The NBA has gained a lot of fans over the years due to their athletic and impressive dunks, their flashy plays and outstanding games and players, being one of the most entertaining sports on the face of the earth, and the popularity doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon, winning more and more fans over as years go by.
But of course, of all that’s been said before, the dunks are the ultimate fan favorites, as nobody can even believe these superhumans are able to contour their bodies in such amazing ways to keep fans off their seats on a nightly basis.
Needless to say, some players have a much easier time dunking than others due to their height and athleticism, but over the course of the years, some “tiny” players have also managed to slam dunk the basketball. Today, we’ll take a look at the top 10 shortest players to ever dunk in an NBA game.
Honorable Mention: Eric Bledsoe
When you think about the Clippers, you definitely think of some breathtaking, impressive dunks, but we’re pretty sure you don’t think about Eric Bledsoe. Still, during his stint with the Clippers before making a move to the Suns, Bledsoe was a great dunker at just 6’1, leaving a lot of highlights in the few minutes he was actually able to play inside Staples.
10. Chris Paul 6 ft
At six feet, CP3 will go down as one of the greatest players in NBA history and one of the ultimate point guards and passers. Still, the only thing that his offensive repertoire lacks is dunking, as he leaves that for taller guys like DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin in Lob City, but he’s also dunked a couple of times in blowout wins for the Clippers.
9. Will Bynum 6 ft
Also at 6 feet, Will Bynum has made a career out of some impressive and athletic dunks with his great leaping ability, although they’ve mostly been in fast breaks against no opposition, as the tweener would have a really hard time jumping over big defenders, but he’s still pretty exciting to watch when he decides to take off.
8. T.J. Ford 6 ft
Another 6 footer makes our list, as the former Buck, Raptor, Spur and Pacer also dunked the ball a lot during his prime, although he was never much of a great player to watch, averaging just over 11.2 points and 5.8 assists through 8 years in the association.
7. Allen Iverson 6 ft
Oh my god, Iverson was just completely stunning despite his height (also 6 feet), being one of the most athletic and impressive players this sport has ever seen, dunking on missed free throws and against every single guy that dared to try and stop him.
6. Jose Juan Barea 6 ft
The Puerto Rican point guard has been known more for his strength, fast pace and his three-point shooting, being a streaky scorer that can provide a lot of fire off the bench. Still, the veteran 6 footer has also managed to dunk, but mostly during warmups.
5. Jonny Flynn 6 ft
Flynn was one of the greatest flops in NBA history, only lasting for 3 full seasons with averages of just over 9 points and 3 assists per contest. Nevertheless, the 6 feet tweener point guard out of Syracuse left behind a couple of fast break dunks, pretty much the highlights of his failed career.
4. Ty Lawson 5 ft 11 in
At 5’11, there were a lot of doubts about Lawson’s possible success in the NBA, but it was his behavior and not his physique that made his career stall and takes a huge leap backward. Still, the former Denver Nugget is a very athletic and fast guy, and he thrived to attack the rim and dunk during his first years in the association.
3. Nate Robinson 5 ft 9 in
We can’t leave Nate the Great off of this list, as the Kryptonite even won the Slam Dunk contest 3 freaking times despite being just 5’9, constantly attacking the rim and taking off with his huge hops, either to dunk the ball or to even block bigger guys (we’re talking about you, LeBron).
2. Isaiah Thomas 5 ft 9 in
Isaiah Thomas has been great this season, destroying opponents with 28.9 points per game and he become King of the 4th Quarter, but we couldn't find that his dunks in the game. We only found during the warmups. Check it out.
1. Spud Webb 5 ft 7 in
And the shortest guy on this list is obviously Spud, who constantly took flight against giant guys despite being just 5’7, being helped by his really long arms and leaping ability, as well as his great speed to attack the basket during breakaways.