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Top 15 Fattest NBA Players Of All Time

Basketball is a sport filled with genetic freaks (the average height for an NBA player is roughly 6’7”, about half a foot taller than the average NHL player). And most of these vertically blessed athletes are in great shape, because, after all, basketball players are constantly running around and working up a sweat (just watch a post-game interview and you’ll see all that sweat rolling down their faces). The New York Daily News reported that NBA players can run upwards of 2.72 miles per game, which is more than twice the distance the average NFL cornerback and wide receiver runs, and much more than baseball players (although there’s really no surprise there). So with all that running, you’d think it would be impossible to be out of shape at the highest level of the sport, but somehow players—and some of the best players of all time—have managed to pull it off.

These guys challenge the notion that you have to work hard and be in great shape to be a professional athlete. Apparently you just need to be talented (and freakishly tall, of course).

A few interesting things to note about this list: Of the 15 players, only one is a guard, whereas the rest are centers and power forwards, and most are around 7’0” tall. Unsurprisingly, many of the players on this list saw their playing days cut short by injuries, but some of them managed to have long, productive careers. Most of these players hovered around 300 lbs., but some reportedly came dangerously close to 400 lbs. Unlike the list of the 15 fattest NHL players, some of these guys aren’t just big by professional sports standards; they’re big by any standards. A few of them might even be considered obese.

Here’s the list of the 15 fattest NBA players of all time. Let us know if we missed anyone.

15 Shaquille O’Neal

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

14 Sim Bhullar

via bleacherreport.com

13 Charles Barkley

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

12 Eddy Curry

via www.nydailynews.com

11 Glen Davis

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

10 Ray Felton

via sports.vice.com

9 Jahidi White

via www.brightsideofthesun.com

8 Stanley Roberts

via complex.com

7 Michael Sweetney

via thescore.com

6 Greg Ostertag

via sbnation.com

5 Bryant Reeves 

via ballerball.com

4 Jerome James 

via forums.realgm.com

3 Robert Traylor

via complex.com

2 Zach Randolph 

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

1 Oliver Miller

via forum.bodybuilding.com

Oliver Miller. "The Big O." He's more famous for being fat than he is for having been a basketball player. Most of the players on this list only struggled with weight for a few years, but Miller was big (and not just strong big, like Shaq, but flat out fat) for his entire career. Somehow his weight didn't seem to hold him back very much, as he had a lengthy career in basketball that extended well after his last game in the NBA. He was listed at 315 lbs. but some say he got up to roughly 375 at one point, roughly 50 lbs. heavier than Shaq but four inches shorter.

 

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