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The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

List RulesVote 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. Then head over and check out some of the shortest players in the NFL.

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  • 1

    Muggsy Bogues

    564
    151

    5 ft 3 in 

    Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is a retired American basketball player. The shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association, the 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) Bogues  ...more

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  • 2

    Isaiah Thomas

    469
    149

    5 ft 9 in 

    Isaiah Jamar Thomas (born February 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) point  ...more
  • 3

    Spud Webb

    398
    119

    5 ft 7 in 

    Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball point guard. Webb, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), is known for winning a Slam  ...more

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  • 4

    Nate Robinson

    377
    120

    5 ft 9 in 

    Nathaniel Cornelius Robinson (born May 31, 1984) is an American professional basketball player. Born in Seattle, Robinson played college basketball for the University of Washington in Seattle and was  ...more

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  • 5

    5 ft 9 in 

     

    Calvin Jerome Murphy (born May 9, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBA's San Diego/Houston Rockets from 1970 to 1983, and is a current member  ...more
  • 6

    Earl Boykins

    175
    117

    5 ft 5 in 

    Earl Antoine Boykins (born June 2, 1976) is a former American professional basketball player. Standing at 5 feet, 5 inches in height, he is the second-shortest player in NBA history behind Muggsy  ...more
  • 7

    Mel Hirsch

    94
    127

    5 ft 6 in 

  • 8

    Greg Grant

    71
    103

    5 ft 7 in 

    Gregory Alan Grant (born August 29, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player. Growing up in a broken home, Grant worked in a fish market while in high school. After being discovered  ...more
  • 9

    Kay Felder

    65
    103

    5 ft 9 in 

  • 10

    5 ft 8 in 

    Charles Washington Criss, Jr. (born November 6, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player born in Valhalla, New York. A 5'8" guard from New Mexico State University, Criss began his  ...more
  • 11

    Keith Jennings

    51
    89

    5 ft 7 in 

    Keith Russell "Mister" Jennings (born November 2, 1968) is an American basketball coach, who formerly played professional in the National Basketball Association (NBA).  ...more
  • 12

    Herm Klotz

    46
    87

    5 ft 7 in 

  • 13

    Yuta Tabuse

    36
    73

    5 ft 9 in 

    Yuta Tabuse (田臥 勇太, Tabuse Yūta, born October 5, 1980) is a Japanese professional basketball player. A point guard, Tabuse is 1.75 metres (5 ft 9 in) and 75 kilograms (165 lb). He is currently with  ...more
  • 14

    Wataru Misaka

    45
    90

    5 ft 7 in 

    Wataru "Wat" Misaka (born December 21, 1923) is an American retired professional basketball player. A 5-foot-7-inch (1.70 m) point guard of Japanese descent, he was the first non-white player and the  ...more
  • 15

    Dino Martin

    26
    73

    5 ft 8 in 

  • 16

    Monte Towe

    31
    83

    5 ft 7 in 

    Monte Corwin Towe (born September 27, 1953) 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  ...more
  • 17

    Willie Somerset

    23
    71

    5 ft 8 in 

    Willard F. Somerset (born March 17, 1942) is an American former professional basketball player. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Somerset attended Farrell High School in Farrell, Pennsylvania and later,  ...more
  • 18

    Gene Rock

    21
    70

    5 ft 9 in 

    Eugene Rock (November 4, 1921 – October 31, 2002) was an American professional basketball player who played in the Professional Basketball League of America (PBLA) and the Basketball Association of  ...more
  • 19

    Angelo Musi

    18
    72

    5 ft 9 in 

    Angelo Musi, Jr. (July 25, 1918 – October 19, 2009) was an American professional basketball player. A 5'9" guard from Temple University, Musi played three seasons (1946–1949) in the Basketball  ...more
  • 20

    Ed Melvin

    15
    61

    5 ft 9 in

  • 21

    Charlie Hoefer

    15
    61

    5 ft 9 in 

  • 22

    Ralph O'Brien

    15
    63

    5 ft 9 in 

  • 23

    Lionel Malamed

    15
    67

    5 ft 9 in

    Lionel M. Malamed (November 15, 1924–September 17, 1989) was an American professional basketball player. A 5'9" guard from the City College of New York, Lionel played one season (1948–49) in the  ...more
  • 24

    Howie Carl

    13
    68

    5 ft 9 in 

    Howard Hershey Carl (June 7, 1938 – October 24, 2005) was an American basketball player. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he played collegiately for DePaul University. He was selected by the Chicago  ...more