6. Muggsy Bogues
Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history at just 5’3. He was the 12th overall pick in 1987 and played 14 years in the league. The point guard was known for his quickness and athletic ability. He suited up for four different teams, including spending a decade with the Hornets.
Bogues played just three games in the 2000-01 season with the Toronto Raptors and was ready to hang up the sneakers in the 2001 offseason. He was dealt to the Knicks in February, and New York was eager to move as Bogues had three years left on his deal. Dallas acquired him in a three-team trade, but the 5’3 point guard never played for the Mavericks.
Mark Cuban could have bought out Muggsy Bogues’ contract, but he decided to pay him the full $3.6 million remaining through 2004. It was a fantastic parting gift for the shortest player in NBA history.
The 5’3 point guard was a joy to watch in his prime and a fan favorite. The Dallas Mavericks always had to admire him from afar, but the August 2001 trade that sent Howard Eisley to the New York Knicks brought Muggsy to Dallas. Bogues had nothing left in the tank, but he was still briefly a Maverick.