The National Basketball League (NBA) is the top professional basketball league in the world. It consists of 29 teams from the United States and 1 team from Canada. In this history of the league only 23 players have played with a listed height of 5 feet, 9 inches (1.95 m) or shorter and many of these players played fewer than 100 games. If you have ever wondered who was the shortest player to play in the NBA, keep reading to find out.
Which NBA player was the shortest?
The shortest player to play in the NBA is Tyrone Bogues, best known by his nickname Muggsy. Muggsy Bogues was listed at just 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m), which easily makes him the shortest player ever to appear in the NBA. Muggsy played point guard and was known as one of the quickest and hardest working players in the league. He was drafted in the first round by the Washington Bullets in 1987 with the 12th overall pick. He moved to the Charlotte Hornets in 1988 and played with this team until 1997 when he joined the Golden State Warriors. In 1999 he made his final move to the Toronto Raptors. He retired in 2001 and is currently listed in the top 50 for career steals and assists in NBA history. During his 889 game career he scored 6,858 points, made 6,726 assists and 1,369 steals. He averaged 7.7 points per game, 7.6 assists per game and 1.54 steals per game.
The next shortest player in the NBA is Earl Boykins who is listed as 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m). He was the shortest player currently playing in the NBA as of 2012.
Did you know?
Calvin Murphy is the shortest player in the to be inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. He played for the Rockets his entire career (1970-83) and was listed at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m). He averaged 17.9 points per game and this is the highest average of any player at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) or under. His number (23) is retired by the Houston Rockets.