Muggsy Bogues Dunk Investigation: Could Muggsy Really Dunk? Myth OR Truth…


muggsy bogues dunk

March 9, 2017 in NBA Vertical Jump Analysis

Tyrone Muggsy Bogues was the shortest player to ever play in the NBA.

Reports differ concerning whether Muggsy Bogues could really dunk or not. 

He stood at only 5-foot-3-inches tall and his hands were too little to palm a basketball.

However, rumor has it that Muggsy had a massive 44-inch vertical jump which would have provided him enough boost to allow him to dunk a basketball

You are about to learn the truth about Muggsy Bogues vertical jump and along the way we will show you some cool tips that can help you jump higher like Muggsy in his prime.

Could Muggsy Bogues Dunk?

Legend has it that on the 4th Of December 1990 Tyrone Muggsy Bogues dunked

Sources claim that Muggsy Bogues dunked during a pregame warm-up on this day.

Unfortunately there is no video evidence of this amazing feat

Muggsy Bogues has claimed that he could dunk in multiple media interviews over the years.

For example in an interview with Coach Mag on the 2 Feb 2016, Muggsy said: 

"I never dunked in an NBA game… but I can dunk a basketball no problem".

Here is what Muggsy had to say in an interview with back in 2000 when the interviewer asked "Muggsy be honest with me. Can you dunk?"

Muggsy Bogues Dunk Interview

"I tipped one in college and dunked in high school. I can still touch the rim. I’ve always been a guy who has been able to get off my feet. I’ve still got a little hop to my game."

Muggsy Bogues Jump Secrets Revealed

In one of those interviews he was also asked his opinion on "how someone can improve their vertical jump?". 

His honest response is very interesting.

Here is what Muggsy Bogues had to say about vertical jump training:

"Fortunately for me it’s genetics. I wasn’t a guy that lifted weights when I was a kid. I rode a bicycle. That was my form of transportation in the city when I was growing up. So riding about and doing a lot with my legs got them strong. I was really powerful at the time.

I was actually afraid to lift weights as I thought I was going to get too big and slow. I only started lifting when I got in the NBA and realised it’d help."

It is very interesting to hear that the secret to Muggsy Bogues 44 inch vertical jump was riding a bike.

This is the very same exercise that Michael Jordan attributed to his vertical jumping ability.

Michael Jordan vertical jump height

However before you get carried away and start taking up biking to improve your jump height they both mention one other very important fact.

They both admit that they have great genetics that allows them to jump higher.

in fact most of the world's highest vertical jumpers are genetic freaks.

For example players like Lebron James were dunking when they were 14 with no prior jump training.

For these guys jumping comes quite easy.

For the rest of us, we have to WORK HARD in the gym.

If you are not genetically gifted like Muggsy Bogues yet still want a 30+ inch vertical jump you will need to undertake carefully prescribed jump training exercises and plyometric training in addition to optimizing stretching and recovery.

If you want to add a significant amount of inches to your vertical jump (10+) so that you can dunk, it would be worthwhile for you to consider purchasing one of the many great vertical jump programs currently available.

We have reviewed all of the leading jump programs.

If you follow one of these programs day by day and put in max effort they will work.

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Did Muggsy Bogues Ever Dunk In A Game?

All of the available evidence suggests that Muggsy Bogues never dunked during a NBA game.

At 5-foot-3-inches tall this would have been an amazing effort.

However, it must be noted that in the same era another player by the name of Spud Webb was setting the NBA on fire with his amazing leaping ability.

Spud was only 4 inches taller than Muggsy at 5-foot-7-inches tall and one of the top 5 shortest NBA dunkers of all-time.

Muggsy has been said to have been jealous of his rivals amazing hops:

"When he won that Dunk Title ..I honestly would dream that it was me...

Regardless of whether he could truly dunk or not Muggsy made a great career in the face of adversity.

Muggsy will not go down in the record books for his dunking ability.

He played with tenacity and grit that made up for his short stature and cemented his status as a legend of the game.

He also got the amazing opportunity to feature in the classic film Space Jam alongside the G.O.A.T Michael Jordan. 

Take a look at the video below to see just how great of a player Muggsy Bogues was in his prime.


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