

7' 2"

7' 6"

+4.0"

Dirk Nowitzki

7' 0"

7' 2"

+2.0"

Bradley Beal

6' 4"

6' 8"

+4.0"

Luol Deng

6' 8"

7' 0"

+4.0"

Zach Randolph

6' 9"

7' 2"

+5.0"

Blake Griffin

6' 10"

6' 11"

+1.0"

Kevin Love

6' 9"

6' 11"

+2.0"

Pau Gasol

7' 0"

7' 4"

+4.0"

Andrew Bogut

7' 0"

7' 3"

+3.0"

Tyson Chandler

7' 1"

7' 3"

+2.0"

Roy Hibbert

7' 2"

7' 4"

+2.0"

Klay Thompson

6' 7''

6' 9''

+2.0"

Ben Simmons

6' 10"

7' 0"

+2.0"

Jimmy Butler

6' 8"

6' 8"

+0.0"

Nikola Jokić

7' 0"

7' 3"

+3.0"

Karl-Anthony Towns

7' 0"

7' 3"

+3.0"

DeMar DeRozan

6' 6''

6' 9"

+3.0"

Luka Doncic

6' 7''

6' 9"

+2.0"

Jayson Tatum

6' 8"

6' 11"

+3.0"

C.J. McCollum

6' 3"

6' 6''

+3.0"

Victor Oladipo

6' 4"

6' 9''

+5.0"

Kemba Walker

6' 1"

6' 3.5"

+2.5"

Al Horford

6' 10"

7' 1"

+3.0"

Allen Iverson

6' 0"

6' 3"

+3.0"

Kyle Lowry

6' 1"

6' 2"

+1.0"

Derrick Rose

6' 3"

6' 8"

+5.0"

Lonzo Ball

6' 6''

6' 9''

+3.0"

Tracy McGrady

6' 8"

7' 1"

+5.0"

Boban Marjanovic

7' 3"

7' 8"

+5.0"

Isaiah Thomas

5' 10"

6' 2"

+4.0"

Nate Robinson

5' 9"

6' 1"

+4.0"

Gordon Hayward

6' 8"

6' 8"

+0.0"

NBA Players With Negative Ape Indices (T-Rex Arms)

PlayersHeight in ShoesWingspanApe Index

Kelly Olynyk

7' 0"

6' 10"

-2.0"

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

6' 8"

6' 5"

-3.0"

Frank Kaminsky

7' 1"

6' 11"

-2.0"

Mason Plumlee

7' 0"

6' 11"

-1.0"

Jon Scheyer

6' 6"

6' 3"

-3.0"

JJ Redick

6' 5"

6' 3"

-2.0"

Martynas Andriuškevičius

7' 3"

6' 11"

-4.0"

Yao Ming

7' 6"

7' 5"

-1.0"

Antonis Fotsis

6' 10"

6' 8.5"

-1.5"

Dan Langhi

6' 10"

6' 8"

-2.0"

Kevin Willis

7' 0"

6' 10"

-2.0"

Cody Zeller

7' 0"

6' 11"

-1.0"

10 Longest Wingspans in NBA History

PlayersWingspan

1. Manute Bol

8’6”

2. Tacko Fall

8’2”

3. Mohamed Bamba

7’10”

4. Alexis Ajinça

7’9”

5. Walter Tavares

7’9”

6. Rudy Gobert

7′ 8.5”

7. Mouhamed Sene

7′ 8.5”

8. Wilt Chamberlain

7’8”

9. Boban Marjanovic

7'8"

10. Zhou Qi

7′ 7.75”

Questions & Answers

Question: What is the wingspan of Kobe Bryant?

Answer: Kobe Bryant's wingspan measures 6'11". He has roughly the same height and wingspan as Michael Jordan. Bryant has a slightly longer wingspan than the average player his height in the NBA. Interestingly, he has a longer than wingspan than 7'0" Kelly Olynyk.

Question: What is the wingspan of Stephen Curry?

Answer: Stephen Curry has a wingspan of 6' 3.5". His wingspan is below the average for a player his height in the NBA. Steph Curry has a shorter wingspan than Chris Paul despite Steph being taller.

Question: What is the wingspan of Lebron James?

Answer: Lebron James has a 7’0” wingspan. His wingspan is pretty average for a player his height in the NBA. Rude Gay stands at roughly the same height as Lebron but has a wingspan that measures 7’3”.

Question: Who has the shortest wingspan in NBA history?

Answer: Shane Larkin and J. J. Barea both hold the official record for the shortest wingspan in NBA history which is surprising considering that they both stand at almost 5'11". Their wingspans have officially been measured at 5’10.75″. Even 5'9" Nate Robinson has a wingspan measuring 6'1".

However, there is a high probability that Muggsy Bogues holds the unofficial record for the shortest wingspan in NBA history considering Bogues stood at only 5’3”. The average NBA player has a wingspan 4 inches greater than his height and so Muggsy Bogues' wingspan is likely around 5'7".

Question: What is the wingspan of Kawhi Leonard?

Answer: Kawhi Leonard's wingspan is a whopping 8 inches longer than his height in shoes. Kawhi's wingspan is way above the average for a player his height in the NBA. He has the same wingspan as Giannis Antetokounmpo despite being 4 inches shorter.

Question: What is the wingspan of Yao Ming?

Answer: Yao Ming has a wingspan of 7'5". His wingspan is way below the average for a player his height in the NBA. It's interesting to note that Ming has a shorter wingspan than DeMarcus Cousins despite being close to 8 inches taller than Cousins.

Question: What is the wingspan of Shaquille O'Neal?

Answer: Shaq has one of the longest wingspans in NBA history at 7’7”. He is significantly longer than the average NBA center. Dirk Nowitzki stands at roughly the same height as Shaq but can only boast of a wingspan of 7'2".

Question: What is the wingspan of Boban Marjanović?

Answer: Boban Marjanović has a wingspan of 7'8" which is one of the longest in the history of the NBA. His wingspan is quite longer than the average player his height in the NBA. Kristaps Porziņģis stands at roughly the same height as Marjanović but can only boast of a wingspan of 7'6".

Question: Which players have the longest wingspans in NBA history?

Answer: The average wingspan of an NBA player is around 6’11”. It’s extremely rare for an NBA player to have a wingspan exceeding 7’7”. The NBA players below are among the rare few who have wingspans greater than 7’7”.

1. Manute Bol - wingspan: 8’6”

2. Tacko Fall - wingspan: 8’2”

3. Mohamed Bamba - wingspan: 7’10”

4. Alexis Ajinça - wingspan: 7’9”

5. Walter Tavares - wingspan: 7’9”

6. Rudy Gobert - wingspan: 7′ 8.5”

7. Mouhamed Sene - wingspan: 7′ 8.5”

8. Wilt Chamberlain - wingspan: 7’8”

9. Boban Marjanovic - wingspan: 7'8"

10. Zhou Qi - wingspan: 7′ 7.75”

Question: What is the wingspan of Tacko Fall?

Answer: Tacko Fall’s wingspan measures a staggering 8’2” which is still pretty impressive considering his 7’7” stature. He has the longest wingspan officially measured in the NBA.

Question: What is the wingspan of Michael Jordan?

Answer: Michael Jordan has a wingspan of 6'11.5". His wingspan is quite longer than the average player his height in the NBA. MJ has a slightly longer than wingspan than 7'0" Cody Zeller.

Question: What is the wingspan of Anthony Davis?

Answer: Anthony Davis' wingspan measures 7'5.5". His wingspan is significantly longer than the average player his height in the NBA. Davis has a longer wingspan than Yao Ming despite being close to 8 inches shorter than Ming.

Question: What is the wingspan of Giannis Antetokounmpo?

Answer: Giannis Antetokounmpo has a wingspan of 7'3". His wingspan is pretty average for a player his height in the NBA. Deandre Jordan stands at the same height as Giannis but has a wingspan that measures 7’6”.

Question: What is the wingspan of Zion Williamson?

Answer: Zion Williamson has a 6’10” wingspan. His wingspan is pretty average for a player his height in the NBA. Frank Ntilikina stands at roughly the same height as Zion but has a wingspan that measures 7’0”.

Question: What is the wingspan of Kevin Durant?

Answer: Kevin Durant’s wingspan measures at almost 7’5” which is quite long even for his 6’11” height in shoes. Durant has a longer wingspan than Tyson Chandler despite Durant being shorter.

Question: Which NBA players have T-Rex arms?

Answer: The average wingspan of an NBA player is usually around 4 inches longer than his height in shoes. As such, any NBA player whose wingspan is only an inch (or less) longer than his height in shoes can be considered as having T-Rex arms by NBA standards. The players below fit this bill.

1. Stephen Curry - Height in shoes: 6' 3" Wingspan: 6' 3.5"

2. Kyrie Irving - Height in shoes: 6' 3" Wingspan: 6' 4"

3. Blake Griffin - Height in shoes: 6' 10" Wingspan: 6' 11"

4. Jimmy Butler - Height in shoes: 6' 8" Wingspan: 6' 8"

5. Kyle Lowry - Height in shoes: 6' 1" Wingspan: 6' 2"

6. Yao Ming - Height in shoes: 7' 6" Wingspan: 7' 5"

7. JJ Redick - Height in shoes: 6' 5" Wingspan: 6' 3"

8. Cody Zeller - Height in shoes: 7' 0" Wingspan: 6' 11"

9. Kevin Willis - Height in shoes: 7' 0" Wingspan: 6' 10"

10. Shane Larkin - Height in shoes: 5’ 11” Wingspan: 5’ 11”

11. J. J. Barea - Height in shoes: 5’ 11” Wingspan: 5’ 11”

12. Monta Ellis - Height in shoes: 6' 3" Wingspan: 6' 3"

13. Chris Kaman - Height in shoes: 7' 0" Wingspan: 7' 0"

14. Kelly Olynyk - Height in shoes: 7' 0" Wingspan: 6' 10"

15. Frank Kaminsky - Height in shoes: 7' 1" Wingspan: 6' 11"

16. Mason Plumlee - Height in shoes: 7' 0" Wingspan: 6' 11"

17. Gordon Hayward - Height in shoes: 6' 8" Wingspan: 6' 8"

Question: What is the wingspan of Rajon Rondo?

Answer: Rajon Rondo's wingspan is a whopping 8 inches longer than his height in shoes. Rondo's wingspan is way above the average for a player his height in the NBA. He has a longer wingspan than Jimmy Butler despite being 7 inches shorter.

Question: What is the wingspan of Kristaps Porziņģis?

Answer: Kristaps Porziņģis' wingspan measures 7'6". His wingspan is pretty average for a player his height in the NBA. Boban Marjanović stands at roughly the same height as Porziņģis but has a wingspan that measures 7’8”.

Comments

Tom Thumb on June 05, 2020:

If you are 6'9" inches tall and have a "reach" of over ten feet I dont see being able to dunk as such a great accomplishment, you can practically dunk standing flat footed.

Nolo on May 02, 2020:

Pau Gasol oficial winspan is 7'7 ( measured in Barcelona). He is 7,0 tall without shoes. + 7 ape.

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