When you think of the league where size is probably the most important, you think of the NBA. In fact, the average height of an NBA player is around 6’7/6’8, which is taller than over 99% of the population. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some people around as tall as you and I (or shorter) that took the NBA by storm and proved that being tall isn’t needed to be successful.
1. Calvin Murphy
Of all of the talented little guys to play in the NBA, Murphy is the shortest to ever become a Hall of Famer and the shortest NBA All Star in history. Standing at a miniscule 5’9, Murphy was almost always the smallest guy on the court. Despite his small stature, his heart, determination and grittiness were undeniable. He has career averages of over 17 points a game and 4 assists a game, which are very impressive for a guy of his size in a league of giants.
2. Allen Iverson
While he is not as short as the other two men on this list, Iverson definitely deserves a mention in an article like this. Allen Iverson is without a doubt one of the most popular and legendary players in NBA history with numerous different accolades. Standing at a listed 6 feet (though he was believed to be quite a bit shorter), Iverson was one of the most prolific scorers in history. He was also probably among the toughest pound for pound players in history and wouldn’t back down from anyone when he was driving the lane.
3. Muggsy Bogues
Bogues has the rare distinction of being the shortest player in NBA history as he only stood 5’3, which is well over a foot shorter than the average height. While many thought his size would hinder him, it really didn’t as much as you would think. He was an amazing passer, great on ball defender and always one of the fastest players on the floor. He was among the most popular players in history and his time with the Hornets were some of the most fun times in NBA history.