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Spud Webb

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Anthony "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963 in Dallas, Texas) was an NBA basketball player.

Officially listed at 5'7" (170cm), he is one of the shortest in NBA history, but he managed to win the NBA Slam Dunk competition in 1986.

After he graduated in high school, he was not initially recruited by most colleges, mainly due to his size. Instead, he attended Midland Junior College (in Midland, Texas) where he led his team to the junior college national title in 1982.

Webb attracted the attention of Tom Abatemarco, an assistant coach at North Carolina State University, who arranged for Webb to meet the Head Coach, Jim Valvano. Valvano was impressed enough to offer Webb a scholarship to N.C. State.

He played most of his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks, but also had stints with the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic.

Webb retired from basketball in 1998.

Currently, Webb lives in Dallas, where he appears on pre-game and post-game shows for the Dallas Mavericks on a local TV station.

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