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  • In basketball, less than 6 feet is considered a short height and generally a disadvantage as well. But it does’t mean that a short heighted player is always ignored and never selected by any team. In the history of NBA, so many short statured players made their way into the league and some of them played successfully over a long period of time. Following is the list of those players who were the shortest ever to play in NBA.

    Muggsy Bogues ( 5 feet 3 inches)

    Standing at 5 feet 3 inches, Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player ever to play in NBA. However, his height was not the only reason to remember him, he was a decent player as well. That’s why he spent 14 years in the league and played for 4 different teams.

    Earl Boykins (5 feet 5 inches)

    Earl Boykins height is 5 feet 5 inches which makes him the second shortest NBA player of all time. Earl started his National Basketball Association career in 1998 as an undrafted player. Till now, he has been played for 11 eleven different teams, mostly on the basis of short-term contracts.

    Mel Hirsch (5 feet 6 inches)

    Mel Hirsch was among the earliest players of NBA history. He played only one season in his career with the team Boston Celtics (1946-47) and appeared in merely 13 games of that season.

    Greg Grant (5 feet 7 inches)

    Greg Grant stands as the fourth shortest player in NBA history. He entered the 1989 NBA draft and was selected 52nd by the Phoenix Suns. He played pro basketball till 1996.

    Keith Jennings (5 feet 7 inches)

    Keith Jennings had an outstanding basketball record at the college level, but no team showed much interest in signing a 5 ft 7 inches tall player. So, he started his pro career as a free agent, joined Golden State Warriors and spent all three years of his career with Warriors.

    Herm Klotz (5 feet 7 inches)

    Klotz  stands at a similar height level with Jennings and Greg Grant and  he is the only players of such height to win a championship in NBA history. He played only one season with Baltimore Bullets and it was the season when Bullets went on to win the championship (1946-47).

    Spud Webb (5 feet 7 inches)

    Spud Webb was a 5 ft 7 inches tall player who entered the league in 1985. Despite being a short height player, he proved himself a good player of the game, mainly due to his athleticism and quickness. The biggest highlight of his career was the slam dunk contest title which he achieved in 1986.

    Wataru Misaka (5 feet 7 inches)

    This 5 ft 7 inches tall player was a part of the Utah University team that won the 1944 NCAA Championship and the National Invitation Tournament of 1947. That same year, he was selected by an NBA team New York Knicks with which he played all three games of his brief professional career.

    Monte Towe (5 feet 7 inches)

    Monte Towe, another short statured player who got a chance to play in NBA but he played for a very short period of time. After standout preformances at college level, he was selected 57th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 1975 NBA draft. He played two seasons with Atlant Hawks under the coaching of renowned coach Larry Brown.




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