Top 10 Shortest NBA Players of All Time

10. Charlie Criss

Charlie Cri

Next is former NBA player Charlie Criss. He joined the Hawks in 1977. Criss debuted in 1975 with Scranton Apollos. New Mexico State was his college team. He was undrafted in 1970. Criss also played for the Clippers and Bucks. NBA career averages: 8.5 points, 3.2 assists.

09. Monte Towe

Monte Towe

Monte Towe is the ninth-shortest NBA player at 1.73 meters (5 feet 7 inches). He played for NC State. Towe was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1975. In 1975, he was picked in the third round by the Denver Nuggets. Towe retired and became a coach. He started coaching at NC State in 1978.

08. Wataru Misaka

Wataru Misaka

Next, basketball player Wataru Misaka. He was the NBA's first Asian-American player (formerly known as BAA.) Misaka played basketball at Utah. The Knicks drafted him 61st overall in 1947's seventh round. Misaka broke basketball's color barrier. He played three games with the Knicks in 1947-48.

07. Red Klotz

Red Klotz

Red Klotz is the 7th shortest NBA player. He was the oldest NBA champion, born on October 21, 1920. Koltz attended Villanova on a basketball scholarship. After World War II, he joined the army. Koltz joined the Philadelphia Spha in 1942. He won the 1948 BAA championship with the Baltimore Bullets.

06. Keith Jennings

Keith Jennings

Keith Jennings is the sixth-shortest NBA player. 1991-2004 was his working years. Jennings played at ETSU. He was undrafted in 1991. In 1991, he joined the Jacksonville Hooters. Keith Jennings is the sixth-shortest NBA player. 1991-2004 was his working years.

05. Greg Grant

Greg Grant

Greg Grant played from 1989 to 1998. Point guard born on August 29, 1966. Grant led Division III in scoring in 1989 at TCNJ. Phoenix Suns picked him 52nd overall in the 1989 NBA Draft. Grant played for the Knicks, Hornets, 76ers, Nuggets, etc. He played professionally outside NBA.

04. Spud Webb

Spud Webb

Former NBA player Spud Webb is ranked fourth shortest. Despite being short, he won a Slam Dunk Contest.  Webb joined the Rhode Island Gulls of the USBL in 1985. Detroit Pistons picked him 87th overall in the 1985 NBA Draft. Webb joined the Atlanta Hawks in 1985. He played for Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Orlando Magic.

03. Mel Hirsch

Mel Hirsch

Mel Hirsch is the third-shortest NBA player. He was the NBA's shortest player for more than 40 years until Muggsy Bogues passed him. Hirsch excelled at Brooklyn College. After graduating in 1943, he joined the Army Air Corps and played basketball for his squadron.

02. Earl Boykins

Earl Boykins

Earl Boykins, at 1.67 meters, is the second-shortest NBA player (5 feet 5 inches). His career extended 1998 to 2012. Boykins went undrafted in 1998. In 1998, he joined Rockford Lighting. He joined the Nets in 1999. Boykins played for the Cavaliers, Magic, Clippers, Warriors, Nuggets, Bucks, Wizards, and Rockets.

01. Muggsy Bogues

Muggsy Bogues

NBA's shortest player was Muggsy Bogues. 1.60m tall, he's the shortest player (5 feet 3 inches). His career ran 1987-2001. Bogues played basketball at Wake Forest. In 1987, he joined the Rhode Islands Gulls of the USBL. The Washington Bullets chose Bogues 12th overall in 1987.