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.

list ordered by

1
187 58
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors -

5 ft 3 in 

2
184 59
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics -

5 ft 9 in 

3
151 41
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic -

5 ft 7 in 

4
154 44
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder -

5 ft 9 in 

5
62 39
Calvin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets -

5 ft 9 in 

 

6
56 52
Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Charlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic -

5 ft 5 in 

7
24 35
Kay Felder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Kay Felder Cleveland Cavaliers -

5 ft 9 in 

8
31 49
Mel Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Mel Hirsch Boston Celtics -

5 ft 6 in 

9
26 44
Greg Grant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers -

5 ft 7 in 

10
16 34
Keith Jennings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Golden State Warriors -

5 ft 7 in 

11
13 34
Herm Klotz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Herm Klotz Baltimore Bullets -

5 ft 7 in 

12
13 35
Wataru Misaka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
New York Knicks -

5 ft 7 in 

13
12 33
Charlie Criss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Atlanta Hawks, San Diego Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks -

5 ft 8 in 

14
10 32
Dino Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Dino Martin Providence Steamrollers -

5 ft 8 in 

15
10 33
Monte Towe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Denver Nuggets -

5 ft 7 in 

16
6 27
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 

17
7 31
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 

18
7 31
Willie Somerset is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Willie Somerset Baltimore Bullets -

5 ft 8 in 

19
6 28
Gene Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Gene Rock Chicago Stags -

5 ft 9 in 

20
6 28
Yuta Tabuse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Phoenix Suns -

5 ft 9 in 

21
4 23
Ed Melvin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Ed Melvin

5 ft 9 in

22
5 27
Lionel Malamed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Lionel Malamed Indianapolis Jets, Rochester Royals -

5 ft 9 in

23
4 25
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 

24
2 21
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