But how much will he get away with in the pros? A lot. No, he won't score much in the half-court offense, and yes, he may be better off as a change-of-pace sub than as a starter. In the NBA, where zones are supposedly illegal and isolation plays frequent, Bogues is likely to be posted up. He'll find himself being backed down near the bucket by guards at least a foot taller, and this could cut his court time.
But by moving guards inside who aren't used to playing with their backs to the basket and by clearing big men outside, an opponent will be taking itself out of its offense. And you can't just overlook Bogues. He has ways of making offenders balk or walk or miss.
Trade talk has swirled around Bogues since draft day. He might find a cozier niche with a running team because he's most effective in the open court. The Bullets are plodders: Moses Malone pounds it down inside; Jeff Malone puts it up outside. They ranked last in assists last season. But Ferry believes his club will pick up its pace with Muggsy. "I think everybody improves their running when they play with a player who gets them the ball," he says. "From what I hear, Moses is tickled to death."
Assuming Bogues makes it in the NBA, there will be no dearth of endorsements. Last week a shoe company exec was pitching a promotional package that would include Muggsy coloring books, Muggsy leather pouches and a line of Muggsy clothing for kids. Says Bogues with a small shrug, "Your height's going to be talked about, it's going to be used. You've just got to accept that."