Top 5 Shortest NBA Players in History

Being great basketball player requires height and a lot of skill, but height is not always the greatest factor and the people on our list prove it. 

We present you with the list of the shortest NBA players in history, who all played, as you might have guessed it, the point guard position. Let’ begin with the top 5 list:

5. Keith Jennings – 5 ft 7 in (1.7 meters)

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Starting off our list is Keith Jennings who spent a short time in NBA, playing three seasons with the Golden State Warriors (1992-1995). He played in 164 games and averaged 6.6 points and 3.7 assists in 18.0 minutes per game.

4. Greg Grant – 5 ft 7 in (1.7 meters)

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At number four we have another player who was 5 ft 7 inches tall – Greg Grant. He was discovered at the local playground, and enrolled at Trenton in 1986. Three years later he was selected with the 52nd pick by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft. Currently, he runs a sports academy Trenton.

3. Melvin Hirsch – 5 ft 6 in (1.68 meters)

Melvin played professionally for the Boltson Celtics, but only for 13 games in the 1946-1947 season. He managed to accumulate 19 points and was credited with 10 assists.

2. Earl Boykins – 5 ft 5 in (1.65 meters)

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Standing at 5 feet 5 inches in height, he is the second shortest player in NBA history. Boykins was never drafted by an NBA team, but instead he was signed to short-term contracts by various teams.

He spent most of the time with was the Denver Nuggets, and most recently played for the Houston Rockets. Interesting fact about Boykins is that he weights only 133 pounds (60 kg), but he is able to bench press 315 pounds (143 kg).

1. Muggsy Bogues – 5 ft 3 in (1.58 meters)

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We’ve come to the end of our list, so it’s time to meet Muggsy Bogues, the shortest NBA player ever. He is only 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) tall. Despite his height he managed to have a successful career in the NBA and he was a great passer, ball-stealer, and one of the fastest players on the court.