Shortest NBA Player


As we all know, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is filled with tall and athletic players, but what about the marginzalided short guys?  Believe it or not, there have been a number of players who have made a name for themselves in the league despite their height.

In fact, the shortest player to ever play in the NBA is Muggsy Bogues, who is listed at a mere 5´3" (160 cm).

It´s easy to assume that shorter players would be at a disadvantage in such a tall man´s game, but these players have proven that height is not the only factor that determines success in the league. Throughout the history of the NBA, there have been a number of shorter players who have made a significant impact on the game.

Who are the most famous shortest NBA Players?

One of the most famous and shortest NBA player is Muggsy Bogues. He was listed at 5´3" and played for the Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, and Toronto Raptors. He was known for his quickness, ball handling skills and his ability to pass the ball. He is notably one of the better point guards in the history of the NBA and his height never held him back.

Another notable shortest player is Spud Webb, who at 5´7" won the 1986 Slam Dunk Contest. He was an incredible dunker and a very fast player, he played for teams like Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic.

Earl Boykins, at 5´5" was another short player who made a name for himself in the league, playing for teams like Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Charlotte Bobcats among others. He was known for his speed, quickness, and his ability to score.

Another famous shortest NBA player is Calvin Murphy, who at 5´9" had a successful career with the Houston Rockets. He was known for his scoring ability, quickness, and ball handling skills. He was also a great free throw shooter, with a career free throw percentage of over 90%. Despite his small stature, he was a fierce competitor and was not intimidated by taller players.

The most recent "short" basketball player; however, is Isaiah Thomas, and no not the Piston Legend... but rather the Boston Celtic stud who put on an absolute clinic and terrorized the NBA in 2016-17 (he was an All Star in 15/16 as well, but 16/17 was a special year). Isaiah Thomas stands at just 5´9. But he was known for his ability to put the ball in the basket and make tough shots in clutch time. 

These players are just a few examples of the many shortest NBA players who have made a name for themselves in the league. They have proven that height is not the only factor that determines success in basketball.