Mure?an in 2014
|Born||February 14, 1971|
Tritenii de Jos, Romania
|Listed height||7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)|
|Listed weight||325 lb (147 kg)|
|NBA draft||1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Bullets|
|1993-1998||Washington Bullets / Wizards|
|1999-2000||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,020 (9.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,957 (6.4 rpg)|
|Blocks||455 (1.5 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Gheorghe Dumitru Mure?an (Romanian pronunciation: ['?e?or?e mure'?an] ; born February 14, 1971), also known as "Big Ghi" (Romanian: ['?it?s?]), is a Romanian retired professional basketball player. At 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m), he is the tallest player ever to have played in the NBA.
He played competitive basketball at Universitatea Cluj, becoming national champion in 1992. He played professionally in the French league with Pau-Orthez during the 1992-93 season and was an instant hit with fans, also managing to win the French League Cup. He was selected by the NBA's Washington Bullets in the 1993 NBA draft. He played in the NBA from 1993 to 2000 showing signs of a promising career that was derailed by injuries. His best season came in the 1995-1996 campaign, when he averaged 14.5 points per game.
Mure?an was named the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 1995-96 season after averaging 14.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.26 blocks per game while making a league-leading 58.4 percent of his field goals. He led in field goal percentage again the following season, with a 60.4% average. Overall, he holds career averages of 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.48 blocks per game and a .573 field goal percentage. He joined the New Jersey Nets for the final 31 games of his career. After ending his NBA career, Mure?an had another stint at Pau-Orthez where he won the French league before returning to the United States with his family. He normally wore number 77, in reference to his height.
On March 11, 2007, Mure?an played a game for the Maryland Nighthawks as part of the tallest lineup in the history of basketball. This was the only basketball game Mure?an ever played where he was not the tallest person on the court, as Sun Mingming is 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m).
In 2004, Gheorghe Mure?an founded the Giant Basketball Academy (GBA), a program dedicated to teaching the proper fundamentals of basketball to boys and girls of all ages. The Academy is located in Ashburn, Virginia.
Outside basketball, Mure?an has dabbled in acting, playing the title character in 1998 feature film My Giant starring comedian Billy Crystal. He appeared as a ventriloquist in the music video for Eminem's breakthrough single "My Name Is." He has appeared in commercials for Snickers candy bars, and sports television network ESPN. Most recently, Mure?an co-authored two young adult fitness and health books: The Boy's Fitness Guide and The Girl's Fitness Guide.
In 2013, Mure?an participated in the first annual 3v3 UMTTR (You Matter) Basketball Tournament to increase awareness, prevention and research of teen suicide, the leading cause of death among adults and children between the ages of 15 and 24.
Mure?an and his wife Liliana and sons George and Victor have resided in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, but they relocated to suburban Washington, D.C. Since the 2016-2017 season, his oldest son, George, has played for the Georgetown University Hoyas as a walk-on forward.
That was how the former Washington Bullets center and one-time movie actor--he appeared with Billy Crystal in My Giant--spent most of the past few years: being with his wife, tending his two sons and taking care of their home in Franklin Lakes, N.J.