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Top 5 Sub Six Foot Players In NBA History
Friday , Mar , 22 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Sub Six Foot Players In NBA History

Eazy-E once said, "Bruthas my height don't fight", and, some guys his height shot jumpers and dominated the NBA.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: As Shaq famously said, "No one roots for Goliath."

People love the underdog, particularly an underdog who can hold his own and make you forget he could possibly even be regarded as such.

Muggsy Bogues, 5-3

To think a 5-3 player could even play in the NBA is amazing, but not only to play, but to be a starter and one of the most effective guards in the NBA for years. A thirteen year pro, Bogues finished in the top four or better in assists in five seasons and ranks 17th in NBA in total assists. One of the quickest NBA players ever, Bogues also finished in the top ten in steals in three separet seasons. 

Spud Webb, 5-7

After all these years of watching the highlghts, it still cracks me up to see Spud Webb's tiny body assaulting the rim the way he did in those old dunk contests, when they actually mattered. Because at 5-7 it was impresive to see him dunk, let alone throw it down with authority. But he wasn't just a dunker, Spud was a consistent scorer averaging 11.6+ppg for five straight seasons, culminating with a career high 16.0 ppg in 1991-92 and leading the league in free throw percentage in 1994-95. For his career, Webb averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.3 apg.

Calvin Murphy, 5-9

Murphy left his mark as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, setting NBA records for consecutive free throws made and highest percentage ever at various points in his career. Even without the three-pointer for the majority of his career, Murphy averaged 30.0+ppg in all but two of his 13 NBA seasons and in seven of those seasons averaged five or more assists per game. His career free throw percentage of .892% is seventh in NBA history.

Damon Stoudamire, 5-9

Stoudamire was the quickest basketball player I have ever seen in person in my life. And to see a guy under six feet tall take over a game is a remarkable sight. The thing that offset his quickness so well, was his ability to hit the outside shot (career .35% from three), with his singular southpaw style. For being such a pure scorer, he passed the ball with equal effectiveness, averaging 6.5 apg or more in seven of his first 11 seasons and 6.1 for his career. And, the Mighty Mouse tat inspied a million imitators, inclding my friend Chase Belmont- what up playa?

Michael Adams, 5-10

Adams' career like his playing style was a blur. The perfect point guard for the high scoring Nuggets teams of the late 80's and 90's that played defense only as a way to get back on offense quicker, he led the NBA in three point attempts for four seasons in a row, also leading in three pointer made in two of those four. The true personification of a gunner, he averaged a career high 26.5 ppg in 1990-91 while also dishing out 10.5 apg. Adams could hit from anywhere and never met a shot he didn't take.

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Best “Short” NBA Player Ever?
Thursday , Aug , 04 , 2011 Paul Eide

Best “Short” NBA Player Ever?

 

What I mean by short is any player six feet or under. A couple of week ago I wrote an article about some of the tallest NBA players ever. So it got me thinking; who was the most impactful six foot tall or shorter player in NBA history? Here are the first five guys that came to mind:

 

Muggsy Bogues, 5-3

To think a 5-3 inch player could even play in the NBA is remarkable. Not only play in the NBA, but on top of that be a starter and one of the most effective guards in the NBA for several years. Who got the most out of his height or lack thereof? A thirteen year pro, Bogues finished in the top four or better in assists in five season and ranks 17th in NBA history in total assists. One of the quickest NBA players ever, he also finished in the top ten in steals three separate seasons.

 

Damon Stoudamire, 5-9

Stoudamire was the quickest basketball player I have ever seen in person in my life. And to see a guy under six feet tall take over a game is remarkable. The thing that offset Stoudamire’s quickness so well was his ability to shoot and consistently hit from the outside, keeping opponents off balance. For being such a pure scorer, he distributed the rock exceptionally well, averaging 6.5 asp or more in seven of his first 11 seasons.

 

Spud Webb, 5-7

After all these years of watching the highlights, it still cracks me p to see Spud Webb’s tiny body assaulting the rim the way he did in those old dunk contests. Because at 5-7, it was just impressive to see him dunk, let alone throw it down with authority that rivaled the power of Dominique Wilkins. But he wasn’t just a marketing ploy. Spud was a consistent scorer as well, averaging 11.6 ppg for five straight seasons, culminating with a career high 16.0 ppg in 91-92, and leading the league in free throw percentage (.934%) in 94-95. For his career he averaged 9.9 ppg and a surprising 5.3 apg.

 

Calvin Murphy, 5-9

Murphy left his mark as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, setting NBA records for consecutive free throws made and highest percentage ever at various points in his career. Even without the aid of the three pointer for the majority of his career, Murphy averaged 20.0+ ppg in all but two of his 13 NBA seasons, and in seven of those seasons averaged five or more assists per game. His career free throw average of .892% is seventh in NBA history.

 

Michael Adams, 5-10

Michael Adams’ career, like his playing style, was a blur. He was the perfect point guard for the Denver Nuggets teams of the late 80’s and early 90’s leading the NBA in three point attempts four straight years, leading the league in made attempts in two of those years. He averaged a career high 26.5 ppg in 90-91 (along with 10.5 apg) and scored at least 12.1 ppg in seven of his 11 seasons. He was an exciting player to watch who could and would hoist it from anywhere.

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No ‘different’: Bosh treated Toronto like Carter, McGrady, and Stoudamire

Bosh, who left for the Heat earlier this month, responded to allegations made by Colangelo on Toronto radio station FAN 590 that claimed the All-Star was "checked out" late last season and chose not to play some of the Raptors' final games.

"I play this game as hard as I can every time I step on the court," Bosh said. "On the back of my jersey it says 'Bosh' ... The Boshes are hard workers. We have a lot of pride in what we do, in our jobs and in life."

"Everybody thinks, 'Oh, he was gone as soon as the season was over,' " he said. "It was the hardest decision I ever had to make. As different as another country is, it was still home for me. I had been there for seven years."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: You'll forgive Toronto Raptor fans for rolling their eyes after reading Chris Bosh's latest comments.

Bosh tried to clarify a few things in an interview with ESPN: he denied GM Bryan Colangelo's claim he went Vince Carter on the Raptors and quit; he also denied accusations he was always going to leave as a free agent; and, most importantly, he swears nothing was meant by calling Toronto 'different'.

The power forward told ESPN he, like Toronto, was 'different'.  How could that be bad, right?

Raptor-nation will agree Bosh is 'different'. The tune he's now singing is indeed 'different' than the mood and attitude he projected in late June and early July.

A month ago, Bosh – like a kid on Christmas Eve - couldn't wait for free agency. He had no reservations, concerns, or second thoughts about ditching Toronto to join free agent buddies LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in a big American market.

For instance, his constant tweets, documentary film making aspirations, and regular television appearances with Wade and then James rubbed salt in a stinging wound for Raptor fans.

Only after his signing, only after the smoke had cleared and the backlash had begun, did Bosh reach out to the city that embraced him for seven years.

The most disappointing part is that Bosh was supposed to be 'different'. He was supposed to be 'different' than superstars Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, and Damon Stoudamire, who crapped on Toronto when leaving.

In the end, Bosh wasn't different'.  Sure, his words were 'different' than the tone VC, T-Mac, and Stoudamire struck when exiting, but his actions were, unfortunately, the same.

Aren't actions, not words, what really matter? Aren't actions what people should be judged by?
 
So forgive Raptor-nation for rightfully rolling their eyes at Bosh.

--Oly Sandor.

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