Basketball is a sport that gives taller players the advantage. Yet, NBA players range vastly in height. It’s tough for short players to have the same impact as their taller counterparts because they don’t have an imposing frame to use as leverage. However, there are plenty of shorter players who establish their dominance through other means such as dribbling, shooting, and passing. It definitely helps to be tall, but great players can be found in all shapes and sizes.
7’3″ Kristaps Porzingis
The towering Latvian was booed big time on draft day by the Knicks faithful, only to win them over a few months later with a rookie campaign few expected. He’s incredibly mobile for a seven-footer and shoots better than most guards. At 22-years of age, Porzingis has immense potential and a bright future in the NBA.
7’2″ Alexis Ajinca
Perhaps the worst player on this list, Alexis Ajinca was put here by necessity rather than merit. He’s one of few NBA players who stands at his height. Ajinca has been a role player for the Pelicans since he signed there in 2013 and projects to be no more than that for the remainder of his career.
7’1″ Rudy Gobert
The French big man has emerged as one of the leagues best rim protectors, making him somewhat of a monster in the paint. He does everything from scoring at the rim, pulling down boards and blocking shots. With Gordon Hayward out of the picture, Gobert is the go-to guy in town, which should mean more stats across the board for a guy who averaged 14 points and 9.8 rebounds in 2017.
7’0″ Karl Anthony Towns
One of the leagues great young players, Karl Anthony Towns has managed to turn the Minnesota Timberwolves into a team worth watching. He’s incredibly smooth for a seven-footer. He can attack the rim and shoot off the dribble, something few people his size can do effectively. Not to mention, the man can shoot threes as well.