NBA / Jul 19, 2013 / 11:45 am

The 20 Best NBA Players 6-2 And Under Of All Time

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson

In a league where size is everything, these guys are the outliers, the ones who overcame their shortcomings in the height department to still lead remarkable careers. Despite being overlooked for most of their upbringings, these players found a way to maximize their mass and bring other skills to table.

We at Dime feel it’s right to recognize everyone, even — especially rather — the little guys. When you can stand among giants even though you may looks like a typical civilian, it makes your accomplishments that much more impressive. Here’s our list of the best short players ever (6-2 and under)…

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[Eds. note: we had World B. Free here to start, but thankfully were reminded of a certain player named Starbury] Marbury gets a lot of hate for never winning much in the playoffs — in his career he won four playoff games… FOUR!… as the starting point guard — but still that can’t overshadow his impressive numbers. Until his career started to go downhill with the Knicks, Marbury was one of only two players in NBA history with career averages of 20 points and eight assists. The Big O was the other. He made two All-Star Games and two All-NBA Teams, and in the 2000-01 season with the Nets, Marbury averaged nearly 24 points per game.

19. MARK PRICE, 6-0
Price is known as one of the greatest free throw shooters ever (over 90 percent for his career), and is somewhat of a blueprint for Steve Nash. In 1992-93, he even made an All-NBA First Team, and for his career, he averaged 15 points and nearly seven assists. His best years came early in his career with Cleveland on a team that was as gifted offensively as any squad in the NBA.

18. RAJON RONDO, 6-1
Rondo is consistently talked about as one of the smartest players in the NBA, and it shows. The Celtics floor general is the best passer in the NBA and it’s probably not even close. Last year, despite playing in only 38 games, he averaged over 11 dimes a night, the third-straight year he’s done that. For his career, Rondo is averaging eight-plus assists per game. You could argue no one in the league raises their game higher once they get into the postseason. In the 2009 Playoffs, he was thisclose to averaging a ridiculous triple-double through 14 games, and in 2012, his playoff numbers looked like this: 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 11.9 assists per game.

17. TONY PARKER, 6-2
Up until this year, I think TP was underrated by just about everyone. Now, suddenly, everyone is calling him the best point guard in the league, even better than Chris Paul. Parker’s numbers could be even better, but he plays in a system that doesn’t allow it AND he’s content playing lower minutes with higher efficiency. Still, he’s averaged 17.1 points and 6.0 assists for his career, has won three championships while averaging over 19 a night in the playoffs, has made five All-Star Games and won a Finals MVP in 2007. He’s only just hitting his peak form now and Parker just turned 31 years old.

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  • Salah Malik

    the fact that this list doesn’t have Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf makes it completely useless. You guys are crazy

  • Sean Sweeney

    For a guy who had only four solid seasons, and never made an All-Star Game or All-NBA Team, I don’t think he did enough to make this list.

  • JAY

    Agree. Only two playoff appearances doesn’t help his argument. And when his Nuggets eliminated the top seed Sonics, it was Robert Pack leading the way, not Abdul-Rauf. A top 50 list, maybe, but not a top 20. I’d even rate Damon Stoudamire and Muggsy over him, but that’s just me.

  • Karol Tkacz

    CP3 should be higher

  • Strong

    Where is Spud Webb and Mugsy Bogues??

  • KING

    Isiah Thomas should be higher than John Stockton just because.

  • Dagger

    “The Celtics floor general is the best passer in the NBA and it’s probably not even close.”

    Not even close? Because of per-game assist numbers? That’s just a silly statement.

    On the other hand: congrats on switching to Disqus. I remember how vibrant these comment sections were before Dime moved to Facebook.


    A.I #1
    Zeke #2
    I don’t care about the rest

  • dmanjam

    Great article, thanks for the memories.

  • douglas blane

    A top 20 list and no Tim Hardaway? C’mon son

  • Stradio

    This is the most comments I’ve seen on a Dime article in quite a while. Hope it continues, the comments here used to be great.

  • Mopo

    Tony Parker – NBA Finals MVP
    No respect