The world witnessed Ja Morant’s incredible vertical jumping ability with his block against the Lakers. The Grizzlies guard nearly smashed his head against the backboard with the wildest block of the season. Despite standing at only 6’3, Morant has impressive hops which has led to insane blocks and dunks. Even his failed dunk attempts are something to marvel at.

What was Ja Morant’s vertical before entering the NBA?

Pre-draft workouts have listed Ja Morant’s vertical between 42 to 44 inches. He was already a high flyer during his Murray State days.

How high can Ja Morant jump?

At 6’3, Ja Morant would need a 45 inch vertical for his head to reach the rim. The fact that he can get eye-level with the rim would indicate that Morant has a vertical jump of 45 inches or higher.

How did Ja Morant increase his vertical jump?

It was Morant’s father who was concerned about his athleticism in the ninth grade. A simple tractor tire was brought in and Ja was made to jump on it 800-900 times a day. Looks like the routine worked.


Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena on January 09, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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Ja Morant’s vertical as seen in his monster dunks

Some of his best dunks have come against opposing big men.

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Brook Lopez wanted no part of this tomahawk.

Vince Carter isn’t the only one who can do elbow dunks.

Anytime he gathers for a dunk you know it’s going to be good.

Only Morant would complete a 360 degree dunk in the playoffs.

He gets up and cocks it back for this alley-oop finish.

Teammates simply need to throw up a lob and he’ll power home the dunk.

Ja Morant’s wild dunk attempts

Morant’s dunk attempts are more often than not, more spectacular than his dunks.

During his rookie year, Ja Morant nearly dunked over Anthony Davis and Kevin Love.

Ja showed no fear as he tried to put Rudy Gobert on a poster.

He seems intent on getting one over The Stifle Tower.

Fellow Jazz big man Hassan Whiteside wasn’t left out.

Dwight Howard nearly found himself on the end of a poster.

Even LeBron James found himself as a target.

Ja Morant’s insane blocks

Ja got everybody in the sports world talking with this insane block against the Lakers.

The Grizzlies guard stayed up to reject the Bosnian Beast.

He even hit his head on the backboard when swatting Lauri Markkanen’s shot.

Ja nearly ended his own career after colliding with the backboard on this block.


emphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant #12 reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at FedExForum on December 29, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Ja Morant has a 44 inch vertical leap.

Michael Jordan holds the record for the highest vertical with 48 inches. Keon Johnson and Dennis Smith Jr also have 48 inch verticals.

Keon Johnson and Dennis Smith Jr have the highest vertical leap in the NBA at 48 inches.

The average NBA vertical leap is 28 inches (71 cm).

During his Duke days, Zion Williamson was reported to have a 45 inch vertical leap.

Vince Carter was nicknamed Half Man Half Amazing thanks to his 43 inch vertical leap.

Allen Iverson had a 41 inch vertical leap.

Spud Webb’s 46 inch vertical leap helped him win the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk competition.

A good vertical jump for men is 24 to 28 inches.

What is the average person’s vertical jump?

Men on average have a vertical jump between 16 to 20 inches. Women on average have a vertical jump between 12 to 16 inches.

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