In the era of modernization and technologies, there are still players who represent outdoor games both nationally as well as internationally. They are now successful in proving this that sometimes-having short height cannot really hide our dreams, aspirations and goals and talent that they have inculcated for years.
So here we shall talk about some of the shortest basketball players ever. Though this sounds quite unnatural because basketball is a sport associated with a proper height yet to prove this notion wrong, we have a series of players to talk about here:
List of top 10 Shortest Basketball Players of All Time –
He is a powerhouse of energy and the player to have played in the NBA. In 1977, 7years after he left college, his dreams came true through pure determination and perseverance. The 28 years old Criss became in the words of sports illustrated “the NBA’s smallest player and the oldest rookie” when he joined the Atlanta Hawks as a guard.
KEITH MISTER JENNINGS:
He could have easily looked at his height as a drawback but he did not look at it that way. He always felt that he played bigger than he was. After his playing career, he went on to become the coach of various schools and colleges. Currently, he is the assistant coach at Bluefield College in Bluefield.
He may be described as an underdog but finally, when he got his chance to play, he more than proved his worth. Fellow player David Thompson said this that he brought the attitude, that fight, that never says die to attitude to the team. He sped past the competition as if they were standing still and despite his height disadvantage, he was extraordinarily assured. He went on to relish an intensive work stint at a variety of various faculties associate degreed is presently an assistant coach at the center of Tennessee State University.
WATARU WAT MISAKA:
After college he played briefly as a point guard for the New York Knicks between 1947 and 1948, becoming the 1st Asian-American player to participate in the NBA, which was then called the Basketball Association of America in 1999. HE was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
LOUIS RED KLOTZ:
He is remembered for his vibrant red hair and this short height. Most famously, perhaps he put together the Washington Generals, who have competed in exhibition matches against the Harlem Globetrotters for more than 50years.
Like many of his virtually challenged NBA counterparts, he made up for his lack of height through sheer skill and energy. Drafted in 1989, he spent a year with Phoenix Suns before signing with the New York Knicks as a free agent in 1990. He is a spark plug, a guy who can come off the bench and get the crowd involved and change the flow of it.
ANTHONY SPUD WEBB:
Like the previous players of the list, he is also one of the short highlighted basketball players. He did not let this get into the way of his professional basketball career. Astonishingly the point guard played 814 games in the NBA managing the average 9.9 in a game.
Born July 31, 1921
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Although not much is known about the point guard Melvin Mel Hirsch what is certain is his short height and that he is the shortest player in the history of NBA. After a loss to Manhattan college in the last game of the season 1941 the New York Times wrote that if there had been 2 to 3 of him then the outcome might have been different. But then slowly his sheer will, confidence and hard work started to bring colors in his basketball career.
He started playing basketball when he was very young. He was so little that he had to learn to dribble using a tennis ball. Until he was 3, he was snuck into games and could easily fit into his father’s gym bag. Then now finally according to the NBA bio he can bench press up to 2 and a half times his own weight.
TYRONE MUGGSY BOGUES:
He gained his nickname from his neighborhood players as he was growing up. In the history of the NBA, he had to prove himself every single day and show the world that he can stand next to giants as an equal. When people say that he cannot do anything because he is short drives him further into achieving that no matter what. He is a spark on offense and a real pest on defense.
Basketball is a team sport in which 2 teams, most commonly of 5players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender’s hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop.
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