9 Shortest NBA Point Guards of All Time

A point guard, even one of the greatest of all time, may be the smallest player on a basketball team, but the National Basketball Association hardly means an “average” height in the position’s description. The average player height in the 2007-2008 season (and onward) was well over 6 feet tall. Being short is unusual for any player. In college basketball, the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award is awarded to a player who proves they can preform in spite of their shorter-than-average stature.

The following nine men are all 5 feet, 7 inches or shorter and played point guard for an NBA or ABA team sometime between 1946 and the present day.

9. Monte Towe

Head coach Monte Towe of the New Orleans Privateers questions a call during action against the the Kansas Jawhawks at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas on December 29, 2005. Kansas won 73-56.

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Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
Date of birth: September 27, 1953
Team: 1975-1977 Denver Nuggets

Towe’s coaching career has lasted much longer than his NBA stint did. He played two seasons with the Denver Nuggets before trading his playing position for a coaching job. Since leaving the Nuggets, Towe has been an assistant coach at North Carolina State (twice), the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina Asheville, and the coach for the University of New Orleans and Santa Fe Community College. He is currently an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State University.

8. Wataru “Wat” Misaka

Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
Date of birth: December 21, 1923
Team: 1947-1948 New York Knicks

Misaka may have only played three games for the New York Knicks in 1947, but he leaves behind a greater legacy than his height. Misaka, a Japanese American, became the first professional basketball player of Asian descent when he went to the Knicks as a first-round draft pick. He scored 7 points in his three games and then turned down an invitation from the Harlem Globetrotters to return to school for a degree in engineering. Misaka is not sure why the Knicks let him go.