Spud Webb visits Hall of Fame, meets fans – PHOTOS

July 26, 2013 12:07 amViews: 23

spud-webbLong time Atlanta Hawks guard, retired NBA player Spud Webb has today visited the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Webb brought a huge audience of fans, who listened to Spud talk about his playing career and even found out where his nickname “Spud” came from.

Webb spoke about his career, signed autographs and posed for photos with the fans.

Webb is notable for winning a slam dunk contest despite being one of the shortest players in NBA history. NBA.com lists him at 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) tall.

Since Webb made his NBA debut, only two players have been shorter than he was: Earl Boykins and Muggsy Bogues.

Webb was then drafted in the 4th round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. His first six seasons were played with the Atlanta Hawks, but he had his best years statistically with the Sacramento Kings, where he played as a starter from 1992-1995.

He then split a season between the Atlanta Hawks and the Minnesota Timberwolves before finishing his career after one season with the Orlando Magic and retiring from professional basketball in 1998.

Twenty years after Webb’s victory in the Slam Dunk contest, he trained New York Knicks point guard Nate Robinson (who stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall) to win the event, which Robinson did eventually win.

Webb played 814 games in his NBA career, averaging 9.9 points per game, and registering 8072 points and 4342 assists in twelve seasons.

 



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