Kemba Walker and the 15 Most Awesome Little Guys in the NBA
Don't tell these guys that basketball is a big man's game.
Despite the average height of players in the NBA being somewhere around 6'6" to 6'8" these guys are some of the best players that don't quite measure up to that mark.
After a solid college career and the University of Connecticut, Kemba Walker was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats and is out to prove once more that short guys can find great success in the NBA.
So to follow in the footsteps of Muggsy Bogues, Earl Boykins and Spud Webb, the following list is made up of the 15 most awesome little guys playing in the league today.
Players selected here are all 6'1" or under and weigh 200 pounds or less.
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
Kemba Walker was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the last NBA Draft to be their point guard of the future.
It took him some time, but after starting the last five games, Walker has played well, with his best game coming in his first career start. In that game, he scored 23 against the Golden State Warriors.
He led the Bobcats to their third win of the season that night.
In his rookie season, he is averaging 11.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.8 minutes per game.
Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison made the most of his opportunity to play with the New Orleans Hornets a couple of seasons ago when he filled in for an injured Chris Paul.
Since the start of the 2010-11 season, Collison has been the starter for the Indiana Pacers.
Collison and the Pacers are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference.
Over his career, Collison has averaged 12.7 points, 5.4 assists and one steal per game.
Jose Juan Barea, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jose Juan Barea has missed all but six games this season with an injury since joining the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent.
Barea is best known for his performance off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks over the last few seasons and is the pesky player that got under the skin of Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum in last year's playoffs.
Barea, who has career averages of 7.2 points, 2.9 assists and 0.4 steals per game, may find himself as the odd man out in Minnesota with the impressive play of rookie teammate Ricky Rubio.
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
After being the fourth overall selection by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2007 NBA Draft, Mike Conley has been a very important part of a team that has improved at a rapid pace.
Conley was key in the Grizzlies improbable playoff run last season and has picked up where he left off.
He has career averages of 11.8 points, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Conley has also raised his field-goal percentage to shooting nearly 49 percent from the floor this season.
Rajon Rondo. Boston Celtics
Rajon Rondo is one of the best smaller players currently in the league and is a triple-double machine.
He finds so many ways to contribute on the court and has been a great surprise for the Boston Celtics who acquired Rondo on draft night in 2007 from the Phoenix Suns.
Rondo is a two time All-Star and has already won an NBA championship.
He is averaging 10.8 points, 7.6 assists, and 1.9 steals per game, but his role and statistics are expanding with the Celtics
Raymond Felton, Portland Trail Blazers
Raymond Felton has played with four different teams during his career after joining the league with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Felton, who was drafted just after Deron Williams and Chris Paul in the 2005 NBA Draft, has played well for each team he has been with.
He currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers after being part of a three-team trade last summer.
Felton has struggled with his decision-making and shooting so far this season, but he has played better in the last couple of games.
Over the course of his career, Felton has averaged 13.6 points, 6.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Mo Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
Mo Williams got the short end of the stick when the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Chris Paul and added Chauncey Billups, pushing him out of the starting backcourt.
Williams has played very well while Chris Paul has been out with an injury, but is still the subject of trade rumors this season.
Since being drafted by the Utah Jazz in the second round in 2003, Williams has averaged 13.9 points, five assists and one steal per game over his career.
Kyle Lowry, Houston Rockets
Kyle Lowry is having a breakout season for the Houston Rockets this year and his statistical numbers are up across the board.
As one of the best point guards in the game this season, Lowry is second in scoring and first in assists for the Rockets.
Due to some seasons where his numbers were low early in his career, he has averages of 10.1 points, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. This year those numbers are up to 16.5 points, 8.6 assists and 2.1 steals per contest.
He also is coming off his second career triple-double in a recent game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
D.J. Augustin, Charlotte Bobcats
The Charlotte Bobcats have found a way to start both of their small guards at the same time and have made time for both D.J. Augustin and Kemba Walker.
Augustin, who has been with the Bobcats since 2008, is having a good season since the team added Kemba Walker in the draft.
His assist numbers are up this season and his scoring average is above his career numbers.
For his career, Augustin has averaged 11 points, 4.2 assists and 0.6 steals per game.
It will be interesting to see if Charlotte can continue to start the two small guards or if one of them will be traded.
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
After spending a season overseas to fulfill draft age requirements, Brandon Jennings joined the Milwaukee Bucks and wasted no time showing off his skills as a small point guard.
This season, he is leading the Bucks in scoring with 20.1 points per game. He is also ahead of his teammates in assist and steals per game.
Adding in his numbers from his first two seasons, Jennings has career numbers of 16.2 points, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic
Jameer Nelson joined the Orlando Magic after a draft night trade in 2004 that sent him away from the Denver Nuggets.
Since that time, he has been a solid point guard and good complement to Dwight Howard, who came into the league that same year.
Nelson's scoring is down this year, but he has seen an increase in his assists per game.
For his career, he averages 12.4 points, 4.9 assists and one steal per game.
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Despite his size, Chris Paul is one of the top point guards in the entire league.
Paul caused quite a stir before landing with the Los Angeles Clippers just before this season started and is a big part of the team becoming exciting again.
Paul was the 2005-06 Rookie of the Year, is a four-time All-Star and has led the league in assists and steals per game twice and four times, respectively.
Over his career, Paul has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
Derek Fisher, Los Angeles Lakers
Although his game has declined in this shortened season, Derek Fisher has put together a very nice career as one of the little guys.
Fisher, who has played for three different teams, is best known for being a strong role player for the Los Angeles Lakers and for hitting big shots in the playoffs.
Over the course of his career, Fisher has been more valuable to his teams than his statistics suggest, as he has averaged 8.7 points, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
Like Kyle Lowry, Ty Lawson is another player who is having a breakout season and is in his third year with the Denver Nuggets.
Lawson wasted no time surpassing veteran Andre Miller in the starting lineup and does not seem to be giving up his starting spot anytime soon.
Known for his lightning-fast speed, Lawson has seen his numbers rise significantly this season and has led a surprising Nuggets team to one of the better records in the Western Conference.
Lawson has career averages of 10.8 points, 4.3 assists and one steal per game, but all of those numbers are on the rise.
Louis Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
Since becoming a member of the Philadelphia 76ers as a 19-year-old rookie in 2005, Williams has worked hard to improve his game and increase his statistical numbers every season that he has played.
He is currently an important part of the 76ers' second team and averages 15.5 points off the bench.
During his career, Williams has averaged 10.9 points, 2.9 assists and 0.8 steals per game, but he is playing better than that this season.
Nate Robinson, Golden State Warriors
After being waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Eve, Nate Robinson has found a new home and a place to prolong his career with the Golden State Warriors.
Robinson, who brings his high-energy play wherever he goes, has been able to help out the Warriors, especially while Stephen Curry was out with an ankle injury.
Best known for being the Kryptonite that took out Superman in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Robinson has won the contest on three separate occasions.
Robinson has been a good role player throughout his career and has averaged 11.9 points, 2.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game.