"Spud" is a shortened form of Sputnik, this nickname was given to him when he was a baby by his grandmother.
He retired from basketball in 1998 averaging 9.9 points per game on his 12-year NBA career.
Spud played most of his NBA career for the Atlanta Hawks, but also played for Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic.
After graduating in high school, he wasn't recruited by any college, due to his size. Finally, he attended Midland Junior College (in Texas) where he led his team to the junior college national title in 1982.
He learned to dunk during the summer before his senior year, when he was only 4'11" (1,50m).
Only Earl Boykins (5'5") and Muggsy Bogues (5'3") are shorter than Spud Webb in NBA history.
Spud Webb is most famous for winning the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He's the shortest player ever to have competed in the NBA Slam Dunk competition.
It was reported that Spud have a vertical jump of 44" (112cm).
Spud is listed at 5'7" (170cm), one of the shortest players in NBA.