NBA

20 Star Basketball Players Under Six Feet Tall

Darren - August 31, 2020
NBA

20 Star Basketball Players Under Six Feet Tall

Darren - August 31, 2020

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5. Calvin Murphy

Hall of Famer Murphy is one of the best short players of all-time. With his glorious nickname, the ‘Pocket Rocket’ was always going to steal fans’ imaginations. Bizarrely, basketball wasn’t even his first sport. Murphy was a successful baton twirler, even winning three State Championships.

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But his basketball career was a brilliant one. The Houston Rockets even retired his shirt after he left because he was so good for them. After 13 years in Texas, he retired as a legendary figure and one of the most loved players in the NBA. Finally, he moved into broadcasting and still works for the Rockets’ network.

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4. Kemba Walker

One of those players the NBA likes to pretend is a six-footer, Walker comes in at less than that with his shoes off. But the Boston Celtics’ star is still a great player as he proved over and over again for the Hornets. An All-Star for four years in a row, there’s a reason the Celtics wanted him.

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One of the highlights of his debut season in green-and-white was a scintillating display against LeBron James’s LA Lakers. He’s a point guard with a shoot-first mentality because of his smaller frame. When you’re short you have to turn your physical disadvantages into advantages, and that’s what he does.

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3. Avery Johnson

At 5’10”, Johnson was short in stature. But this didn’t mean he wasn’t effective. A champion with the San Antonio Spurs, he had a brilliant NBA career. Furthermore, he guaranteed his legendary status in San Antonio by scoring the winning points over the New York Knicks that year.

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Nicknamed the ‘Little General’ because of his height, Johnson was a very dynamic player. Meanwhile, Johnson moved into coaching after retiring from playing. He was also the NBA Coach of the Year in 2006 with the Dallas Mavericks. This man lives and breathes basketball.

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2. Chris Paul

The NBA Draft Combine listed Paul as standing at 5″11″. However, he managed to connive his official listings as a six-footer. It’s strange that players hide their shorter stature because the reality is that it would only enhance their legendary status, which Paul already has.

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A 10-time All-Star, Paul currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, he spent the majority of his career between the New Orleans Hornets and the LA Clippers. Furthermore, he is one of the best point guards in the history of the NBA. Not bad for somebody who can’t admit their real height.

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1. Allen Iverson

Yes, official lists have Iverson down as six-foot tall. But let’s be real, that’s simply isn’t true. Measurements taken when Iverson wasn’t wearing shoes prove that he’s definitely shorter than this. However, that should take nothing away from his capabilities as a player. If anything it makes his achievements even more impressive.

Allen Iverson
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A star in Philadelphia, Iverson spent 11 seasons in the “City of Brotherly Love” with the 76ers. He also became an 11-time All-Star during his time in the NBA. Furthermore, he was the 2001 league MVP and a two-time All-Star game MVP.  The Answer is the definition of a star short player.

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