As the NBA is stocked full of giants, players lacking the natural gift of height have a high-performance threshold to overcome; shorter players are often faced with unfair levels of doubt and have to prove themselves time and time again.
Height still matters tremendously in NBA 2K21, so a lot of respect is due to these undersized players that always manage to showcase their skill in the league.
If you’d like to use a player who’s below 6’0’’ in height, you can find all of the shortest players in NBA 2K21 below.
Isaiah Thomas (5’9”)
Team: Free Agent
Best Attributes: 97 Hustle, 89 Acceleration, 87 Ball Handle
Isaiah Thomas was drafted with the very last pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, earning the moniker of “Mr. Irrelevant.” However, over the course of his career, Thomas has been far from irrelevant.
Peaking as an MVP candidate in 2016/17, Thomas has struggled with injuries and roster changes in trying to get back to his old form.
Now eclipsing 30-years of age, Thomas is a bench player, featuring in just 23 minutes per game to average 12.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
Despite being one of the shortest players in NBA 2K21, Thomas boasts several highly-rated attributes, such as 97 hustle, 89 acceleration, 85 hands, 87 ball handle, and 85 three-point shot.
Chris Clemons (5’9”)
Team: Houston Rockets
Best Attributes: 95 Shot IQ, 90 Hustle, 90 Hands
The overall rating for Clemons being relatively high might surprise many, as the rookie carries averages of 4.9 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.8 assists over 8.8 minutes per game.
It looks as though the game designers see something special in the young, short point guard in his professional showings, but have capped his potential at 73.
Propping up Clemons’ 73 overall rating are his 95 shot IQ, 86 free throw, 90 hustle, 86 speed, 86 acceleration, and 90 hands.
JJ Barea (5’10”)
Team: Dallas Mavericks
Best Attributes: 97 Shot IQ, 88 Pass IQ, 85 Offensive Consistency
Like DJ Augustin, JJ Barea is one of the few short NBA players that has managed to find long-term success, with his performances earning him a place in the league for over a decade.
Barea has practically always played the role of a bench scorer, playing around 20 minutes per game throughout his career.
This past season, Barea dropped to 15.5 minutes while averaging 7.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game, which isn’t bad for a 35-year-old, “undersized” guard.
In NBA 2K21, Barea overcomes his height restrictions with some hefty attribute ratings, including a 97 shot IQ, 85 offensive consistency, 84 mid-point range, 82 three-point range, and 88 pass IQ.
Jared Harper (5’10”)
Team: Free Agent
Best Attributes: 93 Speed, 93 Acceleration, 91 Vertical
At just 22-years-old, Harper has plenty of time to make it in the league. That being said, he is a relatively unknown player at this time.
He went undrafted and was signed by the Phoenix Suns last season. He only managed to play in three games, averaging 2.7 minutes per contest. In that time, he averaged 0.7 points from 25 percent shooting.
Harper has a mountain to climb if he wishes to stay in the league. Still, in NBA 2K21, he has several user-friendly stats, including his 93 speed, 93 acceleration, 91 vertical, 91 speed with ball, and a 75 for overall playmaking.
The young point guard, however, is capped by a 71 potential overall rating.
Tremont Waters (5’10”)
Team: Boston Celtic
Best Attributes: 91 Speed, 91 Acceleration, 90 Speed with Ball
Between Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters, Boston isn’t boasting about the size of its backcourt depth.
Another rookie on the team, Waters only managed to make it onto the court 11 time last season. His averages show potential in just 10.8 minutes per game, which allowed him to grab an average of 3.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.
He has been relatively inefficient in the field, with a sub-30 percent field goal average, but a lower minute-count will often skew this data.
Waters is a usable player in NBA 2K21 with high ratings in some key areas, including his 91 speed, 91 acceleration, 87 hustle, 82 ball handle, 90 speed with ball, 80 steal, and 80 lateral quickness.
All of the shortest players in NBA 2K21
In the table below, you’ll find the shortest players in NBA 2K21. These are the most notable short players, standing less than 6’0’’ tall in a league full of giants.
|Isaiah Thomas||5’9’’||77||PG||Free Agent||97 Hustle, 89 Acceleration, 87 Ball Handle|
|Chris Clemons||5’9’’||73||PG||Houston Rockets||95 Shot IQ, 90 Hustle, 90 Hands|
|JJ Barea||5’10’’||75||PG/SG||Dallas Mavericks||97 Shot IQ, 88 Pass IQ, 85 Offensive Consistency|
|Jared Harper||5’10’’||67||PG||Free Agent||93 Speed, 93 Acceleration, 91 Vertical|
|Tremont Waters||5’10’’||69||PG||Boston Celtics||91 Speed, 91 Acceleration, 90 Speed with Ball|
|D.J. Augustin||5’11’’||76||PG||Orlando Magic||92 Shot IQ, 89 Free Throw, 89 Mid-Range Shot|
|Jordan McLaughlin||5’11’’||74||PG||Minnesota Timberwolves||95 Shot IQ, 84 Ball Handle, 83 Pass Accuracy|
|Carsen Edwards||5’11’’||70||PG||Boston Celtics||86 Ball Handle, 85 Speed with Ball, 85 Stamina|
|Frank Mason III||5’11’’||69||PG||Milwaukee Bucks||87 Vertical, 85 Shot IQ, 84 Speed|
|Chris Chiozza||5’11’’||72||PG||Brooklyn Nets||81 Overall Durability, 81 Three-Point Shot, 80 Stamina|
While it may not seem beneficial to roster any short players on your team in NBA 2K21, these players are often quicker and more agile than their taller counterparts. If utilized correctly, even the shortest players in the game can make an impact.