A point guard may, on average, be the smallest player on a basketball team, but the National Basketball Association hardly means an “average” height in the position’s description. The average player height in the 2007-2008 season was well over 6 feet tall. Being short is unusual for any player. In college basketball, the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award is awarded to a player who proves they can preform in spite of their shorter-than-average stature.
The following nine men are all 5 feet, 7 inches or shorter and played point guard for an NBA or ABA team sometime between 1946 and the present day.
9. Monte Towe
Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
Date of birth: September 27, 1953
Team: 1975-1977 Denver Nuggets
Towe’s coaching career has lasted much longer than his NBA stint did. He played two seasons with the Denver Nuggets before trading his playing position for a coaching job. Since leaving the Nuggets, Towe has been an assistant coach at North Carolina State (twice), the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina Asheville, and the coach for the University of New Orleans and Santa Fe Community College. He is currently an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State University.