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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

5 ft 3 in 

Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues is an American retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the United Faith Christian Academy boys' basketball team. The shortest ...more
2
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 7 in 

Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb is a retired American NBA professional basketball point guard. Webb is notable for winning a slam dunk contest despite being one of the shortest players in ...more
3
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 9 in 

Nathaniel Cornelius "Nate" Robinson is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. Born in Seattle, ...more
4
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 9 in 

Isaiah Jamar Thomas is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) point guard played three years ...more
5
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 9 in 

 

Calvin Jerome Murphy is a retired American professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBA's San Diego/Houston Rockets from 1970-1983. He is a current member of the Houston ...more
6
Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 5 in 

Earl Antoine Boykins is an American former basketball player who played for twelve teams in fourteen professional seasons. Standing at 5 feet, 5 inches in height, he is the second shortest ...more
7
Mel Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Mel Hirsch

5 ft 6 in 

8
Greg Grant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 7 in 

Gregory Alan "Greg" Grant is a retired American professional basketball player. Growing up in a broken home, Grant worked in a fish market after high school. After being discovered at ...more
9
Keith Jennings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 7 in 

Keith Russell "Mister" Jennings is an American basketball coach who formerly played in the NBA. Jennings, a 5'7" point guard, attended East Tennessee State University for four ...more
10
Kay Felder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Kay Felder

5 ft 9 in 

11
Herm Klotz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Herm Klotz

5 ft 7 in 

12
Charlie Criss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 8 in 

Charles Washington Criss, Jr. is a former American professional basketball player born in Valhalla, New York. A 5'8" guard from New Mexico State University, Criss began his professional ...more
13
Wataru Misaka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 7 in 

Wataru "Wat" Misaka is a retired American professional basketball player. A 5'7" point guard, the Japanese American was the first player of Asian descent and the first ...more
14
Monte Towe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 7 in 

Monte Corwin Towe is an American basketball coach and retired player. Towe attended Oak Hill High School in Converse, Indiana. He was the starting point guard on North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA ...more
15
Yuta Tabuse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

5 ft 9 in 

Yuta Tabuse is a Japanese professional basketball player. A point guard, Tabuse is 1.75 metres and 75 kilograms. He is the first Japanese-born basketball player to play in the National ...more
16
Willie Somerset is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Willie Somerset

5 ft 8 in 

Willard F. Somerset is an American former professional basketball player. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Somerset attended Farrell High School in Farrell, Pennsylvania and later, Duquesne ...more
17
Ralph O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Ralph O'Brien

5 ft 9 in 

18
Angelo Musi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Angelo Musi

5 ft 9 in 

Angelo Musi, Jr. was an American professional basketball player. A 5'9" guard from Temple University, Musi played three seasons in the Basketball Association of America as a member of the ...more
19
Dino Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Dino Martin

5 ft 8 in 

20
Howie Carl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Howie Carl

5 ft 9 in 

Howard Hershey "Howie" Carl was an American basketball player. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he played collegiately for DePaul University. He was selected by the Chicago Packers in the ...more
21
Gene Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Gene Rock

5 ft 9 in 

Eugene "Gene" Rock was an American professional basketball player who played in the Professional Basketball League of America and the Basketball Association of America during the ...more
22
Charlie Hoefer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Charlie Hoefer

5 ft 9 in 

23
Lionel Malamed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Lionel Malamed

5 ft 9 in

Lionel Malamed was an American professional basketball player. A 5'9" guard from the City College of New York, Lionel played one season in the National Basketball Association as a member of ...more
24
Ed Melvin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Ed Melvin

5 ft 9 in