Basketball The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the best NBA players who are shorter than 5'9".

We're ranking the shortest basketball players by how well they played in the NBA. Standing under 5 feet, 9 inches, the shortest NBA players ever are also some of the best NBA players of all time. Who are the greatest NBA small players of all-time? 

At 5 ft 3 in, former Charlotte Hornets point guard Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history. Despite his height, Bogues went on to become the Hornets' career leader in assists and steals. Other great NBA short players under 5 ft, 9 in. include Spud Webb, Isaiah Thomas, and Earl Boykins. 

Vote up the best NBA players who are shorter than 5 feet, 9 inches, and feel free to add any smaller basketball players missing from the list.

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Muggsy Bogues Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors - 5 ft 3 in 

2
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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Spud Webb Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic - 5 ft 7 in 

3
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Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Isaiah Thomas Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics - 5 ft 9 in 

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Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Nate Robinson New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder - 5 ft 9 in 

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Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Calvin Murphy Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets - 5 ft 9 in   

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Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Earl Boykins Charlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic - 5 ft 5 in 

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Mel Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Mel Hirsch Boston Celtics - 5 ft 6 in 

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Kay Felder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Kay Felder Cleveland Cavaliers - 5 ft 9 in 

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Greg Grant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Greg Grant Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers - 5 ft 7 in 

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Keith Jennings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Keith Jennings Golden State Warriors - 5 ft 7 in 

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Charlie Criss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Charlie Criss Atlanta Hawks, San Diego Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks - 5 ft 8 in 

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Wataru Misaka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Wataru Misaka New York Knicks - 5 ft 7 in 

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Herm Klotz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Herm Klotz Baltimore Bullets - 5 ft 7 in 

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Monte Towe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Monte Towe Denver Nuggets - 5 ft 7 in 

The Top Current NBA Players

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Dino Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Dino Martin Providence Steamrollers - 5 ft 8 in 

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Angelo Musi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Angelo Musi Philadelphia Warriors - 5 ft 9 in 

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Howie Carl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Howie Carl Chicago Packers - 5 ft 9 in 

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Gene Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Gene Rock Chicago Stags - 5 ft 9 in 

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Ed Melvin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Ed Melvin 5 ft 9 in

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Lionel Malamed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Lionel Malamed Indianapolis Jets, Rochester Royals - 5 ft 9 in

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Willie Somerset is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Willie Somerset Baltimore Bullets - 5 ft 8 in 

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Yuta Tabuse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Yuta Tabuse Phoenix Suns - 5 ft 9 in 

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Charlie Hoefer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Charlie Hoefer Toronto Huskies, Boston Celtics - 5 ft 9 in 

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Ralph O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Ralph O'Brien Indianapolis Olympians, Baltimore Bullets - 5 ft 9 in