Bogues in Delhi in 2011
January 9, 1965|
|Listed height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Listed weight||133 lb (60 kg)|
Paul Laurence Dunbar|
|College||Wake Forest (1983–1987)|
|NBA draft||1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Bullets|
|1987||Rhode Island Gulls (USBL)|
|1997–1999||Golden State Warriors|
|2005–2007||Charlotte Sting (WNBA)|
|2011–2014||United Faith Christian Academy|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||6,858 (7.7 ppg)|
|Assists||6,726 (7.6 apg)|
|Steals||1,369 (1.5 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is an American retired basketball player. The shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association, the 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) Bogues played point guard for four teams during his 14 season career in the NBA. He is best known for his ten seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, and also played for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Toronto Raptors. After his NBA career, he served as head coach of the now-defunct WNBA team Charlotte Sting.
Bogues was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in the Lafayette Court housing projects. He was raised by his mother after his father went to prison. He played at Dunbar High School in Baltimore, where he was coached by Bob Wade, later the head coach at the University of Maryland. He was a teammate of future NBA players David Wingate (graduating class ahead of him), Reggie Williams and Reggie Lewis (both in his graduating class). The 1981–82 Dunbar Poets finished the season at 29–0 during Bogues' junior season and finished 31–0 during his senior season, and were ranked first in the nation by USA Today.
He went on to play four years at Wake Forest University, averaging 11.3 points, 8.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game in his junior year. He followed with a senior campaign in which he averaged 14.8 points, 9.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. At the time of the end of his college career, he was the ACC career leader in steals and assists.
After a brief stint playing for the Rhode Island Gulls in the USBL, Bogues was drafted 12th overall in the 1987 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets, and was part of a talent-laden draft class that also included David Robinson, Reggie Miller, Scottie Pippen, and Kevin Johnson. In his rookie year, Bogues was a teammate of Manute Bol who stood 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) tall. They were the tallest and shortest players in NBA history at the time, with 28 inches (71 cm) difference between them. Bol and Bogues appeared on three magazine covers together.
Despite his height, Bogues managed to block 39 shots throughout his NBA span including one on 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) tall Patrick Ewing. This happened on April 14, 1993 in the first quarter when Ewing was pulling the ball back to go up for the shot and Bogues stripped him of the ball. Bogues reportedly had a 44-inch (110 cm) measured vertical leap, but his hands were too small to hold on to a ball to dunk one-handed. There have been rumors that in December 1990, Bogues dunked before the game, though this has never been confirmed.
The Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets were set to enter the NBA for the 1988–89 NBA season. Despite their weakness at the point guard, Bogues was left unprotected by the Bullets. On June 22, 1988 the Hornets selected him in the expansion draft. As Bogues settled in Charlotte, he established himself as an exceptional passer, a great stealer, and one of the fastest players on the court.
Bogues spent ten years in Charlotte as the Hornets, led by Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson, became one of the most popular teams in the NBA and a perennial playoff contender. Bogues was one of the most popular players in Hornets history, despite the fact that he never averaged more than 11.2 points per game in a season.
He is the Hornets' career leader in minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557), steals (1,067), turnovers (1,118), and assists per 48 minutes (13.5).
Two games into the 1997–98 NBA season, Bogues' career in Charlotte ended when he was traded, along with Tony Delk, to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for B. J. Armstrong. Bogues played two seasons with the Warriors, and then signed as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors, where he would eventually finish his career. Although he was later traded to both the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, he did not play a game for either team.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Career after the NBA
Since leaving the NBA, Bogues worked in the real estate business until August 3, 2005, when he was named head coach of the Charlotte Sting in the Women's National Basketball Association, despite a lack of coaching experience. (Notably, he was shorter than all of his players—at 5'6", Helen Darling was the shortest Sting player and still three inches taller than her coach.) Bogues led the Sting to a 14-30 record before the team folded in January 2007.
In 2011, he became the head coach of United Faith Christian Academy boys' high school basketball team in Charlotte, North Carolina after serving as an assistant to former head coach Shaun Wiseman. His autobiography, In the Land of Giants, recounts the struggles of growing up in inner-city Baltimore and achieving success in the NBA.
Television and movie appearances
Bogues appeared in the movie Space Jam, as one of five NBA players (along with Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Larry Johnson, and Patrick Ewing) whose playing ability is stolen by the villainous Monstars.
He had a cameo appearance in the movie Juwanna Mann.
Bogues made a cameo appearance in TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm playing himself, sharing a restroom with Larry David and Richard Lewis and nearly having an altercation with David after catching them looking at his penis while urinating.
In 1996, Bogues had a film cameo at the end of Eddie in which Whoopi Goldberg's character flirts with him. He then walks out onto the court to support her character preventing Wild Bill from moving the Knicks.
- List of shortest players in National Basketball Association history
- List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders
- Muggsy Bogues Profile. July 16, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- "Muggsy Bogues". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- "Dunbar High: Brick House". SLAM Online. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- 1986 USA Basketball Archived August 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Muggsy Bogues Dunk : Did It Ever Happen?". (February 10, 2015). Retrieved June 16, 2015.
- "Muggsy Bogues NBA & ABA Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
- Jordan, Jason. "Ogbueze ready for professional tutelage – ESPNHS Boys' Basketball – ESPNHS". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
- Wertz, Langston Jr. "Bogues takes basketball reins at United Faith". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012.
- Bogues and Carroll Named Team Ambassadors
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Muggsy Bogues.|
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- WNBA Press Release of Bogues becoming head coach of the Charlotte Sting
- Audio: Catching Up With Muggsy Bogues
- Muggsy Bogues at the Internet Movie Database