By Joseph Crevier @JosephMCrevier on August 23, 2014
Throughout history, NBA players have been recognized worldwide for their incredible height. In no other sport, are there such tall players and for that reason alone, NBA players are spotted much easier in large crowds of people. Looks can be hidden, but a glaring height difference cannot be masked. However, there have been a select few NBA players who can actually blend in with the crowd due to their rare shortness.
Nate Robinson originally made a name for himself when he won three slam dunk contests as a member of the New York Knicks. His bullish stature and insane level of play have been the main reasons for his long lasting staying power in the league. Robinson is now a highly valued member of the Denver Nuggets.
Although not as gifted athletically as Nate Robsinon, Isaiah Thomas has also evolved into a tremendous NBA player despite his height disadvantage. Thomas was a vital sixth man for the Sacramento Kings before signing a lucrative deal to serve as a potential replacement for Eric Bledsoe.
Sort of an unknown player, Charlie Criss' best years came playing for the Atlanta Hawks in the late 1970s. He was a career bench player who served as a solid rotation point guard.
In his six-year in the NBA, Greg Grant did not see the floor very often. He bounced around the league, ending up playing for more teams than years in the league. Now retired, Grant hosts a basketball academy in his hometown of Trenton, New Jersey.
Keith Jennings' time in the league was very limited due to many more opportunities to play in Europe. Three seasons with Golden State Warriors concluded averaging six points and three assists per game.
Another former New York Knick Wat Misaka, who only appeared in three games totaling just seven points. Surprisingly, those three games were historical as he was the first non-white NBA player ever to debut in a game.
Coming out of NC State as an NCAA Champion, Monte Towe had hopes of living a successful career in the NBA. Instead, Towe lasted a quick two years in the league before serving as a college basketball coach for the past 35 years.
Perhaps the most recognizable player included in this list is none other than Spud Webb. Webb's statistics were never eye-popping, but where he caught the attention of the nation was in the 1986 Slam Dunk Contest when he defeated Dominique Wilkins to win the title.
Anytime an undrafted player finds longevity in the NBA it is simply remarkable. When a 5-foot-5 undrafted player find staying power, it's absolutely incredible. Boykins played a successful thirteen NBA seasons, including one year when he averaged a career best 14 points and four assists per game.
The shortest and arguably the most successful of the short guys was Muggsy Bogues. Playing the majority of his career on a tough Charlotte Hornets, Bogues averaged 7.7 points and 7.4 assists per game. One particular stat that I found stunning was that in the 1993-94' season when Bogues played 77 games, he averaged four rebounds per game as the shortest NBA player of all-time. He also ranks 17th on the all-time assists list.
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