List of shortest players in National Basketball Association history

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This is a complete listing of the shortest players in National Basketball Association history at a listed height of 5 feet, 9 inches or shorter. Only 24 players in NBA history have been at a listed height of 5 feet, 9 inches or shorter.[1] Two are currently active. The shortest player and only player at this height to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame is Calvin Murphy, at 5 feet, 9 inches. With one exception, Dino Martin, all of the players listed here have played or play the position of point guard.

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
GP Games played Pts Points PPG Points per game
FG% Field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage Ast Assists
APG Assists per game Stl Steals SPG Steals per game
Height Weight Player Nationality Teams GP Pts PPG FG% FT% Ast APG Stl SPG Notes
5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) 136 lb (62 kg) Bogues, Tyrone "Muggsy"Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues[2]  USA Washington Bullets (19871988)
Charlotte Hornets (19881997)
Golden State Warriors (19971999)
Toronto Raptors (19992001)
889 6,858 7.7 .458 .827 6,726 7.6 1,369 1.54 Played alongside one of the two tallest players in NBA history, Manute Bol, during the 1987–88 season for the Washington Bullets; their difference in height was 28 inches.
5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) 135 lb (61 kg) Boykins, EarlEarl Boykins[3]  USA New Jersey Nets (1999)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1999)
Orlando Magic (1999)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2000)
Los Angeles Clippers (20012002)
Golden State Warriors (2002–03)
Denver Nuggets (20032007)
Milwaukee Bucks (2007)
Charlotte Bobcats (2008)
Washington Wizards (2009–10)
Milwaukee Bucks (2010–11)
Houston Rockets (2012)
652 5,791 8.9 .417 .876 2,092 3.2 390 0.60
5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Hirsch, MelMel Hirsch[4] Boston Celtics (1946–1947) 13 19 1.5 .200 .500 10 0.8
5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 140 lb (64 kg) Grant, GregGreg Grant[5]  USA Phoenix Suns (19891990)
New York Knicks (19901991)
Charlotte Hornets (19911992)
Philadelphia 76ers (19911992, 19921993, 19951996)
Washington Bullets (19951996)
Denver Nuggets (19941995, 19951996)
274 767 2.8 .383 .710 751 2.7 161 0.59
5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jennings, KeithKeith Jennings[6]  USA Golden State Warriors (19921995) 164 1,090 6.6 .436 .852 614 3.7 164 1.00
5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Klotz, HermHerm Klotz[7]  USA Baltimore Bullets (1947–1948) 11 15 1.4 .226 .333 7 0.6
5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Misaka, WataruWataru Misaka[8]  USA New York Knicks (1947–1948) 3 7 2.3 .231 .333 0 0.0 The first player under 6' who was not Caucasian.
5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Towe, MonteMonte Towe[9]  USA Denver Nuggets (19761977) 51 130 2.5 .406 .720 87 1.7 16 0.31
5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 133 lb (60 kg) Webb, SpudSpud Webb[10]  USA Atlanta Hawks (19851991, 19951996)
Sacramento Kings (19911995)
Minnesota Timberwolves (1996)
Orlando Magic (1998)
814 8,072 9.9 .452 .848 4,342 5.3 922 1.13 Won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1986.
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Criss, CharlieCharlie Criss[11]  USA Atlanta Hawks (19771981, 19831984, 19841985)
San Diego Clippers (19811982)
Milwaukee Bucks (19821984)
418 3,534 8.5 .432 .831 1,335 3.2 366 0.88
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Martin, DonDon Martin[12] Providence Steamrollers (19461948) 92 834 9.1 .294 .638 73 0.8 The only player on this list who has not played as a point guard.
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Somerset, WillieWillie Somerset[13]  USA Baltimore Bullets (19651966) 8 45 5.6 .419 .818 9 1.1
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Carl, HowieHowie Carl[14]  USA Chicago Packers (19611962) 31 170 5.5 .333 .706 57 1.8
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 158 lb (72 kg) Charlie Hoefer[15] Toronto Huskies (1946–1947)
Boston Celtics (1947–1948)
65 361 5.6 .250 .646 36 0.6
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Malamed, LionelLionel Malamed[16]  USA Indianapolis Jets (1948)
Rochester Royals (1948–1949)
44 258 5.9 .334 .831 61 1.4
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Ed Melvin[17] Pittsburgh Ironmen (1946–1947) 57 281 4.9 .263 .654 37 0.6
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Murphy, CalvinCalvin Murphy*[18]  USA San Diego/Houston Rockets (19701983) 1002 17,949 17.9 .482 .892 4,402 4.4 1,165[19] 1.53[19] Shortest player to be inducted to the Hall of Fame, as well as appear in at least one All-Star Game.
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 145 lb (66 kg) Musi, AngeloAngelo Musi[20]  USA Philadelphia Warriors (19461949) 161 1,359 8.4 .290 .771 117 0.7
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) O'Brien, RalphRalph O'Brien  USA Indianapolis Olympians (19511952)
Baltimore Bullets (19521953)
119 848 7.1 .360 .830 180 1.5
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Robinson, NateNate Robinson^[21]  USA New York Knicks (20052010)
Boston Celtics (20092011)
Oklahoma City Thunder (20112011)
Golden State Warriors (2011–12)
Chicago Bulls (20122013)
Denver Nuggets (2013–present)
574 6,569 11.4 .427 .800 1,725 3.0 522 0.91 The only three-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Rock, GeneGene Rock[22]  USA Chicago Stags (1947–1948) 11 10 0.9 .222 .500 0 0.0
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Tabuse, YutaYuta Tabuse[23]  JPN Phoenix Suns (20042005) 4 7 1.8 .167 1.000 3 0.8 0 0.00
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas^[24]  USA Sacramento Kings (2011–present) 216 3,314 15.3 .447 .857 1,036 4.8 53 0.99
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Wier, MurrayMurray Wier[25]  USA Tri-Cities Blackhawks (19491950) 56 429 7.7 .327 .693 107 1.9

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Season Finder: For combined seasons; played in the NBA/BAA; in the regular season; from 1946–47 to 2010–11; 5–9 or shorter; sorted by descending height". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Muggsy Bogues Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Earl Boykins Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mel Hirsch Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Greg Grant Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Keith Jennings Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Louis Herman (Herm, Red) Klotz Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Wataru (Wat) Misaka Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Monte Corwin Towe Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Spud Webb Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Charlie Criss Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Donald E. (Dino) Martin Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Willard F. (Willie) Somerset Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Howard Hershey (Howie) Carl Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Adolph Charles (Dutch, Dutch, Charlie) Hoefer Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Lionel Malamed Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Edward H. (Ed) Melvin Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Calvin Murphy Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  19. ^ a b The National Basketball Association did not record steal statistics until the 1973–74 season.
  20. ^ "Angelo Jr. Musi Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  21. ^ "Nate Robinson Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  22. ^ "Eugene (Gene) Rock Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  23. ^ "Yuta Tabuse Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  24. ^ "Isaiah Thomas Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Murray Neal Wier Info Page". NBA. Retrieved 3 February 2011.