The highest vertical leap ever recorded in NBA history is 48 inches achieved by NBA superstar Michael Jordan and Darrell Griffith. Other explosive leapers in NBA history include Julius Erving with a vertical leap of 41 inches, Vince Carter with 43 inches, three-time NBA slam dunk champion Nate Robinson with 43.5 inches, LeBron James with 44 inches and Anthony "Spud" Webb with 46 inches.
To put Michael Jordan's vertical leap in better perspective, his 48-inch jump is a full 4 feet. Standing at 6 feet 6 inches, his vertical leap essentially places his head 6 inches above the basketball rim. The average vertical leap in the NBA is 28 inches.