Read about the shortest NBA players in history and find out which player holds the record for the shortest time spent on the court.
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Muggsy Bogues was born Tyrone Curtis Bogues on January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland. Bogues was always one of the shortest players on his basketball teams growing up. He was just 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 meters) tall in high school and barely 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 meters) when he started playing for Wake Forest University. Bogues was drafted into the NBA by the Charlotte Hornets in 1987 and went on to play for several other teams during his 14-year career. He retired from the NBA in 2001. At just 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 meters), Bogues is the shortest player ever to play in the NBA.
Earl Joseph Boykins II is an American former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing at 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m), he was one of the shortest players ever to play in the NBA, along with Muggsy Bogues and Tyrone Bogues. EarlBoykins
Spud Webb was the shortest player in NBA history, standing at just 5’7″. He had an incredible career despite his height, winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 1986 and playing in the NBA All-Star Game in 1987.
Tyrone Bogues was the shortest player in the NBA for twelve years, from 1987 until 1998. He is also one of only four players in NBA history to play at least ten seasons without ever being taller than 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m). The other three players are Calvin Murphy, Earl Boykins, and Mel Hirsch.
Bogues was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Dunbar High School, where he was a Parade All-American basketball player. He then attended Wake Forest University, where he played for the Demon Deacons from 1984 to 1987. Bogues was drafted by the Washington Bullets (now the Wizards) with the 12th pick of the 1987 NBA draft. He played for the Bullets/Wizards from 1987 to 1988, and then for the Charlotte Hornets from 1988 to 1998. Bogues retired from professional basketball in 2001.
At 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m), Bogues is one of the shortest players ever to play in the NBA. He is also one of only four players in NBA history to play at least ten seasons without ever being taller than 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m). The other three players are Calvin Murphy, Earl Boykins, and Mel Hirsch.
Calvin Murphy is the shortest player in NBA history. He played for the Houston Rockets from 1970 to 1983. Murphy was 5’9” tall and weighed in at 161 pounds. He was drafted by the Rockets in the second round of the 1970 NBA draft.
Standing at just 5’5″, Mel Hirsch was the shortest player in NBA history. He played for the Indianapolis Olympians during the 1950-1951 season but only managed to get on the court for two minutes, making him one of the least effective players in NBA history.
Nate Robinson is the shortest player in the NBA. He is 5’9” tall. Robinson was born on May 31, 1984, in Seattle, Washington. He played basketball for the University of Washington and was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2005. Robinson has also played for the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, and New Orleans Pelicans.
At 6’5″, San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan is not the shortest player in NBA history, but he is tied with Calvin Murphy for the shortest player to ever win an MVP award. Duncan, who was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, began playing basketball at a young age and went on to attend Wake Forest University, where he helped lead the team to an NCAA Championship in 1995. He was drafted by the Spurs in 1997 and quickly became one of the league’s top players, winning Rookie of the Year honors and leading the team to their first NBA title in 1999. He would go on to win four more NBA titles with the Spurs, becoming one of the most decorated players in league history.
Former NBA star Charles Barkley was one of the shortest players in the league during his time, standing at just 6’6”. Barkley was able to make up for his lack of height with his incredible strength and agility, which helped him become one of the best rebounders in NBA history. Although he was never able to win a championship, Barkley was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Magic Johnson was the shortest NBA player ever. He was only five feet tall. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships.