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

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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 (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 ...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 (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball point guard. Webb, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), is known for ...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 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 ...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 (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) ...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 (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 ...more
6
Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Earl Boykins

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 ...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 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 ...more
9
Kay Felder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Kay Felder

5 ft 9 in 

10
Keith Jennings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

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).
11
Charlie Criss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

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 ...more
12
Wataru Misaka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Wataru Misaka

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 ...more
13
Herm Klotz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Herm Klotz

5 ft 7 in 

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 (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
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 (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 ...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 (born March 17, 1942) is an American former professional basketball player. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Somerset attended Farrell High School in Farrell, Pennsylvania and ...more
17
Angelo Musi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Angelo Musi

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 ...more
18
Dino Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Dino Martin

5 ft 8 in 

19
Ralph O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Ralph O'Brien

5 ft 9 in 

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

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 ...more
21
Howie Carl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked
Howie Carl

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
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 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) ...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