Top 20 Vertical Leapers in NBA History
Do you believe Dominique Wilkins and Julius Erving aren’t in the Top 10?
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The number of no-name players on this list demonstrates how leaping is only one part of the game.
It’s difficult to get consistent numbers on player’s vertical leap. One source will list Julius Erving’s vertical at 41 inches, another at 42 inches, and a third at 43 inches. We compiled our list of biggest leapers examining a number of sources and always picking the players highest consistent reported vertical. We figured that was the only fair way to rank people.
I know a few of the names on this list will have people scratching their heads, but this isn’t about points scored or championships won. Some of these guys aren’t well known or even known at all. This list isn’t about that. This list is about one thing and one thing only, vertical jump.
#20 Shawn Kemp: 41 inches.
#19 Fred Jones: 42 inches.
#18 Ricky Davis: 42 inches.
#17 Dominique Wilkins: 42 inches.
#16 Vince Carter: 43 inches.
#15 Julius Erving: 43 inches.
#14 Tracy McGrady: 43 inches.
#13 Clyde Drexler: 43 inches.
#12 Steve Francis: 43 inches.
#11 Nate Robinson: 43.5 inches.
#10 LeBron James: inches 44.
#9 Deshawn Stevenson: inches 44.
#8 Dee Brown: 44 inches.
#7 Harold Minor: 44 inches.
#6 Shannon Brown: inches 44.5.
#5 Spudd Webb: 46 inches.
#4 James White: 46 inches.
#3: Jason Richardson: 46 inches.
#2: Darrell Griffith: 48 inches.
#1: Michael Jordan: 48 inches.
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