Basketball players in the NBA are typically big, powerful, and capable of having a significant influence on their teams. In the NBA, there have been athletes who are both very tall and very small over the years.
Who was the highest and shortest NBA star of all time? Let’s find out.
Gheorghe Muresan – Tallest NBA Player
Former professional basketball player Gheorghe Dumitru Mureşan, better known as “Ghiță,” was born on February 14, 1971, in Romania. He shares the record for the tallest NBA player ever with Manute Bol at 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m).
Mureşan was born in Cluj County, Romania. Despite the fact that his parents were both of normal height, he acquired his astounding height as a result of the pituitary gland disorder known as acromegaly.
Mureşan played basketball for Universitatea Cluj, where he earned the national championship in 1992.
Mureşan won the French division Cup and played officially for Pau-Orthez in the French division during the 1992–1993 season. He also quickly won over the hearts of the crowd.
Mureşan was chosen by the Washington Bullets in the 1993 NBA Draft. From 1993 to 2000, he played in the NBA. He showed early potential of having a great career, but injury ended it. The 1995–1996 season, when he averaged 14.5 points per game, was his best.
Mureşan was named the Most Improved Player in the 1995–96 NBA season after averaging 14.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.26 rejections, and a league-high 58.4 percent of his field goals being completed.
Muggsy Bogues – Shortest NBA Player
Born on January 9, 1965, Tyrone Curtis “Muggsy” Bogues is a retired American basketball player. He was the Shortest NBA player at 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) Bogues played point guard for four different clubs throughout the course of his 14-season NBA career.
In addition to the Charlotte Hornets, with whom he spent his first 10 NBA seasons, he also played for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Toronto Raptors.
Bogues placed in the top ten for thefts and the top seven for assists in three of those seasons (1989-1995).
In the NBA, he recorded 146 double-doubles. After his NBA tenure, he served as the team’s head coach for the WNBA’s now-defunct Charlotte Sting.
Bogues was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and reared in the Lafayette Court apartment buildings. His mother was 4 feet 11 inches (1.50 m) and his father was 5 feet 5 inches. (1.65 m). among his three brothers, the oldest.
In addition to David Robinson, Reggie Miller, Scottie Pippen, and Kevin Johnson in the 1987 NBA Draft, Bogues was chosen by the Washington Bullets with the twelfth overall choice. In his NBA debut on November 6, 1987, Bogues began and led the team in assists against the Atlanta Hawks at Omni Coliseum.