Here is all you need to know about the NBA players who have the highest vertical leap in the history

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is in existence since 1949. Since then, NBA has established itself as one of the greatest sporting leagues in the world.

From the beginning of its journey, NBA always had players who are athletic gods. The players are extraordinary physical specimens who have exceeded all limits of being normal. Some players rule the court by being the tallest, while others rule the court by being the fastest. Other players have some other traits. However, the most discussed physical trait of every basketball player is their ability to jump.

It is pretty fascinating to see basketball players make mind-boggling jumps in a high-octane environment. In short, the discussion of vertical leap will never be out of style.

Here are the top 5 NBA players who have the highest max vertical leap in NBA history.

5. LeBron James- 44 inches

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 12: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors on October 12, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

It is quite obvious that the name LeBron James will feature in this list. The athletic prowess of this LA Lakers star is legendary all over the sports world. Undoubtedly, LBJ will make this list comfortably.

A 4-time NBA champion, LeBron has a vertical leap of 44 inches. Surprisingly, in spite of having such a big vertical leap, LBJ has never participated in the NBA Slam Dunk contest. On the other hand, LBJ is well known to be a big-time dunker. At the age of 37, we are still witnessing LBJ’s monstrous in-game dunks.

4. Zion Williamson- 45 inches

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Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Ever since his high school days, Zion Williamson has been a beast. His physicality is something that comes once in a blue moon. Zion is tall, strong, and fast. Zion’s abilities are something that needs scientific research.

The 2019 #1 overall draft pick, Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans has a vertical leap of 45 inches. Zion’s vertical leap is quite surprising, given his weight is a massive 284 lb (129 kgs).

Zion is already an All-Star and he has a great future ahead of him. And of course, every now and then we can see highlights of Zion breaking the basketball ring with his earth-shattering slam dunks.

3. Zach LaVine- 46 inches

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Apr 22, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) looks on during the second half of game three of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at United Center. (Image: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)

Zach LaVine is considered as the best dunker in the game today and he has proved it over and over again. Joining Michael Jordan, Jason Richardson, and Nate Robinson, LaVine is the fourth player to win back-to-back Slam Dunk contests. He won them both in 2015 and 2016.

According to records, Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls has a max vertical leap of 46 inches. An impressive vertical leap and LaVine makes sure to use it wisely every time he throws down a dunk.

2. Spud Webb- 46 inches

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Spud Webb is one of the shortest players to ever play in the NBA. (Image: Google)

Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb is one of the shortest players to play professionally in the history of the NBA. Notably, Webb is just 5 foot 6 inches (1.68 m) tall.

Webb might be short in height but his vertical leap was a whole another story. Webb’s max vertical leap was an unbelievable 46 inches!

Moreover, Webb’s jumping ability even made him a champion in the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Webb is currently the president of basketball operations for the Texas Legends, the NBA G League team for the Dallas Mavericks.

1. Michael Jordan- 48 inches

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Michael Jordan is a six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls. (Image: Getty Images)

The legend of Michael Jordan is obviously known far and wide in the basketball fraternity. Six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls, six-time NBA Finals MVP, 5-times NBA MVP, and 14-times All-Star, Jordan seems to have achieved it all. Additionally, he is also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jordan’s basketball skills have helped him to become the legend that he is today. But Jordan is also known for his superior jumping ability and for the amount of time he could’ve stayed in the air. For this, Jordan is also nicknamed ‘His Airness’ and ‘Air Jordan.’

The 1984 #3 Draft pick, Michael Jordan had the max vertical leap of a massive 48 inches. This high vertical leap is undoubtedly rare and only a few other NBA players possess it, Jordan being one of them.

Michael Jordan is currently the owner of the NBA team, Charlotte Hornets. He is also the face of the major shoe brand, Jordan.

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