After the Dallas Mavericks took down the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals last season, there was one player who made a huge impact, even though common sense would say he wouldn't be able to make a splash in a land of giants.
I'm speaking, of course, about JJ Barea.
Throughout the history of the NBA, people have been fascinated with the shorter players. They stick out like a sore thumb, and when they succeed, everybody takes notice.
The annals of the NBA are littered with the likes of Muggsy Bogues, Earl Boykins, Spudd Webb and Calvin Murphy, and people tend to remember them, even if they were just mediocre basketball players.
These days, very few NBA players are listed below that magical 6'0" threshold, mostly because most NBA players' listed heights aren't accurate and usually skew an inch or two taller (or shorter in some cases).
One of the most obvious cases of this throughout NBA history was Charles Barkley. Barkley, who was listed at 6'6", was actually closer to 6'4", which makes what he did as a power forward that much more impressive.
So I took a look at some of the shortest guys in the league and decided that the cutoff point for a short NBA player was good right at the six-foot mark.