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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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Today In NBA History 1988: Michael Adams Makes 79 Threes
Tuesday , Jan , 29 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1988: Michael Adams Makes 79 Threes

25 years ago today, Michael Adams started going off from deep.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Trying to guard Adams was like trying to retrieve an Ipod from a 5 year old at bedtime.

Ok, so he didn't make all 79 in one game (which would smoke that dude from Grinnell College), but he did make at least one a game for 79 straight games. The streak started 25 years ago on 1/28/88 and lasted almost an entire NBA season, ending on 1/23/89.

Adams' strange, floating "push shot" from deep was a singular occurrence in the late 80's and early 90's. Here's this little guy around 5-10 with really high shorts on who was the smallest guy on the floor, but also the fastest. The strange set shot was the fastest way he could get the ball out of his hands. He also shot his free throws from the extreme right side of the key. Check out this clip (and don't forget to check out John Paxson's sweet moustache at 0:08.)

Another reason he was so successful as a scorer was his ability to pass. Adams was incredibly quick off the dribble, and you'd have to respect his range from everywhere on the floor which opened things up for his teammates. Playing under legendary purveyor of blazers and sport-coats Doug Moe, in 1990-91 Adams averaged 26.5 ppg, 10.5 apg and 2.2 spg while shooting nearly 90% from the line. Take a look at these highlights and tell me you don't get all moist:

Is there a puddle under your computer chair? Duh.

Adams wasn't afraid to chuck it, living his NBA life by the adage "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." He led the league in three point shots attempted for four straight years, leading the NBA in made three's in two of those years. Was that sentence as hard to read as it was to write? If it was, that's about what it was like to try and guard Michael Adams, SON. 

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Sunday , Nov , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Ron Artest on Michael Jordan: ‘He didn’t support us’

Metta World Peace says his childhood hero Michael Jordan left the NBA players high and dry in the never-ending lockout drama -- by forgetting he was once one of them ... and acting like every other stubborn owner. Jordan -- the Charlotte Bobcats' big cheese -- is among a group of NBA owners who are taking a hard line with the players in the lockout negotiations. According to MWP, the players don't hate His Airness ... they just feel like, "he didn't support us when we most needed him."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s fair criticism. Especially considering it came from a man who prefers Metta World Peace to his government name.

Ron Artest, who recently changed his name to Metta World Peace, believes Michael Jordan should have done far more to bridge the gap in CBA negotiations between players and owners.

Jordan, of course, was the superstar many current NBA players grew up watching and following. And Jordan, of course, was the reason many of them make the money they do today.

And Jordan, of course, was dedicated to the Players Union, once telling former Washington owner Abe Pollin he should sell the Wizards if couldn’t make a profit.

That’s a distant memory.

The same Jordan is now a Hawk. He owns the small market Charlotte Bobcats. More than any owner, he’s pushing to destroy the Players Union in negotiations.

Winning isn’t enough. He wants total victory; to destroy the same Players Union he benefited from by 50 points.

For instance, Jordan wants the owners to have a 53% share of Basketball Related Income and won’t concede on system issues like a hard-cap.

Instead of using his unique experiences to bring players and owners together, Jordan’s stinginess, hypocrisy, and hard-line approach is driving the two sides apart.

Once again, The Greatest of all Time is showing his true colours. And current players aren`t impressed with what they`re seeing.

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Most Underrated 1980s NBA Player. Vol. 1
Friday , Aug , 05 , 2011 J.N.

Most Underrated 1980s NBA Player. Vol. 1

It’s easy to discuss overrated players for some odd reason without insulting the players’ fan base. Underrated resembles a debate. What does “underrated” mean in this realm? Someone who makes the All Star game, but he doesn’t go in as a starter. These guys do not make first All NBA teams. They usually go through most of their careers without winning any championships (before getting rings late in their career) and barely get recognition. These underrated players are good putting up gaudy numbers as proof. One more thing – they’re not considered Hall of Famers.

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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.