Not all the good basketball players are over 6 feet tall

You know the score.

Broad-shouldered, stoutly built guys are expected to play football. Tall, lanky guys are expected to play basketball.  If your body happens to stretch past six feet, you are likely being stocked by family members and school coaches.

If you’re the athlete who doesn’t have long legs- say you aren’t even close to being six feet tall- don’t think you aren’t allowed on the basketball court. History shows us here at the Basketball Goal Store that you don’t necessarily have to be the athlete who towers over everyone, you have to be the athlete with amazing skill and a heart for the game.

Here are a few examples for you:

  • Nate Robinson, guard for the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics, is the only player in NBA history to be named the Slam Dunk contest champion three times.  By the way, Robinson is 5’ 9” tall.
  • At 5’8”, Spud Webb of the Atlanta Hawks was the shortest player to win the dunk contest.
  • Muggsy Bogues, 5’3,” played for Wake Forest and Space Jam.
  • Calvin Murphy of the Houston Rockets was a scoring dynamo on the court. An incredible mix of skill, speed and strength earned Murphy the title of “Greatest Player Under Six Feet Tall” in NBA history. He is 5’ 9.

If you’re thinking basketball is off limits to you because of height, think again, just like Robinson, Webb, Bogues and Murphy did. You know if you love spending hours shooting hoops with friends and really practice drills like you are trying to wear out your Goalrilla Basketball Goal on your own (which won’t happen!), you have a chance to be a pro, too.

-Pat of the Basketball Goal Store Blog Team

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