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Down Here: The Shortest NBA Players In Basketball History

When it comes to the NBA, most of the attention is drawn to giants like Shaq and Yao Ming. That doesn’t mean the littlest guys on the court can’t get any love! These 10 athletes are some of the shortest NBA players to ever set foot on a basketball court.

Calvin Murphy

Troy Taormina

At 5 ft. 9 in., Calvin Murphy is the shortest person ever inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He spent his entire career playing for the Houston Rockets.

Mel Hirsch


As the third shortest person ever, Mel Hirsch spent one season with the Celtics. The 5 ft. 6 in. star scored 19 points during his NBA career.

Wataru Misaka

Melissa Majchrzak

As the first Asian player in NBA history, Wataru Misaka paved the way for those who followed him. The 5 ft. 7 in. athlete played with the Knicks for three games in 1947 before being cut.

Spud Webb


Being 5 ft. 7 in. didn’t stop Spud Webb from dominating the court. His biggest achievement came from being the shortest person ever to win the Slam Dunk Contest in 1986.

Yuta Tabuse

Kaz Nagatsuka

In 2004, Yuta Tabuse became the first Japanese player in NBA history. His 5 ft. 9 in. stature made him an instant celebrity in his home country.

Nate Robinson


Standing at 5 ft. 9 in., Nate Robinson was a slam dunk maestro. The Seattle native is the only NBA star to win the Slam Dunk Contest three times.

Monte Towe

Tomen Tse

At 5 ft. 7 in., Monte Towe is credited with inventing the alley-oop alongside David Thompson. Since 1978, he has been enjoying his coaching duties at numerous schools.

Red Klotz

Chris Polk

In 1948, Red Klotz became the shortest person to win an NBA Championship at 5 ft. 7 in. Over an eight-decade career, Klotz either played or coached in over 14,000 games.

Earl Boykins

Jim McIsaac

As the second shortest player in NBA history, Earl Boykins was a phenomenal point guard. During his time with the Nuggets, the 5 ft. 5 in. star became the shortest player ever to score over 30 points in a game.

Muggsy Bogues

Post and Courier

At 5 ft. 3 in., Muggsy Bogues is the shortest person in NBA history. The Baltimore native earned 6,858 points in his 14-year career.

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