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Top 5 Shortest WNBA Players

by Ifeanyichukwu Chris Akashili
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Shortest WNBA Players

Several shortest WNBA players have made the limelight with their careers in which they made it professionally.

Basketball has a lot to do with the height of anyone looking to go fully professional, as it is one of the necessities.

For the women gender, it is often difficult to find them 6 inches in height as many of them are rather 5 inches above.

Top 5 Shortest WNBA Players

Shortest WNBA Players

Just like the men, there are also the shortest WNBA players who professionally made a career for themselves.

A host of names have come in the ranks to make their way full-time in the WNBA, which they are also doing well.

So many names are still active and clock the region of 5.5 in height.

5: Leilani Mitchell

Leilani Mitchell

Leilani Mitchell is arguably one of the shortest WNBA players to make a big break professionally in her career.

In the second round of the 2008 WNBA Draft, the Mercury selected Mitchell with the twenty-fifth overall pick.

After Moore was let go by the Liberty in the offseason, she became the regular starting point guard for the 2010 season.

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Mitchell scored 9.3 points and 3.8 assists per game, a career-high.

She scored ten or more points 14 times and shot 48.6 percent from three-point range, leading the league.

In her first game against the Tulsa Shock, Mitchell scored 20 points.

Mitchell made the go-ahead three-point shot in a 94–91 victory over the Sparks on July 5 with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime.

She started ten games and scored 5.9 points per game on the bench. Free agency brought Mitchell back to the Mercury in 2017.

The Mercury also released Mitchell on May 23, 2019.

On June 28, Mitchell scored 18 points and had a career-high 11 assists, completing the first double-double of her career.

She scored a career-high 28 points against the Mystics on July 30 and tied a WNBA record for making eight three-pointers in a single game.

On August 27, Mitchell scored a career-high 29 points against her former team, the Liberty.

On September 4, Mitchell scored 20 points and had a career-high 12 assists, completing the second double-double of her career.

4: Crystal Dangerfield

Crystal Dangerfield

Crystal Dangerfield is 1.6m short, making her one of the shortest WNBA players ever to go professional.

Dangerfield was the starting point guard by the middle of the season, averaging 14.3 points per game after Odyssey returned from maternity leave and he had sustained multiple WNBA injuries.

Dangerfield, the lowest draft pick ever officially considered for the award, was shooting 47.1% from the field and was considered a candidate for WNBA Rookie of the Year.

She received a Rookie of the Month award from the WNBA for August for her performance of 18.1 points per game, 3.5 assists per game, and 2.0 rebounds per game.

With 17.4 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game, she won Rookie of the Month again in September.

Dangerfield and Liberty agreed to a hardship exception contract on May 21, 2022.

Dangerfield’s contract with Liberty ended on June 7, 2022.

The Liberty signed Dangerfield to a contract for the remainder of the season on July 3, 2022.

3: Temeka Johnson

Temeka Johnson

Temeka Johnson makes it into the list of the shortest WNBA players who have made a record in their career.

In the 2005 Draft, Johnson was selected sixth overall. She was questioned because she was too short to play professionally.

She would leave with the 2005 WNBA The new hotness grant that very year. Additionally, she had the second-most assists in the league.

Johnson was given to the Tulsa Shock in exchange for Andrea Riley on January 12, 2012.

Despite only being 5’3″, she put up a performance that included 13 points, 11 assists, and a career-high ten rebounds.

Johnson’s release by the Storm was announced on March 17, 2015.

On March 23, 2015, Johnson re-signed with the Los Angeles Sparks.

During the 2015 season with the Sparks, Johnson recorded her 300th career steal and her 2500th point.

2: Debbie Black

Debbie Black

Debbie Black is one woman who made history as the shortest WNBA player.

During the dispersal draft in 2003, the Connecticut Sun purchased Black. She was a Sun player until she retired in 2005.

Black’s toughness, energy, and intensity were well-known to her teammates and opponents throughout her basketball career. At 5′ 2.5″, her unwavering defense earned her the moniker “The Pest.”

She is half an inch shorter than another well-known NBA player, Muggsy Bogues, who was the shortest player ever.

She teamed up with 7’2″ Malgorzata Dydek, the tallest WNBA player, on the Utah Starzz in 1999.

1: Shannon Bobbitt

Shannon Bobbitt

Shannon Bobbitt is one of the shortest WNBA players in history who made a good career.

On April 9, the Sparks selected Bobbitt with the first overall pick in the second round of the 2008 WNBA draft, making her the 15th overall pick.

The Los Angeles team, which also includes Leslie, includes teammate Parker and Sidney Spencer. Shannon Bobbitt is on the team as well.

The Sparks gave up Shannon on May 14, 2010.

Making the list of the top 5 shortest WNBA players won’t be complete without Shannon Bobbitt.

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