The Top Three NBA Players of All Time Who Were Under Six-Feet Tall
A lot of the time myth can become a reality and, in the NBA, the story of David and Goliath is very much a common occurrence. One of the fundamental attributes of a basketball player is to be tall; however, this doesn't always need to be the case. The following three players are personifications of how not being the tallest on the court doesn't mean you can't still make waves in the game. These are the top three NBA players who managed to make a name for themselves in the sport at under six-foot tall.
Coming in at 5 feet 3 inches, Tyrone Bogues is the shortest player to ever take to the court in the NBA. He had a prolific career with four different teams, including the Charlotte Hornets. This height difference was captured on many occasions such as with the famous photo of him standing next to 7 foot 7 Manute Bol. Unfortunately, his former side have regressed since then as they are currently priced at +12500 in the basketball betting to win the NBA Championship. However, finishing in the playoff spots does seem like a realistic goal.
Anyone judging purely on objectivity would likely see Bogues and write him off as a liability, but the fact remains, he is one of the best players to play during the Jordan-owned Hornets franchise. He holds the crown as Charlotte's all-time leader in minutes played, assists and steals, with one of his top career performances taking place against the Detroit Pistons in 1992 where he scored 18 points, 17 assists and 5 rebounds.
Not much taller than Bogues, the 5 foot 5 Earl Boykins was also a force to be reckoned with on the court. He once set a record in 2004 when the Denver Nuggets faced the Detroit Pistons as he became the shortest player in NBA history to drop 30 points in a single game. Despite dislocating his middle finger in the first quarter of the game, Boykins managed to score 32 points and solidify himself as a legend in the sport.
The tallest on this list, the 5 feet 9 Nate Robinson had a great career in the sport with one of his top performances taking place in 2009 during which he scored 41 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists against the Indiana Pacers. He has also won the NBA Slam Dunk contest on 3 separate occasions (2006, 2009 and 2010). He played for 8 teams throughout his career as he showed off his leaping ability with every single opportunity that presented itself, dunking on the 7 foot 1 Shaquille O'Neal in practice. He also managed to block the 7 foot 6 Yao Ming on another occasion. He hasn't played in the NBA since 2015 but continues to grace our screens as he recently appeared in the movie Uncle Drew.
Size Isn't Everything
These players highlight incredibly well how people are able to overcome the odds and make it in basketball, a game where height is seen as a necessity. Robinson, Boykins and Bogues all personify how nothing will ever come above genuine skill.