The tallest families in the history of the NBA will make you feel like a shrimp

While the average American man stands at a respectable 5 foot 9, that barely holds a candle to the average NBA player, who comes in at a whopping 6 foot 7.

That's not to say shorter players can't excel at basketball -- we saw 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics put on a clinic this season -- but generally speaking, being tall will help you out in the NBA.

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Luckily for many, height is largely genetic, and several tall families have dominated professional basketball throughout its history.

Arguably the most notable of these families (at least currently) is the Curry family. Father Dell Curry, measuring at 6 foot 4, played 16 seasons in the NBA. Eldest son Stephen (6 foot 3) has led his Golden State Warriors to their third straight Finals appearance, and younger son Seth (6 foot 2) plays for the Dallas Mavericks.

However, the Currys' total height of 18 feet, 9 inches only ranks them as the eighth tallest family in NBA history.

(Via Mitchell and Ness)

The four Jones brothers -- Caldwell, Charles, Major and Wil -- take the cake for the tallest NBA family by a solid 5 inches over the Grant family of Horace, Harvey, Jerian and Jerami.

Several families within the top 10 have an outlying member who could join the NBA and seriously shake up the rankings. Similarly, if Lonzo Ball and his two brothers are all drafted into the league, they would instantly join the list at No. 7.

Related: Take a look back at the 2017 NBA Finals so far:

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 01: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors watches his three-point shot in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 1, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 04: Fans gather inside The Quicken Loans Arena for an NBA Finals Game Two watch party between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 4, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland, the defending NBA Champions, trails Golden State 1-0 in the best of seven series. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 4: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers grabs a rebound against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 4, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors defends Channing Frye #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 09: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Shaun Livingston #34 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 09: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes for the ball against Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ron Schwane - Pool/Getty Images)
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