Tyrone Curtis “Muggsy” Bogues (born January 9, 1965) wins the title of the shortest NBA player of all time, at just 5 ft 3 in (1.60m).
Muggsy Bogues played point guard for four teams during his 14-season career in the National Basketball Association. Best known for his time with the Charlotte Hornets, he also played for the Washington Bullets, the Golden State Warriors, and the Toronto Raptors, and later served as head coach of the now-defunct WNBA team Charlotte Sting.
Bogues was drafted 12th overall in the 1987 NBA Draft out of Wake Forest by the Washington Bullets and reportedly had a 44-inch measured vertical leap, but his hands were too small to hold onto a ball to dunk one-handed.
He is the Hornets’ career leader in minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557), steals (1,067), turnovers (1,118), and assists per 48 minutes (13.5). Bogues held the Hornets’ single-game record of 19 assists, broken on November 6, 2007 by Chris Paul (another player from Wake Forest), who collected 21 assists.
The shortest NBA player ever has career averages on 7.7ppg, 7.6apg and 1.5spg. Not bad, huh?
He is the current head coach of the United Faith Christian Academy boys’ basketball team.