30 NBA Players With The Largest Hand Sizes In History
You know what they say about big hands: the bigger they are, the more likely you play in the NBA. But big hands aren’t always found on the tallest players. Michael Jordan had a freakishly long handspan (despite his “average” NBA height), allowing him to palm the ball like a Nerf toy and trick his opponents. Then there’s Shaq. Read on to find out which NBA players from past and present have the biggest mitts.
Honorable Mention: LeBron James, 9″
James is one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the sport, but his hands don’t measure up to those of his fellow NBA greats. Nine-inch hands are long enough to boast about at a bar, but not when you’re being compared to some of the largest humans the history of the world.
With three NBA championships, three Finals MVP awards, four MVP awards, 15 All-Star appearances and 12 All-NBA First Team nods, James has an argument to make as the greatest NBA legend with nine-inch hands in history. But some fans of the next honorable mention on this list may disagree.
Honorable Mention: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 9″
The highest-scoring player in the history of the NBA, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a strong case to make as one of the greatest (and at 7-foot 2, tallest) athletes in NBA history. But with the focus of this list in mind, it’s worth mentioning that Kareem has some pretty big hands.
Kareem’s hand span doesn’t measure up with some of the biggest hands in the history of the NBA, but nine inches is nothing to sniff at. The six-time NBA champ and six-time MVP wouldn’t have the career he had if not for his trademarked Skyhook. It’s entirely possible Abdul-Jabbar might not have mastered the Skyhook without a nine-inch hand span.
30. DeMarcus Cousins, 10″
Though he’s a four-time NBA All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins has perhaps been best known for his temper — especially during his time with the Sacramento Kings. Maybe it’s time Cousins gets some recognition for something people seem to have ignored throughout his career: the impressive size of his hands.
The superstar center measures in with 10-inch hands, which puts him up with some of the NBA greats with regards to hand size. Standing next to a group of non-NBA athletes, it’s easy to see how physically imposing Cousins can be. The All-Star’s 10-inch paws look twice as big as those of a “normal person.”
29. Pascal Siakam, 10″
Up until the 2018-19 season, Pascal Siakam was a relative no-name in the NBA. But teaming up with Kawhi Leonard (another NBA star with huge hands) has helped Siakam carve out a role for himself and become a star. It’s safe to say the Toronto Raptors have become a team of big-handed superstars.
Entering the NBA Draft from Cameroon, Siakam didn’t have the hype of some other tantalizing prospects, falling to the 27th pick of the 2016 Draft. But as he’s developed his game to complement his freakish size, it’s safe to say the Raptors are happy teams didn’t recognize his talent the way they did.
28. Rudy Gobert, 10″
French center Rudy Gobert has been a shot-blocking force in the NBA since he entered the league in 2013. The 7-foot-1 Jazz star led the league in blocks in 2017 and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors the following season. Gobert’s massive hands have played a big part in his success.
It takes immense talent to earn three NBA All-Defensive First Team selections, but Gobert’s success can also be attributed to his freakish athleticism and massive hands. Having big hands can be a major advantage in basketball, especially considering the center has blocked plenty of shots with just the tips of his fingers.
27. Rajon Rondo, 10″
The first guard on the list, Rajon Rondo is known for having some of the biggest hands of any active NBA ball-handler. Rondo’s dexterity is super impressive, especially considering how most top point guards aren’t known for having huge hands.
Rondo played a major role in the Boston Celtics’ championship run, leading his team in assists (by a wide margin) and steals. The guard is known for his passing acumen, largely because of his vision. However, having long fingers allows Rondo to put more power into his passes, which is perhaps one of the contributing factors to his NBA success.
26. Malcolm Brogdon, 10.3″
Another ball handler on the list, Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon entered the NBA after winning ACC Player of the Year in 2016 and having his number retired by the University of Virginia. A second-round pick in the NBA Draft, Brogdon won Rookie of the Year honors in 2017.
In 2019, the big-handed Brogdon became the eighth player to join the 50-40-90 club. To do this, he converted more than 50 percent of his field goals, 40 percent of his three-pointers and 90 percent of his free throws throughout the season. In addition to Brogdon, the 50-40-90 club includes some elite NBA names: Larry Bird, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Reggie Miller to name a few.
25. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 10.3″
The only thing that draws more attention than the name on the back of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s jersey is the size of the small forward’s massive hands. Charlotte made Kidd-Gilchrist the second overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft when the team was still called the Bobcats, and he’s been a steady presence on the team ever since.
Along with Kemba Walker and Cody Zeller, Kidd-Gilchrist is one of just three players who have remained with the Hornets since they called themselves the Bobcats prior to 2014. Though he hasn’t lived up to expectations as a first-round pick, Kidd-Gilchrist has averaged a reliable 8.8 points per game throughout his career.
24. Lance Stephenson, 10.3″
Perhaps best known for the moment where he blew into LeBron James’ ear during the 2014 Playoffs, Lance Stephenson has become an antagonistic, scrappy role player in the NBA. The swing shooting guard and small forward measures in at 6-foot-6, but his more impressive measurement is the 10.3-inch hand span.
Just look at Stephenson go up against Rudy Gobert, who measures in with 10-inch hands of his own! Thanks in part to his hands, the former second-round pick has beaten the odds and stuck around the NBA for nearly a decade. Playing for seven different teams in his career, Stephenson has averaged a steady 8.6 points per game.
23. Cody Zeller, 10.5″
Measuring in with 10-and-a-half-inch hands, Cody Zeller plays center for the Charlotte Hornets. Zeller is one of three brothers, along with Tyler and Luke, to play in the NBA. The three pose quite a formidable trio: two of the three stand 7-feet tall, and the third measures in at 6-foot-11.
But of the three, Cody Zeller is the most imposing. The former fourth overall pick has hands that appear to be twice as big as those of some of his NBA counterparts. Zeller hasn’t quite lived up to his expectations as a lottery pick, but he’s blocked an impressive 273 shots throughout his NBA career. Those hands do some serious damage.
22. Dennis Schroder, 10.5″
German-born Dennis Schroder boasts some of the most impressive hands in the NBA. The point guard has the biggest hands of any active guard in the NBA, with a hand span that measures 10-and-a-half inches. Selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, Schroder spent six seasons in Atlanta before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
When Schroder was drafted, he was actually compared to Rajon Rondo — who appeared earlier on this list — for both his playing style and large hands. How Schroder manages to be such a precise dribbler with such huge hands is anyone’s guess.
21. Jae Crowder, 10.5″
Selected in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft, Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder has some of the biggest hands in today’s NBA. The 6-foot-6 forward wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school, and he actually had some offers to play college football.
Before he made it to the NBA, Crowder spent time at three different colleges, working in hopes of one day achieving his NBA dream. Crowder started his career strong and was quickly viewed as one of the steals of his draft class. The forward has maintained steady production throughout his NBA career, averaging a steal per game and nearly 10 points per game.
20. Aaron Gordon, 10.5″
No one in today’s NBA can dunk quite like Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon. In 2016, Gordon was part of one of the most memorable Slam Dunk contests of all-time, in which he ultimately lost in a close matchup against Zach LaVine. Gordon reeled off a series of incredible dunks, many of which involved palming. (Athletes can “palm” the ball by holding it with only one hand.)
In addition to his ability to pull off seemingly unthinkable dunks in a way that makes it look easy, Gordon is an equally impressive basketball player. Averaging 16 points per game in 2018, the forward helped propel the Magic to the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
19. Bill Russell, 10.5″
With 11 NBA championships, five MVP awards and 12 All-Star appearances, Bill Russell is easily one of the greatest players in NBA history. Russell ended his decorated NBA career with 14,522 points, 21,620 rebounds and so many blocks he’s considered the greatest shot blocker of all-time.
When Russell played in the NBA, blocks weren’t tracked as an official stat. However, newspaper accounts of games that involved Bill Russell would often mention how many shots he blocked. It was not unusual for him to block six to eight shots in a single game. Of course, having 10-and-a-half inch hands doesn’t hurt when you’re a shot blocker.
18. Alex Len, 10.8″
7-foot-1 Ukranian center Alex Len isn’t necessarily a superstar NBA player, but he’s known around the league as a guy who is going to block a lot of shots. With 10.8-inch hands, the former fifth overall pick has averaged a block per game throughout his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks.
Len, the highest Ukrainian-born player to ever be drafted in the NBA, saw his career get off to a slow start. But in 2019, he started to turn things around, putting up 11.1 points per game. Len’s hands have an impact on the court, but his charity — fittingly named the Len-d A Hand Foundation — has an impact off the court as well.
17. Enes Kanter, 10.8″
Another freakishly tall high lottery pick with massive hands to make the list, Enes Kanter has evolved into a solid NBA player since being drafted third overall in 2011. The 6-foot-11 center has bounced around the NBA but really found his stride with the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 11.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in the 2019 playoffs.
What makes Kanter’s phenomenal playoff performance even more impressive is the fact that he was observing Ramadan during the NBA playoffs. The center abstained from food, water and medicine for roughly 16 hours per day — which included the time he spent on the court — during the Blazers’ run to the Western Conference Finals.
16. Dewayne Dedmon, 11″
7-foot Dewayne Dedmon has some of basketball’s biggest hands, but if it weren’t for one decision the big man decided to make, he might not have played in the NBA. Dedmon was raised by a his mother, who is a devout Jehovah’s Witness. She felt organized basketball might affect his religious devotion, so she forbid him from playing.
Dedmon, 6-foot-8 at the time, eventually turned 18 and exercised his age of majority rights to play basketball. Going undrafted in 2013, the center has managed to stick around and become a solid role player in the NBA for nearly a decade. What sparked Dedmon’s success? Maybe it’s his hands. After all, they look twice the size of Steph Curry’s.
15. Steven Adams, 11″
One of the best NBA players to come from New Zealand, Steven Adams is one of the most fearsome players in basketball. Adams’ wild hair, beard and tattoos strike fear into his opponents, but perhaps scariest of all are his 11-inch hands. The center is a dominant rim defender and a fiery competitor.
Adams, who stands at 7-feet tall, has developed into an integral member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, doing behind-the-scenes dirty work that has helped players like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George establish themselves as superstars. Averaging a block per game, nearly a steal per game and nearly 10 points per game throughout his career, Adams can do it all.
14. Elgin Baylor, 11″
NBA legend Elgin Baylor is known for a lot of things, but the size of his hands gets lost in the mix when fans discuss the Hall of Famer’s accomplishments. But that’s to be expected, considering the scope of Baylor’s career. The small forward earned a Rookie of the Year nod, 11 All-Star selections, All-Star Game MVP, and an NBA Championship.
The list of Baylor’s accomplishments as a college player, NBA player and even NBA executive goes on and on, so it’s worth noting how huge his hands were. Look at those fingers! How many people can you think of who have fingers that long? Probably only Baylor.
13. Yao Ming, 11″
7-foot-6 Yao Ming is one of the tallest players in the history of the NBA, but he also has some pretty impressive hands. The eight-time NBA All-Star was a force to be reckoned with, recording nearly two blocks per game for the entirety of his career. Sure, being 7-foot-6 helps, but so does having an 11-inch hand span.
The Chinese basketball player became an icon during his time in the NBA, becoming the first ever international player to be selected first overall and earning Hall of Fame honors the first year he was eligible. He was also unanimously elected to serve as president of the Chinese Basketball Association.
12. Jahlil Okafor, 11.3″
One of the few people in the world capable of holding 13 tennis balls in one hand, it’s safe to say Jahlil Okafor has massive hands. The big man stunned everyone at his draft photo shoot, holding three apples in a single hand. Though Okafor hasn’t played up to his billing as a third overall draft pick, he’s started to show glimpses of improvement.
With New Orleans Pelicans star center Anthony Davis out with an injury in 2019, Okafor went on a tear. Over a two-week stretch, he was one of the more dominant players in the NBA. In one game, the big man even blocked six shots. Okafor’s play style was better suited for the 1990s, but it’s good to see him turning things around.
11. Kawhi Leonard, 11.3″
When NBA fans think of active players with big hands, they think of Kawhi Leonard. His hands went viral during the summer of 2018, when a trainer posted a picture of some NBA players at a practice session. Fans went crazy over how big Leonard’s hands appeared as they were wrapped around a basketball.
But Kawhi isn’t just known for his big hands. The three-time All-Star, NBA champion and Finals MVP is one of the best players in the NBA. He’s won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award twice, and he’s dominant every time he plays in the playoffs. Leonard is the epitome of a player whose skills match his hand size.
10. Michael Jordan, 11.4″
Whether or not you consider MJ to be the greatest player of all-time, one thing is for certain: no guard in the history of basketball has measured in with bigger hands than Michael Jordan. The six-time NBA champion and six-time Finals MVP boasts a hand span of 11.4-inches and a hand length of 8.7 inches. Jordan’s hand length is around the average for a man who is 7-foot-9.
The five-time MVP and 14-time All-Star is well-known for his dunking prowess — especially the free-throw line dunk he executed in the 1987 Slam Dunk contest. Without such huge hands, odds are Jordan couldn’t have even attempted such a difficult dunk.
9. Royce White, 11.5″
Former Houston Rockets forward Royce White is yet another player on the list to be selected in the first round and not live up to expectations. The 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, White measured in at 6-foot-8 with a hand span of 11-and-a-half inches. Unfortunately, the former college standout’s skills didn’t quite translate to the NBA in a way teams had hoped for.
White publicly disclosed his struggles with Generalized Anxiety Disorder while he was a player, and he advocated for the NBA to expand its mental health policy. After failing to stick on a roster in Europe, White decided to transition into mixed martial arts.
8. Wilt Chamberlain, 11.5″
Already known as one of the greatest players in NBA history, 7-foot-1 Wilt Chamberlain should also be noted for his massive, 11.5-inch hands. The two-time NBA champion, four-time MVP and 13-time NBA All-Star has received plenty of attention for his impressive playing career. But how many people are talking about Chamberlain’s hands? After all, he can stretch his hands nearly a foot wide!
Chamberlain played in an era where blocks weren’t recorded as an official NBA stat, but it’s been speculated he could be the NBA’s all-time blocks leader had they been tallied. Being 7-foot-1 was certainly an advantage for Chamberlain, but so were the flyswatters at the end of his arms.
7. Wayne Embry, 11.8″
Wayne Embry has some of the biggest hands in the history of the league. The NBA champion and five-time All-Star spent 12 years in the league, forming one of the greatest pick-and-roll duos in history alongside Oscar Robertson. But if it weren’t for one of his biggest opponents, Embry would not have been an NBA champion.
Embry retired to become a regional sales leader for Pepsi-Cola, but Hall of Fame center Bill Russell ended up talking him out of retirement. Embry backed up Russell for the Celtics for three seasons, and they won an NBA championship in Embry’s final year with the team. The former center has since become an award-winning NBA executive. He was also the first African-American general manager and team president in NBA history.
6. Julius Erving, 11.8″
Known as “Dr. J,” Julius Erving is one of the greatest players — and dunkers — in NBA history. Erving dominated both the ABA and the NBA, winning three championships and three MVP awards to go along with 16 All-Star appearances across the two leagues. Erving’s iconic free throw line dunk in the 1976 Slam Dunk Contest brought the event to national consciousness.
Due to his artistry as a dunker, Erving’s hands are some of the most famous hands in the history of professional basketball. Dr. J will always be known as a pioneer in the art of dunking and an excellent player who did far much more than just dunking a basketball.
5. Noah Vonleh, 11.8″
NBA teams seem to love players who have big hands. Noah Vonleh is one of them, measuring in with the second-largest hands ever recorded at the NBA Combine. With a hand span around 11.8 inches and a hand length of about 9.8 inches, it’s safe to say Vonleh has quite the pair of mitts.
The ninth pick in the 2014 Draft, Vonleh has a ways to go before he lives up to his draft pedigree. But on the bright side, the big man has stuck around in the league with a few teams to this point. He still has time to turn things around.
4. Greg Smith, 12″
With some of the largest hands ever measured at the NBA Draft Combine, Greg Smith has hands that measure 9.8 inches long and 12 inches wide. In fact, his hand span matches that of the tallest man in NBA history. Smith’s hand length, on the other hand, is close to the average hand length of a man who stands 7-foot-9. However, Smith is only 6-foot-10.
It’s been a tough NBA career for Smith, who went undrafted in 2011. The former Fresno State standout earned All-NBA D-League First Team honors in 2012, but he never managed to stick around with an NBA team for more than a couple seasons.
3. Shaquille O’Neal, 12″
Some people believe the enormous size of Shaq’s hands was the reason he was such a poor free throw shooter. With hands that are estimated to be 10.2 inches long and an estimated hand span of a foot, it’s easy to see why. One of the most dominant basketball players of all-time, Shaq (and his hands) struck fear into every opponent he faced.
O’Neal won four championships, three Finals MVP awards and a regular season MVP award during his time in the NBA. He was also selected to 15 All-Star teams and led the league in scoring twice. Averaging 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game throughout his career, it’s easy to see why Shaq is considered one of the best players in NBA history.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 12″
One of the most talented players in today’s NBA, Giannis is a 6-foot-11 forward who plays like a point guard. And with a hand span that measures a foot long, it’s safe to say he has some of the biggest hands in NBA history. Just as impressive, the “Greek Freak” has an insane hand length of 9.9 inches.
Antetokounmpo wasn’t a superstar when he began his NBA career as a first-round pick in 2013, but he turned things around in 2017. The Greek Freak was the NBA’s most improved player in 2017, and since then he’s made the All-Star game in every season he’s played.
1. Boban Marjonovic, 12″
The unofficial title for largest hands in NBA history goes to Boban Marjonovic, who measures in with an estimated hand span of one foot and an estimated hand length of 11 inches. Unfortunately, the big man hasn’t had his hands officially measured, so there’s no way to compare his measurements with others on the list.
The 7-foot-3 Serbian not only has the biggest hands in today’s NBA; he’s also the tallest active player in the NBA. The former EuroLeague star has already been a part of some memorable moments in his brief NBA career: Most notably, he dunked the ball while standing up.