Porter Mayberry is 5’5” and possibly the shortest person to ever be able to dunk a basketball. Muggsy Bogues is 2” shorter than Mayberry, and Muggsy is reported to have been a dunker, but he never made a dunk while being taped or during an NBA competition.
Porter Mayberry was filmed dunking the ball, and he was considered to be one of the best slam dunkers in all of the world, not just the shortest. He was born on July 7, 1934 and he died on July 17, 2018.
Shortest Dunkers in NBA
1. Anthony Jerome Webb – AKA Spud Webb
See him dunk at Youtube
Spud Webb was born in Dallas, Texas, he attended Midland College and North Carolina State University. He began playing professionally with the Detroit Pistons in 1985.
See his top 10 plays at Youtube
Nate was from Seattle Washington. He was born on May 31, 1984, and he attended college at the University of Washington
3. Isaiah Jamar Thomas – AKA King in the Fourth and Pizza Guy
See him in action at Youtube
Isaiah is a Point and Shooting Guard. He stands 5’9” and weighs about 185lbs.
He was born in Tacoma, Washington on February 7, 1986.
Will Bynum was born on January 4, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois.
He went to high school at the Crane Technical Preparatory located in Chicago, and he attended college at the University of Arizona and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
See his 2015 highlights here:
Ty Lawson was also known as Twitter. He stands 5’11” and is a proficient basketball dunker. He was born on November 3, 1987 in Clinton, Maryland.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to dunk a basketball if you are short?
If you are short learning to dunk a basketball is going to require you to improve your vertical jump. You have to be able to get the highest possible vertical jump and that takes exercises and training. Strength training and muscle building exercises will help to improve your vertical jump.
What is the minimum height for dunking?
There is really not a minimum height. This completely depends on your ability to jump high enough to perform the dunk. If you are 6’1” it is easier for you to dunk than if you were 5’6” but the 5’6” player can dunk if they work at their technique.
Can a 5 4 person dunk?
Yes they can. Muggsy Boguese was less than 5’4 and he was capable of dunking. He never made a dunk during an official NBA game, but he did make dunks during practice sessions.
The shortest dunker may have been Muggsy Bogues. Muggsy stood only 5’3” and although he never dunked the ball during an NBA game, he was seen dunking the ball during a pre-game, and when he was in high school.
The one lesson we should all learn from these, shorter than average ball players, is to never stop pursuing our dreams. We may not be 7’ tall, but that does not mean we cannot dunk a basketball or dominate the score board.
If you have the desire to play this game, and you put in the effort to perfect your playing ability, then you can play no matter how tall you are.